Six Celan Songs; The Ballad of Kastriot Rexhepi

Six Celan Songs • The Ballad of Kastriot Rexhepi is the 54th album released by Michael Nyman, who composed and conducted both the works on the album. The first, a setting of poetry by Paul Celan, was originally recorded by Ute Lemper and the Michael Nyman Band on The Michael Nyman Songbook in 1991, and here the band is joined by Hilary Summers. The Ballad of Kastriot Rexhepi is a new work created with the artist Mary Kelly. This is performed by the soprano Sarah Leonard with The Nyman Quartet: Gabrielle Lester, Catherine Thompson, Kate Musker and Tony Hinnigan.

Six Celan Songs •
The Ballad of Kastriot Rexhepi
photograph by Michael Nyman
design by Russell Mills and Michael Webster (artist)Michael Webster
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 31, 2006 (UK)
June 24, 2008 (United States)
Recorded28 and 29 November November 2005, Angel Recording Studios (Six Celan Songs)
20 January 2006, Angel Recording Studios (The Ballad of Kastriot Rexhepi)
GenreArt song, contemporary classical, minimalist music
LanguageGerman (Six Celan Songs)
English (The Ballad of Kastriot Rexhepi)
LabelMN Records
ProducerMichael Nyman
Michael Nyman chronology
The Composer's Cut Series Vol. III: The Piano
Six Celan Songs •
The Ballad of Kastriot Rexhepi

Acts of Beauty • Exit no Exit
Professional ratings
Review scores
The Guardian

Track listing

  1. Chanson einer Dame im Schatten – 7.11
  2. Es war Erde in ihnen – 4.57
  3. Psalm – 3.42
  4. Corona – 7.09
  5. Nächtlich geschürzt – 6.47
  6. Blume – 6.08
  7. The Ballad of Kastriot Rexhepi - 17:43


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