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Wolf, H: Eichendorff-Lieder

Wolf, H: Eichendorff-Lieder


Stephan Genz (baritone), Roger Vignoles (piano) with Bernarda Fink (mezzo-soprano0

This important recording presents all of Hugo Wolf’s settings of the poetry of Eichendorff—26 songs in all, several of which seem never to have been recorded before (a fact which is hard to understand because they are very attractive). One of Wolf’s favourite writers, Joseph, Freiherr von Eichendorff (1788–1857) was the German Romantic poet par excellence and his poems are full of the sounds of nature, the beauty of landscape, religious faith, and much musical imagery, with references to minstrels and other musicians. He was the poet of Schumann’s Op 39 Liederkreis, though perhaps the most well-known Eichendorff setting is Im Abendrot from Strauss’s Four Last Songs.

“What makes this disc so special is the very obvious enthusiasm of everyone involved” BBC Music Magazine

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Wolf, H: Italienisches Liederbuch (46 songs, complete)

Wolf, H: Italienisches Liederbuch (46 songs, complete)


Felicity Lott (soprano), Peter Schreier (tenor) & Graham Johnson (piano)

“If I had to live with only one Italienisches Liederbuch, it would have to be that belonging to Lott, Schreier and Johnson” BBC Music Magazine

“A memorable achievement in every way … lovingly and vividly brought to life by three superb artists, with a recording that for warmth, clarity and unaffected directness matches the achievements of singers and pianist. We are closer to perfection here than we have any right to expect” Hi-Fi News

“Artistically consummate” Classic CD

“An exceptional recording” The Independent

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Wolf, H: Mörike-Lieder (complete)

Wolf, H: Mörike-Lieder (complete)


Joan Rodgers (soprano), Stephan Genz (baritone), Roger Vignoles (piano)

This distinguished set brings together all of Hugo Wolf's so-called 'Mörike' Lieder, the first of the great songbooks on which the composer's reputation rests.

Eduard Mörike was the author of poetic idylls and delightful fairytales, a bucolic, charmingly inadequate and ineffectual country clergyman at one with his surroundings, and a nature poet par excellence with an engaging sense of humour. His poems inspired Wolf to write some of his most popular, enduring, and endearing songs, though there are many in the collection which are not as well-known as they should be. Astoundingly, all 53 were written within a few months in 1888.

Soprano Joan Rodgers was appointed a CBE by Her Majesty the Queen in the 2001 New Year's Honours list, and Stephan Genz was, of course, the recipient of a Gramophone Award for his Hyperion CD of Beethoven songs with Roger Vignoles. Together with Roger, our two singers bring these delectable songs to life as never before.

“As a complete survey of the Mörike Lieder this sweeps the field. Inspired by the sentient and, where required, virtuoso playing of Roger Vignoles, Joan Rodgers (especially memorable in the delicate, whimsical songs) and Stephan Genz combine beauty of tone, care for the words and unforced eloquence of expression.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2008

Building a Library

First Choice - November 2010

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Favorite Encores for String Quartet

Favorite Encores for String Quartet


including:

Bloch, E:

Night

Bridge:

Sally in Our Alley

Cherry Ripe

Dvorak:

Waltz in A major (No. 1 from Waltzes, Op. 54)

Waltz in D major (No. 4 from Waltzes, Op. 54)

Puccini:

Crisantemi

Suk:

Meditation on the Old Czech Chorale Saint Wenceslas for String Orchestra, Op. 35a

Wolf, H:

Italian Serenade in G major


The Delmé String Quartet

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Hugo Wolf - Eichendorff-Lieder

Hugo Wolf - Eichendorff-Lieder


Wolf, H:

Eichendorff-Lieder

Joseph, Freiherr von Eichendorff (1788-1857) was the German Romantic poet par excellence and his poems are full of the sounds of nature, the beauty of landscape, religious faith, and much musical imagery, with references to minstrels and other musicians.


