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Stephan: Complete Songs / Harmsen, Vassiliev, Yampolsky, Morooka

Stephan / Vassiliv
Release Date: 06/19/2012 
Label:  Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog #: 6031748   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Modest MussorgskyRudi Stephan
Performer:  Alexander VassilievMiri YampolskyRyoko MorookaSophie Harmsen
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

“He was the one in whom we hoped.” Rudi Stephan died at the age of twenty-eight during World War I. This young man had already made a name for himself as a composer; and just as the war brought the fin de sie?cle to a horrible end, so too Stephan’s compositions represent a radical break with music from the turn of the century. Here Sophie Harmsen and Alexander Vassiliev, accompanied by Miri Yampolsky on the concert grand piano and by Ryoko Morooka on the harmonium, venture into a previously undiscovered cosmos of deeply moving song compositions.

Almost the whole of Stephan’s unpublished music was destroyed by fire. Only twenty of the songs from this body of works have survived, and yet they form an important work group within
Read more his overall oeuvre. The outstanding Steinway grand piano from 1901 and the historical concert harmonium lay a foundation on which the two singers unfold their enormous palette of expressive possibilities. What a unique sound world! What a discovery!

R E V I E W S:

...Some ranked [Stephan] with Pfitzner and Strauss as the future of the German Lied. Tonally conservative and rather morose, he had an ear for quirky sonorities... The mezzo Sophie Harmsen and bass Alexander Vassiliev give it their best shot, with Miri Yampolsky on piano, but what grabs the ear is Ryoko Morooka’s harmonium.

-- Norman Lebrecht, www.scena.org [7/29/2012]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Forgotten by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Alexander Vassiliev (Bass), Miri Yampolsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Russia 
2.
Mitternacht by Rudi Stephan
Performer:  Alexander Vassiliev (Bass), Ryoko Morooka (Harmonium)
3.
Waldnachmittag by Rudi Stephan
Performer:  Alexander Vassiliev (Bass), Miri Yampolsky (Piano)
4.
Weihnachtsgefuhl by Rudi Stephan
Performer:  Alexander Vassiliev (Bass), Miri Yampolsky (Piano)
5.
Auf den Tod einer jungen Frau by Rudi Stephan
Performer:  Alexander Vassiliev (Bass), Miri Yampolsky (Piano)
6.
Im Einschlafen by Rudi Stephan
Performer:  Miri Yampolsky (Piano), Sophie Harmsen (Mezzo Soprano)
7.
Ein Neues by Rudi Stephan
Performer:  Miri Yampolsky (Piano), Sophie Harmsen (Mezzo Soprano)
8.
Abendlied by Rudi Stephan
Performer:  Miri Yampolsky (Piano), Sophie Harmsen (Mezzo Soprano)
9.
Heimat by Rudi Stephan
Performer:  Miri Yampolsky (Piano), Sophie Harmsen (Mezzo Soprano)
10.
Sonntag by Rudi Stephan
Performer:  Alexander Vassiliev (Bass), Miri Yampolsky (Piano)
11.
Pappel im Strahl by Rudi Stephan
Performer:  Alexander Vassiliev (Bass), Miri Yampolsky (Piano)
12.
Dir by Rudi Stephan
Performer:  Alexander Vassiliev (Bass), Miri Yampolsky (Piano)
13.
Up de eensame Hallig by Rudi Stephan
Performer:  Alexander Vassiliev (Bass), Miri Yampolsky (Piano)
14.
Kythere by Rudi Stephan
Performer:  Miri Yampolsky (Piano), Sophie Harmsen (Mezzo Soprano)
15.
Pantherlied by Rudi Stephan
Performer:  Miri Yampolsky (Piano), Sophie Harmsen (Mezzo Soprano)
16.
Abendfrieden by Rudi Stephan
Performer:  Miri Yampolsky (Piano), Sophie Harmsen (Mezzo Soprano)
17.
In Nachbars Garten by Rudi Stephan
Performer:  Miri Yampolsky (Piano), Sophie Harmsen (Mezzo Soprano)
18.
Gluck zu Zweien by Rudi Stephan
Performer:  Miri Yampolsky (Piano), Sophie Harmsen (Mezzo Soprano)
19.
Das Hohelied der Nacht by Rudi Stephan
Performer:  Miri Yampolsky (Piano), Sophie Harmsen (Mezzo Soprano)
20.
Am Abend by Rudi Stephan
Performer:  Alexander Vassiliev (Bass), Miri Yampolsky (Piano)
21.
Memento vivere by Rudi Stephan
Performer:  Alexander Vassiliev (Bass), Miri Yampolsky (Piano)
22.
Epilogue by Rudi Stephan
Performer:  Ryoko Morooka (Harmonium)
23.
Waldstille by Rudi Stephan
Performer:  Miri Yampolsky (Piano), Sophie Harmsen (Mezzo Soprano)
24.
Memento vivere by Rudi Stephan
Performer:  Alexander Vassiliev (Bass), Miri Yampolsky (Piano)

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