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Schumann: The Complete Songs

Schumann: The Complete Songs

The Lieder of Robert Schumann in chronological order

Schumann’s songs are among the greatest musical achievements of the nineteeth century, and this is the perfect release with which to mark the composer’s 200th birthday.

This marvellous collection comprises Schumann’s complete songs, presented for the first time in their chronological sequence of composition, with complete song texts, and chronology of Schumann’s life and songs by Graham Johnson.

Johnson is, of course, also the curator and unifying musical force of this series, accompanying his hand-picked selection of singers – some of the greatest lieder performers of today, and indeed of tomorrow – with utter sensitivity.

Includes 304 page booklet of:

Complete song texts

English translations by Richard Stokes & Eric Sams

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Britten & Dowland - Lute Songs

Britten & Dowland - Lute Songs


Nocturnal after John Dowland, Op. 70

guitar solo by Craig Ogden


Unquiet thoughts

Say love if ever thou didst find

Sorrow, stay

Away with these self-loving lads

Fantasia No. 7 from A Varietie of Lute Lessons

Come away, come, sweet love

Sleep, wayward thoughts

Come heavy sleep

Flow my teares (Lacrimæ)

I must complain

If my complaints could passions move

Captain Digorie Pipers Galliard

What if I never speed?

To ask for all thy love

Now, O now, I needs must part

In darkness let me dwell

Mark Padmore (tenor) & Elizabeth Kenny (lute)

“Padmore provides context by singing Dowland's original song before Craig Ogden steals in, alert to the Nocturnal's every nuance, and with a palette of colours both caressing and disquieting. Completing the frame, 'Flow my Tears' is beautifully inflected, though finer still is 'In Darkness let me Dwell' where in the final bars Padmore's enrapt engagement seems to conjure up the very chill of death.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2008 ****

“Mark Padmore again shows why he is one of today's finest tenors. The quicker songs, like "Away with these self-loving lads", gain in clarity from a semi-declamatory approach, while the slower are eerily viol-like.” Gramophone Magazine, Janurary 2008

“A simply brilliant disc. I can’t praise it enough. A bronze Liz Kenny should be on the empty plinth in Trafalgar Square, in my opinion” Early Music Today

“Since Emma Kirkby’s first recording in the late-1970s, we have known what to expect from Dowland’s lute songs. Some fine discs have followed, but not until Mark Padmore and Elizabeth Kenny’s new release has there been one as radical in its potential impact on our understanding of the music. With tonal purity intact, voice and lute add subtle decoration, rhythmic fluidity, drama and rich poetic sensibility to these songs” The Independent on Sunday

“... extraordinary diction and whispering chamber-like intimacy … [Mark Padmore] joy in conveying the emotional core of each situation” Gramophone Magazine

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Top recommendation - Dowland Songs - January 2013

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Songs by Schubert’s friends and contemporaries

Songs by Schubert’s friends and contemporaries

Eighty-one songs by forty composers who lived and worked during Schubert’s lifetime


Der Leiermann


Abendlied unter'm gestirten Himmel, WoO 150

An die ferne Geliebte (To the distant beloved), Op. 98

Berger, L:

Des Müllers Wanderlied

Müllers Blumen

Am Maienfeste

Der Müller

Rose, die Müllerin

Müllers trockne Blumen

Des Baches Lied


Der Berghirt


Wonne der Wehmut

Eberwein, M:

Rastlose Liebe

Franz, S:

Abschied nach Wien 1813


Die Einsame


Der Greis, Hob XXVc:5

Hiller, F:

Wandrers Nachtlied

Hummel, J:

Zur Logenfeier

Hüttenbrenner, A:


Kreutzer, K:




Der Lindenbaum


Die Post

Der Pilgrim


Lied aus Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre

Lachner, F:


Das Fischermädchen, Op. 33, No. 10

Der Schmied




Es rauschen die Winde, S294

Loewe, C:

Gesang der Geister

Der Erlkönig, Op. 1 No. 3 (Goethe)


Minnelied im Mai 'Holder klingt der Vogelsang', Op. 8 No. 1

Mendelssohn, Fanny:

Die frühen Gräber, Op. 9 No. 4 (Text: Friedrich Wilhelm Klopstock)


Komm du schönes Fischermädchen


Trost in Tränen

Klage an den Mond




Rastloses Wandern

Reichardt, J F:


