Schumann: Liederkreis, Op. 39

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Schumann and Berg: Dorothea Röschmann & Mitsuko Uchida

Schumann and Berg: Dorothea Röschmann & Mitsuko Uchida


Berg:

Sieben frühe Lieder

Schumann:

Liederkreis, Op. 39

Frauenliebe und -leben, Op. 42


Two great artists at the peak of their powers, the soprano Dorothea Röschmann and the pianist Dame Mitsuko Uchida perform songs by Schumann (Liederkreis, Op 39 and Frauenliebe und Leben) and Alban Berg (Seven Early Songs).

The album features the three great cycles on the subject of love and life and Schumann’s great love for Clara Wieck is at the heart of Liederkreis, songs he described in a letter to her as his “most romantic music ever, with much of you in it.”

The artists toured this programme extensively and this performance was captured live at Wigmore Hall. The reviews were glowing and this programme of songs about love touched the hearts of the audience wherever it was performed.

“Dorothea Röschmann's voice is now, surely, one of the most beautiful in the lyric soprano range…it is shown almost to perfection in this gorgeous recital disc…the perfect Lieder recital” BBC Music Magazine, February 2016 *****

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Schumann: Song Cycles

Schumann: Song Cycles


Schumann:

Liederkreis, Op. 24

Liederkreis, Op. 39

Dichterliebe, Op. 48


James Gilchrist (tenor) & Anna Tilbrook (piano)

James Gilchrist's latest recording for Linn encompasses three of the greatest examples of the song cycle genre. Moving away from English song into the core Germanic Lieder repertoire,James's expressive tenor voice is ideally suited to showcase the emotional nuances of Schumann s vocal writing.

Liederkreis shows Schumann at his most lyrical and deeply romantic; incredibly Op.24 was his first published vocal composition. Dichterliebe,Schumann's best-known song cycle, is regarded as one of the finest in the German language, notable for its perfect pairing of Heinrich Heine's poetry with Schumann's music.

A prolific and versatile recitalist James has frequently performed Lieder repertoire, most recently Schubert's Schwanengesang and Beethoven's An die Ferne Geliebte at Wigmore Hall. James will return to Wigmore Hall in January 2016, to begin a three-concert recital series spanning two years, performing the Schumann song cycles Liederkreis and Dichterliebe.

James Gilchrist has appeared with many of the world's most prestigious ensembles and under several leading conductors at venues including Wigmore Hall, Snape Maltings and Perth Concert Hall. James is sought after for operatic roles, ensemble performances and as a respected recitalist. On both concert platform and operatic stage, his repertory ranges from Monteverdi to new commissions, and he has appeared with, among others, the Sixteen, the Academy of Ancient Music, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and English National Opera. James has previously recorded works by Gerald Finzi, Ralph Vaughan Williams Kenneth Leighton, Ivor Gurney, Arthur Bliss and Peter Warlock and has uncovered the beautiful songs of Muriel Herbert.

Anna Tilbrook is one of Britain's most exciting pianists, with a considerable reputation in song recitals and chamber music. She made her debut at Wigmore Hall in 1999 and has since become a regular performer at Europe's major concert halls and festivals.

“Gilchrist sets the mood from the start, entering the world of the Op. 24 Liederkreis with a soft touch and confiding tone…in the Op. 39 Liederkreis Gilchrist's light tenor is good at painting the moonlit night of 'Mondnacht' and the more ominous twilight of 'Zwielight'…his Dichterliebe is the cycle of a kindly poet, who…shapes phrases that gently unfurl in the light of a summer morning. In all this he is well supported by the clean-cut, carefully detailed playing of Tilbrook, who modestly leaves any point-making to the singer.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2015

“[Gilchrist and Tilbrook] allow each cycle to unfold naturally, minutely adjusting the spaces between certain songs to allow the ear to absorb what it has just heard…Tilbrook's navigation of the playouts, those final bars in which it seems that Schumann is communicating something too profound for mere words, is unfailingly lovely, her accompaniments clearly articulated and self-effacing…[Gilchrist] is fearlessly expressive.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2015

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Schumann: Liederkreis Op. 39 and other songs

Schumann: Liederkreis Op. 39 and other songs

Decca Most Wanted Recitals Vol. 44


Schumann:

Liederkreis, Op. 39

Romanze (No. 5 from Spanische Liebeslieder, Op. 138)

Der Spielmann, Op. 40, No. 4

Der Schatzgräber, Op. 45 No. 1

Ständchen, Op. 36 No. 2

Nichts schöneres, Op. 36 No. 3

An den Sonnenschein, Op. 36 No. 4

Des Sennen Abschied, Op. 79 No. 22

Dein Angesicht, Op. 127 No. 2

Dichterliebe, Op. 48

Jacqueline Bonneau (piano)