Stephan Genz (baritone), Bernarda Fink (mezzo soprano), Roger Vignoles (piano)

'What makes this disc so special is the very obvious enthusiasm of everyone involved' (BBC Music Magazine)

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Hugo Wolf: Lieder nach Heine und Lenau

Hugo Wolf: Lieder nach Heine und Lenau


Wolf, H:

Liederstrauss

Du bist wie eine Blume

Wenn ich in deine Augen she

Madchen mit dem roten Mundchen

Wo ich bin, mich rings umdumkelt

Es war ein alter Konig

Mit schwarzen Segeln

Spatherbstnebel kalte Traume

Ernst ist der Fruhling

Wie des Mondes Abbild zittert

Sterne mit den gold’nen Füsschen

Wo wird einst

An***

Traurige Wege

Nächtliche Wanderung

Herbst

Frage nicht

Herbstentschluß

Abendbilder


Stephan Genz (baritone) & Roger Vignoles (piano)

After their Gramophone Award-winning debut recital of songs by Beethoven, and a double album of Hugo Wolf’s ‘Mörike Lieder’ (with Joan Rodgers), Stephan Genz and Roger Vignoles return to Wolf for the much less well-known early songs to texts by Heinrich Heine and Nikolaus Lenau. It is likely that these little-known songs were recorded here for the first time.

“It would be hard to imagine these virtually unknown songs better performed than here” Daily Telegraph

“A very attractive programme… superbly controlled singing that goes right to the heart of Wolf’s spontaneous response to the poetry” International Record Review

“A fascinating recital” Gramophone Magazine

“In sum, another top-of-the-line issue—confirming yet again that Hyperion has consistently the best production values in the business—and, for Wolf’s admirers, another indispensable album” Fanfare

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The Ballad Singer

The Ballad Singer


anon.:

O where hae ye been, Lord Randall, my son?

traditional, arr. Cyril Scott

Beethoven:

Mephistos Flohlied, Op. 75, 3

Brahms:

Es war ein Markgraf überm Rhein (No. 29 from Deutsche Volkslieder, WoO 33)

Emanuel:

Alone in the desert, alone, I'm alone

Loewe, C:

Edward, Op. 1 No. 1 (Herder)

Die wandelnde Glocke, Op. 20 No. 3

Mahler:

Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Porter, C:

The Tale of the Oyster

Schubert:

Erlkönig, D328

Schumann:

Die Löwenbraut, Op. 31 No. 1

Der Schatzgräber, Op. 45 No. 1

Stanford:

La Belle Dame sans merci (John Keats) (1877)

Sullivan, A:

The Lost Chord

Wolf, H:

Der Feuerreiter (No. 44 from Mörike-Lieder)


Gerald Finley (baritone) & Julius Drake (piano)

This latest release from the multi-award-winning partnership of Gerald Finley and Julius Drake features a literary and musical form which inspired the greatest voices of German Romanticism. The foremost poets and composers of the age saw the ballad as a direct link to the folk-minstrels of the past. Frequently ghoulish and sensational in character, ballads satisfied the popular taste for the Gothic. This disc contains some of the greatest examples of the form, including Schubert’s Erlkönig, as well as some fascinating and lesser-known works. The disc also includes selections from the ever popular English ballad tradition.

Gerald Finley’s unrivalled gift for characterization and story-telling, honed both on the stages of opera houses around the world and through his extraordinary Lieder recordings, makes him the ideal performer of these works. This is a genuinely entertaining and original disc.

“they're all tales and Finley is a fine tale-teller. In Loewe, he sounds as though he's singing just for you, the listener, so rapt and intense is his communication. Drake is a fine accomplice, tuning his fingers to full orchestral capacity for Schumann's psycho-drama 'Die Löwenbraut' and Wolf's 'Der Feuerreiter'” BBC Music Magazine, July 2011 ****

“Their approach to text and music consistently casts light on turbulent emotions, at times glaring in its dramatic intensity at others passed through restraining filters. The recital's heart pulses with Wolf's Der Feuerreiter and a spine-tingling account of Stanford's La belle dame sans merci.” Classic FM Magazine, August 2011 ****

“Drake's playing has successfully suited the varied repertoire. Finley has enthralled with his interpretations and delighted with his singing purely as singing, combining the two aspects expertly.” International Record Review, July 2011

“Listen to these wonderfully melodramatic, mostly Victorian ballads by candlelight in a haunted house...Performances full of raging fortissimos and ghoulish tremolandos from Finley and his pianist Julius Drake.” The Times, 18th June 2011 ****

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Hyperion - CDA67830

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Wolf - Songs to the poetry of Goethe and Mörike

Wolf - Songs to the poetry of Goethe and Mörike


Wolf, H:

Gedichte von Eduard Mörike

Gedichte von Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Arleen Auger (soprano), Irwin Gage (piano)

'This is the most satislying solo disc Auger has made' (Gramophone)

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