Cypresses by Antonín Dvorák

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
Brilliant idea, coupling Dvorák's "Cypresses," the song cycle, with Dvorák's "Cypresses," the string quartet transcription. This way, the listener gets the full "Cypresses" treatment: melodies of unbearable tenderness set to harmonies of ineffable beauty in both their original intimately emotional vocal version and in their equally blissfully sentimental transcription. Tenor Timothy Robinson has an impiously ardent way with Dvorák's melodies and pianist Graham Johnson supplies his usual simple, subtle, and sublime accompaniment. The Delme Quartet has a passionately sensuous way with Dvorák's shapes and forms, and its re-creation of the "Cypresses" in chamber music form is...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
Brilliant idea, coupling Dvorák's "Cypresses," the song cycle, with Dvorák's "Cypresses," the string quartet transcription. This way, the listener gets the full "Cypresses" treatment: melodies of unbearable tenderness set to harmonies of ineffable beauty in both their original intimately emotional vocal version and in their equally blissfully sentimental transcription. Tenor Timothy Robinson has an impiously ardent way with Dvorák's melodies and pianist Graham Johnson supplies his usual simple, subtle, and sublime accompaniment. The Delme Quartet has a passionately sensuous way with Dvorák's shapes and forms, and its re-creation of the "Cypresses" in chamber music form is in its way just as effective as the original. Somm's recordings are distinctly different. The Delme Quartet was recorded in Leiston Abbey, Suffolk, in 2002 and its acoustic is close, warm, and real. Robinson and Johnson were recorded in Champs Hill, West Sussex, in 2004 and their acoustic is thin, dry, and honest.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/2005
  • Label: Somm Recordings
  • UPC: 748871323629
  • Catalog Number: 236
  • Sales rank: 177,033

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–18 Cypresses (Cyprise), song cycle for voice and piano, B. 11 - John Clapham & Antonin Dvorák (40:19)
    Composed byAntonin Dvorák
    Performed byTimothy Robinson
    1. 1 Let ardent songs when night falls ring out
    2. 2 Overcome by your powerful eyes
    3. 3 In many hearts 'tis still as death
    4. 4 O one and only soul so sweet
    5. 5 Oh! what a glorious golden dream
    6. 6 I'm sure, and hope sustains me
    7. 7 O golden rose so beautiful
    8. 8 Never it seems will our love reach the heaven
    9. 9 My doubts that you may not be true
    10. 10 Round that house, your former dwelling there stagger I
    11. 11 Pain and deep sadness beset me
    12. 12 Here concealed in a book's pages lies that letter
    13. 13 Everything's still in the mountains and valley
    14. 14 I stand here in forest glade by the stream
    15. 15 Deep in my soul I'm suffering
    16. 16 Where the valley comes to an end
    17. 17 E'en now the countryside lightly slumbers
    18. 18 You have asked me why I sing
  2. 19–30 Cypresses (Ohlas písní [Echoes of Songs]), for string quartet (arr. from Cypresses, B. 11), B. 152 - John Clapham & Antonin Dvorák (39:23)
    Composed byAntonin Dvorák
    1. 19 I'm sure, and hope sustains me. Moderato
    2. 20 In many hearts 'tis still as death. Allegro ma non troppo
    3. 21 Overcome by your powerful eyes. Andante con moto
    4. 22 Never it seems will our love reach the heaven. Poco Adagio
    5. 23 Here concealed in a book's pages lies that letter. Andante
    6. 24 O golden rose so beautiful. Andante moderato
    7. 25 Round that house, your former dwelling there stagger I. Andante con moto
    8. 26 I stand here in forest glade by the stream. Lento
    9. 27 O one and only soul so sweet. Moderato
    10. 28 Where the valley comes to an end. Andante maestoso
    11. 29 E'en now the countryside lightly slumbers. Allegro scherzando
    12. 30 You have asked me why I sing. Allegro moderato
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