R Strauss - Enoch Arden, The Castle by the Sea | Somm SOMMCD0651

R Strauss - Enoch Arden, The Castle by the Sea


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Label: Somm

Cat No: SOMMCD0651

Barcode: 0748871065123

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 20th May 2022



Christopher Kent (actor)
Gamal Khamis (piano)


Strauss, Richard

Das Schloss am Meere, AV92
Enoch Arden, op.38


Christopher Kent (actor)
Gamal Khamis (piano)


SOMM Recordings announces a major addition to the Richard Strauss catalogue with new recordings of his settings of two era-defining melodramas: the epic poem Enoch Arden by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Englandís revered and longest-serving Poet Laureate, and German poet Ludwig Uhlandís atmospheric interrogation of a traveller returning from a mysterious mediaeval fortress, The Castle by the Sea. Making their SOMM Recordings debuts are actor Christopher Kent and pianist Gamal Khamis.

Both works were composed for the distinguished German actor and director, Ernst von Possart. A powerful, potent and timeless tale of honour, love and sacrifice within a love triangle, Enoch Arden is one of Straussís most evocative and emotional scores. The Castle by the Sea Ė here in its first recording of Christopher Kentís translation Ė is a miniature gothic masterpiece.

Christopher Kent has appeared widely on stage (alongside Robert Lindsay and Timothy Spall), screen and radio. One of the UKís best-known voice actors, he is also known for his extensive collaborations with leading musicians, and has been a regular recital partner of Gamal Khamis since 2016.

Gamal Khamis is a multi-award-winning pianist with a flourishing international career hailed by The Times for his ďformidable keyboard skillsĒ. He made his Wigmore Hall debut aged 10, is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 3, and a member of Lipatti Piano Quartet.

The booklet includes an authoritative introduction by Andrew Neill, with Christopher Kent and Gamal Khamis providing additional illuminating commentary.

SOMMís previous Richard Strauss releases include Thomas Beecham and the RPOís Don Quixote (SOMMBEECHAM21), and Till Eulenspiegel and Don Juan (SOMMBEECHAM31), the Burlesque for Piano and orchestra with Valerie Tryon and the RPO conducted by Jac van Steen (SOMMCD253). Till Eulenspiegel is also featured in the Gramophone Editorís Choice release, George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra: The Forgotten Recordings (SOMM ARIADNE50112).

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