Rufus müller



Album Release

Oh Sweet Were The Hours — a collection of Beethoven’s Scottish Folk Songs

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In 1806, Beethoven was approached by Scottish publisher George Thompson with a business proposal. At a rate of £1 per setting, Beethoven began crafting arrangements of Scottish folksongs for piano trio and voice. Here, tenor Rufus Müller discusses his new CD recording Oh Sweet Were The Hours, recorded with the Hammer Clavier Trio—Christoph Hammer, Cynthia Roberts, and Allen Whear on period instruments—featuring fifteen of these little-known jewels.

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The British-German tenor was acclaimed by The New York Times following a performance in Carnegie Hall as ...easily the best tenor I have heard in a live Messiah. He is celebrated as the Evangelist in Bach's Passions, his unique dramatic interpretation of this rôle confirming his status as one of the world's most sought-after performers (a sensational Evangelist — New York Times). Rufus is also a leading recitalist, performing worldwide with pianist Maria João Pires, notably in an extended Schubertiade in the Wigmore Hall, and on tour in Spain, Germany, and Japan with Schubert’s Winterreise.

The pre-and-post-pandemic seasons included both Bach Passions and Handel Messiah in New York, Charleston, Washington DC, Carmel Bach Festival, The Royal Albert Hall, and Canterbury Cathdedral; Bach Christmas Oratorio in Washington, Haydn's Creation in New Jersey, Britten's opera Owen Wingrave in New York; Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni in Tokyo, Winterreise with pianist Kayo Iwama in Bard’s Fisher Center and in Boston, recitals with New York guitarist David Leisner as well as recitals and masterclasses in Japan. For Beethoven's 250th anniversary year, Rufus' latest recording, produced during the pandemic, is O Sweet Were the Hours on Rubicon Classics (London), a collection of Beethoven's settings of Scottish Folksongs with period- instrument ensemble Hammer Clavier Trio.

Rufus was born in Kent, England and was a choral scholar at New College, Oxford. He studied in New York with the late Thomas LoMonaco. In 1985 he won first prize in the English Song Award in Brighton, and in 1999 was a prize winner in the Oratorio Society of New York Singing Competition.

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