Norman Lebrecht on shifting sound worlds
The German-born baritone Udo Reinemann has died aged 70. Based in Paris, he made a career singing lieder and giving masterclasses, on occasion presenting new works by French composers.
Rest in peace, dear mr. Udo Reinemann. I remember you very vividly: very nice and polite, and totally committed to music and very gifted in transferring your outstanding musicality to others: singers, but also instrumentalists or even orchestras. Mr Reinemann, you are an icon in my musical education and i thank you for that!
Beautiful singing, reminiscent of the great lyric French baritones such as Souzay and Panzéra.
I played in a concert in Brussels in 2000 alongside Udo Reinemann’s Utrecht students, supervised by him. The energy, confidence and self-belief he gave them – and to all of us involved in the concert – were completely inspiring and unforgettable. What a great teacher.
It is such a sad coincidence that the death of his regular pianist from earlier times Noel Lee – who worked with him on a whole stack of records, particularly on the prolific French Arion label – should be announced at almost exactly the same time. In sadness.
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