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Insomnia: A Nocturnal Voyage in Song

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On July 30 2012, William releases his debut recital disc on Delphian Records. Insomnia: A Nocturnal Voyage in Song describes in seventeen songs the restless night of a man who reflects on his unnamed love. Unclear if the beloved is dead or living, the songs are characterised by dreaming, disorientation and hallucination.

With pianist Ian Burnside, the recital opens with Mozart’s Abendempfindung which depicts the onset of night, ponders the meaning of life and the steadfastness of human love. Leading the listener through the night are songs by Debussy, Ravel, Faure and Warlock. As midnight approaches Wolf’s Um Mitternacht reflects the stillness of the night whilst the music’s repetition echos the obsession and loneliness of the text that this song is based on.

The early hours of the morning are illustrated by songs composed by Vaughan Williams, Rodney Bennett, Schubert, Wolf, Liszt and a world premiere recording of Raymond Yiu’s Sonnet, before ending with Strauss’ Morgen, an optimistic and heartening finale to the programme.

Insomnia: A Nocturnal Voyage in Song will be available through Delphian Records on July 30th.