Simon O’Neill’s Debut Album of Beethoven, Schumann, Richard Strauss and Wagner

12/04/2019

DISTANT BELOVED – SIMON O’NEILL (TENOR) & TERENCE DENNIS (PIANO)

DEBUT ALBUM ON DECCA CLASSICS BY WORLD-LEADING NEW ZEALAND HELDENTENOR IS OUT NOW (review to follow)

LIEDER BY BEETHOVEN, SCHUMANN, RICHARD STRAUSS AND WAGNER

Decca Classics (Australia) is delighted to announce a brand-new recording by internationally in demand Heldentenor Simon O’Neill – Distant Beloved – a collection of Lieder by German composers, paying tribute to his idol, the late Fritz Wunderlich.

The New Zealand Heldentenor – who is accompanied on this album by compatriot Terence Dennis – has selected Lieder by Beethoven, Schumann, Richard Strauss and Wagner – works which possess special meaning for the highly coveted international artist.

The title of this album is deeply evocative for me’, says O’Neill. ‘Though I may be performing on the opposite side of the world, my thoughts are never far from my beautiful wife and children, and our wonderful family home in New Zealand, overlooking the endless majesty of the Pacific Ocean.

For O’Neill, the opportunity to release an album on Decca Classics also brings with it an enormous sense of personal satisfaction, ever since he was tutored by one of the greatest recording artists of the twentieth century: ‘Whilst I studied singing at Juilliard in New York, I was very fortunate to work with Maestro Pavarotti. We worked on two arias – ‘Vedrommi intorno’ from Mozart’s Idomeneo and ‘Angelo casto e bel’ from Donizetti’s Il Duca d’albaI was first introduced to ‘Angelo casto e Bel’ on Pavarotti’s Donizetti Arias album from 1998 Una furtive lagrima – which was released by the Decca Record Company. I am so honoured to be part of Decca’s catalogue of music and musicians which include the greatest like Luciano Pavarotti.’

A native of New Zealand, Simon O’Neill has established himself as one of the finest Heldentenors on the international stage. He has frequently performed with the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Berlin, Hamburg and Bayerische Staatsopern, Teatro alla Scala and the Bayreuth, Salzburg, Edinburgh and BBC Proms Festivals, appearing with a number of illustrious conductors including Daniel Barenboim, Sir Simon Rattle, Riccardo Muti, Valery Gergiev, Sir Antonio Pappano, Pietari Inkinen, Pierre Boulez, Sir Mark Elder, Sir Colin Davis, Simone Young, Edo de Waart, Fabio Luisi, Donald Runnicles, Sir Simon Rattle, Thomas Hengelbrock, Jaap Van Zweden and Christian Thielemann.

Options for how to obtain the buy or download the album here:

https://www.marbecks.co.nz/detail/574909/Distant-Beloved

https://www.amazon.com/Distant-Beloved-ONeill-Terence-Dennis/dp/B07NB1F5M9

https://www.jbhifi.co.nz/classical/distant-beloved/361160/

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/distant-beloved/1451037620

TRACKLIST

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770–1827) – An die ferne Geliebte

1. ‘Auf dem Hügel sitz ich spähend’
2. ‘Wo die Berge so blau’
3. ‘Leichte Segler in den Höhen’
4. ‘Diese Wolken in den Höhen’
5. ‘Es kehret der Maien, es blühet die Au’
6. ‘Nimm sie hin denn, diese Lieder’

ROBERT SCHUMANN (1810–1856) – Myrthen, Op.25

7. ‘Widmung’
8. ‘Du bist wie eine Blume’

RICHARD STRAUSS (1864–1949)

9. ‘Zueignung’, Op.10 No.1
10. ‘Die Nacht’, Op.10 No.3
11. ‘Allerseelen’, Op.10 No.8
12. ‘Breit’ über mein Haupt’, Op.19 No.2
13. ‘Ruhe, meine Seele!’, Op.27 No.1
14. ‘Cäcilie’, Op.27 No.2
15. ‘Heimliche Aufforderung’, Op.27 No.3
16. ‘Morgen!’, Op.27 No.4
17. ‘Ich trage meine Minne’, Op.32 No.1

RICHARD WAGNER (1813–1883) – Wesendonck Lieder

18. ‘Der Engel’
19. ‘Stehe still’
20. ‘Im Treibhaus’
21. ‘Schmerzen’
22. ‘Träume’

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