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Insomnia: a nocturnal voyage in song


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  1. Abendempfindung, K523
  2. Nuit D'étoiles
  3. Le Grillon
  4. Claire De Lune, Op. 46, No. 2
  5. The Night
  6. Tired
  7. Dream-song
  8. Auf Der Bruck, D853
  9. Um Mitternacht
  10. Schon Streckt' Ich Aus Im Bett
  11. Mandoline, Op. 58, No. 1
  12. Sérénade Toscane, Op. 3, No. 2
  13. Nicht Länger Kann Ich Singen
  14. Sonnet
  15. Oh! Quand Je Dors, S282
  16. Und Steht Ihr Früh Am Morgen Auf
  17. Morgen!, Op. 27, No. 4
  18. Der Mond Kommt Still Gegangen, Op. 13, No. 4
  19. Viens! Les Gazons Sont Verts!

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For his solo debut on disc, William Berger has devised an ingenious sequence of seventeen 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 an outstanding young baritone, while the indefatigable Iain Burnside provides lucid and imaginative accompaniment. Together, their performances capture the full gamut of nocturnal emotions.

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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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