Du bist wie eine Blume, Op. 25 No. 24

Jacqueline Bonneau (piano)

Der Nussbaum, Op. 25 No. 3

Jacqueline Bonneau (piano)

Geständnis, Op. 74 No. 7

Jacqueline Bonneau (piano)


Gerard Souzay (baritone), Dalton Baldwin (piano)

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Schumann: Complete Lieder Volume 7

Schumann: Complete Lieder Volume 7


Schumann:

Liederkreis, Op. 39

Drei Gedichte von Emanuel Geibel, Op. 30

Die Löwenbraut, Op. 31 No. 1

Sechs Gedichte aus dem Liederbuch eines Malers, Op. 36


Thomas E. Bauer (baritone) & Uta Hielscher (piano)

It was not until 1840 that, after a courtship strewn with difficulties, Robert Schumann was able to marry his beloved Clara Wieck. This was his ‘Year of Song’, and Joseph von Eichendorff’s melancholy poems of fearful wanderings, images of nature and lonely nights were the perfect vehicle for Schumann’s Liederkreis, Op. 39, which he described as his most romantic cycle. From the same year, Schumann’s Drei Gedichte, Op. 30 conjure memories of medieval times. The narrative ballad Die Löwenbraut tells of a disturbingly violent love triangle, while the Sechs Gedichte, Op. 36 evoke an idealised, fairy-tale image of Germany.

“[Bauer] has reached the point where his insights into the texts and the expressivity of his vocal means are at a perfect equilibrium. Add to this that he is partnered by a pianist who understands his intentions and follows him like a shadow...A disc to treasure.” MusicWeb International, 6th November 2013

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Naxos Schumann Complete Lieder - 8557080

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Schumann: Liederkreis

Schumann: Liederkreis


Schumann:

Liederkreis, Op. 39

Sechs Gedichte aus dem Liederbuch eines Malers, Op. 36

Liederkreis, Op. 24


Gerald Finley (baritone) & Julius Drake (piano)

Gerald Finley and Julius Drake return to Schumann, following a magisterially intense Dichterliebe which won them a third Gramophone award. Here they focus on the two contrasting Liederkreis (‘song-circle’) cycles using texts by Heine and Eichendorff. Heine is the poet of Dichterliebe, and Op 24 contains extremes of elation and despair that call all Finley’s considerable dramatic powers into play. Eichendorff’s seductive, crepuscular ‘night-songs’ of Op 39 require the velvety tone for which this singer is equally revered. Separating these two great works are the Sechs Gedichte aus dem Liederbuch eines Malers, Op 36, which find Schumann in more homespun, folksong-influenced vein.

“Finley and pianist Julius Drake are well attuned to those pervading atmospheres and psychological shifts; beginning with the veiled tone with which Finley opens Op 39 every song is individually coloured (some of his inflections suggest a close study of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau's performances), and the text is always clear.” The Guardian, 26th September 2012 ****

“With his slow tempos and dark vowels, Finley draws from the Op. 39 Eichendorff Liederkreis a real sense of the fear lurking behind even the ecstasies of love...Drake is perfectly attuned to the palette of shifting colours in Finley's dark baritone - here in top form.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2012 ****

“This new recording shows a greater richness in Finley's voice plus an evolving intimacy in his approach to recording Lieder, one that retreats from the word-by-word vocal painting of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau...Each song's overall conception - of which Julius Drake is a key part - reflects great thought as to its core emotion.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2013

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Schumann Favourite Songs

Schumann Favourite Songs


Schumann:

Liederkreis, Op. 39

Frauenliebe und -leben, Op. 42

Aus den östlichen Rosen, Op. 25 No. 25

Mignon (Kennst du das Land?) Op. 98a No. 1 (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

Die Soldatenbraut Op. 64 No. 1

Meine Rose, Op. 90 No. 2

Der Nussbaum, Op. 25 No. 3

Requiem für Mignon, Op. 98b

Widmung, Op. 25 No. 1


“full unblemished tone, faultless legato...thoughtful phrasing - many pleasures to offer” Gramophone Magazine

“Felicity Lott is a connoisseur's artist, far greater than many more illustrious and publicised rivals...here with great poise and completely unaffected artistry...treasurable” Penguin Guide

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Schumann - Dichterliebe & Liederkreis

Schumann - Dichterliebe & Liederkreis


Schumann:

Dichterliebe, Op. 48

Liederkreis, Op. 39


Werner Güra (tenor) & Jan Schultsz (piano)

