Salzburg Festival: Tenor Benjamin Bernheim praises love in the loudest tones

Tenor Benjamin Bernheim often plays the lover on stage. In the Salzburg Festival recital, she sings from Brahms to Britten and praises love in the highest tones.

Pearls of the Romantic era… French tenor Benjamin Bernheim fascinates with German, English and French songs in his recital at the Salzburg Festival.

Favorite track: “Poème de l’amour et de la mer” (Poem of Love and the Sea), a love song filled with symbolic magic by French composer Ernest Chausson

Benjamin Bernheim, Tenor: “With this piece, Chausson lets us experience the stages of life’s loves. From the very beginning, the creation, the discovery, to the end… “The time of the lilacs will not come back. Our love is dead forever” and that is a very, very powerful thing…”

Mathieu Pordoy, Pianist: “I’m very sensitive to the subject of romance. In our modern, contemporary world it may seem very old-fashioned to take the time to think about yourself, your feelings, which is a bit like the heart of the romance subject.”

Benjamin Bernheim, Tenor: “Romance may seem a bit of a sick taste… but we’re also talking about things that hurt, not just things that are beautifully presented with beautiful bouquets of flowers. That’s not what we’re talking about, the pain of romance.”

The intimate atmosphere of a recital is a challenge for artists. A magical bond between singer, pianist and audience.

Mathieu Pordoy, Pianist: “It’s the hardest to stand like that in front of the audience. Telling your stories without the protection of the orchestra, the protection of the set, the props. It’s a huge thing for the pianist, the accompanist to do… we’re both revealing, really, in a way, I think 02:50 PIANIST: “No, we’re not afraid”

Benjamin Bernheim, Tenor: “Salzburg is a place that breathes music all year round and where you can really feel the melodies vibrate wherever you are. There is something in Salzburg that gives us, the singers, the artists a kind of legitimacy.”

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