Six Celan Songs • The Ballad of Kastriot Rexhepi

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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 Michael Nyman
Released July 31, 2006 (UK)
June 24, 2008 (United States)
Recorded 28 and 29 November November 2005, Angel Studios (Six Celan Songs)
20 January 2006, Angel Studios (The Ballad of Kastriot Rexhepi)
Genre Art song, contemporary classical, minimalist music
Length 53:57
Language German (Six Celan Songs)
English (The Ballad of Kastriot Rexhepi)
Label MN Records
Producer Michael 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
Source Rating
The Guardian 4/5 stars[1]

Six Celan Songs • The Ballad of Kastriot Rexhepi is the 54th album release by Michael Nyman, who not only composed but also 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 soprano Sarah Leonard with The Nyman Quartet: Gabrielle Lester, Catherine Thompson, Kate Musker, and Tony Hinnigan.

Track listing[edit]

  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