Angelika Kirchschlager - When Night Falls

Release Date: 11/2/1999
Label: Sony
Catalog Number: SK64498
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Metropolitan Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
The story goes that Sony had to twist Angelika Kirchschlager’s arm pretty hard to persuade her to record this compilation: after all, she has hitherto been known for rather more rigorous programming both in live recital and on disc. With pictures of herself and her baby enfolded in a bath towel, the packaging may be soft-focus, but Kirchschlager proves herself no soft touch. She takes it all seriously enough to use a Welsh, Provencal and Portuguese language coach where necessary; and to include songs which go darker and deeper than the (itals)Wiegenlieder(end itals) of Schubert and Brahms which frame this recital. For here, too, is Brahms’s ‘Gestille Sehnsucht’, revealing the shadowy yearnings of the distinctly adult soul; and Weber’s ‘Lass mich schlummern’, its latent agitation trembling through John Williams’s guitar accompaniment. The breadth of idiom within this ostensibly single-mood recital is matched by the variety of accompaniment: as well as Williams’s guitar, Yuri Bashmet’s viola puts in an appearance for Brahms, and Roger Vignoles joins the chamber-musical soloists who accompany Haydn’s arrangement of ‘Ar hyd y nos’. Kirchschlager’s kid-gloves Welsh is as nicely attuned to Haydn’s prettification of the folksong as her English is to lullabies by Menotti and Copland, and to the surprising re-invention of ‘Edelweiss’ as folksong manque.

-- Hilary Finch, BBC Music Magazine
Works on This Recording
1. Sweeney Todd: Not While I'm Around by Stephen Sondheim
Performer: Roger Vignoles (Mezzo Soprano), Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1979 ; USA
2. The Sound of Music: Edelweiss by Richard Rodgers
Performer: John [guitar] Williams (Guitar), Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1959 ; USA
3. Songs (5), Op. 49: no 4, Wiegenlied by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo Soprano), Helmut Deutsch (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1868 ; Austria
4. Wiegenlied, D 867/Op. 105 no 2 by Franz Schubert
Performer: Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo Soprano), Helmut Deutsch (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: ?1826 ; Vienna, Austria
5. Volkskinderlieder (15), WoO 31: no 4, Sandmännchen by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Helmut Deutsch (Piano), Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1858 ; Germany
6. The Consul: I shall find you shells by Gian Carlo Menotti
Performer: Cathy Thompson (Violin), Gillian Tingey (Harp ), David [cello] Daniels (Cello), Jonathan Rees (Violin), Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo Soprano), Andrew [Strings] Brown (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Metropolitan Ensemble
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1949 ; USA
7. Chants d'Auvergne: Volume 3 - no 4, Brezairola by Joseph Canteloube
Performer: Roger Vignoles (Piano), Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1923-1930 ; France
8. Chants d'Auvergne: Volume 4 - no 2, Oï, ayaï by Joseph Canteloube
Performer: Roger Vignoles (Piano), Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1923-1930 ; France
9. Welsh Folksong, H 31b: no 9, All through the night by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer: Roger Vignoles (Piano), Jonathan Rees (Violin), Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1803 ; Vienna, Austria
10. Sehnsucht nach dem Frühling, K 596 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo Soprano), Helmut Deutsch (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1791 ; Vienna, Austria
11. Canciones populares españolas (7): no 5, Nana by Manuel de Falla
Performer: John [guitar] Williams (Guitar), Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1914-1915 ; Spain
12. Canciones negras (5): no 4, Canción de cuna para dormir a un negrito by Xavier Montsalvatge
Performer: Roger Vignoles (Piano), Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1945 ; Spain
13. Old American Songs, Set 2: The Little Horses by Aaron Copland
Performer: John [guitar] Williams (Guitar), Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1952 ; USA
14. Cantiga de ninar by Miguel Kertsman
Performer: Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo Soprano), John [guitar] Williams (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century
15. Süsse, süsse Sommernacht by Alexander von Zemlinsky
Performer: Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo Soprano), Helmut Deutsch (Piano)
Period: Romantic
16. Wiegenlied, D 498/Op. 98 no 2 by Franz Schubert
Performer: Helmut Deutsch (Piano), Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1816 ; Vienna, Austria
17. Into the Woods: Stay with Me by Stephen Sondheim
Performer: Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo Soprano), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1987 ; USA
18. Deutsche Lieder (5), Op. 25: no 3, Lass mich schlummern by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer: John [guitar] Williams (Guitar), Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1811 ; Germany
19. Songs (2) for Alto, Viola and Piano, Op. 91 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo Soprano), Helmut Deutsch (Piano), Yuri Bashmet (Viola)
Period: Romantic
Written: ?1864-84 ; Austria
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