Claire Stadtmueller, Michael Strauss | Sweet Peace

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Sweet Peace

by Claire Stadtmueller, Michael Strauss

Sweet Peace is a moving collection of international classical songs that celebrate peace or express the tragedy of war. These elegant and emotional works connect us to the human side of history that inspired their creation, yet speak to us as powerfull
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1. Schubert Wanderers Nachtlied
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2. Lehmann Paix Du Soir
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3. Debussy Noel Des Enfants Qui N'ont Plus De Maisons
2:32 album only
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4. Bax The White Peace
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5. Hahn La Douce Paix
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6. Faure C'est La Paix
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7. Poulenc Priez Pour Paix
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8. Rorem Lay
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9. Ode
1:44 album only
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10. Sonnet
1:23 album only
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11. L'hymne De La Paix
2:27 album only
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12. Liszt Wanderers Nachtlied
3:43 album only
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13. Strauss Ruhe, Meine Seele
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14. Duparc Au Pays Ou Se Fait La Guerre
6:03 album only
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15. Howells When There Is Peace
3:46 album only
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16. Latvian Trad A Young Man Was Sent Off to War
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17. Slovakian Trad In the War My Love Has Fallen
2:10 album only
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18. Rachmaninoff The Soldier's Wife
2:19 album only
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19. Kander A Letter From Sullivan Ballou
8:51 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Iraq. Dafur. The Middle East... Our neighborhoods. Our own hearts, arguably the cradle of the peace or war we find around us.

Sweet Peace is a moving collection of international classical songs that celebrate peace or express the tragedy of war. The texts of this album span five previous centuries, yet the emotions expressed are entirely of our time: the joy of those reunited with loved ones at war's end, the anguish of a soldier's widow; an individual's desperate yearning for inner peace and the relief of one whom it has visited. "....sweet peace and consoling peace, that places a cool kiss upon all scars..., that descends upon the weary..." Georges Boutelleau

Will our human nature ever evolve to keep pace with our technical ability to destroy one another? Perhaps if it is our priority. Think peace. Speak peace. Act peace. Pray for peace. And sing peace.

Claire Stadtmueller made her Carnegie Hall debut in Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with David Randolph and the St. Cecilia Chorus and Orchestra. Egon Stadelman wrote for the New Yorker Staats-Zeitung, "Of the solo quartet, soprano Claire Stadtmueller was by far the most outstanding. She enjoyed a star moment and took advantage of it to the loudly exclaimed enthusiasm of the audience." She has since performed at Carnegie Hall in Handel's Israel in Egypt, Mozart's Requiem and Mass in C Minor, Mendelssohn's Second Symphony, and Bach's Christmas Oratorio and St. Matthew Passion.

She has also appeared at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, and on National Public Radio's A Prairie Home Companion and WGBH Boston's Classics in the Morning with host Ron della Chiesa.

Opera roles she has performed include the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor, Pamina (The Magic Flute), Miss Silverpeal (The Impresario), Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte), Rosario (Granados' Goyescas), Dew Fairy (Hansel and Gretel) and the Mother (Amahl and the Night Visitors). As a recitalist, Ms. Stadtmueller has performed at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, at New York City's Trinity Church, and on numerous series in New Jersey and Rhode Island.

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Michael Strauss studied at the University of Cape Town in South Africa and began his teaching career at the University of the Witswatersrand in Johannesburg, where he taught piano, chamber-music and was head vocal coach of the Opera Department.

As a performer, Mr. Strauss has been associated with the South African Broadcasting Company, appearing frequently as a soloist and accompanist on radio and television. He has also been the featured concerto soloist with the main orchestras of the country.

For the past ten years Mr. Strauss has been active in and around the Boston area as a performer, accompanist, conductor and vocal coach. He has recorded with various chamber music ensembles for WGBH radio. His conducting credits include the New England premiere of Bizet's The Pearlfishers.

He has also toured with The Boston Music Theater featuring American music in Brussels in 1999 for the 50th anniversary of NATO and more recently in 2001 in Paris and Brussels. In July 2002 he performed with the same group in Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

Mr. Strauss is currently an opera coach for the department of opera studies at New England Conservatory. He is also on the faculty of the Boston Conservatory.

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Ned Rorem


Thanks for the very beautiful CD..... As a birthright Quaker and pacifist I, of course, deeply approve of your program. Your voice sounds accurate and expressive.
(from letters January 29, 2002 and September 5, 2002)
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CD Baby


Showing that, in its essence, music expresses the deepest sentiments, dreams and concerns of the culture and people in its time, this timely collection of songs for soprano and piano remind us of the importance of peace and the tragedy of war. These elegant and emotional classical pieces not only span the globe but five previous centuries and yet, these are the very same grievances we are facing today. This moving album is one that is not only appealing and extraordinary in terms of aesthetics but ethics and social conscience as well; this is the human and personal side of history.
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Frederica von Stade


Thanks for your beautiful CD Sweet Peace. I love
it....You have a beautiful voice and expression.
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Tamara Turner

Not only appealing and extraordinary in terms of aesthetics but ethics and socia
Showing that, in its essence, music expresses the deepest sentiments, dreams and concerns of the culture and people in its time, this timely collection of songs for soprano and piano remind us of the importance of peace and the tragedy of war. These elegant and emotional classical pieces not only span the globe but five previous centuries and yet, these are the very same grievances we are facing today. This moving album is one that is not only appealing and extraordinary in terms of aesthetics but ethics and social conscience as well; this is the human and personal side of history.
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Thomas Lawlor for The Warwick Beacon and The Cranston Herald

...a fine clear soprano voice, impeccable diction and a wonderful feel for the t
At a time when the peace of the world is once again threatened by the beating of war drums, it is the moment for the appearance on the music scene of a CD of international songs for peace.

Ms. Stadtmueller brings to these songs a fine clear soprano voice, impeccable diction and a wonderful feel for the text she is singing. This connection with the text is what one looks for in the best recitalists and on this CD we are not disappointed. This is singing of a very high order.

The art of the accompanist is a very special art indeed. Michael Strauss brings masterful sensitivity and a profound understanding of his art to these songs for peace. The soloist could not have wished for better.

I heartily recommend this CD to all who love fine singing, first class playing of the piano, and who in their hearts hate war and yearn for peace.
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Thomas Hinds, Music Director, Montgomery Symphony Orchestra

It is not to be missed.
Ms. Stadtmueller is a richly communicative singer, and her music making here is as strong and direct as the message of the works she presents. This is a lovely and a timely collection beautifully sung by an
accomplished artist. It is not to be missed.
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