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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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The Songs of Robert Schumann - Volume 10

The Songs of Robert Schumann - Volume 10


Schumann:

Liederkreis, Op. 39

Schön Hedwig Op. 106

Vom Heideknaben Op. 122 Nos. 1 & 2

Drei Gedichte, Op. 29

Die Nonne, Op. 49 No. 3

Was soll ich sagen? Op. 27 No. 3

Frühlingsgruss Op. 79/4

Drei Duette Op. 43

Mein Garten Op. 77 No. 2

Sommerruh WoO7

Mädchenlieder Op. 103

Bei Schenkung eines Flügels


Kate Royal (soprano), Graham Johnson (piano) with Felicity Lott (soprano), Ann Murray (mezzo-soprano) & Christoph Bantzer (reciter)

Kate Royal is the soprano of the moment, at the start of her career yet an acknowledged great artist, and her performance here of the Eichendorff Liederkreis Op 39 is one where ‘imagination, intellect and vocal technique are inextricably fused in the single moment of a song’, as The Times wrote of her Wigmore Hall recital in January this year.

“The prime attraction for many here… Kate Royal in the popular Eichendorff Liederkreis… Royal's pure, pellucid tone, free-soaring top notes… and refined musicianship give constant pleasure.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2008

“In this cycle of dusk and shadows there are two or three songs that always seem to elude a bright, lyric soprano; and for all her beauty of voice and care for phrasing, Royal doesn't quite catch the fear and eeriness of 'Zwielicht' (which here sounds merely melancholy) or the sudden sense of isolation and dread at the end of 'Im Walde'. Other singers, too, have made 'Waldesgespräch' more scary, though Royal does touchingly suggest a human sadness in the spooky woodland drama.
But these are minor quibbles. Abetted by Johnson's ever-sentient keyboard-playing, Royal reveals a true understanding of Schumann's Innigkeit, whether in the suppressed passion of the opening 'In der Fremde' (the notorious phrase beginning 'Und über mir rauscht' taken effortlessly in a single breath) and 'Die Stille' (where she avoids the trap of ingénue coyness), the exquisite poise of 'Die Mondnacht' or the tremulous excitement and sense of imminent revelation in 'Schöne Fremde'. In the final 'Frühlingsnacht', often rushed off its feet, she and Johnson catch the elusive mix of secretiveness and ecstasy to perfection.
The remainder of the disc is given over to curiosities and rarities. Despite the eloquent declamation of actor Christoph Bantzer, it's hard to work up much enthusiasm for three 'melodramas' which too easily suggest silentmovie music. But there are innocent, Biedermeier delights in assorted duets, sung with bright-eyed eagerness by Felicity Lott and Ann Murray, and in three settings of Emanuel Geibel, beginning with a duet in Schumann's most cosy-comfy vein and ending with a mildly exotic ensemble evoking the gypsy life.
Among a clutch of young singers making cameo appearances, the virginal-toned Lydia Teuscher is true and touching in 'Die Nonne' and in the virtually unknown 'Frühlingsgrüsse', whose shy, halting lyricism is so typical of late Schumann.
Collectors of this revelatory series will need no reminder that Johnson writes about the music as discerningly and eloquently as he plays.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - January 2008

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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


Banck:

Der Leiermann

Beethoven:

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

Bürde:

Der Berghirt

Dietrichstein:

Wonne der Wehmut

Eberwein, M:

Rastlose Liebe

Franz, S:

Abschied nach Wien 1813

Gyrowetz:

Die Einsame

Haydn:

Der Greis, Hob XXVc:5

Hiller, F:

Wandrers Nachtlied

Hummel, J:

Zur Logenfeier

Hüttenbrenner, A:

Lerchenlied

Kreutzer, K:

Winterreise

Abreise

Heimkehr

Der Lindenbaum

Frühlingstraum

Die Post

Der Pilgrim

Krufft:

Lied aus Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre

Lachner, F:

Ständchen

Das Fischermädchen, Op. 33, No. 10

Der Schmied

Nachtigall

Herbst

Liszt:

