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Track(s) taken from CDA67123

Schlummerlied, Op 7 No 6

First line:
Püppchen klein, püppchen mein
composer
1877
author of text

Stephen Varcoe (baritone), Clifford Benson (piano)
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: 1 minutes 40 seconds
 
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Reviews

'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)
The means employed in Schlummerlied, a lullaby taken from Heine’s early play William Ratcliff, is of the greatest economy: a repetitive, yet distinctively chromatic ‘charm’, suspended above an uninterrupted tonic pedal, provides mesmeric support for Stanford’s unassuming vocal lines which, especially in their melismatic flights of fancy, are almost Mahlerian.

from notes by Jeremy Dibble © 2000

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