Music Beyond Border

Music Beyond Borders Germany 2004 德國
The Event


Eva Meier is a woman who has devoted her life to chanson.

Eva Meier Paul Cibis Eva Meier

Her concert Eyes in the Big City - her performance for Music Beyond Borders: Germany Revisited on 18 October 2007 - was an evening of cabaret featuring songs by Brecht’s two major musical collaborators Kurt Weill and Hanns Eisler, numbers by their contemporaries Hollaender and Spoliansky, as well as some thought provoking settings by Peer Raben, the long-time composer for film director Rainer Werner Fassbinder - a programme of the known and unknown.

Among the guests were the Consul General of Germany, Mr. Frank Burbach (3rd from left), Mr. & Mrs. Melvin Wong (5th & 6th), Mr. & Mrs. Kijimoto, Mr. & Mrs. J. WongEva’s interpretations of the Weill and Eisler songs were in line with performances by Ute Lemper and Marlene Dietrich (to whom she has been favorably compared many times). She opened with the passionately dramatic ‘Mack the Knife’ where you could feel the cutting dark side of the song as never before. Her performances of several songs by the still sadly under performed Mischa Spoliansky and Friedrich Hollaender were incredibly witty and striking with pointed delivery of the texts. The songs by Peer Raben (including standout settings of Heinrich Heine’s ‘A Woman’ and Hans Magnus Enzensberger’s ‘The Ocelot’) were quite simply - a revelation.

Fine German faire Amy Kwong and Michael Muller Verweyen (Director of the Goethe Institute, HK)

The recital was a revelation into a dark world of desperate love, pain and hope with songs like ‘Falling in Love Again’ and ‘Speak Low’. But not every song tugged at your heart strings and the repertoire included the amusing Schiffer/Spoliansky tune ‘Masculine-Feminine’ and one view on German men from Kurt Tucholsky/ Rolf Wilhelm, ‘Lamento’.

The studio audience Presenters Stacey Rodda and Kathy Lam

Eva Meier in concert Eva Meier The end

Eva Meier was superbly accompanied by pianist Paul Cibis.

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Of Interest

Watch out for German artists and music on the Monday Concert and for these special features on Sunday Morning on 4


Monday concert

listen 收聽LISTEN 08.10.07 Lars Vogt
listen 收聽LISTEN 15.10.07 Christian Tetzlaff
listen 收聽LISTEN 22.10.07 Gewandhaus Orchestra
listen 收聽LISTEN 29.10.07 Berlin Philharmonic

An hour with the Consul-General of Germany, Mr. Frank Burbach on Sunday Morning on 4, Sunday 21 October 2007,
9:00 – 10:00 am

德國駐港總領使卜百賀專訪 listen 收聽LISTEN

Having worked in the Economic and Political Departments of the German Embassy, Tokyo; as Head of the Press and Cultural Departments of the German Consulate General in Milan, Italy; as Head of the Consular Department at the Germany Embassy, Prague; as Head of the Cultural Department at the German Embassy, London and now as the German Consul General in Hong Kong, Mr. Burbach has many a story to tell and his accounts include some of the music he has encountered and enjoyed in all of these great cities.

From the drum music of Japan’s Za Ondekoza, to an Italian opera aria 'Liviamo' from La Traviata sung by Maria Callas ; 'The Moldau' by Czech composer Smetana to the music of 17th century England by Purcell – the programme will also feature the Hong Kong born cellist Trey Lee playing some Schumann. You are sure to enjoy this trip.


An hour with the Director of the Goethe-Institut Hong Kong: Michael Muller-Verweyen on Sunday Morning on 4,
27 Jan 2008, 9:00 – 10:00 am

香港歌德學院院長梅禮高專訪listen 收聽LISTEN

Michael Muller-Verweyen (left) with Stanley Wong at the Goethe-Institut Hongkong's 'Lan Wei/Abortive Buildings' exhibition opening in August 2007

Find out all about the Goethe-Institut, the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach.

The institute draws on the rich variety of Germany’s many-faceted open society and lively culture. Its main purpose is to assist everyone taking an active interest in Germany and the German language and culture.

One important goal of the Goethe-Institut Hong Kong is to promote international cultural cooperation by organising a broad variety of events to present German culture.

Michael Muller-Verweyen will be talking about the institute and many of its upcoming events on the programme.

Finemusic Online Mar 2006
Eva Meier's previous Berlin 20s recital

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