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Franz Schreker - Songs
Hermine Haselböck (mezzo-soprano), Wolfgang Holzmair (baritone) & Russell Ryan (piano)
Franz Schreker is best known as an opera composer but his songs offer significant insights into the particular nature of his dramatic gift. The heart of Schreker's vocal expressiveness is in the elasticity of his phrasing, a quality that encourages interpretive flexibility on the part of the singers. The superb Austrian artists, baritone Wolfgang Holzmair and mezzo-soprano Hermine Haselböck, bring that and more to this outstanding recital of rarely heard songs
“Schreker wrote most of these beautiful, often heartbreaking songs as a Vienna Conservatory student between 1898 and 1900. Haselboeck sings the Mutterlieder cycle with a sob in her resonant low notes and an unnerving touch of hysteria at the top. Holzmair is more dispassionate, characterising wittily in Hungernde Kind, Spuk and the comic Liebe als Recensentin, but he occasionally clouds Schreker's elegant melodies. Even so, Wiegenliedchen's lilt will linger for days. Russell Ryan is the co-equal pianist setting independent scenes in the harmony.” The Times, 9th August 2008 ***
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Balladenbuch, Op. 18
Fünf Melodien (Five Songs) for medium voice and piano, Op.33
Bänkel und Business (from Bänken und Balladen, Op. 31)
Die Ballade vom Seemann Kuttel Daddeldu (from Bänken und Balladen, Op. 31)
Bänken vom Klatsch (from Bänken und Balladen, Op. 31)
Die Ballade vom Sammy Lee (from Bänken und Ballade, Op. 31)
Songs of the Clown Op. 29
Das feurige Mänlein (Alfons Petzold)
Und wie mag die Liebe (Rainer Maria Rilke)
Der Wind des Herbstes (from 12 Lieder, Op. 27)
Gib ein Lied mir wieder (from 12 Lieder, Op. 27)
Regenzeit (from 12 Lieder, Op. 27)
Afrikanischer Tanz (from 12 Lieder, Op. 27)
After the First World War, fewer German Lied were composed. Over the last ten years, baritone Christian Immler has searched out some early 20th century German artsong gems. Immler writes: “The composers featured here all played in the premier creative league of their time. No longer should they be remembered for the tragedies they suffered, but for all that they actually left to posterity…”
“With his personable high baritone - mellow yet capable of an incisive edge - and keen intelligence, Immler convinces equally in the mystery and inwardness of the Zemlinsky songs.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2012
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Franz Schrecker - Complete Songs For Voice And Piano Vol. 2
This 2-CD survey of Franz Schreker's forty-eight completed songs concludes with a selection that provides a sweeping overview of his lyric accomplishment, from prize-winning early efforts as a student at the Vienna Conservatory to a crowning masterpiece, written at the height of his international fame.
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