Matthias Goerne

Baritone

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Schubert: Winterreise D911

Schubert: Winterreise D911

Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, France, July 2015


Matthias Goerne (baritone) & Markus Hinterhäuser (piano)

Franz Schubert´s Winterreise engages with its audience in a new and unexpected form. Matthias Goerne, 'the voice of perfection' (Le Figaro), pianist Markus Hinterhäuser and South African director, set designer and theatrical artist William Kentridge joined forces on stage and traced newly imagined, deeply moving images. In short animated films, Kentridge visualises Goerne’s and Hinterhäuser’s sonic contribution. A memorable meeting 'of melancholy and magic' (La Marseillaise). 'Mr. Kentridge’s 24 stop-action films - made up of animated ink drawings and collages - offer a visually mesmerising and thought-provoking commentary on Schubert’s song cycle' (New York Times). 'There is an unusual robustness to his (Matthias Goerne´s) wanderer, infused by the virile beauty of his powerful baritone' (New York Times).

Documentary: A TRIO FOR SCHUBERT feat. Interviews with W. Kentridge, M. Goerne and M. Hinterhäuser

Running Time Total: 138 Minutes (Concert 85’ + Doc 53’)

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Schubert: Winterreise D911

Schubert: Winterreise D911

Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, France, July 2015


Matthias Goerne (baritone) & Markus Hinterhäuser (piano)

Franz Schubert´s Winterreise engages with its audience in a new and unexpected form. Matthias Goerne, 'the voice of perfection' (Le Figaro), pianist Markus Hinterhäuser and South African director, set designer and theatrical artist William Kentridge joined forces on stage and traced newly imagined, deeply moving images. In short animated films, Kentridge visualises Goerne’s and Hinterhäuser’s sonic contribution. A memorable meeting 'of melancholy and magic' (La Marseillaise). 'Mr. Kentridge’s 24 stop-action films - made up of animated ink drawings and collages - offer a visually mesmerising and thought-provoking commentary on Schubert’s song cycle' (New York Times). 'There is an unusual robustness to his (Matthias Goerne´s) wanderer, infused by the virile beauty of his powerful baritone' (New York Times).

Documentary: A TRIO FOR SCHUBERT feat. Interviews with W. Kentridge, M. Goerne and M. Hinterhäuser

Running Time Total: 138 Minutes (Concert 85’ + Doc 53’)

Picture 16:9, HD

Sound BD: PCM Stereo

Subtitles German (original language), English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese Doc: German, English, Korean, Japanese

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Wagner: Die Walküre

Wagner: Die Walküre


Matthias Goerne (Wotan), Petra Lang (Brünnhilde), Michelle DeYoung (Fricka), Stuart Skelton (Siegmund), Heidi Melton (Sieglinde), Falk Struckmann (Hunding), Sarah Castle (Waltraute), Karen Foster (Gerhilde), Katherine Broderick (Helmwige), Anna Burford (Schwertleite), Elaine McKrill (Ortlinde), Aurhelia Varak (Siegrune), Okka von der Damerau (Grimgerde), Laura Nykänen (Rossweise)

Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Jaap van Zweden

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here

Comprising four separate operas, Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung) is one of the supreme works in the history of music. Part II of the tetralogy, Die Walküre, centres on the young lovers Siegmund and Sieglinde, whose relationship angers Fricka, goddess of marriage, and on the disobedience of the Valkyrie Brünnhilde who is sent to carry out Fricka’s wishes. Performed by an all-star international cast, the work features thrilling set-pieces such as Wotan’s Farewell and the Ride of the Valkyries. The Prologue, Das Rheingold, can be heard on Naxos 8660374-75, selected as ‘Album of the Week’ by The Sunday Times of London, which praised its ‘thrilling sense of drama’.

Sound format: 24-bit, 96 kHz PCM

“As before, the playing of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra provides the foundation of the performance...Van Zweden’s sense of pacing and drama never falters either, and some of the climaxes he engineers are thrillingly vivid...Skelton is magnificent throughout, surely without a rival in the role today...Overall, the performances become much more than the sum of their parts, some of which are outstanding anyway.” The Guardian, 9th November 2016 ****

“van Zweden has broken free of both tradition and over-literal score-reading to interpret what is in front of him...Goerne is in almost indecently good voice...DeYoung argues Fricka’s case with power and sweep...[Struckmann] uses text rather than colour to frighten as Hunding...this is an impressive and likeable achievement.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2016

