Schubert: Ave Maria et lieder célèbres

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
You'll know before the first track is over if this disc of Schubert lieder is for you or not. Soprano Gundula Janowitz was best known as a Karajan discovery -- her recording with him of Strauss' "Four Last Songs" has a deserved reputation as one of the two or three most voluptuously opulent recordings of the songs ever made -- but she's far more a singer for the opera house than a singer for the recital hall. Just try the first track, "Gretchen am Spinnrade": although her performance is consummately beautiful, it is also quintessentially dramatic. Gretchen is a woman wronged who knows she's doomed and Janowitz is tremendously, even frighteningly compelling. For some, her ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
You'll know before the first track is over if this disc of Schubert lieder is for you or not. Soprano Gundula Janowitz was best known as a Karajan discovery -- her recording with him of Strauss' "Four Last Songs" has a deserved reputation as one of the two or three most voluptuously opulent recordings of the songs ever made -- but she's far more a singer for the opera house than a singer for the recital hall. Just try the first track, "Gretchen am Spinnrade": although her performance is consummately beautiful, it is also quintessentially dramatic. Gretchen is a woman wronged who knows she's doomed and Janowitz is tremendously, even frighteningly compelling. For some, her shattering delivery of the climactic line will be too operatic, but no one could deny its effectiveness. Of course, this dramatic approach works better in some songs than in others. Janowitz's "Die Forelle" is a bit too coy and her "Ave Maria" a tad too sanctimonious. But her "Du bist die Ruh'" and her "Nacht und Traum" are rapturous and her portrayal of Mignon in the three Mignon songs is overwhelmingly moving. With supple and sensitive accompanist Irwin Gage captured in splendid late stereo Deutsche Grammophon sound, Janowitz turns in a recital that may not be for everybody, but it will drive some listeners happily mad.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/8/2006
  • Label: Deutsche Gram France
  • UPC: 028947678434
  • Catalog Number: 4767843
  • Sales rank: 159,377

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Gretchen am Spinnrade ("Meine Ruh'..."), song for voice & piano, D. 118 (Op. 2) - Franz Schubert & Irwin Gage (4:05)
  2. 2 Der König in Thule ("Es war ein König in Thule"), song for voice & piano, D. 367 (Op. 5/5) - Franz Schubert & Irwin Gage (3:53)
  3. 3 Die Forelle ("In einem Bächlein helle"), song for voice & piano, D. 550 (Op. 32) - Franz Schubert & Christian Friedrich Daniel Schubart (2:00)
  4. 4 Berta's Lied in der Nacht ("Nacht umhüllt mit wehendem Flügel"), song for voice & piano, D. 653 - Franz Schubert & Irwin Gage (4:44)
  5. 5 Schwestergruss ("Im Mondenschein' wall' ich auf und ab"), song for voice & piano, D. 762 - Franz Schubert & Franz von Bruchmann (5:22)
  6. 6 Du bist die Ruh, song for voice & piano, D. 776 (Op. 59/3) - Franz Schubert & Irwin Gage (5:45)
  7. 7 Die junge Nonne ("Wie braust durch die Wipfel"), song for voice & piano, D. 828 (Op. 43/1) - Franz Schubert & Irwin Gage (4:55)
  8. 8 Die Männer sind méchant ("Du sagtest mir es, Mutter"), refrain song for voice & piano, D. 866/3 (Op. 95/3) - Franz Schubert & Irwin Gage (2:20)
  9. 9 Wiegenlied ("Schlafe, schlafe, holder süsser Knabe"), song for voice & piano ("Mille Cherubini in Coro"), D. 498 (Op. 98/2) - Franz Schubert & Irwin Gage (2:56)
  10. 10 Wiegenlied ("Wie sich der Äuglein kindlicher Himmel"), song for voice & piano, D. 867 (Op. 105/2) - Franz Schubert & Irwin Gage (5:46)
  11. 11 Ellens Gesang I ("Raste, Krieger!"), song for voice & piano, D. 837 (Op. 52/1) - Franz Schubert & Irwin Gage (7:21)
  12. 12 Ellens Gesang II ("Jäger, ruhe von der Jagd"), song for voice & piano, D. 838 (Op. 52/2) - Franz Schubert & Irwin Gage (3:03)
  13. 13 Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), song for voice & piano, D. 839 (Op. 52/6) - Franz Schubert & Irwin Gage (7:46)
  14. 14 Lied der Anne Lyle (Wärst du bei mir"), song for voice & piano, D. 830 (Op. 85/1) - Franz Schubert & Irwin Gage (3:30)
  15. 15 Lied der Mignon ("Heiss' mich nicht reden"), song for voice & piano, D. 877/2, (Op. 62/2) - Franz Schubert & Irwin Gage (3:45)
  16. 16 Lied der Mignon ("So lasst mich scheinen"), song for voice & piano, D. 877/3 (Op. 62/3) - Franz Schubert & Irwin Gage (3:36)
  17. 17 Lied der Mignon ("Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt"), song for voice & piano, D. 877/4 (Op. 62/4) - Franz Schubert & Irwin Gage (3:29)
  18. 18 Im Freien ("Draussen in der weiten Nacht"), song for voice & piano, D. 880 (Op. 80/3) - Franz Schubert & Irwin Gage (5:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gundula Janowitz Primary Artist
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