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Sieben frühe Lieder
Op.9, No. 4 Liebesbriefchen
3 Lieder Op. 18
5 Lieder Op. 38
Abschiedslieder (Songs of Farewell), Op. 14
Sonett für Wien, Op. 41
Das Rosenband, Op. 36 No. 1
Ich trage meine Minne, Op. 32 No. 1
Hat gesagt - bleibt's nicht dabei, Op. 36 No. 3
Meinem Kinde, Op. 37 No. 3
Die Sieben Siegel Op. 46/3
Befreit, Op. 39 No. 4
Wie sollten wir geheim sie halten, Op. 19 No. 4
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Schumann: Kerner Lieder Op. 35
plus songs by Wolf, Korngold & Mahler
Described by Opera magazine as ‘Britain’s best baritone’, London-born Roderick Williams and leading pianist Helmut Deutsch perform an atmospheric Liederabend, featuring some of the most inspiring German songs of the 19th century. Immersing himself in the great range of moods portrayed through his programme, from the celebratory outpouring of praise in Wolf’s ‘Gesegnet sei, durch den die Welt entstund’ to the sorrowful resignation to heartbreak in Schumann’s ‘Alte Leute’, Williams’s dramatic narrations are emotionally engaging throughout. Complemented by Deutsch’s superlative pianism, this recording is unforgettably poignant – a ‘must have’ for lovers of Lieder.
“you can tell that he’s taken considerable trouble to study the poetry and to understand it so that he puts it across to his audience with exceptional intelligence. He also characterises the texts very well indeed..throughout this recital Roderick Williams’s use of his top register is quite superb...This is a marvellous, deeply satisfying lieder recital and we should be thankful that it’s been preserved on disc for a wide audience to savour.” MusicWeb International, December 2012
“the sense of a wondering fragile sensibility is communicated to us through his characteristic loving attention to words - and to the presence of his audience. This intimacy of communication and word-liveliness also makes bright vignettes of six love songs, sacred and profane, from Hugo Wolf's Italian Songbook...Williams and Deutsch are alert to every quicksilver mood-change.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2013 ****
“Williams gives consistent pleasure with his rounded high baritone and unexaggerated response to mood and character...Fading into reverie, the Kerner songs are a brave choice to end a recital. But Williams vindicates it with his blanched pianissimo, a wounded, disenchanted spirit withdrawing from the world.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2013
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Korngold - Sonnett fur Wien
Erich Korngold is perhaps best known as the pioneering émigré composer whose grand orchestral scores defined the sound of film during the golden age of Hollywood.As well as this however, his considerably large output for voice in the form of lieder and song highlighted the strong bond that Korngold forever held with his homeland and the city of Vienna, the city inextricably linked to the high-Romantic style that Korngold so ably perfected.This disc continues the successful, long-running collaboration between Signum and the pianist and broadcaster Iain Burnside, as well as being our second disc with star opera singer and recitalist Sarah Connolly.
“There have been several discs of Korngold's Lieder… but this new collection is exceptionally well performed and recorded. The Four Shakespeare Songs, Op 31, are particularly engaging, William Dazeley really letting go in "When birds do sing", and Sarah Connolly bringing all her artistry to bear on Desdemona's Willow song. Iain Burnside plays Korngold's often fiercely difficult accompaniments with obvious affection and relish. This is a very beautiful disc which I would recommend even to those who think they don't care for Korngold's style.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2009
“Both singers respond magnificently to Korngold's testing vocal lines, with their wide leaps and need for solid legato. Connolly's rich mezzo comes into its own here, the opening lines of 'Mond, so gehst du wieder auf' a case in point. Iain Burnside accompanies with his customary insight.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2009 ****
“Those for whom Korngold's music is an acquired taste may not feel the need for another CD, but this new collection is exceptionally well performed and recorded. The mixture of songs in German and English works very well, and having two voices sharing them in some groups means that any sense of monotony is avoided.
As in his operas and film scores, one can hear Korngold drawing on different influences – there are a couple of songs that seem like affectionate parodies of Mahler, others in which he is moving away from his Viennese roots and assimilating American and English styles. The Four ShakespeareSongs, Op 31, are particularly engaging, William Dazeley really letting go in 'When birds do sing', and Sarah Connolly bringing all her artistry to bear on Desdemona's Willow Song.
Both singers are sometimes stretched to the limits of their resources, especially in Korngold's songs composed after the disappointing reception accorded to his 'gargantuan' opera Das Wunderder Heliane. The first of the Drei Lieder, Op 18, is a setting of a poem by Hans Kaltneker (author of Heliane), 'In meine innige Nacht', which Dazeley sings with great intensity. Korngold's last song, 'Sonnett für Wien' (which gives the disc its title) is another, posthumously published, poem by Kaltneker. In this song, one feels that Korngold was bidding farewell not only to Vienna, the city of his youthful success, but to music and life itself.
Iain Burnside plays Korngold's often fiercely difficult accompaniments with obvious affection and relish. This is a very beautiful disc, recommended even to those who think they don't care for Korngold's style.” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010
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“The BBC Philharmonic play with enthusiasm and sensitivity for Sir Edward Downes.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition
“Korngold’s lush orchestration needs sound with a full bloom, and the Chandos engineers provide that in spades.” The Times
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