“it’s the Wälsung twins who pretty much steal the show: Stuart Skelton and Heidi Melton deliver a first act of exquisite radiance and tenderness...t’s above all a very human first act, eschewing the heroics and melodrama that are played up on other recordings.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 11th November 2016

“A sturdy urgency is keeping Naxos’s burgeoning Ring cycle powering forwards...van Zweden rouses much of the drama that would be expected in the theatre, and his Hong Kong orchestra, though hardly in the Wagnerian front rank, supports him strongly. The cycle’s ace is Matthias Goerne’s expressive Wotan.” Financial Times, 18th November 2016

“There are likely to be further individual vocal performances worth seeking out, bit it increasingly looks as though this cycle will be collectable primarily for van Zweden’s achievement in turning his Hong Kong players into a Wagner orchestra to be reckoned with.” Opera, January 2017

“Stuart Skelton and Heidi Melton provide sheer vocal luxury. Good casting all round makes this well worth purchasing” Opera Now, December 2016 ****

“I doubt there is any tenor today to equal Stuart Skelton’s Siegmund, as thrilling as he is poetic. The set is worth acquiring for him alone, but there’s also Matthias Goerne: surely one of the most introverted Wotans ever recorded, but so moving..Van Zweden works wonders in transforming the HK Phil into a world-class Wagner band.” Sunday Times, 8th January 2017

“Drawing airy, luminescent textures from the Hong Kong players, [van Zweden] drives the drama excitingly [and] his singers respond superbly…Goerne brings Wotan’s fearful conflicts of love and desperation alive…[Lang’s] high notes soar with cutting power…Skelton and Melton are well established Volsungs, but both their voices seem to have taken on fresh lustre and clarion ring, giving memorably intense performance.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2017

Presto Disc of the Week

11th November 2016

Presto Discs of 2016

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Opera Choice - January 2017

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Freiburg Baroque Orchestra - Baroque Christmas

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra - Baroque Christmas


Angelika Kirchschlager (mezzo-soprano), Barbara Bonney (soprano) & Matthias Goerne (baritone)

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Freiburger Domsingknaben, German Brass, Gottfried von der Goltz

This extraordinary Christmas Edition of the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra presents well-known classical Christmas compositions combined with popular carols and jazzy improvisations.

A special price re-release slipcase edition for the Christmas season, featuring one of the most renowned baroque orchestras in the world: the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. Featuring star soloists such as Angelika Kirchschlager (winner of ECHO Klassik), Barbara Bonney and Matthias Goerne (honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music in London), the Tomasz Stańko Quartet, and German Brass. The historic Freiburg Cathedral and the Cistercian monastery of Naumburg provide the perfect atmospheric setting. Recorded in 1999 and 2000. Including excerpts from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and many other seasonal Bach standards and popular Christmas songs, such as “Es ist ein Ros entsprungen” and “Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht“.

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Running time: DVD 1: 82 mins, DVD 2: 60 mins

Total running time: 122 mins

Language: German

Subtitles: English, Deutsch, Français (DVD 1)

Production years: 1999, 2000

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Mendelssohn: Paulus, Op. 36

Mendelssohn: Paulus, Op. 36


Melanie Diener (soprano), Annette Markert (mezzo), James Taylor (tenor) & Matthias Goerne (baritone)

La Chapelle Royale, Collegium Vocale Gent & Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, Philippe Herreweghe

“Goerne’s noble Paulus is the standout in Herreweghe’s scrupulously nuanced, broadly conceived, and warmly diversified account of an oratorio perennially overshadowed by its better known sibling Elijah.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2017 ****

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Brahms: Vier ernste Gesänge

Brahms: Vier ernste Gesänge


Brahms:

Lieder und Gesänge (9), Op. 32

Sommerabend, Op. 85 No. 1

Mondenschein, Op. 85 No. 2

Der Tod, das ist die kühle Nacht, Op. 96 No. 1

Es schauen die Blumen, Op. 96 No. 3

Meerfahrt, Op. 96 No. 4

Vier ernste Gesänge, Op. 121


Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

Brahms wrote a vast number of lieder over a period of 40 years. The 200 or so he permitted to survive show just how important the genre was to his compositional process. The selection presented here illustrates the diversity of a corpus that features Heine (as with so many other composers), but also a wide variety of other poets whom he set to music with the same consummate skill as the ‘Four Serious Songs’ Op.121, the peak of his magnificent and highly individual output.

