Thursday, 5 May 2011

Peter Schreier sings "Im wunderschönen Monat Mai"

Cherry blossom time in Washington D.C. - also unforgettable

Thirty years ago I heard the great German tenor Peter Schreier perform Schumann´s song cycle Dichterliebe in the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. For me it was an unforgettable, enchanted evening. And after all these years, I am still convinced that nobody interprets these marvellous songs better than maestro Schreier.

As we now have entered the wonderful month of  May, why not listen to Schreier and the first song of the cycle:

Im wunderschönen Monat Mai,
Als alle Knospen sprangen,
Da ist in meinem Herzen
Die Liebe aufgegangen.

Im wunderschönen Monat Mai,
Als alle Vögel sangen,
Da hab' ich ihr gestanden
Mein Sehnen und Verlangen.

(Heinrich Heine)

In the wonderful month of May,
When all the buds were bursting open,
My love burst forth from my heart.

In the wonderful month of May,
When all the birds were singing,
I confessed to her my yearning and my longing.

(image by free

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Another cruise ship in the Sound

The mighty cruise ship Vision of the Seas tonight passed Helsingør/Helsingborg in the Sound on its way from Copenhagen to Bergen in Norway. The 280 meter long ship has 999 cabins with room for about 2000 passengers, who are served by a crew of 742 persons.