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Mechthild

by Reiko Füting

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Composer Reiko Füting releases his third album on New Focus, the chamber opera Mechthild in collaboration with librettist and theologian Christian Lehnert. Mechthild of Magdeburg (the German location of the work's premiere) was a 13th century female Christian mystic whose influential texts were rediscovered in the 19th century and have since been studied for their impact on subsequent Northern European religious writings. Füting and Lehnert's setting tackles topics of faith and asceticism in a context that explores the musicality inherent in language, and uses quotation to connect different eras of artistic expression through time and memory.

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released May 5, 2023

Recording Date: September 19, 2022

Recorded At: Gesellschaftshaus, Magdeburg

Recording Engineer: Benjamin Dreßler, benjamin-dressler.de

Producer/Publisher: Reiko Füting, reikofueting.com

Design: Marc Wolf, marcjwolf.com

Cover Image: “Die heilige Mechthild von Magdeburg”
Sculpture by Susan Turcot
Photo by Sean Curran, swtcurran.blogspot.com

Church Interior Image: Live-Painting by Helge Leiberg
Photo by Sean Curran
Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen Magdeburg

Portrait: Hojoon Kim, hojoonkimimages.com

Rehearsal Image: Oliver Look, oliverlook.de

Performance Image: Nilz Böhme, nilzboehme.de

Text Editor: Bradley Colten, bradleycolten.com

Post-Production Advisor: Daniel Lippel, danlippel.com

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New Focus Recordings New York, New York

New Focus Recordings is an artist led collective label featuring releases in contemporary music of many stripes, as well as new approaches to older repertoire. The label was founded by guitarist Daniel Lippel (who is the current director), composer engineer Ryan Streber, and composer Peter Gilbert in 2003-4, and features releases from many of new music's most active performers and composers. ... more

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