Damask Vocal Quartet

O schöne Nacht

The Damask Vocal Quartet releases their first album, O schöne Nacht, on 7 Mountain Records! And, frankly, it is utterly ‘schön’ what the four singers and pianist Flore Merlin have accomplished. True unity, vocal power and easiness and full devotion to the music of Brahms and his lesser-known contemporaries Herzogenberg, Jenner and Kirchner.

Damask believes the vocal quartet should be seen more as chamber music than it is now, it is about coherence and communication and that’s exactly what this CD is about. So, four singers of the highest level, a breathtaking Flore Merlin on a 1868 Streicher grand Brahms used himself, and you’re safe and sound for a great listening experience.



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O schöne Nacht received the CHOC award in France: ‘irresistibly charming, five musicians communing for a moment with these works—and with us.’ (links to website Damask VQ, with French text and English translation)

5 stars @ Zing Magazine, March ’19 (Dutch): sublimely sung Sehnsucht, marvellous contrasts in Zigeunerlieder.’

Valeurs actuelles, January ’19 (French)



1.Vier Quartette, Op.92: I. O schöne Nacht
2.Vier Quartette, Op.92: II. Spätherbst
3.Vier Quartette, Op.92: III. Abendlied
4.Vier Quartette, Op.92: IV. Warum
5.Vier Notturnos, Op.22: I. War's dunkel, ich läge im Walde
6.Vier Notturnos, Op.22: II. Nacht ist wie ein stilles Meer
7.Vier Notturnos, Op.22: III. Intermezzo: "Zwei Musikanten, zieh'n daher"
8.Vier Notturnos, Op.22: IV. Wie schön hier zu verträumen
9.Notturnos, Op.28: I. Ruhig, singend
10.Drei Quartette, Op.31: I. Wechsellied zum Tanze
11.Drei Quartette, Op.31: II. Neckereien
12.Drei Quartette, Op.31: III. Der Gang zum Liebchen
13.Notturnos, Op.28: II. Con sentimento
14.Notturnos, Op.28: III. Moderato
15.Zwölf Quartette: II. Richten will ich Tisch und Gastmahl
16.Zwölf Quartette: IV. Ich gehe des Nachts
17.Zwölf Quartette: V. Fensterlein, nachts bist du zu
18.Zwölf Quartette: XII. Wenn's die Bäume könnten klagen
19.Notturnos, Op.28: IV. Molto moderato
20.Sechs Quartette, Op.112a: I. Sehnsucht
21.Sechs Quartette, Op.112a: II. Nächtens
22.Vier Zigeunerlieder, Op.112b: I. Himmel strahlt zo helle
23.Vier Zigeunerlieder, Op.112b: II. Rote Rosenknospen
24.Vier Zigeunerlieder, Op.112b: III. Brennessel steht an Weges Rand
25.Vier Zigeunerlieder, Op.112b: IV. Liebe Schwalbe, kleine Schwalbe