Schubert - Der Einsame | Champs Hill Records CHRCD133

Schubert - Der Einsame


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Label: Champs Hill Records

Cat No: CHRCD133

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 1st September 2017



Loneliness is the theme that links all the songs on this album.

“Schubert and the feeling of solitude have been my companions for many years. We can find ourselves alone as the result of many different circumstances in life – unhappiness in love, a bereavement, or simply moving to another country. For me, however, being alone has never meant being ‘lonely’. A running brook, a broken heart, the bitter-sweet release of death – few composers have succeeded in setting these varied images to music as transparently as Schubert did. His diverse emotional and musical world had me under its spell from an early age.” – Ilker Arcayürek

Voted into the top ten of a new generation of rising stars and hailed for his golden voice by Opera Now magazine, Ilker Arcayürek is the winner of the 2016 International Art Song Competition of Stuttgart’s Hugo Wolf Academy. He was finalist of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition 2015 and has been selected a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists through 2017. He made his highly anticipated Wigmore Hall recital debut featuring lieder by Schubert and Schumann in autumn 2016.

Pianist Simon Lepper, professor of piano accompaniment and vocal repertoire coach at the Royal College of Music, has been accompanying Ilker since 2012. He has made a number of recordings for Champs Hill Records, including with Kitty Whately and Gillian Keith.

“A golden and natural lyric tenor, even throughout the range and sensitive to text, with the benefit of solid top notes. … His good looks and easy charm convey well on stage and platform” – Opera Now


The ever-increasing tenor population in the Schubert song discography reaches a peak of sorts with Ilker Arcayürek’s intelligently conceived recital, executed with vocal freshness and an open-hearted quality that recalls the young Nicolai Gedda and Christoph Prégardien. The Italianate richness of his timbre makes him a particularly mainstream voice in this repertoire, though he has all of the needed interpretative individuality... [Simon] Lepper’s pristine accompaniment – in a fairly radiant recording acoustic – is an essential partner, as is the detailed booklet note by Richard Stokes.  David Patrick Stearns
Gramophone Awards 2017
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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