Grieg: Orchestral Songs: Wagner: Wesendonck-Lieder

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
This disc gathers several works that had been central to Flagstad's repertoire -- orchestral songs by Grieg, and Wagner's "Wesendonk Lieder" and "Liebestod" -- in performances very late in her career. The recording of the Grieg songs, in fact, comes from her farewell concert at Royal Albert Hall, London, in 1957, when she was 62. Her voice had lost only a little of the limpidity of youth. It remains absolutely true in intonation, pure and unforced throughout, and her power is undiminished. The real revelation of the recording is the set of Grieg songs. This music of her countryman elicits an effortless outpouring of passion and expressiveness that make these performances...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
This disc gathers several works that had been central to Flagstad's repertoire -- orchestral songs by Grieg, and Wagner's "Wesendonk Lieder" and "Liebestod" -- in performances very late in her career. The recording of the Grieg songs, in fact, comes from her farewell concert at Royal Albert Hall, London, in 1957, when she was 62. Her voice had lost only a little of the limpidity of youth. It remains absolutely true in intonation, pure and unforced throughout, and her power is undiminished. The real revelation of the recording is the set of Grieg songs. This music of her countryman elicits an effortless outpouring of passion and expressiveness that make these performances the highlight of the album. Flagstad is particularly radiant in "Våren Last Spring," the first song on the album. Her performances of the Wagner, recorded in 1953, are somewhat less successful. Here her voice lacks the flexibility and easy legato that make the Grieg so spectacular. The authority of her singing more than compensates for the awareness that this is a mature woman singing of youthful passion. The playing of the BBC Symphony under Malcolm Sargent is fully convincing in the Grieg, but occasionally ragged in the Wagner. The inability of the brass to agree on attacks ruins the end of the "Liebestod." The sound quality is variable. The recordings were made before live audiences, so there are the obligatory coughs and rustlings to ignore. The sound in the Grieg, though, is lively, and allows Flagstad's voice to be heard to better advantage than in the Wagner. The program booklet apologizes for flaws in the taping of the "Wesendonk Lieder" that cause occasional instability in pitch.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/19/2006
  • Label: Bbc Legends
  • UPC: 684911419023
  • Catalog Number: 4190
  • Sales rank: 191,078

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Applause: Applause - Recorded Sound & John Patrick (0:19)
    Composed byRecorded Sound
  2. 2 Våren (Last Spring), elegiac melody for orchestra (or piano) No. 2, Op. 34/2 - Edvard Grieg & BBC Symphony Orchestra (5:52)
    Composed byEdvard Grieg
    Conducted byMalcolm Sargent
    Performed byBBC Symphony Orchestra, Kirsten Flagstad, Malcolm Sargent
  3. 3 Guten (The Youth), song for voice & piano, Op. 33/1 - Edvard Grieg & BBC Symphony Orchestra (2:42)
    Composed byEdvard Grieg
    Conducted byMalcolm Sargent
    Performed byBBC Symphony Orchestra, Kirsten Flagstad, Malcolm Sargent
  4. 4 Ved Rondane (At Rondane), song for voice & piano, Op. 33/9 - Edvard Grieg & BBC Symphony Orchestra (3:36)
    Composed byEdvard Grieg
    Conducted byMalcolm Sargent
    Performed byBBC Symphony Orchestra, Kirsten Flagstad, Malcolm Sargent
  5. 5 Fyremål (The Goal), song for voice & piano, Op. 33/12 - Edvard Grieg & BBC Symphony Orchestra (3:05)
    Composed byEdvard Grieg
    Conducted byMalcolm Sargent
    Performed byBBC Symphony Orchestra, Kirsten Flagstad, Malcolm Sargent
  6. 6 Fra Monte Pincio (From Monte Pincio), song for voice & piano, Op. 39/1 - Edvard Grieg & BBC Symphony Orchestra (5:31)
    Composed byEdvard Grieg
    Conducted byMalcolm Sargent
    Performed byBBC Symphony Orchestra, Kirsten Flagstad, Malcolm Sargent
  7. 7 Det første møte (The First Meeting), song for voice & piano, Op. 21/1 - Edvard Grieg & BBC Symphony Orchestra (4:29)
    Composed byEdvard Grieg
    Conducted byMalcolm Sargent
    Performed byBBC Symphony Orchestra, Kirsten Flagstad, Malcolm Sargent
  8. 8 Et Håb (A Hope), song for voice & piano, Op. 26/1 - Edvard Grieg & BBC Symphony Orchestra (2:17)
    Composed byEdvard Grieg
    Conducted byMalcolm Sargent
    Performed byBBC Symphony Orchestra, Kirsten Flagstad, Malcolm Sargent
  9. 9 En Svane (A Swan), song for voice & piano, Op. 25/2 - Edvard Grieg & BBC Symphony Orchestra (2:55)
    Composed byEdvard Grieg
    Conducted byMalcolm Sargent
    Performed byBBC Symphony Orchestra, Kirsten Flagstad, Malcolm Sargent
  10. 10 Eros, poem for voice & piano, Op. 70/1 - Edvard Grieg & BBC Symphony Orchestra (2:48)
    Composed byEdvard Grieg
    Conducted byMalcolm Sargent
    Performed byBBC Symphony Orchestra, Kirsten Flagstad, Malcolm Sargent
  11. 11 Jeg elsker Dig (I Love but Thee), song for voice & piano, Op. 5/3 - Edvard Grieg & Hans Christian Andersen (3:26)
    Composed byEdvard Grieg
    Conducted byMalcolm Sargent
    Performed byBBC Symphony Orchestra, Kirsten Flagstad, Malcolm Sargent
  12. 12 John Culshaw commemorates Kirsten Flagstad ten years after her death - John Culshaw & BBC Symphony Orchestra (5:39)
    Composed byJohn Culshaw
    Conducted byMalcolm Sargent
    Performed byBBC Symphony Orchestra, Kirsten Flagstad, Malcolm Sargent
  13. 13–17 Wesendonk Lieder, songs (5) for voice & piano (or orchestra), WWV 91 - Richard Wagner & BBC Symphony Orchestra (20:48)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byMalcolm Sargent
    Performed byBBC Symphony Orchestra, Kirsten Flagstad, Malcolm Sargent
    1. 13 Der Engel (The Angel)
    2. 14 Stehe still! (Stand Still!)
    3. 15 Im Treibhaus (In the Greenhouse)
    4. 16 Schmerzen (Anguish)
    5. 17 Träume (Dreams)
  14. 18 Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90: Mort d'Isolde - Richard Wagner & BBC Symphony Orchestra (7:22)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byMalcolm Sargent
    Performed byBBC Symphony Orchestra, Kirsten Flagstad, Malcolm Sargent
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kirsten Flagstad Primary Artist
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