Spanish Love Songs

Spanish Love Songs

by Joseph Kaiser
     
 

Bridge's collection of Spanish love songs is taken from a live performance of the New York Festival of Song at the 2004 Caramoor Festival, featuring Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, tenor Joseph Kaiser, and pianists Steven Blier and Michael Barrett. The CD includes not only songs in…  See more details below

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Bridge's collection of Spanish love songs is taken from a live performance of the New York Festival of Song at the 2004 Caramoor Festival, featuring Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, tenor Joseph Kaiser, and pianists Steven Blier and Michael Barrett. The CD includes not only songs in Spanish or by Spanish composers, but songs with Spanish subject matter or character, by Spanish, Catalan, French, German, and American composers. The quality of the recorded sound reflects the circumstances of the performance -- the recording sounds like it was made to be an archival document, without the intent of a commercial release. The voices and piano are always clearly audible, but the sound is shallow and dry. Nonetheless, it's easy to tell that these are some extraordinary performances. Hunt Lieberson sings with her characteristic warmth, velvety tone, and penetrating insight into the meaning of the texts. Each of her performances is lustrous and moving, but "Komm, O Tod, von Nacht ungeben," from Wolf's "Spanisches Liederbuch" and Granados' "El mirar de la maja" especially stand out. Joseph Kaiser performs admirably, with musicality and conviction, but the quality of his voice and the depth of interpretations are not in same league as Hunt Lieberson's, and consequently the album feels unbalanced. In their duets, somehow, the discrepancy seems less pronounced, and Chabrier's tangy, vivacious "España" and Yradier's languid and familiar "La paloma" are among the album's highlights. Pianists Steven Blier and Michael Barrett tremendously add to the spirited performances with the flair of their accompaniments. Any fans of Lorraine Hunt Lieberson will want to hear her shining in this unusual repertoire.

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Editorial Reviews

Philadelphia Inquirer - David Patrick Stearns
[A] highly attractive program.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/23/2007
Label:
Bridge
UPC:
0090404922824
catalogNumber:
9228
Rank:
177196

Tracks

  1. El mirar de la maja, song for soprano & piano (Tonadillas al estilo antiguo, No. 6), H. 136/6  - Enriqué Granados  - Steven Blier  - Steven Blier  - Fernando Periquet  - Becky Starobin  - Lorraine Hunt Lieberson  - Elizabeth Hurwitt
  2. Descúbrase el pensamiento de mi secreto cuidado, song for soprano & piano (Canciones amatorias, No. 1), H. 24/1  - Enriqué Granados  - Steven Blier  - Steven Blier  - Lorraine Hunt Lieberson
  3. Larirà-Abril, song for voice & piano  - Joan Lamote de Grignon  - Steven Blier  - Steven Blier  - Apel Les Mestres  - Joseph Kaiser
  4. La Farruca, song  - Joaquín Turina  - Michael Barrett  - Steven Blier  - Ramon de Campoamor  - Lorraine Hunt Lieberson
  5. Nani, nani: Canción de cuna, song for voice & piano (Canciónes sefardíes No. 3)  - Joaquín Rodrigo  - Michael Barrett  - Steven Blier  - Lorraine Hunt Lieberson
  6. Una pastora yo ami, song for voice & piano (Canciónes sefardíes No. 2)  - Joaquín Rodrigo  - Michael Barrett  - Steven Blier  - Joseph Kaiser
  7. Canciones para niños, for voice & piano, No. 2, "El lagarto está llorando"  - Xavier Montsalvatge  - Steven Blier  - Steven Blier  - Federico García Lorca  - Joseph Kaiser
  8. Damunt de tu nomes les flors, for voice & piano (Combat del somni No. 1)  - Federico Mompou  - Michael Barrett  - Steven Blier  - Josep Janés  - Joseph Kaiser
  9. Le Bachelier de Salamanque  - Albert Roussel  - Steven Blier  - Steven Blier  - Rene Chalupt  - Joseph Kaiser
  10. Vocalise-Étude en forme de Habanera, for voice & piano  - Maurice Ravel  - Michael Barrett  - Steven Blier  - Lorraine Hunt Lieberson
  11. España, rhapsody for orchestra, also arranged for 2 pianos  - Emmanuel Chabrier  - Michael Barrett  - Steven Blier  - Steven Blier  - Eugène Adenis  - Lorraine Hunt Lieberson  - Joseph Kaiser
  12. Romanze for piano in B major (Sehr markiert), Op. 28/3  - Robert Schumann  - Michael Barrett  - Steven Blier  - Steven Blier  - Emanuel Geibel  - Joseph Kaiser
  13. Liebe mir im Busen zündet, song for voice & piano (Spanisches Liederbuch)  - Hugo Wolf  - Michael Barrett  - Steven Blier  - Paul Heyse  - Emanuel Geibel  - Lorraine Hunt Lieberson
  14. Alle gingen, Herz, zur Ruh, song for voice & piano (Spanisches Liederbuch)  - Hugo Wolf  - Michael Barrett  - Steven Blier  - Paul Heyse  - Emanuel Geibel  - Joseph Kaiser
  15. Auf dem grünen Balkon, song for voice and piano (Spanisches Liederbuch)  - Hugo Wolf  - Steven Blier  - Steven Blier  - Paul Heyse  - Emanuel Geibel  - Joseph Kaiser
  16. Komm, o Tod, von Nacht umgeben, song for voice and piano (Spanisches Liederbuch)  - Hugo Wolf  - Steven Blier  - Steven Blier  - Paul Heyse  - Emanuel Geibel  - Lorraine Hunt Lieberson
  17. Luisa Fernanda, zarzuela: De este apacible rincón  - Federico Moreno Torroba  - Steven Blier  - Steven Blier  - Federico Romero  - Guillermo Fernandez Shaw  - Joseph Kaiser
  18. El Niño Judio, zarzuela: De España vengo  - Pablo Luna  - Enrique Garcia Alvarez  - Steven Blier  - Steven Blier  - Lorraine Hunt Lieberson  - Antonio Paso
  19. La paloma, for voice & piano (or orchestra)  - Sebastián Yradier  - Sebastián Yradier  - Michael Barrett  - Steven Blier  - Steven Blier  - Lorraine Hunt Lieberson  - Joseph Kaiser
  20. Company, musical: Barcelona  - Stephen Sondheim  - Michael Barrett  - Steven Blier  - Steven Blier  - Lorraine Hunt Lieberson  - Joseph Kaiser

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