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After her sumptuous album of Strauss songs with orchestra, soprano Diana Damrau marks the bicentenary of Liszt’s birth with an album of his most celebrated songs in German, French and Italian, accompanied by pianist Helmut Deutsch.
Der Fischerknabe S 292b/2
Im Rhein, Im Schönen Strome S 272/2
Die Lorelei S 273/2
Die Drei Zigeuner S320
Es War Ein König In Thule S 278/2
Ihr Glocken Von Marling S 328
Über Allen Gipfeln Ist Ruh S306
Der Du Von Dem Himmel Bist S 279/1
Benedetto Sia'l Giorno S 270a/2
Pace Non Trovo S 270a/1
I Vidi In Terra Angelici Costumi
Freudvoll Und Leidvoll (1848) S 280/1
Vergiftet Sind Meine Lieder S289
Freudvoll Und Leidvoll (1860) S 280/2
Es Rauschen Die Winde S294/2
Die Stille Wasserrose S 321
Es Muss Ein Wunderbares Sein S314
O Lieb S 298/2
“Diana Damrau has a fine line in floated high notes, and the lyrical songs (the majority of those recorded here) benefit from her sweet tone...Helmut Deutsch's accompaniments are of the highest quality, setting the mood from the very beginning of each song and managing Liszt's virtuoso figuration with apparent ease.”
“A gifted Lieder singer with a flawlessly even and shining sound, Damrau knows exactly how to draw the listener into the drama of each song...Deutsch proves yet again what a great accompanist he is too: his insights into the atmosphere and psychology of these works are as compelling as Damrau's.”
“The particular qualities of Damrau's lustrous coloratura lend an aura of ethereal beauty to several of her interpretations...Damrau brings a languid voluptuousness to the more famous love songs...There are times when one wishes Damrau would abandon her consistently gorgeous sound production to focus instead on a more vivid characterization of the text. In terms of pure singing, these interpretations are undeniably beautiful.”
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