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Even if a lot is different this year– no one at Reeperbahn Festival will have to do without a world premiere! This one was created in cooperation with the Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra and, after its first run in Duisburg at the beginning of September, it will also be shown in Hamburg: On Thursday, 17 September and Friday, 18 September the songwriter Gisbert zu Knyphausen and the Duisburg pianist Kai Schumacher will go on a chamber-music journey through 200 years of German-spoken songwriter tradition at St. Michaelis Church twice where works of the composer Franz Schubert will meet Knyphausen's own songs.
Frehn Hawel

Hamburg, 18 August 2020


The Duisburg pianist and composer Kai Schumacher (photo) regularly invites great names from the German music world to present with him songs from the past and present. At Reeperbahn Festival, he will open this dialogue between old and new music together with the songwriter Gisbert zu Knyphausen (photo). 

In the course of their musical collaboration the two musicians put the captivating weltschmerz in works of the German composer Franz Schubert next to Knyphausen's own songs, interpreting them with a band and a string quartet.

Franz Schubert is considered the most important "singer songwriter of the 19th century". The themes of his compositions are still highly topical almost 200 years later: whether the longing for humaneness, resistance against established authorities or the fear of loneliness and depression – so it's not surprising that his "Winterreise" (winter journey) or "Schwanengesang" (swan song) move the audience even today. Gisbert zu Knyphausen's songs, such as "Taumel der Nacht" (night rapture), show the same deep melancholy, the same hunger for life, love and ecstatic excess. By way of their jointly developed chamber-music arrangements, Schumacher and Knyphausen impressively demonstrate the parallels of two sound worlds.

The world premiere staged in the stunning atmosphere of St. Michaelis Church guarantees an emotional highlight of this year's Reeperbahn Festival.

Gisbert zu Knyphausen – vocals, guitar
Kai Schumacher – piano
Sebastian Deufel – drums, percussion
Michael Flury – trombone, chimes
Marcus Schneider – electric guitar
Felix Weigt – double bass
& string quartet





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Reeperbahn Festival GbR, Neuer Pferdemarkt 1, 20359 Hamburg
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