Don't you feel in the air
The perfume that spring spreads?
Don't you feel in the soul
The sound of a new flattering voice?
Francesco Paolo Tosti, Aprile
Prize Winners Concert on 7 May 2014 at Bertelsmann Unter den Linden 1, Berlin
The concert was a musical ode to the merry month of May. This “joyful squanderer,” as Erich Kästner once described the month, has always sparked a firework display of joy and lust for life in our hearts. Early summer’s scents, warming rays of sunlight and a carefree sense of drive push the winter from our minds, allowing us to dream and strive for new horizons.
Dreaming and striving for new horizons are also common features on the paths of our 2013 prize winners. Four young artists who received awards in Gütersloh in October were presenting works such as “Die Mainacht” by Johannes Brahms and Richard Strauss’ “Cäcilie” and “Ständchen.” These are songs of love. After all, this too is inextricably linked with May: burgeoning happiness, new beginnings and sumptuous beauty. Allow yourselves to be amazed by four young people who entered the competition with big dreams, and have now seen those dreams come true. Join us, and lose yourselves in dreams of May.