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Thomas Quasthoff

Thomas Quasthoff overcame remarkable personal challenges to emerge as one of the premier bass-baritones of his generation. Quasthoff was born in Hildesheim, Germany, on November 5, 1959. During pregnancy, his mother was prescribed the drug thalidomide to combat morning sickness, and as a result he was born with severe birth defects, never growing past the height of four feet and suffering phocomelia of the upper extremities. Because his condition left him physically unable to play piano -- a requirement at the majority of Germany's preeminent music conservatories -- Quasthoff instead studied voice with a private tutor, concurrently attending law school. He also served six years as an announcer for German public radio outlet NDR, and additionally worked as a television voiceover talent. Quasthoff launched his musical career in 1988, claiming top honors in the esteemed ARD international competition and earning plaudits from legendary baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. His EMI debut, a collection of Carl Loewe ballads, followed a year later. Still, many producers found it impossible to reconcile his rich, resonant voice with his physical limitations and Quasthoff resigned himself to a career in academia, teaching voice at the Detmold Music Academy and intermittently recording works by Beethoven, Bach, and Mozart, winning his first Grammy Award in 2000 for an interpretation of Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn, recorded in collaboration with soprano Anne Sofie von Otter. Although Quasthoff's was first renowned for his efforts in Romantic lieder, over time he expanded his range from Baroque to improvisational jazz. Finally, in 2003 he made his staged operatic debut as Don Fernando in a production of Beethoven's Fidelio presented at the Salzburg Festival. Despite growing demand for services, Quasthoff restricted his performance schedule to roughly 50 appearances per year in order to continue teaching. After more than a decade in Detmold, he joined the staff of Berlin's Hanns Eisler School of Music. In 2007, he also issued his first jazz album, Watch What Happens. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Tell It Like It Is

1. I Can't Stand The Rain

2. Lost Mind

3. Have A Little Faith In Me

4. Have A Talk With God

5. The Seventh Son

6. Short People

7. Please Send Me Someone To Love

8. Kissing My Love

9. Ain't No Sunshine

10. Rainy Night In Georgia

11. The Whistleman

12. Rider In The Rain

13. Tell It Like It Is

14. Georgia On My Mind

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Track List: Bach: Cantatas

Title: Cantata No. 56, "Ich Will Den Kreuzstab Gerne Tragen," Bwv 56 (Bc A146)

1. Cantata No. 56, "Ich Will Den Kreuzstab Gerne Tragen," Bwv 56 (Bc A146): I. Ich Will Den Kreutzstab Gerne Tragen

2. Cantata No. 56, "Ich Will Den Kreuzstab Gerne Tragen," Bwv 56 (Bc A146): II. Mein Wandel Auf Der Welt

3. Cantata No. 56, "Ich Will Den Kreuzstab Gerne Tragen," Bwv 56 (Bc A146): III. Endlich Wird Mein Joch

4. Cantata No. 56, "Ich Will Den Kreuzstab Gerne Tragen," Bwv 56 (Bc A146): IV. Ich Stehe Fertig Und Bereit

5. Cantata No. 56, "Ich Will Den Kreuzstab Gerne Tragen," Bwv 56 (Bc A146): V. Komm, O Tod, Du Schlafes Bruder

Title: Cantata No. 158, "Der Friede Sei Mit Dir," Bwv 158 (Bc A61)

6. Cantata No. 158, "Der Friede Sei Mit Dir," Bwv 158 (Bc A61): I. Der Friede Sei Mit Dir

7. Cantata No. 158, "Der Friede Sei Mit Dir," Bwv 158 (Bc A61): Aria With Chorale: Welt, Ade

8. Cantata No. 158, "Der Friede Sei Mit Dir," Bwv 158 (Bc A61): III. Nun Herr, Regiere Meinen Sinn

9. Cantata No. 158, "Der Friede Sei Mit Dir," Bwv 158 (Bc A61): IV. Hier Ist Das Rechte Osterlamm

Title: Cantata No. 82, "Ich Habe Genug," Bwv 82 (Bc A169)

10. Cantata No. 82, "Ich Habe Genug," Bwv 82 (Bc A169): I. Aria: Ich Hab Genug

11. Cantata No. 82, "Ich Habe Genug," Bwv 82 (Bc A169): II. Recitativo: Ich Habe Genug!

12. Cantata No. 82, "Ich Habe Genug," Bwv 82 (Bc A169): III. Schlummert Ein, Irh Matten Augen

13. Cantata No. 82, "Ich Habe Genug," Bwv 82 (Bc A169): IV. Mein Gott! Wenn Komt Das Schone

14. Cantata No. 82, "Ich Habe Genug," Bwv 82 (Bc A169): V. Ich Freue Mich Auf Meinen Tod

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