Gré Brouwenstijn

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Gré Brouwenstijn

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26th April 2011




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Gré Brouwenstijn

sings arias by Beethoven, Verdi, Wagner & Weber


Ah! Perfido, Op. 65


Tu che le vanità (from Don Carlo)

Pace, pace mio Dio! (from La forza del destino)

Son giunta … Madre, pietosa Vergine (from La Forza del Destino)

D'amor sull'ali rosee (from Il Trovatore)


Dich, teure Halle (from Tannhauser)

Allmächt’ge Jungfrau! (from Tannhäuser)

Einsam in trüben Tagen (from Lohengrin)

Johohoe! Traft ihr das Schiff im Meere an 'Senta's Ballad' (from Der fliegende Holländer)


Wie nahte mir der Schlummer … Leise, leise, fromme Weise (from Der Freischütz)



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The Dutch soprano Gré Brouwenstijn has long been held in the highest esteem within her own country, and within a circle of vocal connoisseurs, for the fearless vibrancy of her approach to the great hochdramatisch soprano roles, without ever compromising the standards and ideals of vocal beauty: hers is a voice of great strength and flexibility, fully able to meet the challenge of projecting both the scale and drama of Wagner’s heroines while also inhabiting their more intimate confessions.

Brouwenstijn made precious few recordings – most of what is left to us now derives from private tapes or radio archives of live performances – but this compilation of two studio sessions (from 1954 and 1956) catches her in her vocal prime. The big numbers from Wagner’s early dramas (Tannhäuser, Lohengrin, Der fliegende Holländer) are included, as well as Wagner’s own leaping-off points in Beethoven (‘Ah, perfido!’) and Weber (Der Freischütz). To finish, there’s a selection of mature Verdi, including ‘Tu che la vanità’ (Don Carlo) and ‘Pace, pace, mio Dio!’ (La forza del destino). This is an unmissable release for anyone in love with the art of the soprano voice.

Includes appreciation of Brouwenstijn by the writer and opera director Mike Ashman.

Ludwig von Beethoven Ah perfido, Op 65

Carl Maria von weber Der Freisch tz Wie nahte mir der Schlummer

Richard Wagner Tannh user Dich teure Halle

Richard Wagner Tannh user Alm cht'ge Jungfrau

Richard Wagner Lohengrin Einsam in tr ben Tagen

Richard Wagner Der fliegende Holl nder Johohoe! Traft ihr das Schiff

Giuseppe Verdi Don Carlo Tu che la vanit

Giuseppe Verdi Il Trovatore Timor di me?....D'amor Sull'ali rosee

Giuseppe Verdi La forza del destino Son giunta, grazie, o Dio!...Madre pietosa Vergine

Giuseppe Verdi La forza del destino Pace, pace mio Dio

BBC Music Magazine

February 2012


“One of the great vocal artists of the 1950s and 1960s, Brouwenstijn didn't have a great voice, but was passionate, intense and equally convincing in Wagner and Verdi.”

International Record Review

December 2011

“Vibrant in 'Dich teure Halle', with a quick flicker in the voice, she presents an imaginative, inward 'Allmächt'ge Jungfrau'...She is also sensitive in the first part of 'Einsam in trüben Tagen'...and then nicely introduces a fuller tone as the aria proceeds. She injects passion into the two arias from La Forza del destino.”

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