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The Last Epiphany

Thilo Dahlmann | Hedayet Djeddikar

The Last Epiphany

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Format: CD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917293425
Catnr: CC 72934
Release date: 07 July 2023
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Challenge Classics
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0608917293425
Catalogue number
CC 72934
Release date
07 July 2023

"...the programming provides a musical-emotional experience in itself that is, to my knowledge, entirely unprecedented. The fine singing combined with the superb programming makes for a powerful disc indeed. Strongly recommended"

Fanfare Magazine, 01-3-2024
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Thilo Dahlmann and Hedayet Djeddikar.
"I sow, I see no seed, and I remain mournfully silent at home." With these words of Johann Mayerhofer full of mourning and melancholy from Schubert's "Abendstern", we as performers look back on the content of this CD. It juxtaposes compositions that could hardly be more opposite.

The past century, like so many before and after it, has not only sown good seeds. Norbert Glanzberg had to experience one of the greatest human catastrophes of the century himself, the Holocaust. Long after the end of the war, he managed to clothe the horror he suffered in music through the words of other persecutees and victims of National Socialism. Music that could not be more beautiful in many places. A beauty that is only painful to bear in view of the texts set to music.

In selecting the pieces for this recording, we were guided by Norbert Glanzberg's compositional approach of countering horror with beauty. Therefore, folk song settings by Johannes Brahms form the beginning of this CD. Songs that, like few other songs in the Romantic lied repertoire, can embody the greatest possible innocence and impartiality in text and music.

It is precisely this contrast that illustrates in our eyes the breaking of human and civilisational culture through the horrors of the Holocaust. A "break-up" that Norbert Glanzberg has masterfully set to music in his cycle "In Memoriam".
Thilo Dahlmann und Hedayet Djeddikar.
"Ich säe, ich sehe keine Saat, und ich bleibe klagend stumm zu Hause." Mit diesen von Trauer und Melancholie erfüllten Worten Johann Mayerhofers aus Schuberts "Abendstern" blicken wir als Interpreten auf den Inhalt dieser CD zurück. Sie stellt Kompositionen nebeneinander, die gegensätzlicher kaum sein könnten.

Das vergangene Jahrhundert hat, wie so viele davor und danach, nicht nur gute Samen gesät. Norbert Glanzberg musste eine der größten menschlichen Katastrophen des Jahrhunderts selbst erleben, den Holocaust. Noch lange nach Kriegsende gelang es ihm, das von ihm erlittene Grauen mit den Worten anderer Verfolgter und Opfer des Nationalsozialismus in Musik zu kleiden. Musik, die an vielen Stellen nicht schöner sein könnte. Eine Schönheit, die nur angesichts der vertonten Texte schmerzlich zu ertragen ist.

Bei der Auswahl der Stücke für diese Aufnahme haben wir uns von Norbert Glanzbergs kompositorischem Ansatz leiten lassen, dem Grauen das Schöne entgegenzusetzen. Den Anfang dieser CD bilden daher Volksliedvertonungen von Johannes Brahms. Lieder, die wie wenige andere Lieder des romantischen Liedrepertoires die größtmögliche Unschuld und Unbefangenheit in Text und Musik verkörpern können.

Es ist genau dieser Kontrast, der uns den Bruch der menschlichen und zivilisatorischen Kultur durch die Schrecken des Holocaust vor Augen führt. Ein "Zusammenbruch", den Norbert Glanzberg in seinem Zyklus "In Memoriam" meisterhaft vertont hat.

