Voice

ROBERT SCHUMANN - Herbstempfindungen
Lieder from 1850 

 

Scot Weir, Tenor
Rainer Hoffmann, Klavier

Catalog number 21025


Drei Lieder op. 83
Sechs Lieder op. 89
Fünf Lieder op. 96
Sieben Lieder op. 90
Des Sennen Abschied op. 79/23

 

During his last creative period from 1849 to 1852 Robert Schumann felt compelled to explore the boundaries of the relationship between words and music. Vocal compositions of whatever type became the centre of his attention and outweighed his interest even for his main instrument, the piano, as well as for symphonic compositions. Schumann’s vocal works from his final period were influenced by two divergent movements: on the one hand they were expansive and ranged from Piano-Lieder, opera, oratorio and choral works to melodrama, to piano-accompanied recitation of the poetic word; on the other, the relationship between word and music, which for Schumann, as an intellectual and man of letters, had been decisive from his younger days, now became extremely intensive and intimate, as can be noted by the declamatory style, whereby the literary conscience is equally as important as the musical. This fine-polishing of declamation, which is manifested in the oratorio-like “Scene from Goethe’s Faust”, as in the works for double choir and the Piano-Lieder, coincides remarkably with the tendencies of Schumann’s compatriot and antipode Richard Wagner and anticipates the overly-sensitive, richly thoughtful and allusive treatment of the words by Hugo Wolf, or even the speech-rhythm of Berg’s “Wozzeck”.

A coproduction with Radio Bremen

 

Brahms. Schubert

LIEDER

Hidenori Komatsu, baritone,
Jörg Demus, piano

Catalog number 21007

Live recorded at Musikhalle Hamburg, 2002

 

L’invitation au voyage

Scot Weir, tenor
Karola Theill, piano


Catalog number 21020

Henri Duparc:         
L’invitation au voyage
Gabriel Fauré:
Dans le foret de septembre
Au bord de l’eau
Claire de lune
Hymne
Claude Debussy:
Ariettes oubliées
Henri Duparc:
Phidylé
Chanson triste
Francis Poulenc:
Tel jour, telle nuit
Maurice Ravel:
Deux mélodies hébraiques
Henri Duparc:
La vie anterieure

 

La note d’or

Verena Rein
Ciurlionis Stringquartet, Vilnius

Sergej Okrusko

Catalog number 21031


Works of the Belle Époque (Ernest Chausson, Guillaume Lekeu, Maurice Ravel, Gabriel Fauré)
for soprano, string quartet and piano

“At the end of the 19th century the French Mélodie managed to break away from foreign, above all, German Lied role-models. French composers sought and found their own language of sound which is marked by a subtle balance and extreme differentiation.
This recording with Vera Rein, the Lithuanian Čiurlionis-Quartet and the Ukrainian pianist Sergej Okruško presents all these characteristics of French song with temperament and passion. The vocal works by Chausson, Lekeu and Fauré are rounded off by Ravel’s String Quartet in F major. Just like the performances, the quality of the sound recording is at an exceedingly high level.”
klassika.info

 

Edvard Grieg

ROMANSER. LIEDER

Silke Schimkat, alto
Frank-Thomas Link, piano

Catalogue number 21011

Haugtussa op.67 and other Lieder

“As far as the subtlety of her presentation is concerned the contralto can very well compete with Anne Sofie von Otter’s prize winning CD of works by Grieg. … Schimkat’s intensive study of the Norwegian language as well as Franck-Thomas Link’s delicate sounding accompaniment are further plus factors of the production.”

 

A co-production with Sender Freies Berlin

 
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