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Gramophone Awards 2017

Finalist - Solo Vocal

Gramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - March 2017

BBC Music Magazine

Choral & Song Choice - June 2017



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Release date:

10th March 2017




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Wiegenlied, Op. 49 No. 4 (Lullaby)

Mondnacht, WoO 21

Mein Mädel hat einen Rosenmund (No. 25 from Deutsche Volkslieder, WoO 33)




Til Norge (To Norway), Op. 58 No. 2

Seks Sange, Op. 48 No. 6 'Ein Traum'


If there were Dreams to Sell


Hyde Park


Des Kindes Gebet, Op. 76 No. 22


Seligkeit D433 (Holty)

Der Einsame, D800

Nachtstück, D672 (Mayrhofer)

Drang in die Ferne, D770

Der Wanderer an den Mond D870 (Seidl)

Das Heimweh, D456 (Winkler)

Der Wanderer, D489

Strauss, A:

Ich weiß bestimmt, ich werd Dich wiedersehn

Strauss, R:

Allerseelen, Op. 10 No. 8

Vaughan Williams:

Silent Noon


My Own Country

The Bachelor

Wolf, H:

Verschwiegene Liebe (No. 3 from Eichendorff-Lieder)

Benjamin Appl (baritone), James Baillieu (piano)



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Benjamin Appl won Gramophone “Young Artist of the Year 2016”

He is a former chorister of the famous Regensburger Domspatzen, Appl is now one of the most interesting artists of the new generation, with a great voice, charming personality and great stage presence.

“HEIMAT” his debut album with Sony Classical presents songs from different countries related to the actual topic “HEIMAT” (homeland).

The booklet of the limited first edition contains an additional essay by Neil McGregor, former director of the British Museum (famous for their exhibition about GERMANY) and upcoming director of the Berlin Humboldtforum.

Described as ‘the current front-runner in the new generation of Lieder singers’ (Gramophone Magazine, UK), Benjamin Appl is celebrated by audiences and critics in recital, concerts and opera. He is member of the BBC New Generation Artist scheme from 2014 until 2016 and was an ECHO Rising Star artist for the 2015/16 season, appearing in recital at major European venues including the Barbican Centre London, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wiener Konzerthaus, Philharmonie Paris and Cologne and the Laeiszhalle Hamburg. He has won the Gramophone ’Young Artist of the Year’ award in 2016 and Wigmore Hall London has named him a Wigmore Hall Emerging Artist (2015/16). The young baritone became an exclusive SONY Classical recording artist in May 2016.

Franz Schubert: Seligkeit, D. 433

Seligkeit, D. 433

Max Reger: Des Kindes Gebet, Op. 76, No. 22

Des Kindes Gebet, Op. 76, No. 22

Hugo Wolf: Er ist's

Er ist's

Johannes Brahms: Wiegenlied, Op. 49, No. 4

Wiegenlied, Op. 49, No. 4

Franz Schubert: Der Einsame, D. 800

Der Einsame, D. 800

Johannes Brahms: Mondnacht, WoO 21

Mondnacht, WoO 21

Franz Schreker: Waldeinsamkeit


Johannes Brahms: Mein Mädel hat einen Rosenmund, WoO 33, No. 25

Mein Mädel hat einen Rosenmund, WoO 33, No. 25

Hugo Wolf: Verschwiegene Liebe

Verschwiegene Liebe

Richard Strauss: Allerseelen, Op. 10, No. 8

Allerseelen, Op. 10, No. 8

Franz Schubert: Nachtstück, D. 672

Nachtstück, D. 672

Franz Schubert: Drang in die Ferne, D. 770

Drang in die Ferne, D. 770

Franz Schubert: Der Wanderer an den Mond, D. 870

Der Wanderer an den Mond, D. 870

Adolf Strauss: Ich weiß bestimmt, ich werd' dich wiedersehen

Ich weiß bestimmt, ich werd' dich wiedersehen

Franz Schubert: Das Heimweh, D. 456

Das Heimweh, D. 456

Franz Schubert: Der Wanderer, D. 489

Der Wanderer, D. 489

Francis Poulenc: Hyde Park, FP 127, No. 2

Hyde Park, FP 127, No. 2

Benjamin Britten: Greensleeves


Ralph Vaughan Williams: The House of Life: II. Silent Noon

The House of Life: II. Silent Noon

Henry Rowley Bishop: Home, Sweet Home

Home, Sweet Home

Peter Warlock: My Own Country

My Own Country

Peter Warlock: The Bachelor

The Bachelor

John Ireland: If There were Dreams to Sell

If There were Dreams to Sell

Edvard Grieg: An das Vaterland, Op. 58, No. 2

An das Vaterland, Op. 58, No. 2

Edvard Grieg: Ein Traum, Op. 48, No. 6

Ein Traum, Op. 48, No. 6

Gramophone Magazine

March 2017

“The voice has a burnished, oaky beauty as well as considerable sweetness (well captured in Sony’s natural engineering), while the interpretations are suffused with a gentle intelligence, an instinct for unforced but direct communication and what feels like a real love for the repertoire.”

The Guardian

9th March 2017


“His Schubert, Brahms and Wolf are impressive, thanks partly to James Baillieu’s finely judged piano playing...Appl was mentored by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, and while it’s a bit early to be naming him as successor to that great singer, as some are doing, this disc shows great potential.”

The Times

10th March 2017


“Appl is a serious and diligent artist whose best virtue, apart from his brooding publicity snaps, is his mellow timbre and precise German diction.”

BBC Music Magazine

June 2017


“Appl is not only a singer of boundless promise, he is already a great artist. This disc shows how versatile he is, with not only great Lieder but interesting rarities too...Appl sounds as if singing is his most natural mode of expression; and since he has an extraordinary beautiful voice, there should be decades of happiness as he continues to expand his repertoire.”

Classical Music

June 2017


“A beautifully chosen recital: based around an abstract theme, certainly, but skilfully blending repertoire familiar and unfamiliar, intense and direct. His Schubert and Brahms are exquisite; Strauss’ Allerseelen even finer”

International Piano

May 2017


“[Appl] offers an intelligent exploration of the concept of ‘Heimat’ (home)…accompanying Appl – who responds to texts and their implications with ease – is pianist James Baillieu. His way with Schubert’s Seligkeit is exemplary, he captures the bitter-sweet tinge of Reger’s Des Kindes Gebet to perfection and provides a wonderful bed of sound for Schreker’s astonishing Waldeinsamkeit…a real winner.”

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