We all know HELLO STAGE’s favorite color! What’s yours?
I love green in every shade.
Being outside in the nature calms me down –
that´s why I am also a passionate gardener and
"fruit arborist". And – what a nice coincidence –
green is also the central color in "Die schöne Müllerin"
which I recently recorded for a CD.
What was the best advice a teacher ever gave you?
"Be yourself in everything you do and don´t care about what others think of you. Always try to find your own personal way of making music."
How has your practice changed with time?
I think that
I have learned to work in a more effective way.
I try not to waste anymore time
listening and enjoying
the things that are already working well,
but rather to concentrate on technical challenges.
Also, since I have my own students,
I have a different view on practicing.
While I am teaching them,
I am somehow teaching myself – things get
a lot clearer when you try to explain them to somebody.
What do you think is the most important trait of a successful artist in today’s modern world?
I think being an artist in the modern world
is harder than ever.
Trying to be a good artist
today is only maybe 50% of the job.
The other 50% is promoting yourself, speaking to people –
be it promoters, agents or fans – designing
new and unusual programs and spreading
the word via the (social) media.
This is sometimes quite stressful and in my opinion
sometimes takes too much time away
from making good music and develop artistically.
But it is essential.
How much time do you spend every day on Facebook, twitter, and which other ways do you use to promote yourself?
Fortunately I have some help regarding my website and
social media channels – but still I
spend about 1-2 hours a day just on this.
And maybe another 1-2 hours on writing emails,
speaking to people, thinking of new programs and ways
to promote them.
Klemens, tell us about more your upcoming CD, with Uta Sander, which you are crowd-funding, "Die schöne Müllerin" :)
I have always been a passionate Lieder singer.
As a young musician, for long years
I just did'nt
dare to add another recording of the great
Lieder works to the already existing excellent
all-time recordings by artists like Wunderlich,
Dieskau or Gerhaher.
But finally I realized that there is always
room to present a totally new view on
the great song cycles and that it can still be
interesting to take the audience with me on my personal
journey through Schubert’s musical cosmos.
In 2013, I recorded Schwanengesang
with Justus Zeyen, which was a great experience and highly
satisfactory for me and showed
me that there is a deep interest from the
audience for a completely new view on Schubert.
In my Schubert interpretation I always try to make
the essence of the composition audible and
make it come alive.
I like to keep things plain and simple, try not
to do too many 'around' things.
For the Schöne Müllerin
recording I am happy that my wife, Uta Sander,
an exceptional pianist that feels Schubert´s music
the same way that I do, and I worked
together on the cycle, we
gave several concerts and in the end recorded
Sometimes it was not easy,
because when you are also connected in private life,
it can be hard to work together in a professional way.
criticize the other person in a different,
a lot more direct way,
than you would criticize a person
you are not sharing your private life with and
it is very hard not to take things too personally.
But after this, at times hard way,
of working on our interpretation,
it is now a cheering experience to hold our recording in our hands.
The result is – I think – a reduced and at the
same time devoted version
of one of the most beautiful and challenging lieder cycles ever.
How long did it take you to prepare your crowd-funding campaign and what has been the biggest challenge so far?
Hm, that´s hard to say.
Uta and I did most of it together.
I think the main things for the campaign took
about 2 weeks to prepare;
writing the texts, thinking about the rewards, calculating
all the costs, choosing the pictures (thank you Nancy Horowitz!)
and the design.
It was also a lot a great effort to produce the video
(thank you Olivier Grascoeur!),
to build a website with details and audio samples about the CD
(thank you Uta!) and of course to spread the word about the crowd-funding
campaign once it was running.
We did a lot on Facebook and via my newsletter, but s
there is still a need to spread the word.
We were also very happy that Hello Stage
supported the campaign with posts and recommendations on
Facebook and by embedding the crowd-funding campaign
onto my Hello Stage Webpage.
We are curious, do you have an all-time favorite recording?
That´s the most difficult question!
I like a broad variety of music so there are
many, many different recordings I love,
of different types of music -
be it classical concert repertoire, opera or jazz.
For example, my little four year old son
now listens to the hits of Queen and to
Vivaldi´s/Piazzolla´s Eight Seasons by Gidon Kremer
every night when he goes to sleep because
these are outstanding recordings for me, among many others.
But, believe it or not, I don´t have THE
all-time favorite recording that is on top of all
of the others for me.
There´s just too much good music out there!
Also, I prefer to listen to live concerts –
and I hope my Müllerin-CD inspires some people to come to
one of my Lied recitals :-)
Where is the best place to eat in Vienna?
I like it simple :-)
I like going to the
„Heurigen“ where you can eat good and basic
food and drink good fresh wine.
There are many good places in the 19th district,
two of my favourite in summer are
I also just discovered a phenomenal place this summer,
a short drive just outside of
Vienna close to the Neusiedler See:
The most delicious food is
cooked by a young and inventive chef,
with fantastic wine and a very special ambiente!
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