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Britten: War Requiem, Op. 66

Britten: War Requiem, Op. 66


Emily Magee (soprano), Mark Padmore (tenor), Christian Gerhaher (baritone)

Chor and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks & Tölz Boys’ Choir, Mariss Jansons

This release commemorates the life of the English composer Benjamin Britten, who would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year. Britten, who in May 1942 refused to fight in World War II, began working in 1960 on a "War Requiem". In March of this year, during the performances by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Mariss Jansons, the work delivered its shattering impact once again – due not only to the Tölz Boys' Choir but also an outstanding trio of soloists.

“Jansons brings a powerful sense of momentum...Gerhaher brings his shamainstic focus to key moments...Magee is fiery and imperious” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas Issue 2013 ****

“Padmore always makes verbal poetry, despite some shortness of breath...Gerhaher, singing in excellent English, is simply outstanding - powerful, supremely expressive and unforgettable in the intensity that he creates in 'Strange Meeting'.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2013

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FolksLied

FolksLied


Beethoven:

Could this ill world, Op. 108 No. 16

Come fill, fill, my good fellow!, Op. 108 No. 13

Oh! Sweet were the hours, Op. 108 No. 3

Faithfu' Johnie, Op. 108 No. 20

Sunset, Op. 108 No. 2

Britten:

Ca’ the yowes

Sally in Our Alley

The Miller of Dee

O can ye sew cushions?

How Sweet the Answer

At the mid hour of night

Dear Harp of My Country

Avenging and Bright

Haydn:

Fließ leise mein Bächlein, Hob.XXXIa/253 A

Anton Barachovsky (violin), Sebastian Klinger (cello)

Ein Wandrer kommt von ferne, Hob.XXXIb:3

Anton Barachovsky (violin), Sebastian Klinger (cello)

Ich stehe auf der Heide, Hob.XXXIb:27

Anton Barachovsky (violin), Sebastian Klinger (cello)

Es weiden meine Schafe, Hob.XXIa

Anton Barachovsky (violin), Sebastian Klinger (cello)

Im Schummern, da kam ich einst zu dir, Hob.XXXIb:36

Anton Barachovsky (violin), Sebastian Klinger (cello)

Rose weiss Rose rot, Hob.XXXb:10

Anton Barachovsky (violin), Sebastian Klinger (cello)


Christian Gerhaher (baritone), Gerold Huber (piano)

As a Lied interpreter, on the concert stage and, increasingly, on the operatic stage as well, the baritone Christian Gerhaher is currently setting new artistic standards. After publication of two choral-symphonic recordings with this exceptional singer, BR-KLASSIK now presents a Lieder CD containing recorded material from Gerhaher's time as Artist in Residence with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. Gerhaher's finely coordinated programme –ambiguously entitled "folkslied" – examines the exciting contrast between the Volkslied(folk song) and the Kunstlied (art song). It contains the rarely heard Folk Song Arrangementsby Benjamin Britten, the folk song arrangements for piano trio and voice by Beethoven and Haydn. Gerhaher's decision to use German texts to Haydn's melodies that were published inthe 1920s represents a tribute to Fritz Wunderlich, whose first recording of the German text versions is particularly close to his heart. The instrumental partners are: Gerold Huber, Gerhaher's longtime accompanist; Sebastian Klinger, the principal cellist of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks who is currently pursuing a solo career; and, on the violin, Anton Barachovsky, leader of the Symphonieorchester.

“Word-lively, supple and instinctive of inflection, Gerhaher is the perfect voice for a song such as Haydn’s ‘Flow gently, sweet Afton’…and his command of both English and Lallans Scots is formidable…[the recording] is enhanced by the violin and cello playing of Anton Barachovsky and Sebastian Klinger, and the always sentient piano accompaniments of the faithful Gerold Huber.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2016 ****

“[These arrangements are] delightful and share characterful piano trio accompaniment, here superbly played. Gerhaher is in fine voice throughout, and his English (and Scottish!) is idiomatic and convincing.” Classical Music, August 2016 *****

“Best of all are the bittersweet, sometimes disturbing Britten arrangements that form the recital’s centrepiece. In beauty of tone and sensitivity to text and mood, Gerhaher’s vividly ‘lived’ performances are a match for any of his baritone predecessors, British or German…Gerold Huber’s playing is in the Britten class (in his recordings with Pears) for colour, point and wry inventiveness” Gramophone Magazine, June 2016

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Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!


Bach, J S:

Partita in A minor for solo flute, BWV1013: II. Corrente

Christmas Oratorio, BWV248: Ich steh an deiner Krippen hier

Partita in A minor for solo flute, BWV1013: III. Sarabande

Becker, A:

Liturgische Gesange fur das Kirchenjahr, Op. 46: Machet die Tore weit

Britten:

A Hymn to the Virgin

Grieg:

Ave Maris Stella

Gruber, F:

Stille Nacht

Handel:

Tochter Zion, freue dich

Mendelssohn:

Hark! the herald angels sing

Praetorius, M:

Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen

Telemann:

Fantasia for solo flute No. 3 in B minor, TWV 40:4

Fantasia for solo flute No. 11 in G major, TWV 40:12

trad.:

Maria durch ein’ Dornwald ging

O du fröhliche

Still, still, still

Es wird schon glei dumpa

O little town of Bethlehem

Bimbo, bimbo, fai la nanna

Angels We Have Heard On High

O Freude über Freude!

Wade, J F:

O come, all ye faithful

Whitacre:

Lux aurumque


Following the release of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, BR-Klassik now presents a new CD in the spirit of the Yuletide season. On this CD, entitled “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing!” the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks under the direction of Florian Helgath performs traditional and beloved German holiday classics along with carols from the Tyrol, France and Italy. Framing this richly varied program at beginning and end is the 16th century carol Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen (Lo, How a Rose e’er Blooming). Besides the well-known version by Praetorius at the beginning, the recording concludes with a version composed by Jan Sandström in 1990. It features the (untouched) setting by Praetorius cloaked in a hummed, gently changing cloud of music.

In between selections, oboist François Leleux enriches the CD with restful instrumental intermezzi and virtuosic touches.

“Here's another superb German choir, in an engagingly varied programme...Each track is a treat in itself, but the warmth and pliant expressivity of Praetorius's Es ist ein Ros entsprungen is particularly attractive.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas Issue 2013 ***

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