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Notturno: Songs by Richard Strauss
     

Notturno: Songs by Richard Strauss

by Thomas Hampson
 
In celebration of Richard Strauss' 150th anniversary, baritone Thomas Hampson and pianist Wolfram Rieger present a recital of 18 songs that represent an output of more than 200, written throughout this composer's long career. Strauss achieved his greatest fame from his operas "Salome," "Elektra," and "Der Rosenkavalier," and orchestral tone poems, such as "Don Juan,"

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In celebration of Richard Strauss' 150th anniversary, baritone Thomas Hampson and pianist Wolfram Rieger present a recital of 18 songs that represent an output of more than 200, written throughout this composer's long career. Strauss achieved his greatest fame from his operas "Salome," "Elektra," and "Der Rosenkavalier," and orchestral tone poems, such as "Don Juan," "Ein Heldenleben," "Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche," and "Also Sprach Zarathustra." But his vocal music has been respected rather more than widely known, and somewhat less performed than the comparable art songs of his contemporaries, Gustav Mahler and Hugo Wolf. It could be said that Hampson performs a great service by bringing attention to this overlooked body of work, but if all things were equal, his CD should be appreciated for its varied expressions and artistic depth, and not just because it reawakens interest in Strauss' neglected songs. Once past the feeling that this is unknown music, many listeners will begin to feel a familiarity with Strauss' material, and recognize that many of his poets -- Heine, Rückert, Dehmel, and others -- were favored by other great composers. Furthermore, Strauss' extraordinary gift for expressive melodies and rich harmonies make these songs as satisfying and compelling as any lieder from the 19th century. However, it must be said that Hampson's deeply felt interpretations and Rieger's sympathetic accompaniment make this music especially communicative and memorable, and Deutsche Grammophon's exceptional recording gives both musicians an ideal platform to start a revival. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/06/2014
Label:
Deutsche Grammophon
UPC:
0028947929437
catalogNumber:
002037002
Rank:
231320

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Tracks

  1. Im Sonnenschein ("Noch eine Stunde lasst mich hier verweilen"), song for voice & piano, Op. 87/4 (TrV 268, AV 121)
  2. Und dann nicht mehr, song for voice & piano, Op. 87/3 (TrV 258, AV 114)
  3. Vom künftigen Alter ("Der Frost hat mir bereifet"), song for voice & piano, Op. 87/1 (TrV 260, AV 115)
  4. Die heil'gen drei Kön'ge aus Morgenland, song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 56/6 (TrV 220/6)
  5. Notturno ("Hoch hing der Mond"), song for alto or bass & orchestra, Op. 44/1 (TrV 197/1)
  6. Befreit ("Du wirst nicht weinen"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 39/4 (TrV 189/4)
  7. Das Rosenband ("Im Frühlingsschatten fand ich sie"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 36/1 (TrV 186/1)
  8. Sehnsucht ("Ich ging den Weg entlang, der einsam lag"), song for voice & piano, Op. 32/2 (TrV 174/2)
  9. Traum durch die Dämmerung ("Weite Wiesen im Dämmergrau"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 29/1 (TrV 172/1)
  10. Heimliche Aufforderung ("Auf, hebe die funkelnde Schale empor zum Mund"), song for voice & piano, Op. 27/3 (TrV 170/3)
  11. Ach, weh mir unglückhaftern Mann, song for voice & piano, Op. 21/4 (TrV 160/4)
  12. Mein Herz ist stumm, mein Herz und mein Sinn, song for voice & piano, Op. 19/6 (TrV 152/6)
  13. Winternacht ("Mit Regen und Sturmgebrause"), song for voice & piano, Op. 15/2 (TrV 148/2)
  14. Die Nacht ("Aus dem Walde tritt die Nacht"), song for voice & piano, Op. 10/3 (TrV 141/3)
  15. Zueignung ("Ja, du weisst es, teur Seele"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 10/1 (TrV 141/1)

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