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Track(s) taken from CDA67459
Recording details: February 2004
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: February 2005
Total duration: 4 minutes 5 seconds

Um Mitternacht
composer
1959/60; published in 1994
author of text

Other recordings available for download
Gerald Finley (baritone), Julius Drake (piano)
Ian Bostridge (tenor), Graham Johnson (piano)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Britten’s setting of Goethe’s ‘Um Mitternacht’ (published in 1994) was probably composed in 1959, shortly after the composer’s strong interest in German poetry had borne fruit in his tenor song-cycle Sechs Hölderlin-Fragmente. At this time, Pears was enjoying an enviable reputation as one of the leading exponents of Lieder in the world, repeatedly earning ecstatic reviews in the German press that inspired the BBC to capitalize on this success by carefully promoting his and Britten’s work in Germany.

from notes by Mervyn Cooke © 2010


Other albums featuring this work
'Britten: Songs & Proverbs of William Blake' (CDA67778)
Britten: Songs & Proverbs of William Blake
'Britten: The Red Cockatoo & other songs' (CDA66823)
Britten: The Red Cockatoo & other songs

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