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This second volume of Hyperion’s newest Lieder series features the great dramatic and musical gifts of mezzo-soprano Angelika Kirchschlager. Internationally renowned on the opera stage, the concert hall and the recording studio, Kirchschlager is an ideal performer of these most varied, complex and emotionally charged songs. She is accompanied by the multi-Gramophone Award-winning Julius Drake, who curates the series.
The songs recorded here encompass thirty years of Liszt’s life, with texts in German, French and Italian, and contain many examples of the hidden beauties of this undervalued and little-known strand of the composer’s works.
Detailed and informative notes by Susan Youens and a beautifully intimate recorded sound complete a volume which will be indispensable to any lovers of Lieder.
Liszt: Der Du Von Dem Himmel Bist, S 279 (1st Version)
Liszt: Ihr Glocken Von Marling, S 328
Liszt: Ein Fichtenbaum Steht Einsam, S 309 (1st Setting, 1st Version)
Liszt: Vergiftet Sind Meine Lieder, S 289 (3rd Version)
Liszt: Freudvoll & Leidvoll, S 280 (1st Setting, 2nd Version)
Liszt: Die Drei Zigeuner, S 320 (1st Version)
Liszt: Über Allen Gipfeln Ist Ruh', S 306 (3rd Version)
Liszt: J'Ai Perdu Ma Force & Ma Vie, S 327
Liszt: Jeanne D'Arc Au Bûcher, S 293 (3rd Version)
Liszt: Es War Ein König In Thule, S 278 (2nd Version)
Liszt: Muttergottes-Sträusslein Zum Mai-Monate, S 316 - #1 Das Veilchen
Liszt: Muttergottes-Sträusslein Zum Mai-Monate, S 316 - #2 Die Schlüsselblumen
Liszt: Und Sprich, S 329
Liszt: Ihr Auge, S 310 (2nd Version), "Nimm Einen Strahl Der Sonne"
Liszt: Im Rhein, Im Schönen Strome, S 272 (2nd Version)
Liszt: Es Muss Ein Wunderbares Sein, S 314
Liszt: La Perla, S 326 (2nd Version)
Liszt: Der Du Von Dem Himmel Bist, S 279 (3rd Version)
“Kirchschlager's rich, resonant mezzo finds beauties everywhere on this disc, from heights of drama to imtimacies of reflection, and at every turn Drake is with her. I particularly like the way they take their time in the more meditative songs, with expressive silences.”
“Several of the songs on the disc are in effect dramatic scenas. Finding a wide palette of colours within her naturally warm mezzo, Kirchschlager is in her element...this recital should open many ears to the richness and variety of his songs.”
“The quality of this CD is stunning from every point of view...[Kirchschlager] has the ability to make the hairs on the nape of my neck rise...Drake makes a sensitive accompanist who is perfectly at home with both the exuberant and complex piano parts as well as the more thoughtful.”
12th July 2012
“one of the most important recording projects of recent years...Kirchschlager is exquisite and intensely dramatic by turns, though occasionally she could do with more weight in her lower registers. Drake is outstanding throughout.”
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