Korngold: Songs, Vol. 1

Korngold: Songs, Vol. 1

by Uwe Schenker-Primus
     
 

As a young Viennese composer who eagerly absorbed the musical ideas of his predecessors Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms, Gustav Mahler, and Richard Strauss, Erich Wolfgang Korngold naturally took an avid interest in writing songs, many of which reflected his models. This album by soprano BrittaSee more details below

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As a young Viennese composer who eagerly absorbed the musical ideas of his predecessors Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms, Gustav Mahler, and Richard Strauss, Erich Wolfgang Korngold naturally took an avid interest in writing songs, many of which reflected his models. This album by soprano Britta Stallmeister, baritone Uwe Schenker-Primus, and pianist Klaus Simon introduces a series by Naxos devoted to Korngold's songs and starts with youthful efforts in the genre. While these lyrical gems rarely pass three minutes in length and seem rather modest in their emotional range, each offering a single mood that is treated simply and directly, these songs have fascinating harmonic progressions and melodic details that are worthy of a mature master. Korngold's genius for surprising modulations and unexpected chords evoke Schubert's advanced harmonies, and his subtle use of chromatic shadings in major keys is quite suggestive of Mahler. The performances are warm and engaging, with Stallmeister featured in the first 17 tracks, while Schenker-Primus delivers the remaining 19; effectively, two recording sessions are presented, since each artist was recorded months apart. All the songs are sung in German, except for the "Songs of the Clown" and "Vier Lieder," on texts by William Shakespeare, which are sung in English. Naxos' recording gives the singers prominent placement, though their voices are not too close-up, and the accompaniment is clear without dominating.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/26/2011
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313202775
catalogNumber:
8572027
Rank:
311466

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Tracks

  1. Lieder (3) for voice & piano, Op. 22  - Erich Wolfgang Korngold  - Britta Stallmeister  - Eleonore van der Straten  - Klaus Simon  - Karl Kobald
  2. Unvergänglichkeit, song cycle for voice & piano, Op. 27  - Erich Wolfgang Korngold  - Britta Stallmeister  - Eleonore van der Straten  - Klaus Simon
  3. Songs of the Clown, for voice & piano, Op. 29  - Erich Wolfgang Korngold  - William Shakespeare  - Britta Stallmeister  - Klaus Simon
  4. Lieder (4) (from Shakespeare) for voice & piano, Op. 31  - Erich Wolfgang Korngold  - William Shakespeare  - Britta Stallmeister  - Klaus Simon
  5. Die Geniale (unpublished), for voice & piano  - Erich Wolfgang Korngold  - Joseph (Karl Benedikt) Freiherr von Eichendorff  - Klaus Simon  - Uwe Schenker-Primus
  6. Reiselied (unpublished), for voice & piano  - Erich Wolfgang Korngold  - Joseph (Karl Benedikt) Freiherr von Eichendorff  - Klaus Simon  - Uwe Schenker-Primus
  7. Vesper (unpublished), for voice & piano  - Erich Wolfgang Korngold  - Joseph (Karl Benedikt) Freiherr von Eichendorff  - Klaus Simon  - Uwe Schenker-Primus
  8. Einfache Lieder, for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 9: No. 6. Sommer (Summer)  - Erich Wolfgang Korngold  - Siegfried Trebitsch  - Klaus Simon  - Uwe Schenker-Primus
  9. Einfache Lieder, for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 9: No. 5. Das Heldengrab am Pruth (The Hero's Grave a  - Erich Wolfgang Korngold  - Heinrich Kipper  - Klaus Simon  - Uwe Schenker-Primus
  10. Einfache Lieder, for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 9: No. 4. Liebesbriefchen (A Little Love Letter)  - Erich Wolfgang Korngold  - Edith Honold  - Klaus Simon  - Uwe Schenker-Primus
  11. Lieder (12), ("So Gott und Papa will") for voice & piano, Op. 5  - Erich Wolfgang Korngold  - Joseph (Karl Benedikt) Freiherr von Eichendorff  - Klaus Simon  - Uwe Schenker-Primus

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