“No-one broods quite like Matthias Goerne, and if his new recital of Brahms songs makes for a decidedly sombre listening experience, it’s also an absolutely unmissable one...his oaky, sturdy voice has taken on darker and more dramatic hues of late...There’s a special sort of alchemy in his partnership with Eschenbach, too, to the extent that it often feels as if we’re listening to a single performer.” Presto Classical, 17th June 2016

“they suit Brahms’ Vier ernste Gesange, his Four Serious Songs, wonderfully well, that velvety voice seemingly endless reserves of dynamic and expressive power, and a pianist prepared to linger wherever the singer leads, bringing dark shades of his own to the sound...I’ll be listening to this again and again.” Record Review, 11th June 2016

“The finest-grained colours come from the piano: Eschenbach knows when to push and when to linger, and he has a lovely knack of catching Goerne at the crest of a phrase and then adding his own quiet commentary.” The Guardian, 30th June 2016 ***

“Goerne remains a fine lieder singer … he shows a careful attention to text … he finds a contemplative depth for the Four Serious Songs, however, with the sorrow and tenderness of the second beautifully suggested.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2016

“It’s music that’s very well suited to his voice: grainy and gentle and with that characteristic burnished-mahogany tone...this is supremely seductive Lieder singing, with a natural intelligence and ease with the words, matched by playing from Christoph Eschenbach that coaxes and caresses the piano with loving delicacy.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2016

“This is a grown-up disc of grown-up repertoire…it’s superbly done and it’s entirely worthy to stand alongside Goerne’s excellent Schubert recitals for the same label.” MusicWeb International, September 2016

Presto Disc of the Week

17th June 2016

Presto Discs of 2016

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GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - September 2016

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Mahler: Symphony No. 5 & Selected Songs from 'Des Knaben Wunderhorn'

Mahler: Symphony No. 5 & Selected Songs from 'Des Knaben Wunderhorn'

Lucerne Festival In Summer 2015


Mahler:

Symphony No. 5

Rheinlegendchen (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Matthias Goerne (baritone)

Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Matthias Goerne (baritone)

Das irdische Leben (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Matthias Goerne (baritone)

Urlicht (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Matthias Goerne (baritone)

Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Matthias Goerne (baritone)

Revelge (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Matthias Goerne (baritone)

Der Tambourg'sell (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Matthias Goerne (baritone)


Andris Nelsons conducted the Lucerne Festival Orchestra for the third time in August 2015, the orchestra’s second summer without founder and guiding spirit Claudio Abbado. The first half of his concert was already a highlight: the baritone Matthias Goerne seemed completely at home in a selection of songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn. His warm, dark voice allows him to capture the somber and tragic atmosphere of this music like no one else. Its shaded timbre is most perfectly suited to the work’s melancholy and nocturnal moods, where one can directly experience how an artist of this caliber can bring music to the edge of the abyss. The Lucerne Festival Orchestra, renowned for its unique Mahler sound, had last played Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 in the summer of 2004 with Abbado – a flowing, transparent, and ethereal interpretation. Nelsons finds a completely different approach to the work. His Mahler is fiery, expansive, and powerful. In spite of the introductory funeral march, his reading is more positive than tragic, radiating an intense vitality. It is breathtaking to observe the orchestra’s response to Nelsons’s energetic, physical, and emotional conducting style. The relationship between orchestra and conductor is one of giving and taking, nothing else.

Picture Format DVD: NTSC 16:9

Sound Formats DVD: PCM Stereo

Dolby Digital 5.1 DTS 5.1

Region Code: 0 (worldwide)

Running Time: 123:12 min

Disc Format: DVD‐9

Subtitles: German (Original), French, English, Japanese, Korean

“A high- octane, viscerally intense performance of the fifth symphony beautifully filmed and recorded here for Accentus” Classical Music, October 2016 *****

“[The Lucerne Festival Orchestra’s] magnificent playing here is suffused with the memory of their creator, Claudio Abbado, and re-energised with the new-found dynamism of the visionary Latvian…Nelsons and his orchestra are predictably joyous and the coming-together of the earlier chorale and delirious helter-skeltering strings is ridiculously exciting” Gramophone Magazine, September 2016

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Mahler: Symphony No. 5 & Selected Songs from 'Des Knaben Wunderhorn'

Mahler: Symphony No. 5 & Selected Songs from 'Des Knaben Wunderhorn'

Lucerne Festival In Summer 2015


Mahler:

Symphony No. 5

Rheinlegendchen (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Matthias Goerne (baritone)

Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Matthias Goerne (baritone)

Das irdische Leben (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Matthias Goerne (baritone)

Urlicht (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Matthias Goerne (baritone)

Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Matthias Goerne (baritone)

Revelge (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Matthias Goerne (baritone)

Der Tambourg'sell (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Matthias Goerne (baritone)


