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A new and exquisite collection of German songs from counter-tenor Andreas Scholl, providing a perfect balance between text and music. The choice of music reflects Scholl’s belief that music need not be confined in performance to a particular voice type, as long as “the singer’s approach is true.”
Scholl pulls off a bravura display in Schubert’s An Mignon, singing in both the counter-tenor and baritone register. The performance of these songs reveals an intuitive understanding between singer and accompanist, Andreas Scholl and Tamar Halperin.
In Stiller Nacht, Zur Ersten Wacht
Es Ging Ein Maidlein Zarte
Waltz In B Minor
Mein Mädel Hat Einen Rosenmund
Der Tod Uns Das Mädchen
All' Mein Gedanken
Da Unten Im Tale
Der Jüngling Auf Dem Hügel
Intermezzo In A Minor
Du Bist Die Ruh'
An introduction into Andreas Scholl's new album, produced, directed and shot by Andreas Scholl
Andreas Scholl performs Der Tod und das Mädchen
“Scholl is seeking out that place in German Lieder where folksong seems to transmute into art song: simplicity is all, and the Brahms songs are performed with virtually no interpretative gloss, allowing words to speak purely through the register and harmonic underlay of their setting.”
“Scholl brings the same commitment to the Classical and Romantic repertory as he does to Purcell and Dowland. His priorities, as he states on the packaging, are 'simplicity and sincerity'...As a recitalist, Scholl is less a story-teller than a weaver of spells, unleashing a fully conceived emotional state and sustaining it.”
2nd November 2012
“On one level Wanderer gives the listener abundant pleasure...Scholl’s diligent phrasing, purity of tone and lack of tricks bring...rewards...His piano partner, Tamar Halperin, is deft and poetic...Listen a little deeper, though, and limits to this pleasure emerge. Up at the top of Scholl’s register the more the voice seems trapped in a narrow pipe with no room for clear articulation of words or subtle changes of colour and weight.”
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