Tides of Life

Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Thomas Hampson

Wolf, Schubert, Brahms, Barber

SKU: 38917

Year of release: 2017

1. Auf einer Wanderung Wolf 03:32
2. Fussreise Wolf 02:33
3. An die Leier Schubert 03:35
4. Memnon Schubert 03:54
5. anakreons Grab Wolf 02:44
6. Der Rattenfanger Wolf 02:27
7. Geheimes Schubert 01:16
8. Standchen Schubert 05:18
9. Italian Serenade Wolf 06:33
Vier ernste Gesange 15:32
10. Denn es gehet dem Menschen Brahms 04:16
11. Ich wandte mich und sahe an alle Brahms 03:37
12. O Tod, wie bitteer biest du Brahms 03:36
13. Wenn ich miet Mensehn Brahms 04:01
14. Dover Beach, op 3 Barber 07:41

About this album

In February 2014 Amsterdam Sinfonietta and Thomas Hampson made a tour of twelve European concert halls performing a unique programme. The heart of the programme consisted of new arrangements of songs by Johannes Brahms, Franz Schubert and Hugo Wolf. Amsterdam Sinfonietta commissioned the English composer David Matthews to arrange this song repertoire for string ensemble and baritone. These intimate compositions were performed in this new version for the first time in large-scale concert halls.

The practice of orchestrating older, preexisting songs became the vogue in the nineteenth century, coinciding with the blossoming of a whole new genre; the orchestral song. Composers such as Mahler, Wolf, Berlioz, Liszt and Strauss wrote songs for piano and voice, which they later ‘emancipated’ by arranging them for voice and orchestra. A number of composers, including Brahms, Berlioz and later Weber and Reger, paid homage to their predecessors such as Schubert and Schumann by orchestrating their songs. On this recording only the version of Samuel Barber’s song Dover Beach remains close to the original. Composed for string quartet and baritone, the song is heard here in an arrangement for baritone and string orchestra

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Dagblad van het Noorden 5 stars

(...) eensgezind musiceren op hoog niveau (...)

Opus Klassiek

Thomas Hampson lijkt een vanzelfsprekendheid: hij is inmiddels 61 en behoort nog steeds tot de beste liedzangers van dit moment. (...)  Het Nationaal Vrouwen Jeugdkoor levert onder leiding van Wilma ten Wolde een kostelijke
bijdrage aan Schuberts ‘Ständchen', magisch bewerkt door Bob Zimmerman. (...) De opname is in de Jared Sacks-klasse. Wat dit betreft genoeg gezegd!


Technical Specifications

Recording Type Bit RateDSD64
Recording SoftwarePyramix
Recording LocationVredenburg, Utrecht The Netherlands
Recording EngineerJared Sacks
ProducerWillem Bordes
NotesThe recording was originally digitised using the Grimm AD1, which operates at DSD64. The original session tracks were edited and rebalanced (which meant going through the mixer)  in the only available format for that purpose; the Pyramix 352.8KHz/24bit PCM (DXD). Prior to the advent of direct digital delivery, the next step in the production process from 352.8KHz/24bit PCM would be the DSD64 edited master for SACD production. What we have done now is also make a direct conversion to DSD128 and DSD256 from that original DXD edited master, without going through any interim processing steps. Those DXD to DSD conversions are not up-samplings, as they would be going from one PCM sampling rate to another, for they are different encoding systems. PCM is a digital value sample based system, and DSD is a digital bit density modulated system. Conversion from any PCM sample rate to any DSD bit rate system is a remodulation, not an up-sampling. We feel there is an audio advantage to this process in using the original files so we give you the choice and you can decide.
Mixing BoardRens Heijnis custom made
MicrophonesBruel & Kyaer, Schoeps
Mastering RoomGRIMM LS1 Speaker system
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
Editing SoftwarePyramix
Digital ConvertersGRIMM AD1
Cablesvan den Hul