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Thilo Dahlmann (baritone)

Composer(s)

Franz Schubert

Franz Peter Schubert was an Austrian composer. Schubert already died before his 32nd birthday, but was extremely prolific during his lifetime. His output consists of over six hundred secular vocal works (mainly Lieder), seven complete symphonies, sacred music, operas, incidental music and a large body of chamber and piano music. Appreciation of his music while he was alive was limited to a relatively small circle of admirers in Vienna, but interest in his work increased significantly in the decades following his death. Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms and other 19th-century composers discovered and championed his works. Today, Schubert is ranked among the greatest composers of the late Classical and early Romantic eras and is one of the...
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Franz Peter Schubert was an Austrian composer. Schubert already died before his 32nd birthday, but was extremely prolific during his lifetime. His output consists of over six hundred secular vocal works (mainly Lieder), seven complete symphonies, sacred music, operas, incidental music and a large body of chamber and piano music. Appreciation of his music while he was alive was limited to a relatively small circle of admirers in Vienna, but interest in his work increased significantly in the decades following his death. Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms and other 19th-century composers discovered and championed his works. Today, Schubert is ranked among the greatest composers of the late Classical and early Romantic eras and is one of the most frequently performed composers of the early nineteenth century.
It was in the genre of the Lied that Schubert made his most indelible mark. Prior to Schubert's influence, Lieder tended toward a strophic, syllabic treatment of text, evoking the folksong qualities engendered by the stirrings of Romantic nationalism. Schubert expanded the potentialities of the genre like no other composer before.

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Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms was a German composer and pianist. Born in Hamburg into a Lutheran family, Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna, Austria. His reputation and status as a composer is such that he is sometimes grouped with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the 'Three Bs' of music, a comment originally made by the nineteenth-century conductor Hans von Bülow.   Brahms composed for symphony orchestra, chamber ensembles, piano, organ, and voice and chorus. A virtuoso pianist, he premiered many of his own works. He worked with some of the leading performers of his time, including the pianist Clara Schumann and the violinist Joseph Joachim (the three were close friends). Many of his works have become...
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Johannes Brahms was a German composer and pianist. Born in Hamburg into a Lutheran family, Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna, Austria. His reputation and status as a composer is such that he is sometimes grouped with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the "Three Bs" of music, a comment originally made by the nineteenth-century conductor Hans von Bülow.
Brahms composed for symphony orchestra, chamber ensembles, piano, organ, and voice and chorus. A virtuoso pianist, he premiered many of his own works. He worked with some of the leading performers of his time, including the pianist Clara Schumann and the violinist Joseph Joachim (the three were close friends). Many of his works have become staples of the modern concert repertoire. Brahms, an uncompromising perfectionist, destroyed some of his works and left others unpublished.
Brahms has been considered, by his contemporaries and by later writers, as both a traditionalist and an innovator. His music is firmly rooted in the structures and compositional techniques of the Classical masters. While many contemporaries found his music too academic, his contribution and craftsmanship have been admired by subsequent figures as diverse as Arnold Schoenberg and Edward Elgar. The diligent, highly constructed nature of Brahms's works was a starting point and an inspiration for a generation of composers. Within his meticulous structures is embedded, however, a highly romantic nature.

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...the programming provides a musical-emotional experience in itself that is, to my knowledge, entirely unprecedented. The fine singing combined with the superb programming makes for a powerful disc indeed. Strongly recommended
Fanfare Magazine, 01-3-2024

As a whole, still an original program and well worth listening.
Luister, 01-9-2023

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.
Kulturabdruck.de, 19-7-2023

