Korngold: Songs, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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: 4/26/2011
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313202775
  • Catalog Number: 8572027
  • Sales rank: 358,510

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Lieder (3) for voice & piano, Op. 22 - Erich Wolfgang Korngold & Britta Stallmeister (8:09)
    Composed byErich Wolfgang Korngold
    Performed byBritta Stallmeister
    1. 1No. 1. Was Du mir bist (What Are You To Me?)
    2. 2No. 2. Mit Dir zu schweigen (To Be Silent When I'm With You)
    3. 3No. 3. Welt ist stille eingeschlaufen (The World Has Gone To Sleep)
  2. 4–8 Unvergänglichkeit, song cycle for voice & piano, Op. 27 - Erich Wolfgang Korngold & Britta Stallmeister (10:43)
    Composed byErich Wolfgang Korngold
    Performed byBritta Stallmeister
    1. 4No. 1. Unvergänglichkeit 1 (Immortality 1)
    2. 5No. 2. Das eilende Bächlein (The Rushing Little Stream)
    3. 6No. 3. Das schlafende Kind (The Sleeping Child)
    4. 7No. 4. Stärker als der Tod (Stronger Than Death)
    5. 8No. 5. Unvergänglichkeit 2 (Immortality 2)
  3. 9–13 Songs of the Clown, for voice & piano, Op. 29 - Erich Wolfgang Korngold & William Shakespeare (9:18)
    Composed byErich Wolfgang Korngold
    Performed byBritta Stallmeister
    1. 9No. 1. Come away, Death
    2. 10No. 2. O mistress mine
    3. 11No. 3. Adieu, good man Devil
    4. 12No. 4. Hey, Robin
    5. 13No. 5. For the rain, it raineth every day
  4. 14–17 Lieder (4) (from Shakespeare) for voice & piano, Op. 31 - Erich Wolfgang Korngold & William Shakespeare (10:26)
    Composed byErich Wolfgang Korngold
    Performed byBritta Stallmeister
    1. 14No. 1. Desdemona's Song
    2. 15No. 2. Under the greenwood tree
    3. 16No. 3. Blow, blow, thou winter wind
    4. 17No. 4. When birds do sing
  5. 18–29 Lieder (12), ("So Gott und Papa will") for voice & piano, Op. 5 - Erich Wolfgang Korngold & Joseph (Karl Benedikt) Freiherr von Eichendorff (22:40)
    Composed byErich Wolfgang Korngold
    Performed byUwe Schenker-Primus
    1. 18No. 1. Das Ständchen (Serenade) (also known as Op. 9 No. 3)
    2. 19No. 2. Winternacht (Winter Night)
    3. 20No. 3. Das Mädchen (The Girl)
    4. 21No. 4. Abendlandschaft (Evening Landscape)
    5. 22No. 5. Schneeglöckchen (Snowdrops) (also known as Op. 9 No. 1)
    6. 23No. 6. Aussicht (Outlook)
    7. 24No. 7. Die Sperlinge (The Sparrows)
    8. 25No. 8. Nachtwanderer (Night Wanderer) (also known as Op. 9 No. 2)
    9. 26No. 9. Der Friedensbote (The Messenger of Peace)
    10. 27No. 10. Vom Berge (From The Mountain)
    11. 28No. 11. Waldeinsamkeit (Woodland Solitude)
    12. 29No. 12. Sangesmut (the Spirit of Singing)
  6. 30 Einfache Lieder, for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 9: No. 4. Liebesbriefchen (A Little Love Letter) - Erich Wolfgang Korngold & Edith Honold (1:57)
    Composed byErich Wolfgang Korngold
    Performed byUwe Schenker-Primus
  7. 31 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 (2:58)
    Composed byErich Wolfgang Korngold
    Performed byUwe Schenker-Primus
  8. 32 Einfache Lieder, for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 9: No. 6. Sommer (Summer) - Erich Wolfgang Korngold & Siegfried Trebitsch (2:56)
    Composed byErich Wolfgang Korngold
    Performed byUwe Schenker-Primus
  9. 33 Vesper (unpublished), for voice & piano - Erich Wolfgang Korngold & Joseph (Karl Benedikt) Freiherr von Eichendorff (3:08)
    Composed byErich Wolfgang Korngold
    Performed byUwe Schenker-Primus
  10. 34 Reiselied (unpublished), for voice & piano - Erich Wolfgang Korngold & Joseph (Karl Benedikt) Freiherr von Eichendorff (1:24)
    Composed byErich Wolfgang Korngold
    Performed byUwe Schenker-Primus
  11. 35 Die Geniale (unpublished), for voice & piano - Erich Wolfgang Korngold & Joseph (Karl Benedikt) Freiherr von Eichendorff (0:55)
    Composed byErich Wolfgang Korngold
    Performed byUwe Schenker-Primus
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