Ich Stand In Dunklen Träumen...

Ich Stand In Dunklen Träumen...

by Jorg Waschinski
     
 

This CD of songs by Clara Schumann stands out from standard recitals on several counts. First, the piano accompaniment has been arranged for string quartet by the soloist. Second, the soprano soloist is male. Jörg Waschinski describes himself not as a counter tenor, but as a soprano, because the range of most countertenors is closer to that of an alto or mezzo-soprano… See more details below

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This CD of songs by Clara Schumann stands out from standard recitals on several counts. First, the piano accompaniment has been arranged for string quartet by the soloist. Second, the soprano soloist is male. Jörg Waschinski describes himself not as a counter tenor, but as a soprano, because the range of most countertenors is closer to that of an alto or mezzo-soprano. (Vocal pedagogues may quibble over Waschinski's appropriation of the term, claiming that true sopranos don't use falsetto, as he does, but he does nonetheless sing in the soprano register.) There's never any question as to whether a man or woman is singing; his voice has the lightness characteristic of most countertenors, even though his range extends higher than the usual. Since the repertoire of the Romantic lied has rarely been broached by countertenors, it may take a few tracks before the listener is acclimated to the novel sound, which is generally quite attractive. Here Waschinski is not helped by the recording, in which he seems to be miked a little distantly in relationship to the quartet, so that his lower register is sometimes nearly covered by the strings. His tone is warm, and, as is appropriate for this repertoire, he sings with more vibrato than countertenors tend to use in Baroque music. His interpretation is sensitive to Schumann's nuanced text setting. Waschinski's arrangement of the piano part is rather literal, more like a transcription than an arrangement; it's easy to imagine that a freer and more inventive arrangement might have had the strings deployed in a way that would have shown off his voice to better effect. The Aulos-Streichquartett Berlin plays with elegance and understated passion, but it's hard to avoid the impression that the capabilities of a string quartet are not being fully exploited. This is, though, a credible and attractive presentation of Schumann's too-rarely heard lieder and should be of interest to fans of the composer and of Romantic song.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/28/2009
Label:
Phoenix Edition
UPC:
0811691011707
catalogNumber:
170
Rank:
347514

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Tracks

  1. Ihr Bildnis ("Ich stand in dunklen Traumen"), song for voice & piano, Op. 13/1  - Clara Wieck Schumann  - Heinrich Heine  - Jorg Waschinski  - Jorg Waschinski  - Michael Bürgermeister  - Aulos-Streichquartett Berlin
  2. Sie liebten sich beide, song for voice & piano, Op. 13/2  - Clara Wieck Schumann  - Heinrich Heine  - Jorg Waschinski  - Jorg Waschinski  - Michael Bürgermeister  - Aulos-Streichquartett Berlin
  3. Walzer ("Horch! Welch ein süßes"), for voice & piano  - Clara Wieck Schumann  - Johann Peter Lyser  - Jorg Waschinski  - Jorg Waschinski  - Michael Bürgermeister  - Aulos-Streichquartett Berlin
  4. Der Wanderer ("Die Straßen, die ich gehe"), song for voice & piano  - Clara Wieck Schumann  - Justinus Kerner  - Jorg Waschinski  - Jorg Waschinski  - Michael Bürgermeister  - Aulos-Streichquartett Berlin
  5. Der Wanderer in der Sägemühle ("Dort unten in der Mühle"), song for voice & piano (attributed)  - Clara Wieck Schumann  - Justinus Kerner  - Jorg Waschinski  - Jorg Waschinski  - Michael Bürgermeister  - Aulos-Streichquartett Berlin
  6. Liebeszauber ("Die Liebe saß als Nachtigall"), song for voice & piano, Op. 13/3  - Clara Wieck Schumann  - Justinus Kerner  - Jorg Waschinski  - Jorg Waschinski  - Michael Bürgermeister  - Aulos-Streichquartett Berlin
  7. Volkslied ("Es fiel ein Reif in der Frühlingsnacht"), for voice & piano  - Clara Wieck Schumann  - Heinrich Heine  - Jorg Waschinski  - Jorg Waschinski  - Michael Bürgermeister  - Aulos-Streichquartett Berlin
  8. Warum willst du and're fragen, song for voice & piano, Op. 12/11  - Clara Wieck Schumann  - Friedrich Rückert  - Jorg Waschinski  - Jorg Waschinski  - Michael Bürgermeister  - Aulos-Streichquartett Berlin
  9. Die stille Lotosblume, song for voice & piano, Op. 13/6  - Clara Wieck Schumann  - Jorg Waschinski  - Jorg Waschinski  - Emanuel Geibel  - Michael Bürgermeister  - Aulos-Streichquartett Berlin
  10. Mein Stern ("O du mein Stern"), song for voice & piano  - Clara Wieck Schumann  - Friederike Serre  - Jorg Waschinski  - Jorg Waschinski  - Michael Bürgermeister  - Aulos-Streichquartett Berlin
  11. Das Veilchen ("Ein Veilchen auf der Wiese stand'), song for voice & piano  - Clara Wieck Schumann  - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe  - Jorg Waschinski  - Jorg Waschinski  - Michael Bürgermeister  - Aulos-Streichquartett Berlin
  12. Die gute Nacht, song for voice & piano  - Clara Wieck Schumann  - Friedrich Rückert  - Jorg Waschinski  - Jorg Waschinski  - Michael Bürgermeister  - Aulos-Streichquartett Berlin
  13. Der Mond Kommt Still Gegangen, song for voice & piano, Op. 13/4  - Clara Wieck Schumann  - Jorg Waschinski  - Jorg Waschinski  - Emanuel Geibel  - Michael Bürgermeister  - Aulos-Streichquartett Berlin
  14. Ich hab' in deinem Auge, song for voice & piano, Op. 13/5  - Clara Wieck Schumann  - Friedrich Rückert  - Jorg Waschinski  - Jorg Waschinski  - Michael Bürgermeister  - Aulos-Streichquartett Berlin
  15. Der Abendstern ("Bist du denn wirklich so fern"), for voice & piano  - Clara Wieck Schumann  - Jorg Waschinski  - Jorg Waschinski  - Michael Bürgermeister  - Aulos-Streichquartett Berlin
  16. Beim Abschied ("Purpurgluten leuchten ferne"), for voice & piano  - Clara Wieck Schumann  - Friederike Serre  - Jorg Waschinski  - Jorg Waschinski  - Michael Bürgermeister  - Aulos-Streichquartett Berlin

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