Brahms: Lieder

Brahms: Lieder

by Jessye Norman
     
 
Possessing a voice big enough to soar effortlessly over a huge Wagnerian orchestra, Jessye Norman is one of those rare singers who is also able to channel that vocal power into the intimate realm of song with the greatest control and subtlety. Norman's multi-hued soprano, with its rich depth into the mezzo range, is perhaps most ideally

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Possessing a voice big enough to soar effortlessly over a huge Wagnerian orchestra, Jessye Norman is one of those rare singers who is also able to channel that vocal power into the intimate realm of song with the greatest control and subtlety. Norman's multi-hued soprano, with its rich depth into the mezzo range, is perhaps most ideally suited to the often dark and melancholic music of Brahms. In this budget-priced two-CD collection of 52 songs spanning Brahms's career -- roughly a quarter of his complete lieder -- Norman concentrates on lyrics that offer a young woman's perspective on love. Brahms chose a great number of folksong texts of this type, giving them relatively simple strophic settings that tenderly imagine the romantic sorrows of village maidens, but he also was drawn to poems of Goethe, Mörike, and Rückert, as well as Ophelia's songs from Shakespeare's "Hamlet." Recorded in 1981 and 1982 with pianist Daniel Barenboim, these are impressive performances, especially near the beginning of the second disc when Wolfram Christ adds his viola to Norman's warm tones in the two serenely soothing songs of Op. 91. The rapturous "Sapphische Ode" and the lively "Zigeuenerlieder" (Gypsy Songs) are just a few of the many other heights Norman and her partners reach in this outstanding overview of Brahms's vocal art.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/14/2000
Label:
Dg Imports
UPC:
0028945946924
catalogNumber:
459469
Rank:
71913

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Tracks

  1. Liebestreu ("O versenk' versenk' dein Leid, mein Kind"), song for voice & piano, Op. 3/1: No. 1, Liebestreu
  2. Songs (6) for voice & piano, Op. 6: No. 1, Spanisches Lied
  3. Songs (6) for voice & piano, Op. 7: No. 1, Die Trauernde
  4. Der Schmied ("Ich hör meinen Schatz"), song for voice & piano, Op. 19/4
  5. Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 47: No. 5, Die Liebende schreibt
  6. Songs (7) for voice & piano, Op. 48: No. 3, Liebesklage des Mädchens
  7. Songs (7) for voice & piano, Op. 48: No. 4, Gold überwiegt die Liebe
  8. Songs (8) for voice & piano, Op. 57: No. 1, Van waldbekränzter Höhe
  9. Songs (8) for voice & piano, Op. 59: No. 5, Agnes
  10. Songs (8) for voice & piano, Op. 59: No. 8, Dein blaues Auge hält so still
  11. Regenlied ("Regentropfen aus den Bäumen"), song for voice & piano, WoO posth. 23
  12. Songs (5) of Ophelia, for voice & piano, WoO posth. 22
  13. Songs (9) for voice & piano, Op. 69: No. 1, Klage 1
  14. Songs (9) for voice & piano, Op. 69: No. 2, Klage 2
  15. Songs (9) for voice & piano, Op. 69: No. 4, Des Liebsten Schwur
  16. Songs (9) for voice & piano, Op. 69: No. 6, Vom Strande
  17. Songs (9) for voice & piano, Op. 69: No. 8, Salome
  18. Songs (9) for voice & piano, Op. 69: No. 9, Mädchenfluch
  19. Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 72: No. 1, Alte Liebe
  20. Romances and songs (5) for voice(s) & piano, Op. 84
  21. Songs (6) for voice & piano, Op. 85: No. 3, Mädchenlied
  22. Songs (6) for voice & piano, Op. 86: No. 1, Therese
  23. Songs (6) for voice & piano, Op. 86: No. 6, Todessehnon
  24. Songs (2) for alto, viola & piano, Op. 91
  25. Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 94: No. 1, Sapphische Ode
  26. Songs (7) for voice & piano, Op. 95: No. 1, Das Mädchen
  27. Songs (7) for voice & piano, Op. 95: No. 4, Der Jäger
  28. Songs (7) for voice & piano, Op. 95: No. 5, Vorschneller Schwur
  29. Songs (7) for voice & piano, Op. 95: No. 6, Mädchenlied
  30. Songs (6) for voice & piano, Op. 97: No. 4, Dort in den Weiden
  31. Zigeunerlieder (8), for voice & piano (arranged from Op. 103)
  32. Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 105: No. 1, Wie Melodien zieht es
  33. Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 105: No. 2, Immer leiser wird mein Schlummer
  34. Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 105: No. 3, Klage
  35. Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 107: No. 3, Das Mädchen spricht
  36. Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 107: No. 5, Mädchenlied

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