Schubert: Ave Maria et lieder célèbres

Schubert: Ave Maria et lieder célèbres

by Gundula Janowitz
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/08/2006
Label:
Deutsche Gram France
UPC:
0028947678434
catalogNumber:
4767843

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Tracks

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

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