Es rauschen die Winde, S294

Loewe, C:

Gesang der Geister

Der Erlkönig, Op. 1 No. 3 (Goethe)

Mendelssohn:

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

Mendelssohn, Fanny:

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

Meyerbeer:

Komm du schönes Fischermädchen

Neukomm:

Trost in Tränen

Klage an den Mond

Sehnsucht

Randhartinger:

Suleika

Rastloses Wandern

Reichardt, J F:

Sehnsucht

Rastlose Liebe

Erlkönig

Monolog der Iphegenia

Reichardt, L:

Aus Novalis Hymnen an die Nacht

Rossini:

Beltà crudele

Salieri:

Ich denke dein

Schubert of Dresden Sr.:

Die Lebensgefährten

Schumann:

Lied für XXX

Sechter:

Gute Nacht

Spohr:

Mignon's Lied Op. 37:1

Erlkönig

Tomásek:

Meeres Stille

Heidenröslein

Unger:

Die Nachtigall

Unger-Sabatier:

Frühlingsglaube

Vesque von Püttlingen:

Der Herbstabend

Der Doppelgänger

Der Fischer

Vogl:

Lied der Desdemona

Weber:

Gebet während der Schlacht

Weigl, J:

Wenn sie mich nur von weitem sieht

Weyrauch, A H:

Adieu!

Zelter:

Erlkönig

Erster Verlust

Um Mitternacht

Klage Harfenspieler III

Rastlose Liebe

Zumsteeg:

Die Erwartung

Thekla


“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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The Songs of Robert Schumann - Volume 9

The Songs of Robert Schumann - Volume 9


Schumann:

Liedchen von Marie und Papa WoO 26/3A

Op 68/21

Der Abendstern, Op. 79 No. 1

Kleine Studie Op. 68/14

Schmetterling Op. 79/2

Frühlingsbotschaft Op. 79/3

Frühlingsgruss Op. 79/4

Vom Schlaraffenland Op. 79/5

Ländliches Lied Op. 68/20

Sonntag Op. 79/6

Reiterstück Op. 68/23

Zigeunerliedchen I Op. 79/7

Zigeunerliedchen II Op. 79/8

Des Knaben Berglied Op. 79/9

Mai, lieber Mai Op. 68/13

Mailied Op. 79/10

Volksliedchen Op. 68/9

Käuzlein Op. 79/11

Erster Verlust Op. 68/16

Hinaus ins Freie Op. 79/12

Der Sandmann, Op. 79 No. 13

Fremder Mann Op. 68/29

Marienwürmchen Op. 79/14

Armes Waisenkind Op. 68/6

Die Waise Op. 79/15

Das Glück Op. 79/16

Weihnachtslied Op. 79/17

Knecht Ruprecht Op. 68/12

Die wandelnde Glocke Op. 79/18

Figurierter Choral Op. 68/42

Frühlingslied Op. 79/19

Frühlings Ankunft Op. 79/20

Die Schwalben Op. 79/21

Kinderwacht Op. 79/22

Des Sennen Abschied, Op. 79 No. 22

Er ist's! Op. 79 No. 23 (Eduard Mörike)

Spinnelied Op. 79/25

Jägerliedchen Op. 68/7

Des Buben Schützenlied Op. 79/26

Winterzeit I Op. 68/38

Schneeglöckchen, Op. 79 No. 26

Lied Lynceus des Türmers Op. 79/28

Mignon, Op. 68 No. 35

Mignon ('Kennst du das Land, wo die Zitronen blühn'), Op. 79 No. 29

Lied Italienischer Marinari Op. 68/36

Soldatenlied WoO6


Felicity Lott (soprano), Ann Murray (soprano), Graham Johson (piano)

“In the piano pieces and songs alike, Johnson plays with luminous tone and a natural feeling for Schumannesque rubato. And as ever, his sleeve notes alone are worth the price of the disc” The Telegraph

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - February 2005

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Vivaldi - Sacred Music 4

Vivaldi - Sacred Music 4


Vivaldi:

