• BIS2408 Katalognummer
  • 7318599924083 EAN
  • 1SACD Format
  • 2019 Utgivelsesår

Hughes, Ruby (soprano)

Steen, Jac van

Berg, Alban | Mahler, Gustav | Samuel, Rhian

BBC National Orchestra of Wales



Mahler, Gustav: Rückert-Lieder:
Blicke mir nicht in die Lieder!
Ich atmet’ einen linden Duft!
Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen
Um Mitternacht
Liebst du um Schönheit (orch. by Max Puttmann)

Berg, Alban: Altenberg Lieder, Op. 4:
I. Seele, wie bist du schöner
II. Sahst du nach dem Gewitterregen den Wald?
III. Über die Grenzen des All
IV. Nichts ist gekommen
V. Hier ist Friede (Passacaglia)

Samuel, Rhian: Clytemnestra for soprano and orchestra (1994):
I. The Chain of Flame
II. Lament for his Absence
III. Agamemnon’s Return
IV. The Deed (orchestral)
V. Confession
VI. Defiance
VII. Epilogue: Dirge

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In 2015, when Ruby Hughes discovered Clytemnestra by the Welsh composer Rhian Samuel, the work had not been performed since its première some 20 years earlier. Hughes describes the 24-minute score as ‘sun-scorched and luscious’ as well as ‘intensely visceral’, but in it she also heard echoes of Gustav Mahler and Alban Berg, two of Samuel’s influences. For her first album as soloist with orchestra, she has therefore devised a programme which brings together the three composers but which also spans a wide range of emotions and moods.

For his Rückert-Lieder, Mahler selected five highly intimate and subtle poems by the great Romantic poet Friedrich Rückert, using his large orchestral forces sparingly in a chamber music style. Ten years later, in 1911, Berg found his texts closer at hand as he set contemporary poems by Peter Altenberg, one of the main proponents of Viennese impressionism. Berg's advanced harmonic language caused a scandal at the first performance in 1913, and the songs were only performed in their entirety in 1952, sixteen years after Berg’s death. For Clytemnestra, finally, Rhian Samuel assembled her own text, based on Aeschylus' tragedy Agamemnon and focusing Clytemnestra’s deep anguish at the death of her daughter and her need for revenge. Bringing this wide spectrum of human emotions to life, Ruby Hughes is supported by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and conductor Jac van Steen.


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