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Clytemnestra - Orchestral Songs

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberBIS-2408 SACD
Release date2020-01-03
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time54:46

In 2015, when Ruby Hughes discovered Clytemnestra by the Welsh composer Rhian Samuel, the work had not been performed since its première some 20 years earlier. Hughes describes the 24-minute score as ‘sun-scorched and luscious’ as well as ‘intensely visceral’, but in it she also heard echoes of Gustav Mahler and Alban Berg, two of Samuel’s influences. For her first album as soloist with orchestra, she has therefore devised a programme which brings together the three composers but which also spans a wide range of emotions and moods.

For his Rückert-Lieder, Mahler selected five highly intimate and subtle poems by the great Romantic poet Friedrich Rückert, using his large orchestral forces sparingly in a chamber music style. Ten years later, in 1911, Berg found his texts closer at hand as he set contemporary poems by Peter Altenberg, one of the main proponents of Viennese impressionism. Berg's advanced harmonic language caused a scandal at the first performance in 1913, and the songs were only performed in their entirety in 1952, sixteen years after Berg’s death. For Clytemnestra, finally, Rhian Samuel assembled her own text, based on Aeschylus' tragedy Agamemnon and focusing Clytemnestra’s deep anguish at the death of her daughter and her need for revenge. Bringing this wide spectrum of human emotions to life, Ruby Hughes is supported by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and conductor Jac van Steen.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Mahler, Gustav
  Rückert-Lieder 19:09
01 Blicke mir nicht in die Lieder! 01:33 $ 0.37 USD
02 Ich atmet’ einen linden Duft! 02:40 $ 0.64 USD
03 Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen 06:27 $ 1.55 USD
04 Um Mitternacht 05:58 $ 1.43 USD
05 Liebst du um Schönheit (orch. by Max Puttmann) 02:31 $ 0.60 USD
  Composer: Berg, Alban
  Altenberg Lieder, Op. 4 10:50
06 I. Seele, wie bist du schöner 02:59 $ 0.72 USD
07 II. Sahst du nach dem Gewitterregen den Wald? 01:10 $ 0.28 USD
08 III. Über die Grenzen des All 01:35 $ 0.38 USD
09 IV. Nichts ist gekommen 01:27 $ 0.35 USD
10 V. Hier ist Friede (Passacaglia) 03:39 $ 0.88 USD
  Composer: Samuel, Rhian
  Clytemnestra for soprano and orchestra (1994) 24:39
11 I. The Chain of Flame 04:45 $ 1.14 USD
12 II. Lament for his Absence 04:32 $ 1.09 USD
13 III. Agamemnon’s Return 04:05 $ 0.98 USD
14 IV. The Deed (orchestral) 01:27 $ 0.35 USD
15 V. Confession 02:33 $ 0.61 USD
16 VI. Defiance 02:38 $ 0.63 USD
17 VII. Epilogue: Dirge 04:39 $ 1.12 USD
  Album total 54:46
ComposerBerg, Alban
Mahler, Gustav
Samuel, Rhian
OrchestraBBC National Orchestra of Wales
SopranoHughes, Ruby
Conductorvan Steen, Jac
LyricistAltenberg, Peter

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