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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67392
Recording details: January 2003
Tonstudio Teije van Geest, Sandhausen, Germany
Release date: October 2004
Total duration: 5 minutes 30 seconds

'This disc shows Stephan Genz entering his fourth decade with all the light suppleness and ardour of his youthful recordings, but now with darker colours and firmer bass ballast folding into his baritone. His intuitive musical partnership with Roger Vignoles is as sentient and perceptive as ever; and together they uncover the dark, sensual mysteries of the late-Rommantic response to the natural world' (BBC Music Magazine)

'A rich sonorous eloquence from Genz, while Vignoles musters a full range of orchestral colours. Piano accompaniment lends these works a more personal, intimate feel, turning this generous disc into a pensive, rewarding journey through the many complex moods of Mahler's inner life' (The Observer)

'Even in this golden age of Lieder singers, Stephan Genz has few rivals for easeful beauty of tone and acuteness of insight' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Stephen Genz is an excellent light baritone whose timbre reminds me sometimes of one of his teachers, Dietrich Fischer-Diskau, and whose interpretations are like Fischer-Diskau's earlier ones,before he began to over-interpret … highly recommended' (American Record Guide)

'This is an extremely enjoyable disc, which casts a lot of light on even those songs of Mahler which were written to be accompanied orchestrally … Genz is singing a cycle to which he is utterly suited, and the effect is magical' (International Record Review)

'Stephen Genz relies on subtle shading, verbal refinement and a lightness of touch to interpret a generous selection of Mahlerian masterpieces' (Classic FM Magazine)

'What surpassingly magnificent music this is, and what a superbly intelligent display of Western high-art at its most poignant from Genz and Vignoles. I just can't stop playing the disc. Endless pleasure, endless sorrow, endless beauty' (Fanfare, USA)

Um Mitternacht
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Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
In Um Mitternacht Mahler explicitly evoked the moment of his collapse the previous February, when in the middle of the night he had faced the threat of death—‘I wondered whether it would not be better to have done with it at once, since everyone must come to that in the end’. It is interesting that each of these four Rückert settings depicts a single state of mind, the mood of a moment with no development. And even though Um Mitternacht ends on a note of triumph, suggesting the overcoming of a titanic inner conflict, for most of the song time seems to stand still, an effect that is created and enhanced in the poem by the constant repetition of ‘Um Mitternacht’ and its attendant -acht rhymes, and in the music by the sense of a constantly tolling bell and the unchanging key centre of A minor.

from notes by Roger Vignoles © 2004


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