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Insomnia: A Nocturnal Voyage in Song


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Listen  1. Abendempfindung, K. 523 4:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Nuit d'étoiles, L. 4 3:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Histoires naturelles, No. 2: Le grillon 3:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Claire de lune, Op. 46 No. 2 3:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Three Belloc Songs, No. 2: The Night 2:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Four Last Songs, No. 2: Tired 2:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Dream-Songs, No. 3: Dream-Song: Dream-Song 2:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Auf der Bruck, D. 853 (Op. 93 No. 2) 3:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Mörike Lieder, No. 19: Um Mitternacht 4:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Italienisches Liederbuch, No. 27: Schon streckt' ich aus im Bett 1:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Cinq mélodies 'de Venise', No. 1: Mandoline, Op. 58 No. 1 1:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Sérénade toscane, Op. 3 No. 2 2:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Italienisches Liederbuch, No. 42: Nicht länger kann ich singen 1:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Sonnet (2011) 3:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Oh! Quand je dors, S. 282 4:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Italienisches Liederbuch, No. 34: Und steht lhr früh am Morgen auf 2:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Morgen! Op. 27 No. 4 3:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Der Mond kommt still gegangen, Op. 13 No. 4 2:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Viens! Les gazons sont verts! 1:12£0.99  Buy MP3 

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For his solo debut on disc, William Berger has devised an ingenious sequence of 17 songs describing a sleepless night experienced by a man who reflects on his love for an unnamed woman. From Viennese classicism to fin-de-siècle Romanticism, shadowy English pastoral to the contemporary worlds of Richard Rodney Bennett and Raymond Yiu, this wide-ranging programme is brought to nuanced life by this outstanding young baritone. The indefatigable Iain Burnside provides lucid and imaginative accompaniment. Together, their performances vividly capture the full gamut of nocturnal emotions. A graduate and Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in London, Berger is a former member of the Young Singers Programme at English National Opera. Recent engagements include singing Aeneas to Susan Graham's Dido, on tour in California, and his recital debut at the Lucerne International Festival. Pianist Iain Burnside has forged a worldwide reputation through his commitment to song repertoire and his collaborations with leading international singers.

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DEVISED as a programme for the Lucerne Festival, Baritone William Berger s Insomnia: A Nocturnal Voyage in Song plays out its chronological narrative songs depicting specific hours of a sleepless night with logical and psychological inevitability. This pleasant insomniac experience kicks off at a notional 7.30pm with Mozart s dusky Abendempfindung, goes all twilight with Debussy s Nuit d étoiles and Fauré s Claire de lune, hits the midnight hour with Wolf s reflective Um Mitternacht, beyond which the all-night Lieder journey leads all the way to Strauss s delicious Morgen. Berger sustains a magnetic affection throughout the varied sequence, aided by Iain Burnside s deft pianism. There are even a couple of built-in encores. --The Scotsman

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