Andris Nelsons conducted the Lucerne Festival Orchestra for the third time in August 2015, the orchestra’s second summer without founder and guiding spirit Claudio Abbado. The first half of his concert was already a highlight: the baritone Matthias Goerne seemed completely at home in a selection of songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn. His warm, dark voice allows him to capture the somber and tragic atmosphere of this music like no one else. Its shaded timbre is most perfectly suited to the work’s melancholy and nocturnal moods, where one can directly experience how an artist of this caliber can bring music to the edge of the abyss. The Lucerne Festival Orchestra, renowned for its unique Mahler sound, had last played Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 in the summer of 2004 with Abbado – a flowing, transparent, and ethereal interpretation. Nelsons finds a completely different approach to the work. His Mahler is fiery, expansive, and powerful. In spite of the introductory funeral march, his reading is more positive than tragic, radiating an intense vitality. It is breathtaking to observe the orchestra’s response to Nelsons’s energetic, physical, and emotional conducting style. The relationship between orchestra and conductor is one of giving and taking, nothing else.

Picture Format Blu‐ray: NTSC 16:9, Full HD

Sound Formats Blu‐ray: DTS HD Master Audio, PCM Stereo

Region Code: 0 (worldwide)

Running Time: 123:12 min

Disc Format: BD 25

Subtitles: German (Original), French, English, Japanese, Korean

“[The Lucerne Festival Orchestra’s] magnificent playing here is suffused with the memory of their creator, Claudio Abbado, and re-energised with the new-found dynamism of the visionary Latvian…Nelsons and his orchestra are predictably joyous and the coming-together of the earlier chorale and delirious helter-skeltering strings is ridiculously exciting” Gramophone Magazine, September 2016

“A high- octane, viscerally intense performance of the fifth symphony beautifully filmed and recorded here for Accentus” Classical Music, October 2016 *****

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Schubert: String Quintet & Lieder

Schubert: String Quintet & Lieder


Schubert:

String Quintet in C major, D956

Gautier Capuçon (cello)

Die Gotter Griechenlands D677 (Schiller)

arranged for string quartet and double bass

Matthias Goerne (baritone) & Laurene Durantel (double-bass)

Der Tod und das Mädchen, D531

arranged for string quartet and double bass

Matthias Goerne (baritone) & Laurene Durantel (double-bass)

Der Jungling und der Tod, D545 (Spaun)

arranged for string quartet and double bass

Matthias Goerne (baritone) & Laurene Durantel (double-bass)

Atys D585

arranged for string quartet and double bass

Matthias Goerne (baritone) & Laurene Durantel (double-bass)

Der liebliche Stern, D861 (Schulze)

arranged for string quartet and double bass

Matthias Goerne (baritone) & Laurene Durantel (double-bass)


In 2014 Erato released Schubert’s glorious ‘Trout’ Quintet, recorded live at Paris’s Salle Pleyel by members of Quatuor Ebène with nonagerian pianist Menahem Pressler. The French quartet – with a new viola-player, 24-year-old Adrien Boisseau and a distinguished guest cellist, Gautier Capuçon – now turns to another Schubert quintet, his final chamber work and one of his sublime masterpieces: the Quintet for two violins, viola and two cellos in C major D956, often known simply as the Schubert Quintet. Its slow movement in particular, in which time seems to stands still, is a favourite with music-lovers.

In a characteristically imaginative move, Quatuor Ebène has complemented this substantial work, which lasts nearly an hour, with five of the 600 or so songs that Schubert composed during his lifetime. Replacing the customary piano accompaniments are sensitive new arrangements for string quartet and double bass (Laurène Durante), made by the Ebène’s cellist, Raphaël Merlin, while the singer is the German baritone Matthias Goerne. Established as one of the world’s greatest interpreters of lieder, he has a timbre that, in the words of Gramophone, is notable for its “distinctive mellow roundness … at once deep and soft-grained”. Goerne has said that: “There are no limits to Schubert. He is limitlessly deep – whether you are interpreting him or listening to him. He reveals all the facets, desires, fears and flaws of a human being.” The five songs on this CD – ‘Die Götter Griechenlands’, ‘Der Tod und das Mädchen‘, ‘Der Jüngling und der Tod‘, ‘Atys‘ and ‘Der liebliche Stern‘ – all deal with themes of death or nostalgia, while also demonstrating Schubert’s extraordinary expressive scope.

