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April 2002

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Richard Strauss: Orchestral Songs

Awards:

Gramophone Awards 2002

Winner - Editor's Choice

Gramophone Magazine

Disc of the Month - April 2002

Label:

Ondine

Catalogue No:

ODE9822

Discs:

1

Barcode:

0761195098226

Length:

64 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)
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Richard Strauss: Orchestral Songs


Strauss, R:

Das Rosenband, Op. 36 No. 1

Ich wollt ein Sträusslein binden, Op. 68 No. 2

Säusle, Liebe Myrte, Op. 68 No. 3

Als mir dein Lied erklang, Op. 68 No. 4

Befreit, Op. 39 No. 4

Ruhe, meine Seele!, Op. 27 No. 1

Wiegenlied, Op. 41 No. 1

Meinem Kinde, Op. 37 No. 3

Zueignung, Op. 10 No. 1

Morgen, Op. 27 No. 4

Die heiligen drei Könige aus Morgenland Op. 56 No. 6

Vier letzte Lieder


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Richard Strauss: 4 Lieder, Op. 36, TrV 186 (version for soprano and orchestra)

4 Lieder, Op. 36, TrV 186: No. 1. Das Rosenband (version for soprano and orchestra)

Richard Strauss: 6 Lieder, Op. 68, TrV 235 (version for soprano and orchestra)

No. 2. Ich wollt' ein Strausslein binden

No. 3. Sausle, liebe Myrthe

No. 4. Als mir dein Lied erklang

Richard Strauss: 5 Lieder, Op. 39, TrV 189 (version for soprano and orchestra)

5 Lieder, Op. 39, TrV 189: No. 4. Befreit (version for soprano and orchestra)

Richard Strauss: 4 Lieder, Op. 27, TrV 170 (version for soprano and orchestra)

4 Lieder, Op. 27, TrV 170: No. 1. Ruhe, meine Seele (version for soprano and orchestra)

Richard Strauss: 5 Lieder, Op. 41, TrV 195 (version for soprano and orchestra)

5 Lieder, Op. 41, TrV 195: No. 1. Wiegenlied (version for soprano and orchestra)

Richard Strauss: 6 Lieder, Op. 37, TrV 187

6 Lieder, Op. 37, TrV 187: No. 3. Meinem Kinde (version for soprano and orchestra)

Richard Strauss: 8 Gedichte aus Letzte Blatter, Op. 10, TrV 141 (version for soprano and orchestra)

8 Gedichte aus Letzte Blatter, Op. 10, TrV 141: No. 1. Zueignung (version for soprano and orchestra)

Richard Strauss: 4 Lieder, Op. 27, TrV 170 (version for soprano and orchestra)

4 Lieder, Op. 27, TrV 170: No. 4. Morgen (version for soprano and orchestra)

Richard Strauss: 6 Leider, Op. 56, TrV 220 (version for soprano and orchestra)

6 Leider, Op. 56, TrV 220: No. 6. Die heiligen drei Konige aus Morgenland (version for soprano and orchestra)

Richard Strauss: 4 Letzte Lieder (4 Last Songs), TrV 296

No. 1. Fruhling

No. 2. September

No. 3. Beim Schlafengehen

No. 4. Im Abendrot

Gramophone Classical Music Guide

2010

“Strauss singing doesn't come much better than this. No doubt the composer himself, with his love of the soprano voice, would have been enthralled by Isokoski's glorious singing. He might also have approved of Janowski's straightforward, quite brisk conducting as he was never one to sentimentalise his own music. With a combination of free, unfettered tone, not a hint of strain in high-lying passages, a fine legato and an amazingly long breath, Isokoski fulfils every demand of her chosen songs. To those attributes she adds just a hint of quick vibrato, which she uses unerringly to expressive purpose throughout.
Add the depth of feeling she brings to inwardly emotional pieces such as Befreit, Ruhe meineSeele! and, above all, Morgen!, a perfect realisation of this oft-recorded piece, and you have performances to rival any of the greats of the past.
She reminds one most of Lisa della Casa, the first soprano to record the Four Last Songs, and Sena Jurinac. She has the same smiling timbre, the same natural style, the same avoidance of wallowing in music that contains its own proportion of sentiment. Try the ecstatic execution of the final verse of 'Beim Schlafengehen' and you'll understand. If, on the other hand, you prefer a more leisurely approach, there are always Janowitz and Karajan.
Janowski is obviously at one with his soprano, not only here but also in Zueignung. Refined playing from the Berlin Radio Symphony and an open recording complete the pleasure.”

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“Andsnes penetrates the psyche of this music, and his playing of consummate artistry and insight. Not only does he have keen poetic feeling but magisterial pianistic finesse.” BBC Music Magazine, Proms 2007

“Once again on home ground, Andsnes reminds you of his capacity to go directly to the heart of the matter. Taking you on a journey of increasing subtlety and introspection, he makes you aware that so much of this music is for those long winter nights. At the same time the music is so richly varied: 'Melody's insistent dactylic rhythm creates a strange unsettling poetic ambience, while the central oasis of calm in 'Wedding Day at Troldhaugen' would surely melt a heart of stone.
All Andsnes's performances have that deceptive simplicity which is his touchstone. His playing is always sensitive, never sentimental and with a bracing and essential 'touch of the codfish' (Grieg) when required. And while one would never want to be without Gilels' rapt DG performances (see below), praise could hardly be too high for a pianist who so enviably captures the poignant nature of a composer who Tchaikovsky once claimed had 'a glance like a charming and candid child'. Grieg's piano, with its distinctive timbre, provides an added touch of nostalgia.”
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GGramophone Awards 2002

Winner - Instrumental

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Rosette Winner

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The Songs of Robert Schumann - Volume 6

The Songs of Robert Schumann - Volume 6


Schumann:

Spanisches Liederspiel, Op. 74

Lieder (5), Op. 40

Spanische Liebeslieder Op. 138

Schumann, Clara:

Sechs Lieder aus 'Jucunde' Op. 23


Geraldine McGreevy (soprano), Stella Doufexis (alto), Adrian Thompson (tenor), Stepan Loges (baritone), Graham Johnson (piano)

“This disc is a delight from start to finish. Songs and interpretations are on a high level of achievement, in this case all the more welcome as these groups, for various reasons, don't figure that often in recitals. Both the Spanish sets are of the highest order of composition, though not often acknowledged as such. The Op 74 set is notable for many mood changes and its touches of fantasy, melded with a typically Schumannesque pull on the emotions. Alone or together, all four singers revel in their chances for expressive singing, none more than McGreevy, now a Lieder singer of major calibre, in 'Melancholie'.
McGreevy also stands out in the wistful duet 'In der Nacht' with the sensitive Thompson, a poem set quite differently, as are some others, by Wolf later in the century. Loges contributes to concerted pieces with his expected artistry and has fun with 'Die Contrabandiste'.
The Op 138 set is even fuller of variety of mood and composition. All four singers seize their chances eagerly, with faultlessly sculpted readings under the tutelage of Johnson, who's joined here by no less a pianist than Stephen Hough in the two-piano accompaniments.
The Andersen settings (Op 40) are fascinating songs delivered by Stephan Loges with refined tone and diction to which he adds a sure insight into their meaning in performances that compel one to place the set among Schumann's masterpieces in the genre. Add the naturally balanced recording and Johnson's extensive notes and this issue is treasure indeed.”
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Russian State Symphonic Cappella

Variations and Fugue for Orchestra on a Theme by Mozart, Op. 132


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