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Apparition - Henry Purcell, George Crumb / Christine Schäfer, Eric Schneider

Album Summary

>Shakespeare, William : Sonnets
>Purcell, Henry : Music for a while
>Purcell, Henry : Fairy Queen, Z 629
>Purcell, Henry : Ah! How sweet it is to love, Z. 613/2
>Purcell, Henry : Oedipus, Z 583
>Purcell, Henry : Sweeter than roses (from "Pausanias"), song, Z. 585/1
>Crumb, George : Early Songs (3), for voice & piano
>Purcell, Henry : Don Quixote, Z 578
>Purcell, Henry : History of King Richard II, Z 581
>Purcell, Henry : Celebrate this festival (Birthday Ode for Queen Mary), ode for 5 soloists, double chorus, 2 oboes, 2
>Christine Schafer / Eric : Improvisation for soprano voice & piano
>Purcell, Henry : Dido and Aenaeas
>Crumb, George : Apparition, for soprano & amplified piano
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Christine Schafer is an artist with a unique sense of style, which comes through unmistakably on 'Apparition'... she and pianist Eric Schneider mix songs by Henry Purcell and George Crumb, two composers you might never expect would have anything in common, but incredibly, the idea works amazingly well. A lot of the success is due to her wonderful voice and the consummate musicianship of them both. Schafer understands the music both technically and emotionally. There is nary a fault to be found in their performance, and because of that, it's hard not to admire the music and the way it's presented, regardless of how you feel about either composer." -All Music Guide

Gramophone Magazine
The first part of the disc intersperses Crumb's moderately Coplandesque Three Early Songs (1947) with Purcell favourites like "Sweeter than Roses" and "Music for a While". The sovereign authority of Schäfer's voice and the intensity of her presence makes for a seamless narrative, and the clarity of her diction and innate dramatic sensibility revitalise the Purcell works.

BBC Music Magazine
Given Christine Schäfer's wide-ranging repertoire, this mixing of 17th-century English and 20th-century American songs is no surprise. Her exemplary clarity of tone and diction, and her emotional commitment to both composers, make for a powerful recital.



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Works Details

>Shakespeare, William : Sonnets :: [Excerpts from 18 and 128]
  • Notes: Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany (07/19/2004-07/21/2004)
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Purcell, Henry : Music for a while
  • Performers: Christine Schäfer (Soprano); Eric Schneider (Piano)
  • Notes: Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany (07/19/2004-07/21/2004)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1692

>Purcell, Henry : Fairy Queen, Z 629
  • Performers: Christine Schäfer (Soprano); Eric Schneider (Piano)
  • Notes: Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany (07/19/2004-07/21/2004)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1692-1775

>Purcell, Henry : Ah! How sweet it is to love, Z. 613/2
  • Performers: Christine Schäfer (Soprano); Eric Schneider (Piano)
  • Notes: Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany (07/19/2004-07/21/2004)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1694

>Shakespeare, William : Sonnets :: [Excerpts from Sonnet 128]
  • Notes: Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany (07/19/2004-07/21/2004)
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Purcell, Henry : Oedipus, Z 583
  • Performers: Christine Schäfer (Soprano); Eric Schneider (Piano)
  • Notes: Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany (07/19/2004-07/21/2004)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1689

>Shakespeare, William : Sonnets :: [Excerpts from Sonnet 18]
  • Notes: Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany (07/19/2004-07/21/2004)
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Purcell, Henry : Sweeter than roses (from "Pausanias"), song, Z. 585/1
  • Performers: Christine Schäfer (Soprano); Eric Schneider (Piano)
  • Notes: Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany (07/19/2004-07/21/2004)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1695

>Crumb, George : Early Songs (3), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Christine Schäfer (Soprano); Eric Schneider (Piano)
  • Notes: Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany (07/19/2004-07/21/2004)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1947

>Shakespeare, William : Sonnets :: [Excerpts from Sonnet 54]
  • Notes: Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany (07/19/2004-07/21/2004)
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Purcell, Henry : Don Quixote, Z 578
  • Performers: Christine Schäfer (Soprano); Eric Schneider (Piano)
  • Notes: Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany (07/19/2004-07/21/2004)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1695

>Shakespeare, William : Sonnets :: [Excerpts from Sonnet 54]
  • Notes: Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany (07/19/2004-07/21/2004)
  • Running Time: 1 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Purcell, Henry : History of King Richard II, Z 581
  • Performers: Christine Schäfer (Soprano); Eric Schneider (Piano)
  • Notes: Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany (07/19/2004-07/21/2004)
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1693

>Crumb, George : Early Songs (3), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Christine Schäfer (Soprano); Eric Schneider (Piano)
  • Notes: Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany (07/19/2004-07/21/2004)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1947

>Purcell, Henry : Celebrate this festival (Birthday Ode for Queen Mary), ode for 5 soloists, double chorus, 2 oboes, 2
  • Performers: Christine Schäfer (Soprano); Eric Schneider (Piano)
  • Notes: Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany (07/19/2004-07/21/2004)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1693

>Shakespeare, William : Sonnets :: [Excerpts from Sonnet 71]
  • Notes: Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany (07/19/2004-07/21/2004)
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Crumb, George : Early Songs (3), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Christine Schäfer (Soprano); Eric Schneider (Piano)
  • Notes: Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany (07/19/2004-07/21/2004)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1947

>Christine Schäfer / Eric Schneider : Improvisation for soprano voice & piano
  • Performers: Christine Schäfer (Soprano); Eric Schneider (Piano)
  • Notes: Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany (07/19/2004-07/21/2004)

>Purcell, Henry : Dido and Aenaeas
  • Performers: Christine Schäfer (Soprano); Eric Schneider (Piano)
  • Notes: Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany (07/19/2004-07/21/2004)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1689

>Crumb, George : Apparition, for soprano & amplified piano
  • Performers: Christine Schäfer (Soprano); Eric Schneider (Piano)
  • Notes: Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany (07/19/2004-07/21/2004)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1979