The Ebène’s recording of the ‘Trout’ Quintet with Menahem Pressler was greeted enthusiastically by Gramophone – “[It] radiates such communicative spirit and pure delight in making music together”, while the UK’s Observer newspaper, writing shortly before Christmas 2014, said: “This is the present for any chamber music lover – if you can bear to give it away.” The new programme of the String Quintet and songs was presented in October 2015 at the prestigious annual festival in Austria which takes its name from the musical evenings the composer used to enjoy with his friends: Schubertiade. As the Austrian magazine KULTUR-Zeitschrift wrote: “The general standard of the concerts at the Schubertiade is very high, but there will always be one chamber music event that stands out – and in this case it involved the French Quatuor Ebène, the baritone Matthias Goerne, the double bassist Laurène Durantel and the cellist Nicolas Altstaedt [rather than Gautier Capuçon, who appears on the CD]. Musical communication …, tonal flexibility and great emotional breadth are the trademarks of Quatuor Ebène … The arrangements of well-known Schubert lieder offered a wealth of discoveries for the listener. Raphaël Merlin has arranged the piano parts [of the songs] with great dedication; the use of strings gave the songs a new and readily accessible character … as each took on the characteristics of a scena, an aria or a mini-drama. … The players and Matthias Goerne collaborated superbly. The baritone took centre stage and brought each song to life with distinctive expression ... full of nuance in every register … fusing lyricism and drama …The interpretation of Schubert’s C major Quintet fully captured its essence … The themes rang out in their many forms in the opening movement; after the finely spun Adagio the Scherzo burst with percussive energy, and once the players had rounded off the final movement there was a storm of applause from the audience.”

“For a start, the Ebène Quartet quite clearly think deeply about every note, every texture, every gesture – as they have demonstrated in the past...The lower instruments are the engine room of the Quintet, and this performance demonstrates that as finely as any...The detailing, too, is remarkable.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2016

“The Quatuor Ebène, who together with the remarkable cellist Gautier Capuçon perform the C major String Quintet, stands out, even in a golden age of string quartets…and since Capuçon integrates himself with them with none of the strain that star cellists often show, the result is as impressive as one might hope” BBC Music Magazine, June 2016 ****

“Enriched by the extra cello of Gautier Capuçon, this performance is noteworthy for its sheer richness and variety of colour...With detailed, upfront sound enhancing the playing, this disc is sure to gain a footing on this year’s awards lists.” The Strad, 2016

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Wagner: Das Rheingold

Wagner: Das Rheingold


Matthias Goerne (Wotan), Kim Begley (Loge), Michelle DeYoung (Fricka), Deborah Humble (Erda), Peter Sidhom (Alberich), Anna Samuil (Freia), Kwangchul Youn (Fasolt), Stephen Milling (Fafner), David Cangelosi (Mime), Charles Reid (Froh), Oleksandr Pushniak (Donner), Eri Nakamura (Woglinde), Aurhelia Varak (Wellgunde), Hermine Haselböck (Flosshilde)

Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Jaap van Zweden

First performed as a cycle of four operas in 1876, Wagner’s visionary Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung) is one of the greatest works of art.

Centred around a ring which offers its bearer ultimate power and the attempts of various people to acquire it, the Ring cycle explores the relationship between love and earthly power and the themes of yearning and loss, all within a setting of medieval legend. The Prologue Das Rheingold depicts the theft and subsequent surrender of the ring forged from the Rhinemaidens’ gold by the Nibelung dwarf Alberich.

“The orchestral textures have a spaciousness and transparency, and an unforced sense of architectural shaping and dramatic flow...But the real surprise here is Matthias Goerne’s performance as Wotan. His handling of the text is as exemplary as anyone would expect from such a seasoned lieder singer, but it’s the power and gravitas that Goerne brings to the role that are so startling.” The Guardian, 21st October 2015 ****

“the Hong Kong Philharmonic sound fully up for the occasion and have the stamina for this demanding piece…Matthias Goerne sings Wotan beautifully with much baritonal sophistication, predictable care for words and able negotiation of trickier moments…Peter Sidhom enjoys himself greatly playing Alberich as an out-and-out 'baddie'…[the scene in Nibelheim] feels as if David Cangelosi's Mime, both funny and moving with any kind of braying excess, has acted as a catalyst to turn the occasion into a more full-on dramatic performance” Gramophone Magazine, November 2015

“Sidhom's dark-leather tone and malevolent characterisation make an impressive Alberich, fellow Briton Kim Begley is a smooth, sardonic Loge, ideally lyrical in his narration...Van Zweden conducts with an easy sweep that would carry one along in the opera house...This knocks spots off rival budget versions...and many more expensive.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2016 ****

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