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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67315
Recording details: December 2001
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: August 2002
Total duration: 2 minutes 8 seconds

'this is singing which is always alive, interesting, and personal … a fascinating record' (Gramophone)

'[Schade] sings Strauss’s Cäcilie and a wonderfully hushed Zueignung as though he and Martineau were the first to discover their ecstasy' (BBC Music Magazine)

'A fascinating selection of songs that exploits Michael Schade's versatile tenor' (The Daily Telegraph)

'What a joy it is to listen to Michael Schade! … This consistently bold, exhilarating recording is a must-have for aficionados of art-song repertoire and confirmed romantics alike' (Opera News)

'highly accomplished technique and rare vocal artistry … ideally accompanied by pianist Malcolm Martineau' (ClassicsToday.com)

'On peut considérer ce récital comme une bonne introduction à un siècle d’art vocal et littéraire' (Répertoire, France)

Der Kuss, Op 128
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Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
In December 1822, Beethoven briefly put aside such monumental projects as his Missa solemnis and ‘Diabelli’ Variations to pen his comic gem Der Kuss, Op 128, termed by Beethoven an ‘ariette’. Providing music in the highest spirits, the composer underscored the punchline with a subtle recurring keyboard titter.

from notes by Benjamin Folkman © 2002

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