Karim Sulayman’s “Where Only Stars Can Hear Us” is out now
After winning last year’s Best Classical Solo Vocal GRAMMY® Award for his debut solo album Songs of Orpheus (17th-century Italian Songs), Karim Sulayman teams with acclaimed fortepianist Yi-heng Yang to present Where Only Stars Can Hear Us, a collection of Schubert songs now available from AVIE Records. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard Traditional Classical Chart and the iTunes Classical Chart.
With masterful storytelling, Sulayman and Yang invite the listener on a journey through song honoring the composer’s unrivaled ability to capture joy and sadness in a single moment. Their voyage traverses themes of darkness and yearning, guided throughout by moonbeams and shining stars. Where Only Stars Can Hear Us is an offering of consolation in dark times as Sulayman and Yang extend comfort in the idea that no one is truly alone.
The 6 1/2-octave Viennese fortepiano built by Joseph Simon in 1830 was graciously loaned to this project by Malcolm Bilson and the Cornell Center for Historical Keyboards, and provides the listener with a beautiful and authentic sound world.
“Karim Sulayman: Schubert Songs at their loveliest. Sulayman possesses a gorgeous voice and his interpretations are balm for the soul.”
“Sulayman possesses one of the most lovely, gentle, sweet, and sincere tenor voices on record…sung and played to tripping perfection — his sound is so unfailingly fetching and delightful…Then again, Sulayman surprises with an extremely impassioned, full voiced Erlkönig that proves that he really can get going when he wants to.
At a time when we can use all the hope we can get, Sulayman and Yang’s Schubert is balm for the soul as well as the ear.”
San Francisco Classical Voice
“Karim Sulayman combines a beautiful vocal vocabulary with great imagination and that is always a good start in this repertoire. We are dealing with a powerful personality in art song who, with his beautiful tenor voice, is capable of both strong expressive accents and a fluid legato…
“Yi-heng Yang is, after Gerald Moore, the ‘unashamed pianist’ who not only elicits the most beautiful sound imaginable from the Vienna fortepiano by Joseph Simon (1830), but also provides the singer with catchy instrumental commentary and where appropriate takes the initiative. It has produced an ideal duo that constantly captures attention…
“On the back of the cover is a sentence that has become of special significance at this time: “Sometimes all we need is a reminder that we are not alone.””
Opus Klassiek (translated)
“In terms of timbre, his tenor has a lot to offer… This singer is not looking for beauty, but for truthfulness in expression.”
Opera Lounge (translated)