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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67123
Recording details: January 1999
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Release date: March 2000
Total duration: 2 minutes 22 seconds

'Sung with exceptional sensitivity and intelligence…a pleasure to listen to.' (Gramophone)

'No praise can be too high for Stephen Varcoe … his warm, natural baritone, finely judged legato and sensitivity to words are a joy throughout.' (International Record Review)

'A beautiful release' (American Record Guide)

'Warmly recommended' (Classic CD)

Ich halte ihr die Augen zu, Op 7 No 5
composer
1877
author of text

Introduction
Ich halte ihr die Augen zu is taken from Neue Gedichte, a collection whose enigmatic love sentiments Stanford clearly found enchanting. The precedent of Schumann – the highly calculated chromatic nuances, the delicate piano filigree, and the poignant use of appoggiaturas – is clearly in evidence, but there is also an extraordinary adroitness in the development of the song’s simple lyricism, a fact apparent in the reiteration of the opening phrase (‘Ich halte ihr die Augen zu’) which recurs each time on a different tonal plane, charged, as was Stanford’s intention, with different meaning.

from notes by Jeremy Dibble 2000

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