When Night Falls

When Night Falls

by Angelika Kirchschlager
     
 
These are some of the songs mezzo-soprano Angelika Kirchschlager sings to her young son, Felix, although she admits he never actually falls asleep when she sings them to him. Singing a program of lullabies runs the risk of putting an audience of adults to sleep. Thanks to Kirchschlager's clever choice of repertory, this recital

Overview

These are some of the songs mezzo-soprano Angelika Kirchschlager sings to her young son, Felix, although she admits he never actually falls asleep when she sings them to him. Singing a program of lullabies runs the risk of putting an audience of adults to sleep. Thanks to Kirchschlager's clever choice of repertory, this recital is totally captivating. She dips into Broadway as well as the classics, singing "Not While I'm Around" from Stephen Sondheim's "Sweeney Todd" and "Edelwiss" from Richard Rodgers's "Sound of Music" in addition to famous cradle songs by Brahms and Schubert, among others. The variety of accompaniments also keeps the ear engaged. Half of these songs feature the gentle piano playing of Roger Vignoles, while the rest are blessed by the incomparable strum of John Williams's guitar. Adding to the mix, several of the songs with piano also have parts for string instruments. The best of these are Brahms's gorgeous "Gestillte Sehnsucht" (Quiet Yearning) and "Geistliches Wiegenlied" (Holy Lullaby), beautifully enhanced by the warm, woody sound of Yuri Bashmet's viola. However, the real reason for the album's success is the singer herself. Kirchschlager's diction -- in several languages, including English -- is impeccable, and her silky smooth voice is as softly soothing as a mother's touch.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/02/1999
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646449820
catalogNumber:
64498

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Angelika Kirchschlager   Primary Artist,Mezzo-Soprano (Vocal)
John Williams [guitar]   Guitar
Johnathan Rees   Violin
Cathy Thompson   Violin
David Daniels [cello]   Cello
Yuri Bashmet   Viola
London Metropolitan Ensemble   Ensemble
John "Buddy" Williams   Guitar
Roger Vignoles   Piano
Jonathan Rees   Violin
Helmut Deutsch   Piano
Andrew Brown   Viola
Gillian Tingey   Harp

Technical Credits

Johannes Brahms   Composer
Joseph Canteloube   Composer
Aaron Copland   Composer
Gian Carlo Menotti   Text
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart   Composer
Stephen Sondheim   Composer,Text
Miguel Kertsman   Composer,Text Translation
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Text
Paul Zinman   Producer
Allen Weinberg   Art Direction
Grace Row   Producer
Jackson Braider   Liner Notes
Angelika Kirchschlager   Liner Notes
Friedrich Rückert   Text
Richard Haney-Jardine   Text Translation
Jeremy Caulton   Executive Producer
Laura Kszan   Editorial Production
Christian Adolf Overbeck   Text
Aissa Lynx   Text
Thomas W. Van Ess   Text Translation
Emanuel Geibel   Text
Johann Gabriel Seidl   Text
Matthew Gregory Lewis   Text
Idefonso Pereda Valdes   Text
Grace Kristopher Row   Producer

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