Jan Philip Schulze – Hello Darkness (2022) [FLAC 24bit/44,1kHz]

Jan Philip Schulze – Hello Darkness (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:11:50 minutes | 640 MB | Genre: Classical
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After her acclaimed “Dirty Minds” Lied recital in February 2020 which was extremely well received by audiences and the international press alike, being furthermore awarded the annual prize of the Deutsche Schallplattenkritik and still enjoying great popularity within a wide range of promoters, Olivia Vermeulen returns to the Amsterdam Concertgebouw on 2 November with a new programme entitled “Hello Darkness”. Together with her pianist Jan Philip Schulze, she will present a new multi-faceted and yet entertaining programme which undertakes a kaleidoscopic musical journey through the centuries and through various aspects of the great mystery of Life and Death, spanning once again a varied musical kaleidoscope from Purcell to Billie Eilish, from Schubert to Kreisler, from Monteverdi to Randy Newman.

Dedicating a recording to the dark side of the “Lied” might seem inappropriate in these times of Covid, climate change and refugee crises, but as a mezzo-soprano Olivia has always been drawn to the darker roles in opera, the sad arias in oratorio and the deep laments in song. After our recent recording (“Dirty Minds”), which focused on “la petite mort”, it seemed a natural progression to turn our attention to “la grande mort”!

Darkness in the outside world and the inner self has always been – alongside Love – one of the chief themes of vocal music, and compositions and songs about death are legion during every period of musical history. The music on this recording is extremely diverse and Olivia Vermeulen as Jan Philip Schulze relished the idea of programming songs from different centuries in different styles and genres. They begin with a collection of songs about melancholia, inner abysses, longing for death and murderous lust. But the programme is also rich in songs about comfort and hope, light instead of despair – with lashings of black humour!

Composers down the ages have used innovative approaches to render the theme of death. Chromaticism is used tellingly by Monteverdi and Schubert. Duparc’s sensuous Extase (1878), is nothing short of a miniature “Liebestod”. Korngold and Wolfgang Rihm play with translucent semitone sighs, Schumann’s Nachtlied is characterized by hovering harmonies; Strauss and Korngold use late-romantic opulence; while tonality with Charles Ives and Alban Berg begins to lose its hold – Berg indeed abandons tonality entirely. John Cage goes a step further and directs the pianist to drum the notes on the lid of a completely closed piano. Randy Newman’s In Germany before the war is wreathed in mystery, etyc. A captivating recording.

01. Jan Philip Schulze – Lasciatemi Morire (01:19)
02. Jan Philip Schulze – Listen Before I Go (04:33)
03. Jan Philip Schulze – Der Tod und das Mädchen Op. 7/3 D. 531 (02:15)
04. Jan Philip Schulze – The Curse Of Millhaven (04:49)
05. Jan Philip Schulze – Der Jüngling und der Tod D. 545 (03:44)
06. Jan Philip Schulze – Dance Of The Moon in Santiago (03:02)
07. Jan Philip Schulze – In Germany Before the War (03:55)
08. Jan Philip Schulze – The Crow (01:44)
09. Jan Philip Schulze – Ode an den Mord (02:23)
10. Jan Philip Schulze – Charlie Rutlage S. 226 (02:35)
11. Jan Philip Schulze – Death is Just Around the Corner (04:10)
12. Jan Philip Schulze – The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs (02:41)
13. Jan Philip Schulze – Nachtlied Op. 96/1 (02:02)
14. Jan Philip Schulze – Zwei Gedichte von Marina Zwetajewa (01:56)
15. Jan Philip Schulze – Zwei Gedichte von Marina Zwetajewa II (01:17)
16. Jan Philip Schulze – Urlicht (04:03)
17. Jan Philip Schulze – Befreit Op. 39/4 (05:03)
18. Jan Philip Schulze – Extase (03:07)
19. Jan Philip Schulze – Vier Gesänge Op. 2: I. Aus Dem Schmerz sein Recht (02:32)
20. Jan Philip Schulze – Vier Gesänge Op. 2: II. Schlafend trägt man mich in mein Heimatland (00:59)
21. Jan Philip Schulze – Vier Gesänge Op. 2: III. Nun ich der Riesen Stärksten überwand (00:57)
22. Jan Philip Schulze – Vier Gesänge Op. 2: IV. Warm die Lüfte (02:29)
23. Olivia Vermeulen – Als ik dood ben lig ik onder gras (00:35)
24. Jan Philip Schulze – from Lieder des Abschieds Op. 14: I. Sterbelied (03:35)
25. Jan Philip Schulze – from Lieder des Abschieds Op. 14: II. Dies eine kann mein Sehnen nimmer fassen (02:39)
26. Jan Philip Schulze – from Lieder des Abschieds Op. 14: III. Mond, so gehst Du wieder auf (03:15)


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