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Track(s) taken from CDA66823

Um Mitternacht

1959/60; published in 1994
author of text

Ian Bostridge (tenor), Graham Johnson (piano)
Recording details: June 1995
St Paul's Church, New Southgate, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: October 1995
Total duration: 3 minutes 33 seconds

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'Bostridge is in the royal line of Britten's tenor interpreters … heard here in a veritable cornucopia of, by and large, unfamiliar, and even unknown songs … all performed with full understanding and innate beauty … thoughtfully interpreted and beautifully sung … [a] richly satisfying issue' (Gramophone)

'The advent of Ian Bostridge has been one of the most heartening occurrences in British musical life in recent years. Here is a tenor with a wonderful voice and brains and sensitivity to match' (The Sunday Telegraph)

`Here is a tenor who possesses an exceptionally sweet and beautiful voice, and a fine musician and a thinker too … inspired performances' (The Guardian)

'La voz es bella y espressiva … y el apoyo de Graham Johnson es, como siempre, magnifico' (Scherzo, Spain)
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

La mise en musique du goethéen «Um Mitternacht» (publiée en 1994) date probablement de 1959, peu après que le vif intérêt de Britten pour la poésie allemande eut porté ses fruits dans un cycle de lieder pour ténor, Sechs Hölderlin-Fragmente. À cette époque, Pears avait l’enviable réputation de compter parmi les plus grands apôtres mondiaux du lied, s’attirant à plusieurs reprises les critiques extatiques de la presse allemande—d’où l’idée de la BBC d’exploiter ce succès en se faisant le promoteur attentif de son travail et de celui de Britten en Allemagne.

extrait des notes rédigées par Mervyn Cooke © 2010
Français: Hypérion

Brittens 1994 veröffentlichte Vertonung von Goethes „Um Mitternacht“ entstand wahrscheinlich 1959, kurz nachdem Brittens starkes Interesse an deutscher Lyrik seinen Ausdruck in dem Tenorliederzyklus Sechs Hölderlin-Fragmente gefunden hatte. Zu dieser Zeit war Pears als führender Liederinterpret weltberühmt und erhielt regelmäßig die lobendsten Kritiken in der deutschen Presse, was die BBC veranlasste, diesen Erfolg durch sorgfältige Förderung des Schaffens von Britten und Pears in Deutschland nutzbar zu machen.

aus dem Begleittext von Mervyn Cooke © 2010
Deutsch: Henning Weber

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