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.
Pizzicato, 07-7-2023

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01.
Deutsche Volkslieder WoO 33: All mein Gedanken, No. 30
02:13
(Johannes Brahms) Hedayet Djeddikar, Thilo Dahlmann
02.
Deutsche Volkslieder WoO 33: Mein Mädel hat einen Rosenmund, No. 25
01:55
(Johannes Brahms) Hedayet Djeddikar, Thilo Dahlmann
03.
Deutsche Volkslieder WoO 33: Feinsliebchen, No. 12
03:04
(Johannes Brahms) Hedayet Djeddikar, Thilo Dahlmann
04.
Deutsche Volkslieder WoO 33: Jungfräulein, soll ich mit Euch gehen, No. 11
02:20
(Johannes Brahms) Hedayet Djeddikar, Thilo Dahlmann
05.
Deutsche Volkslieder WoO 33: Die Sonne scheint nicht mehr, No. 5
01:17
(Johannes Brahms) Hedayet Djeddikar, Thilo Dahlmann
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Deutsche Volkslieder WoO 33: Erlaube mir, feins Mädchen, No. 2
01:26
(Johannes Brahms) Hedayet Djeddikar, Thilo Dahlmann
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Deutsche Volkslieder WoO 33: Sagt mir, o schönste Schäf´rin mein, No. 1
02:27
(Johannes Brahms) Hedayet Djeddikar, Thilo Dahlmann
08.
Deutsche Volkslieder WoO 33: Es steht ein Lind´, No. 41
02:27
(Johannes Brahms) Hedayet Djeddikar, Thilo Dahlmann
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Deutsche Volkslieder WoO 33: Gar lieblich hat sich gesellet, No. 3
01:34
(Johannes Brahms) Hedayet Djeddikar, Thilo Dahlmann
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Deutsche Volkslieder WoO 33: Sonntag, Op. 47, No. 3
01:41
(Johannes Brahms) Hedayet Djeddikar, Thilo Dahlmann
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Deutsche Volkslieder WoO 33: Wach auf, Mein´ Herzensschöne, No. 16
01:50
(Johannes Brahms) Hedayet Djeddikar, Thilo Dahlmann
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Deutsche Volkslieder WoO 33: Es wohnet ein Fiedler zu Frankfurt am Main, No. 36
01:28
(Johannes Brahms) Hedayet Djeddikar, Thilo Dahlmann
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Deutsche Volkslieder WoO 33: In stiller Nacht, No. 42
02:48
(Johannes Brahms) Hedayet Djeddikar, Thilo Dahlmann
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Deutsche Volkslieder WoO 33: Ach Gott, wie weh tut scheiden, No. 17
02:07
(Johannes Brahms) Thilo Dahlmann, Hedayet Djeddikar
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Deutsche Volkslieder WoO 33: Soll sich der Mond nicht heller scheinen, No. 35
02:43
(Johannes Brahms) Thilo Dahlmann, Hedayet Djeddikar
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Deutsche Volkslieder WoO 33: Da unten im Tale, No. 6
02:05
(Johannes Brahms) Thilo Dahlmann, Hedayet Djeddikar
17.
In Memoriam – Holocaust Lieder: Im Gefängnis
02:07
(Nobert Glanzberg) Thilo Dahlmann, Hedayet Djeddikar
18.
In Memoriam – Holocaust Lieder: Abschied
03:54
(Nobert Glanzberg) Thilo Dahlmann, Hedayet Djeddikar
19.
In Memoriam – Holocaust Lieder: Fu?r Ule
02:21
(Nobert Glanzberg) Thilo Dahlmann, Hedayet Djeddikar
20.
In Memoriam – Holocaust Lieder: Alter Baum
04:03
(Nobert Glanzberg) Thilo Dahlmann, Hedayet Djeddikar
21.
In Memoriam – Holocaust Lieder: Nachtgedanken
02:34
(Nobert Glanzberg) Thilo Dahlmann, Hedayet Djeddikar
22.
In Memoriam – Holocaust Lieder: Der Ofen von Lublin
03:11
(Nobert Glanzberg) Thilo Dahlmann, Hedayet Djeddikar
23.
In Memoriam – Holocaust Lieder: Versprich mir eins
03:49
(Nobert Glanzberg) Thilo Dahlmann, Hedayet Djeddikar
24.
In Memoriam – Holocaust Lieder: Die letzte Epiphanie
02:41
(Nobert Glanzberg) Thilo Dahlmann, Hedayet Djeddikar
25.
In Memoriam – Holocaust Lieder: Lied zur guten Nacht
03:47
(Nobert Glanzberg) Thilo Dahlmann, Hedayet Djeddikar
26.
In Memoriam – Holocaust Lieder: Greta
03:26
(Nobert Glanzberg) Thilo Dahlmann, Hedayet Djeddikar
27.
In Memoriam – Holocaust Lieder: An die Völker der Erde
03:18
(Nobert Glanzberg) Thilo Dahlmann, Hedayet Djeddikar
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Abendstern D. 806
02:28
(Franz Schubert) Thilo Dahlmann, Hedayet Djeddikar
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