Songs to the Moon


Described by The Telegraph as “the creme de la creme of young British-based musical talent”, and praised in BBC Music Magazine for their “irresistible combination of arresting programing and vocal flair assembled around pianist Joseph Middleton”, the newly formed Myrthen Ensemble brings together rising stars in the world of art-song and Lieder. This disc features performances by Mary Bevan, Clara Mouriz, Allan Clayton, Marcus Farnsworth and Joseph Middleton.

Joseph Middleton writes to introduce the recording:The moon has, since antiquity, inspired artists, musicians and wordsmiths. The programme on this disc looks to its many characteristics for inspiration. The songs are at turns consoling, sometimes seductive in serenades and occasionally paint the moon as a threatening force through its extinguishing of the suns rays. The moon’s silver beams cast their magic in music by Brahms and Schumann in the first of these CDs and in the second, inspire the exquisite treatment of Clair de lune by a selection of the finest French song composers. Short English nocturnal overtures begin each disc.”

★★★★ This is a lovely disc, one of those in which the different items seem to set each other off – Planet Hugill

A particular attraction is the inclusion of less well-known duets and quartets, which add to the convivial atmosphere – Financial Times

The four voices blend beautifully in quartets – Gramophone

There is much to relish… and for those, like me, who love art-song as much as the Myrthen Ensemble do, you know even better is to come – Music Web International

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Myrthen Ensemble

Mary Bevan

Clara Mouritz

Allan Clayton

Marcus Farnsworth

Joseph Middleton piano

RELEASE DATE: 30/03/2016
BARCODE: 635212044322

1. The Night Peter Warlock 

2. Nachtens, Op. 112 No. 2 Johannes Brahms 

3. Vor der Tur, Op. 28 No. 2 Johannes Brahms 

4. Unbewegte laue Luft, Op. 57 No. 8 Johannes Brahms 

5. Der Gang zum Liebchen, Op. 31 No. 3 Johannes Brahms 

6. Walpurgisnacht, Op. 75 No. 4 Johannes Brahms 

7. Standchen, Op. 106 No. 1 Johannes Brahms 

8. Der Abend, Op. 64 No. 2 Johannes Brahms

9. Vergebliches Standchen, Op. 84 No. 4 Johannes Brahms 

10. Unterm Fenster, Op. 34 No. 3 Robert Schumann

11. Mondnacht, Op. 39 No. 5 Robert Schumann 

12. Zwei Venetianische Lieder, Op. 25 No. 17: Leis rudern hier Robert Schumann

13. Zwei Venetianische Lieder, Op. 25 No. 18: Wenn durch die Piazzetta Robert Schumann 

14. Die Lotosblume, Op. 25 No. 7 Robert Schumann 

15. In der Nacht, Op. 74 No. 4 Robert Schumann

16. Nocturne, Op. 13 No. 4 Samuel Barber

17. Sun, Moon and Stars Elizabeth Machonchy 

18. Clair de lune, Op. 83 No. 1 Joseph Szulc 

19. Damunt de tu nomes les flors Federico Mompou 

20. Guitares et mandolines Camille Saint-Saens

21. Apparition Claude Debussy

22. La nuit, Op. 11 No. 1 Ernest Chaussan

23. 7 Chansons grises, No. 5: L’heure exquise Reynaldo Hahn 

24. La fuite Henri Duparc 

25. Revons, c’est l’heure Jules Massenet 

26. Clair de lune, Op. 46 No. 2 Gabriel Faure 

27. Pleurs d’or, Op. 72 Gabriel Faure 

28. Tarentelle, Op. 10 No. 2 Gabriel Faure 

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