Juditha Triumphans, RV644

devicta Holofernes barbarie RV644


Echo Award, Germany

Hugely enjoyable ... excellent soloists ...masterly recording
Classic CD

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The Songs of Chausson

The Songs of Chausson


Chausson:

Serres chaudes (Maurice Maeterlinck) Op. 24

Trois lieder de Camille Mauclair Op. 27

Deux Poemes de Verlaine Op. 34

Trois Chansons de Shakespeare (translated by Maurice Bouchor) Op. 28

Various other songs


Dame Felicity Lott (soprano), Ann Murray (mezzo soprano), Chris Pedro Trakas (baritone), Graham Johnson (piano), Geraldine McGreevy (soprano)

Chilingirian Quartet

“With this disc, the music of Chausson really does find revelatory new significance” The Times

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Charles Gounod - Songs

Charles Gounod - Songs


Gounod:

Biondina and other songs


Dame Felicity Lott (soprano), Ann Murray (mezzo soprano), Anthony Rolfe Johnson (tenor), Graham Johnson (piano)

“This well-filled two-CD set is surely the most wide-ranging single issue of Gounod's mélodies.
The first of the discs confirms the commonly held view of Gounod. Almost without exception the songs are pleasing and sentimental, a sweetly scented posy of hymns to flowers, of rêveries and serenades. The selection includes two settings of poems that Berlioz had used in Les nuits d'été, plumbing the depths of the poetry, where Gounod is content to skim across the surface.
In chronological order, the songs show how little Gounod's music deepened, but also how evergreen was his inspiration in melody and harmony.
To turn to the second disc is to have all your prejudices overturned. This comprises non- French settings, for which Gounod dons first Italian garb for the song cycle Biondina, and then English for a group of ten songs written during his stay in London in the 1870s. The Italian cycle is a delight. It would be impossible to guess the composer, as Gounod exchanges his customary flowing themes and rippling arpeggios for an ardent, Tosti-like vocal line over dry staccato chords.
Anthony Rolfe Johnson catches its mix of sunny lyricism and Gallic sensitivity to perfection.
All three singers are on their best form, Rolfe Johnson bringing an air of intimate seductiveness to Byron's Maid of Athens.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“Superb ... perfection ... Best of the year” Sunday Times

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Souvenirs de Venise

Souvenirs de Venise


Beethoven:

Canzonetta veneziana

Glinka:

Venetsianskaya noch

Hahn, R:

Venezia – Chansons en dialecte Venetien

Irgens-Jensen:

Leis rudern hier, mein Gondoliern

Wenn durch die Piazzetta

Mendelssohn:

Venetianisches Gondellied, Op. 57 No. 5 'Wenn durch die Piazetta'

Rossini:

La regata veneziana

I marinai

Schubert:

Gondelfahrer, D808

Taneyev, S:

Venetsiya noch'yu


“This fizzing, multilingual Venetian 'Souvenir' slips down as gratefully as Prosecco on a hot day. Hahn's Venezia is a delicious epilogue.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2006 ****

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The last rose of summer

The last rose of summer

Best-loved songs of Ireland


 

The last rose of summer

The leprehaun

The falling star

Ach, I dunno

I have a bonnet trimmed with blue

The lark in the clear air

Galway Bay

Phil the Fluter's ball

She moved thro' the fair

Believe me if all those endearing young charms

A young maid stood in her father's garden

Gortnamona

The next market day

Danny Boy

The meeting of the waters

The beautiful city of Sligo

The Bard of Armagh

Monday, Tuesday

The stuttering lovers

Mother Machree

I will walk with my love

The stolen heart

The Coulin

The cork leg

Oft in the stilly night

How sweet the answer

O the sight entrancing

The last rose of summer


Ann Murray (mezzo-soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)

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Duruflé: Requiem

Duruflé: Requiem


Duruflé:

Requiem, Op. 9

(third version)

Quatre Motets sur des thèmes grégoriens, Op. 10


Building a Library

First Choice - November 2002

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