"Dahlmann has color in both the high and low register, Djeddikar makes the Bösendorfer Konzertflügel Imperial from 1922 shimmer."De Volkskrant, 27-7-2023
Dahlmann has color in both the high and low register, Djeddikar makes the Bösendorfer Konzertflügel Imperial from 1922 shimmer.
De Volkskrant, 27-7-2023
The simple is the beautiful - and the beautiful is a way of at least dealing with unbearable suffering. This hope seems to shine behind Nobert Glanzberg's song cycle "In Memoriam", composed in 1983, which deliberately takes up late Romantic traditions to tell of unprecedented crimes and unimaginable torments in a tonal and highly melodic way. The poems of persecuted and murdered resistance fighters selected by the composer similarly rescue dignity and humanity in the colours and forms of a cultural tradition.
Thilo Dahlmann and his accompanist Hedayet Jonas Djeddikar are aware that this beauty is almost unbearable. They therefore approach the songs with the required historical precision, which is reflected in the clear, detailed diction of the bass-baritone and the sovereign, completely unagitated performance of the pianist.
The result is an often oppressive, purposefully disturbing, but also deeply moving recording, for which Dahlmann and Djeddikar have found a conclusion that could not be more fitting. After Brahms and Glanzberg, Schubert's "Abendstern" once again plunges the world into twilight.
One voice, two hands, an hour of Lieder and a mighty concert grand piano: the 'less is more' approach to this intimist record achieves maximum effect.
Glanzberg's songs on texts by war witnesses are intimate and intense, dark and hushed - like a diary full of painful secrets. Dahlmann's voice fits this palette perfectly. Djeddikar's delicate fingerpicking ballet makes the songs tremble with emotion. And then there is the unsung hero: the Bösendorfer Konzertflügel Imperial (1922) that sinks your ears into the sound like a warm knife in a lump of butter.
De Standaard, 19-7-2023
Thilo Dahlmann and Hedayet Djeddikar turn to the songs in such a way that the texts become very clear without any exaggeration.