“[Gura's] partnership with Dutch pianist Jan Schultz is consolidated here with highly intelligent, deeply felt accounts of Schumann's two immortal song cycles....Gura's dashing, dynamic Dichterliebe even invites comparison with Fritz Wunderlich.” The Observer, 2 February 2003 Classical CD of the Week

“Güra …deserves a place among the elite….it is the only one by a tenor recommendable at present.” Alan Blyth, Gramophone Magazine, January 2003

Building a Library

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Schumann - Lieder

Schumann - Lieder


Schumann:

Liederkreis, Op. 39

Sieben Lieder Op. 104 (Elisabeth Kulmann)

Frauenliebe und -leben, Op. 42


Vivian Hanner (mezzo soprano) & Frank Peter (piano)

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Schumann - Maria Stuart Lieder

Schumann - Maria Stuart Lieder


Schumann:

Gedichte der Königin Maria Stuart, Op. 135

Liederkreis, Op. 39

Myrthen, Op. 25

Rückert-Lieder


Bernarda Fink (mezzo soprano) & Anthony Spiri (piano)

“I would like to sing myself to death like a nightingale”, wrote Schumann in 1840, revealing a sudden passion for the lied, a genre he had hitherto disdained. Written in 1852 in a period of intense nervous suffering, the cycle of Poems of Queen Mary Stuart stands out for its austerity and exceptional concentration of resources; it might be seen as Schumann’s testament.

"it's hard to think of a more consistently pleasing example of this voice category recording today" International Record Review, February 2009

“Bernarda Fink's light, fresh-voiced mezzo is ideally cast in Schumann's early, ardent Myrthen songs… Here, as throughout the recital, her every phrase is illumined and delicately coloured by the fine-tuned accompanying of Anthony Spiri. …ten of Schumann's settings of Friedrich Rückert, in which Fink captures delightfully the composer's heartfelt love for the inner music of this poetry, in all its fragrant and rapt ardour. This enticing programme ends with a delicately inflected performance of the Op. 39 Liederkreis. Both Fink and Spiri recreate the elusive half-lights and scents of these Eichendorff settings, with every vocal turn and ornament clear and poised, every nuance of rhythm and dynamic seemingly instinctively achieved.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2010 ****

“Fink lays bare the pain of both poet and composer, sensitively supported by Anthony Spiri. Rare glimpses of warmth...are beautifully conveyed, even if it's a fleeting comfort...'Mondnacht' is compelling and in 'Zwielicht' she grasps your attention as only the greatest of Lieder singers can do.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2010

“The cycle fits Fink's grave, elegant voice ideally, while pianist Anthony Spiri gently highlights some of the stranger timbres. In the Rückert and Myrthen songs, "Jemand" and "O Sonn', o Meer, o Rose!" have extraordinary shimmer” The Independent on Sunday, 24th January 2010

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Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau sings Mahler & Schumann

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau sings Mahler & Schumann


Mahler:

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (4 songs, complete)

Recorded 24th-25th June,1952 in Kingsway Hall, London

Philharmonia Orchestra, Wilhelm Furtwängler

Kindertotenlieder

Recorded 20th-21st June, 1955 in Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Rudolf Kempe

Schumann:

Liederkreis, Op. 39

Recorded 10th March, 1954 in EMI Abbey Road Studio 3, London

Gerald Moore (piano)


One the finest Lieder singers and one of the most prolific recording artists of his generation, the great German baritone, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, possessed a virtually flawless vocal technique, a remarkable ability to convey the right tonal colour and nuance of a musical phrase, as well as a wonderful command of rhythm.

This re-issue brings together three of Fischer-Dieskau’s most famous recordings, that of Schumann’s Liederkreis with the pianist Gerald Moore, a partnership which would produce a remarkable artistic and creative fusion over the next quarter century.

The 1952 recording of the song-cycle Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, conducted by Furtwängler, was made at a time when the music of Mahler was little known or heard outside German-speaking countries, a bold and inspired choice.

“In Kindertotenlieder the young Fischer-Dieskau is a perfect foil for the aging Furtwängler. Schumann's Liederkreis, Op. 39, an early collaboration with Gerald Moore, will melt the stoniest heart.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2009 *****

“Together [Fischer-Dieskau and Furtwangler] recorded what remains an unsurpassed version of the Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, the singer spontaneously overwhelmed by the meaning of the text, the conductor revealing more of the inner workings of the score than any of his successors and drawing a sensuous response from the young Philharmonia. The recording, amazingly, hardly shows its age and comes up on CD sounding natural, refined and as beautiful as the performance.” Gramophone Magazine (on the EMI reissue)

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