Rastlose Liebe


Monolog der Iphegenia

Reichardt, L:

Aus Novalis Hymnen an die Nacht


Beltà crudele


Ich denke dein

Schubert of Dresden Sr.:

Die Lebensgefährten


Lied für XXX


Gute Nacht


Mignon's Lied Op. 37:1



Meeres Stille



Die Nachtigall



Vesque von Püttlingen:

Der Herbstabend

Der Doppelgänger

Der Fischer


Lied der Desdemona


Gebet während der Schlacht

Weigl, J:

Wenn sie mich nur von weitem sieht

Weyrauch, A H:




Erster Verlust

Um Mitternacht

Klage Harfenspieler III

Rastlose Liebe


Die Erwartung


“Abetted by Johnson's lucid pianism, the singers nicely judge the scale and character of their allotted songs. Susan Gritton, her timbre, richer and more flavoursome than a decade ago, is equally admirable in the insouciant trilling of Johann Unger's Die Nachtigall and the dramatic declamation of Reichardt's Monolog der Iphigenie. Gerald Finley is a graphic story-teller in the various Erlkönig settings and a honeyed-toned seducer in Meyerbeer's Komm, while Mark Padmore makes a persuasive case for Zumsteeg's pleasantly rambling ballad Die Erwartung... This enterprising, often revelatory set should intrigue and delight anyone interested in the development of the Lied.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2006

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - July 2006

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Song Cycles

Song Cycles


Who are these children?, Op. 84

Six Hölderlin Fragments, Op. 61

Um Mitternacht


A Young Man's Exhortation, Op. 14


Boyhood's End

Mark Padmore (tenor), Roger Vignoles (piano)

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Editor's Choice - May 2005

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Mendelssohn - Songs & Duets Volume 3

Mendelssohn - Songs & Duets Volume 3


Gruß, Op. 19a No. 5


Sonntagslied (Klingemann), Op. 34, No. 5

Entsagung (Droysen), Op. 9, No. 11

Die Sterne schau'n in stiller Nacht (Schlippenbach), Op. 99 No. 2

Frühlingslied 'Es brechen im schallenden Reigen' (Klingemann), Op. 34 No. 3

Schilflied, Op. 71 No. 4


Altdeutsches Lied, Op. 57 No. 1

Keine von der Erde Schönen (Byron)

Schlafloser Augen Leuchte (Byron)

Suleika (Goethe/von Willemer) Op. 34 No. 4

Der Mond, Op. 86 No. 5


Wie kann ich froh und lustig sein? (Kaufmann)

Abendlied 'Das Tage Werk ist' (J H Voss), Op. 8 No. 9

Morgenlied (Voss/anon.), Op. 86, No. 2

Im Frühling, Op. 9 No. 4

Romanze (aus dem Spanischen)

Tröstung (Fallersleben)

Pilgerspruch (Fleming), Op. 8, No. 5

Minnelied im Mai 'Holder klingt der Vogelsang', Op. 8 No. 1

Nachtlied (Eichendorff)

Mendelssohn, Fanny:

Wenn ich in deine Augen sehe (Heine)

Sehnsucht (Schreiber)

Suleika und Hatem (Goethe)

Das Heimweh (Robert)

Im wunderschönen Monat Mai (Heine)

Aus meinen Tränen spriessen (Heine)

Sophie Daneman (soprano), Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano), Mark Padmore (tenor), Stephan Loges (baritone), Eugene Asti (piano)

“There is much to recommend in this collection. First of all, the songs themselves, some deeper than others, are sweet and forthright, and shown to their best advantage by the equally sweet and forthright playing of Eugene Asti. Displaying a remarkable ease at the keyboard and a deep sense of these pieces, he seems to be the inspiring and unifying force behind the entire enterprise” Fanfare

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The Songs of Robert Schumann - Volume 8

The Songs of Robert Schumann - Volume 8


Schlusslied des Narren

Liederkreis, Op. 24

Dem roten Röslein gleicht mein Lieb

Der frohe Wandersmann, Op. 77 No. 1

Die rote Hanne, Op. 31 No. 3

Die nächtliche Heerschau

Nur ein lächelnder Blick

Ein Gedanke

Der Reiter und der Bodensee

Trost im Gesang, Op. 142 No. 1

Der deutscher Rhein


Die Weinende

Der Fischer

Im Herbste

Kurzes Erwachen

An Anna I

Gesanges Erwachen

An Anna II

Der Wanderer

Der Wanderer in der Sägemühle


Mark Padmore (tenor), Jonathan Lemalu (baritone), Christopher Maltman (baritone), Graham Johnson (piano)

