Notes & Reviews:
One-composer lieder recitals with the music's creator sitting at the piano are rare events. The soprano Gesche Geier, accompanied by pianist and composer Hans Martin Gräbner, interpret three of Mr. Gräbner's lieder cycles, written in 2011 and 2013. The first part takes us through the seasons and the course of life - the second, short cycle is homage to Franz Liszt - and a Masonic spirit permeates the third. Texts include works of the Italian Trecento, German Romanticism and German writer Kurt Tucholsky. The music never strays outside the bounds of tonality, with short excursions into 12-tone music.