I got a last minute cheap ticked for this hot concert. The trio Kaufmann+Damrau+Deutsch are touring the complete Wolf Italienisches Liederbuch though Europe. Touring it over 7 cities allow such superstars with tight agendas work a lot on the programme. And that is the nicest thing that happened here: not only they are good singers that sang well, they did prepare extensively the work. They created something. They re-ordered the songs creating a narrative through them and worked a lot on the acting side.
This review is easy: Benjamin Appl has one of the most beautiful baritone voices I have listened to in the recent years. He is charming and expressive and does a very intelligent singing. And the superb Graham Johnson is one of the top references as lieder pianist from the previous generation. So yes, they made it pretty well. With a programme focused on lieder with oriental themes, without no applause until the intermission it was risky to sing all these songs, with different moods all together almost without interruption.