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Also Recommended - April 2017

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Highly Recommended - May 2006

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Purcell - The Complete Sacred Music (The Complete Anthems and Services)

Purcell - The Complete Sacred Music (The Complete Anthems and Services)


Hear me, O Lord, the great support, Z133

Thou wakeful shepherd that dost Israel keep (A Morning Hymn), Z198

Who hath believed our report?, Z64

I will love thee, O Lord, ZN67

Great God and just, Z186

Plung'd in the confines of despair, Z142

O praise the Lord, all ye heathen, Z43

My heart is fixed, O God, Z29

I was glad when they said unto me (1685, previously attributed wrongly to John Blow)

O consider my adversity, Z32

Beati omnes qui timent Dominum, Z131

I was glad when they said unto me, Z19

In the black dismal dungeon of despair, Z190

Save me, O God, Z51

Thy way, O God, is holy, Z60

Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary, 1695

In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust, Z16

Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, Z9

Jehova, quam multi sunt hostes mei, Z135

Full of wrath, his threatening breath, Z185

Bow down thine ear, O Lord, Z11

Magnificat & Nunc Dimitus in G minor, Z231

Be merciful unto me, Z4

They that go down to the sea in ships, Z57

The Lord is my light, Z55

The Lord is King, the earth may be glad thereof, Z54

Blessed is he whose unrighteousness is forgiven, Z8

O Lord God of hosts, Z37

Let God arise, Z23

Blessed be the Lord my strength, Z6

O Lord our Governor, Z141

In guilty night (Saul and the Witch of Endor), Z134

I will give thanks unto the Lord, Z21

O sing unto the Lord, Z44

O praise God in his holiness, Z42

Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem, Z46

It is a good thing to give thanks, Z18

O give thanks unto the Lord, Z33

Let mine eyes run down with tears, Z24

My beloved spake, Z28

Blessed are they that fear the Lord, Z5

Behold now, praise the Lord, Z3

I will give thanks unto Thee, O Lord, Z20

My song shall be always, Z31

Te Deum & Jubilate Deo in D, Z232

Blow up the trumpet in Sion, Z10

The Lord is king, be the people never so impatient, Z53

Begin the song, and strike the living lyre, Z183

Thy word is a lantern unto my feet, Z61

Tell me, some pitying angel (The Blessed Virgin's Expostulation), Z196

Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z15

Lord, I can suffer thy rebukes, Z136

O Lord our Governor, Z141

Remember not, O Lord, our offences, Z50

Hosanna to the highest, Z187

O God, thou hast cast us out, Z36

Behold, I bring you glad tidings, Z2

Since God, so tender a regard, Z143

Early, O Lord, my fainting soul, Z132

Sleep, Adam, and take thy rest, Z195

Awake, ye dead, Z182

The earth trembled, Z197

The way of God is an undefiled way, Z56

Lord, not to us, but to thy name, Z137

Lord, what is man?, Z192

Sing unto God, O ye kingdoms of the earth, Z52

O, all ye people, clap your hands, Z138

My heart is inditing, Z30

O Lord, rebuke me not, Z40

With sick and famish'd eyes, Z200

How long, great God?, Z189

Awake, and with attention hear, Z181

O God, thou art my god, Z35

We sing to him, whose wisdom form'd the ear, Z199

Praise the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, Z47

O, I'm sick of life, Z140

O God, the king of glory, Z34

Let the night perish (Job's Curse), Z191

When on my sick bed I languish, Z144

Rejoice in the Lord alway ('The Bell Anthem'), Z49

Why do the heathen so furiously rage together?, Z65

Lord, who can tell how oft he offendeth?, Z26

O Lord, grant the King a long life, Z38

I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live, Z22

How have I stray'd, Z188

Mass in B flat, Z230

Hear my prayer, O God, Z14

Out of the deep have I called, Z45

Blessed is he that considereth the poor, Z7

The Lord is king, and hath put on glorious apparel, Z69

Unto thee will I cry, Z63

Praise the Lord, O my soul, O Lord my God, Z48

Close thine eyes and sleep secure, Z184

Lord, how long wilt thou be angry?, Z25

Hear me, O Lord, and that soon, Z13a/Z13b

Turn thou us, O good Lord, Z62

O Lord, thou art my God Z41

An Evening Hymn 'Now that the sun hath veiled his light', Z193

