Angelika Kirchschlager Sings Joseph Marx

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
The music of Austrian composer Joseph Marx 1882-1964 largely fell out of public favor very early in his career, after the First World War, but he continued to compose in the same lushly late-Romantic idiom throughout his long life. A significant part of his work consists of songs and because of that and because of their shared interest in some of the same poets, he is sometimes compared with Hugo Wolf, over 20 years his senior, but his music is closer to the harmonic conservatism of his friend Erich Wolfgang Korngold, whose European career also went into eclipse in the wake of the war. The songs recorded here, written between 1907 and 1932, show little stylistic ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
The music of Austrian composer Joseph Marx 1882-1964 largely fell out of public favor very early in his career, after the First World War, but he continued to compose in the same lushly late-Romantic idiom throughout his long life. A significant part of his work consists of songs and because of that and because of their shared interest in some of the same poets, he is sometimes compared with Hugo Wolf, over 20 years his senior, but his music is closer to the harmonic conservatism of his friend Erich Wolfgang Korngold, whose European career also went into eclipse in the wake of the war. The songs recorded here, written between 1907 and 1932, show little stylistic development, and all have the characteristics of typical fin de siècle lieder: ingratiatingly warm harmonies, generously lyrical vocal writing, and sensitive text setting. Marx's Germanic Romanticism is flavored with impressionism and some of the harmonic freedom of Scriabin, but his voice is not particularly distinctive. Fans of late-Romantic and post-Romantic lieder are likely to find them immensely appealing, though. The songs are varied in mood and tone, his accompaniments are inventive and evocative, and his shapely vocal lines give singers plenty of opportunity to shine. Mezzo-soprano Angelika Kirchschlager's voice is beautifully suited to this repertoire. She has an almost soprano-like brightness, she can soar gracefully through the songs, and she brings a broad expressive range to the music. The warmth and clarity of her voice are especially evident in songs like "Am Fenster," "Sendung," "Selige Nacht," and "Schlafend trägt man mich in mein Heimatland," a little jewel of a song. Anthony Spiri provides a flexible and beautifully shaded accompaniment, making the most of Marx's idiomatic piano writing. CPO's sound is clean and nicely balanced.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/26/2010
  • Label: Cpo Records
  • UPC: 761203746620
  • Catalog Number: 777466
  • Sales rank: 310,297

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–11 Italienisches Liederbuch, for voice & piano - Joseph Marx & Paul Heyse (17:27)
    Composed byJoseph Marx
    Performed byAngelika Kirchschlager
    1. 1Liebe
    2. 2Wofür
    3. 3Am Fenster
    4. 4Die Begegnung
    5. 5Die Liebste spricht
    6. 6Am Brunnen
    7. 7Wie reizend bist du
    8. 8Sendung
    9. 9Die Verlassene
    10. 10Es zürnt das Meer
    11. 11Did tote Braut
  2. 12–16 Verklärtes Jahr, song cycle for mezzo-soprano or baritone & orchestra - Joseph Marx & Joseph Marx (16:48)
    Composed byJoseph Marx
    Performed byAngelika Kirchschlager
    1. 12Ein Abschied
    2. 13Dezember
    3. 14Lieder
    4. 15In meiner Träume Heimat
    5. 16Auf der Campagna
  3. 17 Ein Junger Dichter denkt an die Geliebte - Joseph Marx & Hans Bethge (2:08)
    Composed byJoseph Marx
    Performed byAngelika Kirchschlager
  4. 18 Selige Nacht, for voice & piano - Joseph Marx & Otto Erich Hartleben (1:46)
    Composed byJoseph Marx
    Performed byAngelika Kirchschlager
  5. 19 Lob des Frühlings - Joseph Marx & Angelika Kirchschlager (0:55)
    Composed byJoseph Marx
    Performed byAngelika Kirchschlager
  6. 20 Regenlied - Joseph Marx & Angelika Kirchschlager (3:24)
    Composed byJoseph Marx
    Performed byAngelika Kirchschlager
  7. 21 Vergessen - Joseph Marx & Arno Holz (2:00)
    Composed byJoseph Marx
    Performed byAngelika Kirchschlager
  8. 22 Hat dich die Liebe berührt, for voice & piano - Joseph Marx & Paul Heyse (2:08)
    Composed byJoseph Marx
    Performed byAngelika Kirchschlager
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Angelika Kirchschlager Primary Artist
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