Sehnsucht (new album) (CD)


Barbara Hannigan, soprano

Raoul Steffani, baritone

Camerata RCO led by Rolf Verbeek

In Sehnsucht, Barbara Hannigan sings Alban Berg’s Sieben Frühe Lieder and the final part of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, whereas Raoul Steffani performs Berg’s Vier Gesänge, Op. 2. All these works are presented in special arrangements for chamber ensemble. Release date: 21 October 2022.

Alpha Classics, ALPHA872



Barbara Hannigan, soprano (1-7, 15)
Raoul Steffani
, baritone (8-11)
Camerata RCO led by Rolf Verbeek

Recorded live at De Doelen, Rotterdam

Alpha Classics, ALPHA872

Sehnsucht, a central and nearly untranslatable word of the Viennese fin-de-siècle period, referring to aspects of longing, melancholy, and nostalgia. During the Covid-19 pandemic, a collective Sehnsucht arose, in performers and audiences alike. Sehnsucht: Live in Rotterdam, played to the empty concert hall of De Doelen. We decided to issue the recording as an album, recognizing that the performance also represents continuity and mentorship through music. Both young Dutch artists, conductor Rolf Verbeek and baritone Raoul Steffani are associated with the initiatives Equilibrium and Momentum, and joined me and the Camerata RCO for this intimate journey… In Sehnsucht, we explore two song cycles of Berg, written shortly after Mahler’s 4th Symphony. All these works are presented in special arrangements for chamber ensemble. The Berg songs are expanded from their original voice and piano to a dialogue of new colours and instrumentation. Mahler’s 4th Symphony is reduced to an intimate soloistic journey, a tender conversation.

– Barbara Hannigan

Alban Berg (1885-1935)

Sieben Frühe Lieder arr. Reinbert de Leeuw
1. Nacht
2. Schilflied
3. Die Nachtigall
4. Traumgekrönt
5. Im Zimmer
6. Liebesode
7. Sommertage

Vier Gesänge, Op. 2 arr. Henk de Vlieger
8. I. Schlafen, nichts als schlafen
9. II. Schlafend trägt man mich
10. III. Nun ich der Riesen Stärksten überwand
11. IV. Warm die Lüfte

Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)

Symphony No. 4 in G Major arr. Erwin Stein
12. I. Bedächtig, nicht eilen
13. II. In gemächlicher Bewegung, ohne Hast
14. III. Ruhevoll, poco adagio
15. IV. Sehr behaglich

Total time: 80’44

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