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Richard Strauss: Works for Narrator and Piano



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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, England’s revered and longest-serving Poet Laureate, and German poet
Ludwig Uhland’s 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 Strauss’s most evocative and emotional scores. The Castle by the Sea – here in its first recording of Christopher Kent’s translation – is a miniature gothic masterpiece.
Christopher Kent has appeared widely on stage (alongside Robert Lindsay and Timothy Spall), screen and radio. One of the UK’s 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 “formidable keyboard
skills”. 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.
SOMM’s previous Richard Strauss releases include Thomas Beecham and the RPO’s Don Quixote (SOMM-BEECHAM 21), and Till Eulenspiegel and Don Juan (SOMM-BEECHAM 31), the Burlesque for Piano and orchestra with Valerie Tryon and the RPO conducted by Jac van Steen (SOMMCD 253). Till Eulenspiegel is also featured in the Gramophone Editor’s Choice release, George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra: The Forgotten Recordings (SOMM ARIADNE 5011-2).
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Item number SOMMCD 0651
Barcode 748871065123
Release date 20/05/2022
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Label SOMM Recordings
Media type CD
Number of units 1
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