This December marks the re-release of my wife Hanneli’s CD of Christmas songs, Kersfees met Hanneli Rupert & die Kaapstad Sinfonietta, which was recorded in 1998 with the Cape Town Sinfonietta in the Endler Hall, Stellenbosch.
The CD features a number of well-loved compositions performed in English, Afrikaans, and German with arrangements by Peter Klatzow, Peter Louis van Dijk, Zorada Temmingh and Louis Heyneman.
Given that I will be unashamedly bias in describing Hanneli’s singing career, I thought I would take this more objective overview from classicsa.co.za, South Africa’s premier classical music directory.
“Hanneli Rupert has established herself as a successful Lieder recitalist as well as a distinguished performer of oratorio. Especially noted as an interpreter of the music of Mahler, she has also earned acclaim in the repertoires of Bach and Brahms. In 1996 her CD recording of Brahms Lieder with the renowned pianist Graham Johnson was released by EMI Classics. Ms Rupert’s recording of song cycles by Gustav Mahler and the Wesendonck Lieder by Richard Wagner with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra under Bernhard Gueller was released on the RCA Red Seal label. She was the soloist in the world premiere of Alfred Schnittke’s oratorio Nagasaki, also with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, published under the BIS label.”
The CD is available during business hours from the La Motte Farm Shop (http://www.la-motte.co.za) in Franschhoek or could be ordered by phoning Jacolene Fourie on +27 (0)21 876 8840. the cost of the CD is R95.