Robbert Muuse & Micha van Weers

Alle Lust will Ewigkeit

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Format: SACD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917270921
Catnr: CC 72709
Release date: 06 May 2016
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Challenge Classics
UPC
0608917270921
Catalogue number
CC 72709
Release date
06 May 2016

""Muuse and Van Weers took up the challenge and they do so with taste, courage and confidence.""

, 01-9-2016
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About the album

This release features the work of Julius Rontgen, a German-Dutch composer who produced a great deal of classical repertoire. The composer’s grandson wrote of this release, “This deliberate selection from Julius Rontgen’s extensive song repertoire represents an important new step towards a revaluation of his total oeuvre and the unlocking of Dutch musical heritage in general…” (Jurriaan Rontgen) Robbert Muuse and Micha van Weers are passionate musicians who are constantly pushing themselves to explore the field of forgotten works. Muuse is a baritone who is frequently sought after for both operatic and concert repertoire. Pianist Micha van Weers has performed alongside Muuse for many recitals.
De wereldpremière van de liederen van Julius Röntgen
Dit album bevat liederen van Julius Röntgen, uitgevoerd door bariton Robbert Muuse en pianiste Micha van Weers. Dit is de eerste opname van de liederen van deze Duits-Nederlandse componist.

Röntgen is een van de vele componisten uit de eerste helft van de 20e eeuw die het verdient om opnieuw ontdekt te worden. Hij is een van de typische kosmopolitische personen die Europese cultuur voor de Eerste Wereldoorlog kenmerkten. Hij droeg als pianist, dirigent, concertorganisator en medeoprichter van het eerste Conservatorium in Amsterdam bij aan de ontwikkeling van het Nederlandse muziekleven.

Op achttienjarige leeftijd ontwikkelde hij zich op het podium als pianist, waar hij liederen uitvoerde samen met bariton Julius Stockhausen. In 1881 volgde Johannes Messchaert Stockhausen op. Messchaert interesseerde zich in Röntgens muziek, en er ontstond een hechte vriendschap tussen hen. De avonden waarop ze samen liederen en werken voor piano solo uitvoerden waren geliefd bij het publiek.

Een nieuwe generatie musici heeft verrassende nieuwe inzichten in Röntgens werk gevonden. Maar er valt nog veel te ontdekken in zijn omvangrijke oeuvre. Messchaert had dit in 1905 al naar voren gebracht: 'Het deel van Röntgen wat zichtbaar is, is slechts het kleinste deel. Om hem echt te kunnen zien, moet je hem horen.'
Bariton Robbert Muuse und Pianistin Micha van Weers verbindet neben einer langjährigen musikalischen Partnerschaft auch eine große Portion Neugier. So begeben sie sich neben der Pflege des gängigen Liedrepertoires auf die Suche nach unbekannten, verschollenen oder sogar zeitweise verbotenen Werken, um auch ihnen Gehör zu verschaffen. Auf dieser Suche stießen sie auf die Werke des Leipziger Musikers und Komponisten Julius Röntgen. Wer Röntgens Werken schon begegnet ist, mag sich an instrumentale Kammerstücke und symphonische Kompositionen erinnern, doch als langjähriger Liedbegleiter lag ihm auch dieses Repertoire am Herzen. Inspiration und Text für seine Lieder fand er dabei nicht nur bei Klassikern wie Goethe und Nietzsche oder in alten Gedichten, sondern auch in den komischen, oft abstrusen Gedichten des deutschen Schriftstellers Christian Morgenstern. Seinen Texten schmiegt Röntgen eine Musik an wie eine zweite Haut, zum Beispiel im kurzen Die Trichter, das passend zum Titel nicht nur im Format des Gedichts, sondern sogar auch in der Musik trichterförmig daherkommt – ein spannendes Programm, nicht nur auf Liederenthusiasten.

Robbert Muuse und Micha van Weers treibt die Neugier immer wieder in unbekannte musikalische Gefilde. Ergebnis ihrer letzten Erkundungstour in die vergessenen Kompositionen unserer Zeit ist diese Einspielung, ein spannendes Portrait des Leipziger Komponisten Julius Röntgen mit Liedern von Nietzsche bis Morgenstern.

Artist(s)

The Dutch baritone Robbert Muuse is a sought after singer, for both the concert and the operatic repertoire. As a Lieder-singer he has won several prizes. He has performed many different operatic roles, concert works and oratorios, singing works from the baroque era to modern music. He sang in concert halls throughout Europe, the U.S.A. and in Israel, and has worked with internationally acclaimed conductors. Muuse made recordings on cd, dvd (opera), international radio and television. He takes a special interest in the song repertoire and has a long professional partnership with and is married to pianist Micha van Weers. Together they have performed many song recitals. Robbert Muuse received his vocal and operatic training in Maastricht, the Opera Academy of Karlsruhe, Germany and the Mozarteum Salzburg, and private coaching in London.

Micha van Weers is a Dutch pianist who has won several awards, such as the Audience Prize and the Special RAI-Prize at the Int. Seghizzi Song Competition in Italy; the MeesPierson Award in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, as a duo with baritone Robbert Muuse.
Micha van Weers has performed in many concert halls in the Netherlands, including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, in Germany, France (Paris), Prague and Salzburg. She has accompanied many different singers and instrumentalists, and made several recordings for radio, television and CD. Beside chamber music, she has a special fondness of playing Lieder. She has been working with baritone Robbert Muuse since their encounter in 1994. Micha van Weers studied piano in Maastricht with Tilly Keessen and Tonie Ehlen. For interpreting 20th-century Czech piano repertoire, she studied in Prague with pianist František Maxián. Furthermore she specialized in song accompaniment, in Stuttgart with Konrad Richter, with Hartmut Höll at the Mozarteum Salzburg and private studies with Julius Drake in London.

Besides the familiar, well-known repertoire, Robbert Muuse and Micha van Weers challenge themselves to continuously explore the field of unknown or forgotten works, or even songs that were at some time in history forbidden, but which they deem worthy to be re-discovered and performed as new. In 2011 they collected and (premiere) recorded for Challenge Classics a selection of songs by British composer Cyril Scott (“Songs of Quest and Inspiration”). Also they regularly perform music from Jewish composers who were persecuted during the Second World War.

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"Muuse and Van Weers took up the challenge and they do so with taste, courage and confidence."
, 01-9-2016

''When listening to this recital, you are automatically hoping for a follow-up album. Robbert, Micha and Challenge: please go for it!''
De Gelderlander, 02-7-2016

"Bariton Robbert Muuse and pianiste Micha van Weers regret and try to educate the ignorant croud. That is very appreciated."
, 26-5-2016

... There is undoubtedly much to discover in this work. With this recording, Robbert Muuse and Micha van Weers have opened a door, behind which some treasure is slumbering. Great!
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