Lia Pale & Oliver Schnyder "The Other Way Around" plus "The Brahms Songbook"

arranged by Mathias Rüegg


A song recital with songs from the Great American Songbook and as a bonus the second part features the album release of "The Brahms Songbook" as a bonus program.

"The Other Way Around" is an extraordinary duo album with singer Lia Pale, classical pianist Oliver Schnyder and arranger Mathias Rüegg, who the two leading actors were able to win over to tailor their favourite songs from the Great American Song Book to suit their personal taste. After Pale and Rüegg have been transforming art songs into songs for quite some time, now the opposite is happening - the songs become art songs - the other way around!

As all winter travelers Schnyder, Pale & Rüegg found each other at the Ittinger Whitsun concerts in 2016 and after a first arrangement of "Smile" (Charlie Chaplin) in the course of Rüegg's portrait in December 2017 at the Porgy & Bess decided to make a whole album together. When asked what Oliver Schnyder considered to be the biggest difference between an art song and a jazz standard, he replied: "The art song and the standard have the same poetic message, but the former has been worked out down to the last detail, owned by the composer. The art song is, culinarily speaking, already prepared. The standard, on the other hand, is a shopping basket full of wonderful ingredients that someone has put in your kitchen." So Rüegg has collected ingredients from two musical worlds and for each song he has written his own recipe according to Pale and Schnyder's taste - of course cooking is left entirely to the two performers. Dinner is served!

On their new album "The Brahms Songbook", Lia Pale and Oliver Schnyder present a very personal selection from Johannes Brahmsʼ's entire song collection, including some of his arrangements of German folk songs. Mathias Rüegg looks over the shoulder of the young and bearded researcher, at times a silent hamburger, as a soul-mate Viennese of choice. Included are the very familiar Ingrid Oberkanins, the well-tried comrades-in-arms Hans Strasser and the soloists Joris Roelofs and Mario Rom.

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February 2019

Theater Akzent

How to get there

The evening box office and public entrance of both Theater Akzent and Podium im Akzent are located at Theresianumgasse 18, 1040 Wien.

The box office and public entrance to Studio im Akzent are located around the corner at Argentinierstraße 37, 1040 Wien.

By Public Transport
Underground U1 (to stations Südtiroler Platz/Hauptbahnhof or Taubstummengasse), Tram line D (to stops Belvedere or Plösslgasse) or Bus Line 13A (to stop Belvederegasse); or on foot – a short walk from Karlsplatz along Argentinierstraße.

By Car
Depending on the availability of free parking spaces, our Underground Car Park (access on Argentinierstraße) is available to ticket holders free of charge from 60 minutes before to 30 minutes after each performance.

Special Parking Facilities
Parking spaces reserved for the handicapped are located directly in front of the main entrance.

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