Nachhall – song cycles with orchestra by Swiss late romantic Othmar Schoeck (1886 – 1957)

world premiere recording with first published arrangements

January 20 2024

Thanks to a grant from the Canton of Schwyz, the Schweizer Fonogramm label is very proud to present the new studio production NACHHALL (‘Echo’), which is dedicated to the song oeuvre of Othmar Schoeck, the great song and opera composer from central Switzerland. The programme includes song cycles from his youth (op. 4 and 17) from 1904 – 1909 and the melancholic cycle Nachhall op. 70, composed fifty years later. The early cycles can be heard as world premiere recordings in an arrangement by Graziella Contratto, who also accompanies the two soloists Stephan Genz and Olena Tokar with the Bern Symphony Orchestra as conductor. From the enchantment of the early songs to the congenial, more realistic Lenau sound of the late works, this recording aims to document an important soundline in Swiss cultural and musical heritage – for song lovers from all over the world. As always, Frédéric Angleraux from www.adcsound.ch was the artistic director of the recording. The translation of all song texts in English can be found below.

Excerpts

1 - Nachhall op. 70

Othmar Schoeck - Nikolaus Lenau - Nachhall

2 - Nachhall op. 70

Othmar Schoeck - Nikolaus Lenau - Einsamkeit

3 - Nachhall op. 70

Othmar Schoeck - Nikolaus Lenau - Mein Herz

4 - Nachhall op. 70

Othmar Schoeck - Nikolaus Lenau - Veränderte Welt

5 - Nachhall op. 70

Othmar Schoeck - Nikolaus Lenau - Abendheimkehr

6 - Nachhall op. 70

Othmar Schoeck - Nikolaus Lenau - Auf eine holländische Landschaft

7 - Nachhall op. 70

Othmar Schoeck - Nikolaus Lenau - Stimme des Windes

8 - Nachhall op. 70

Othmar Schoeck - Nikolaus Lenau - Der falsche Freund

10 - Nachhall op. 70

Othmar Schoeck - Nikolaus Lenau - Heimatklang und Der Kranich

12 - Nachhall op. 70

Othmar Schoeck - Matthias Claudius - O du Land

13 - Drei Heine-Lieder op. 4 Nr. 1

Othmar Schoeck/Graziella Contratto arr. - Heinrich Heine - Sommerabend

14 - Drei Heine-Lieder op. 4 Nr. 2

Othmar Schoeck/Graziella Contratto arr. - Heinrich Heine - Warum?

15 - Drei Heine-Lieder op. 4 Nr. 3

Othmar Schoeck/Graziella Contratto arr. - Heinrich Heine - Wo?

16 - Acht Lieder op. 17 Nr. 7

Othmar Schoeck/Graziella Contratto arr. - J. von Eichendorff - Erinnerung

17 - Acht Lieder op. 17 Nr. 1

Othmar Schoeck/Graziella Contratto arr. - J.G. Jacobi - Im Sommer

18 - Acht Lieder op. 17 Nr. 2

Othmar Schoeck/Graziella Contratto arr. - L. Uhland - Im Herbste

19 - Acht Lieder op. 17 Nr. 3

Othmar Schoeck/Graziella Contratto arr. - L. Uhland - Der Kirchhof im Frühling

20 - Acht Lieder op. 17 Nr. 5

Othmar Schoeck/Graziella Contratto arr. - H. Heine - Gekommen ist der Maie

21 - Acht Lieder op. 17 Nr. 8

Othmar Schoeck/Graziella Contratto arr. - J. von Eichendorff - Der frohe Wandersmann

22 - Acht Lieder op. 17 Nr. 4

Othmar Schoeck/Graziella Contratto arr. - E. Mörike - Peregrina II

23 - Acht Lieder op. 17 Nr. 6

Othmar Schoeck/Graziella Contratto arr. - J. von Eichendorff - Auf einer Burg

Remy Franck offers a first sight:

The German baritone Stephan Genz sings with a clear, balanced voice that radiates great warmth, especially in the middle register, and is always expressive. Another advantage is the perfect comprehensibility of the text, which shows how much Genz cares about the poets’ words. Genz translates the immediacy of the music very well and expresses the various moods grippingly, giving this wonderful music depth, sensitivity and a lush tone.

The soprano Olena Tokar also sings expressively in the two cycles opulently orchestrated by Graziella Contratto with a warm, luminous voice and it cannot be denied that Tokar understands this repertoire with heart and soul.

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