Strauss: The Complete Songs, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
It's true that American soprano Christine Brewer has the sort of voice Strauss would have loved -- richly ripe and warmly sensual with a full but intimate tone, a lush but controlled vibrato, and a commanding, not to say domineering, manner -- and it's true that English pianist Roger Vignoles is an admirable accompanist who has long known his way around commanding singers. But it's also true that this, the first volume in a projected series of recordings of the complete songs of Strauss on Hyperion, is less than entirely successful. Brewer seems so determined to put each song across that her performances sometimes lack subtlety and nuance. Indeed, her extravagantly ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
It's true that American soprano Christine Brewer has the sort of voice Strauss would have loved -- richly ripe and warmly sensual with a full but intimate tone, a lush but controlled vibrato, and a commanding, not to say domineering, manner -- and it's true that English pianist Roger Vignoles is an admirable accompanist who has long known his way around commanding singers. But it's also true that this, the first volume in a projected series of recordings of the complete songs of Strauss on Hyperion, is less than entirely successful. Brewer seems so determined to put each song across that her performances sometimes lack subtlety and nuance. Indeed, her extravagantly dramatic singing seems more intended for the operatic stage than the recital hall and her performances often sound as if they are straining for effect. Regrettably, Vignoles is not quite able to restrain, much less completely support Brewer. While he is a skilled accompanist at following the course of the soloist's passionate interpretations, he is only a pianist and Brewer's huge tone and enormous interpretive personality demand more than a mere pianist. Taken all together, these performances are convincing while the disc is playing, but seem merely contrived after it stops. Hyperion's sound is clear and clean, but just a bit too close for comfort.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/14/2005
  • Label: Hyperion Uk
  • UPC: 034571174884
  • Catalog Number: 67488
  • Sales rank: 160,793

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Zueignung ("Ja, du weisst es, teur Seele"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 10/1 (TrV 141/1) - Richard Strauss & Christine Brewer (1:54)
  2. 2 Die Georgine ("Warum so spät erst, Georgine?"), song for voice & piano, Op. 10/4 (TrV 141/4) - Richard Strauss & Christine Brewer (3:37)
  3. 3 Breit' uber mein Haupt dien schwarzes Haar, song for voice & piano, Op. 19/2 (TrV 152/2) - Richard Strauss & Christine Brewer (1:40)
  4. 4 Wie sollten wir geheim sie halten, song for voice & piano, Op. 19/4 (TrV 152/4) - Richard Strauss & Christine Brewer (2:02)
  5. 5 Glückes genug ("Wenn sanft du mir im Arme schliefst"), song for voice & piano, Op. 37/1 (TrV 187/1) - Richard Strauss & Christine Brewer (2:24)
  6. 6 Ich liebe dich ("Vier adlige Rosse voran unserm Wagen"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 37/2 (TrV 187/2) - Richard Strauss & Christine Brewer (2:22)
  7. 7 Hochzeitlich Lied ("Lass Akaziendüfte schaukeln"), song for voice & piano, Op. 37/6 (TrV 187/6) - Richard Strauss & Christine Brewer (4:22)
  8. 8 Leises Lied ("In einem stillen Garten"), song for voice & piano, Op. 39/1 (TrV 189/1) - Richard Strauss & Christine Brewer (2:55)
  9. 9 Befreit ("Du wirst nicht weinen"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 39/4 (TrV 189/4) - Richard Strauss & Christine Brewer (5:19)
  10. 10 Wiegenlied ("Träume, träume, du mein süsses Leben"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 41/1 (TrV 195/1) - Richard Strauss & Christine Brewer (4:31)
  11. 11 In der Campagna ("Ich grüsse die Sonne"), song for voice & piano, Op. 41/2 (TrV 195/2) - Richard Strauss & Christine Brewer (2:25)
  12. 12 Frühlingsfeier ("Das ist des Frühlings traurige Lust!"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 56/5 (TrV 220/5) - Richard Strauss & Christine Brewer (3:16)
  13. 13 Die heil'gen drei Kön'ge aus Morgenland, song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 56/6 (TrV 220/6) - Richard Strauss & Christine Brewer (5:54)
  14. 14–18 Songs of the Orient (Gesänge des Orients), song cycle for voice & piano, Op. 77 (TrV 257) - Richard Strauss & Hans Bethge (15:05)
  15. 15 Allerseelen ("Stell' auf den Tisch die duftenden Reseden"), song for voice & piano, Op. 10/8 (TrV 141/8) - Richard Strauss & Christine Brewer (3:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Christine Brewer Primary Artist
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