Awake, awake, put on thy strength, Z1

Lynne Dawson, Susan Gritton (sopranos), James Bowman, Nigel Short (countertenors), Paul Agnew, Rogers Covey-Crump, Charles Daniels, Mark Milhofer, Mark Padmore (tenors), Colin Campbell, Robert Evans, Micahel George, Stephen Varcoe (basses)

Choir of New College Oxford, King's Consort Choir, King's Consort, Robert King

“This CD is made up predominantly of anthems, devotional songs and a morning service (a functional, though not perfunctory, setting of the TeDeum and Jubilate) most of which disclose the range and quality of the composer's sacred oeuvre near its best. Of the two settings of I was glad, the first was, until not long ago, thought to be the work of John Blow. This full anthem more than whets our appetite with its agreeable tonal and melodic twists; when the Gloria arrives, we're assured that this is vintage Purcell by the sensitive pacing as much as an exquisite contrapuntal denouement. The earlier setting is more poignant. Opening with a string symphony in the spirit of a Locke consort, the music blossoms into a deliciously Elysian melodic fabric. Good sense is made of the overall shape and the soloists are, as ever, excellent. Beati omnes is a positive gem; this may well have been written for the composer's wedding. Of the small-scale pieces, In the black dismal dungeon is the real masterpiece; it's delivered astutely by the secure and musicianly voice of Susan Gritton.
Finally to the funeral pieces. Here we have an ominous procession from the Guild of Ancient Fifes and Drums and the first appearance of four 'flatt' trumpets – as opposed to two plus two sackbuts; the effect of this subtle timbral change makes extraordinary sense of the music, engendering a new grandeur and uncompromising clarity as would have befitted such an occasion. The vocal performances are earthy and impassioned.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“An outstanding series, full of treasures, with King varying the scale of forces he uses for each item. Often he uses one voice per part, but he regularly expands the ensemble with the King's Consort Choir or turns to the full New College Choir, which includes trebles. The individual discs are no longer available separately, but all 11 CDs come neatly packaged in cardboard sleeves.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

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Chabrier: Briséïs

Chabrier: Briséïs

ou Les amants de Corinthe

Mark Padmore (Hylas), Joan Rodgers (Briséïs), Simon Keenlyside (Le Catéchiste), Michael George (Stratoklès), Kathryn Harries (Thanastô), Gillian Taylor (First Maidservant), Ann Hetherington (Second Maidservant), Graeme Danby (Old Sailor), John Prince (Sailor)

Scottish Opera Chorus & BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Jean-Yves Ossonce

Chabrier’s extraordinary, if incomplete, opera is surely a precursor to Salome and approaches even that most lurid work in the gloriously opulent sensuality of its music. Performed at the Edinburgh Festival by some of the greatest singers of the day and recorded live by Hyperion, this thrilling performance stunned critics and public alike. A genuinely wonderful discovery.

“A highlight of last year's Edinburgh Festival … a memorable experience … gorgeous … an extraordinarily voluptuous and erotic affair. Joan Rodgers sings ravishingly … Ossonce brings this exciting rarity to throbbing life” Sunday Telegraph

“The most opulent discographic discovery of the decade” Fanfare

“For those who heard Chabrier's incomplete magnum opus at last year's Festival this recording will need no recommendation … fabulously rewarding” The Scotsman

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The Christmas Story

The Christmas Story

Gabrieli, G:

Four Christmas Motets


Weihnachts-Historie, SWV435

Ruth Holton, Evelyn Tubb (sopranos), James Bowman, Jonathan Kenny (countertenors), John Mark Ainsley, Andrew King, Mark Padmore (tenors), Robert Evans, Michael George, Charles Pott (basses)

The King's Consort, Robert King

“Ravishing... the sheer beauty of the sound, immeasurably enhanced by a warm, sonorous recording, sweeps us into the narration of the familiar story” BBC Music Magazine

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