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Christine Schaefer
Purcell/Crumb: Apparition

APPARITION
Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
George Crumb (1929 - ) 

[With spoken introductions from the sonnets of William Shakespeare]
 
Henry Purcell

[1. So long as men can breathe                   0.54]
2  Music for a while                                 3.41                 
3 If music be the food of love [1692]       1.31
4 Ah how sweet it is to love                      1.35
[5: Do I envy those Jacks                          0.28]
6 An Epithalamium (Thrice happy lovers)   2.52 
[7. Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day   0.43]
8 Sweeter than Roses                             4.16 
 
George Crumb
9. Three Early Songs: I Night                   2.56     
            
Henry Purcell

[10 They live unwooed                               0.17]
11  From rosy bow’rs                               7.08
[12 And so of youth                                   0.48]
13  Not all my torments                           3.01
 
George Crumb
14  Three Early Songs II Let it be forgotten 3.17                
 
Henry Purcell
15 Crown the altar  3.19                                                               
[16  No longer mourn for me when I am dead    0.44]
 
George Crumb
17 Three Early Songs III  Wind Elegy           2.14
  
Henry Purcell
[18       ******                                          0.46]
19 Dido’s Lament                                      4.21
 
George Crumb
Apparition  
20  I The Night in Silence under Many a Star 3.23
21  Vocalise 1: Summer Sounds                  1.07 
22  II When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d  1.25
23  III Dark Mother Always Gliding Near with Soft Feet  2.53
24  Vocalise 2: Invocation                          1.03
25  IV Approach Strong Deliveress!              2.14
26  Vocalise 3: Death Carol (“Song of the Nightbird”)  0.41
27  V Come Lovely and Soothing Death        7.39
28. VI The Night in Silence under Many a Star  4.24
 
Christine Schäfer soprano/Sopran
Eric Schneider piano/Klavier

Catalogue No: ONYX4021

The 2nd ONYX CD (following their Winterreise - ONYX4010) from the outstanding partnership of Christine Schäfer and Eric Schneider focuses on two song composers in the English language – the great 17th century master Henry Purcell, and the contemporary American George Crumb (b1929). The selection of Purcell’s songs is mainly well-known (especially Dido’s Lament) but this is only the second recording of the Crumb  – Apparition in particular is unusual for its use of a prepared piano and wordless vocalises, but is highly approachable music nonetheless.
 
Schäfer and Schneider have juxtaposed these composers many times in recital. Though 300 years separate them, she finds they have much in common. Rather than a traditional ‘CD’ order for the songs ie Purcell, then Crumb, the songs are interspersed so that a story emerges. It begins with music – ‘Music for a while’ and as the ‘food of love’. Then comes a wedding, a love song and then we move towards jealousy, abandonment and death. Apparition (after poems by Walt Whitman written following the assassination of President Lincoln) presents a vision of death’s beauty. Short spoken lines from Shakespeare’s sonnets connect the songs perfectly
Schaefer is photographed in a wedding dress inside the Muséum national d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris.  Read a personal note from Christine Schaefer explaining the whole concept - click on "sleeve-notes" 
 

 

 

 

 

 


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Track Number
Title
Duration
MP3
1
Shakespeare, William
So long as men can breathe
00:55
2
Purcell, Henry
Music for a while
03:41
3
Purcell, Henry
If music be the food of love [1692]
01:31
4
Purcell, Henry
Ah how sweet it is to love
01:38
5
Shakespeare, William
Do I envy those Jacks
00:29
6
Purcell, Henry
An Epithalamium (Thrice happy lovers)
02:54
7
Shakespeare, William
Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day
00:45
8
Purcell, Henry
Sweeter than Roses
04:14
9
Crumb, George
Three Early Songs: I Night
02:59
10
Shakespeare, William
They live unwooed
00:16
11
Purcell, Henry
From rosy bow’rs
07:12
12
Shakespeare, William
And so of youth
01:00
13
Purcell, Henry
Not all my torments
03:00
14
Crumb, George
Three Early Songs II Let it be forgotten
03:18
15
Purcell, Henry
Crown the altar
03:20
16
Shakespeare, William
No longer mourn for me when I am dead
00:45
17
Crumb, George
Three Early Songs III Wind Elegy
02:19
18

******
00:45
19
Purcell, Henry
Dido’s Lament
04:21
20
Crumb, George
Apparition - I The Night in Silence under Many a Star
03:23
21
Crumb, George
Apparition - Vocalise 1: Summer Sounds
01:08
22
Crumb, George
Apparition - II When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d
01:25
23
Crumb, George
Apparition - III Dark Mother Always Gliding Near with Soft Feet
02:53
24
Crumb, George
Apparition - Vocalise 2: Invocation
01:03
25
Crumb, George
Apparition - IV Approach Strong Deliveress!
02:14
26
Crumb, George
Apparition - Vocalise 3: Death Carol (“Song of the Nightbird”)
00:40
27
Crumb, George
Apparition - V Come Lovely and Soothing Death
07:39
28
Crumb, George
Apparition - VI The Night in Silence under Many a Star
04:34

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1. Purcell: If music be the food of love [1692]
01:00
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2. Purcell: Dido’s Lament
01:05
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3. Crumb: Three Early Songs II Let it be forgotten
01:00
Excerpt
4. Crumb: Apparition - IV Approach Strong Deliveress!
01:00
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5. Crumb: Apparition - V Come Lovely and Soothing Death
03:10
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