Wolf, Strauss: Lieder

Wolf, Strauss: Lieder

by Angelika Kirchschlager
     
 

The unassuming cover of this album, with the Viennese mezzo-soprano casually posed on the cover, belies the passion, nuanced musicianship, and artistry within. This live recording of Angelika Kirchschlager in recital with Roger Vignoles is a very worthy addition to any opera lover's collection and a gem for those who seriously know their lieder. It is commonly said…  See more details below

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The unassuming cover of this album, with the Viennese mezzo-soprano casually posed on the cover, belies the passion, nuanced musicianship, and artistry within. This live recording of Angelika Kirchschlager in recital with Roger Vignoles is a very worthy addition to any opera lover's collection and a gem for those who seriously know their lieder. It is commonly said among opera singers that the true test of one's talent is the ability to sing lieder in recital, and by that definition, Kirchschlager has talent in spades. The first set of songs by Hugo Wolf, with texts by Eduard Mörike, features a close relationship between the piano and voice, with Vignoles' touch always delicate and beautiful, even in dramatic or heavy moments. Sometimes the balance of the voice is a little bit soft in the recording, which is otherwise very high quality, and puts the listener right in the concert hall. Kirchschlager's voice has a crisp, clear timbre, which is also full without getting dark or murky -- a somewhat uncommon quality among mezzo-sopranos -- and there are echoes of legendary artists Frederica von Stade and the late Lucia Popp in her sighing, heartfelt phrasing with a fast vibrato. "Er ist's" brings the set to a passionate climax, with meticulous diction and phrasing. Perhaps the highlight on this album is the second set of Hugo Wolf songs, "6 Gedichte von Alte Wiesen," which are even more enjoyable as they are more emotional and impassioned than the first set. Kirchschlager draws the listener in with her warm, personal style. The third set of songs on the album, the Richard Strauss lieder, begins powerfully with Vignoles' power and passion accompanying the mezzo-soprano. Kirchschlager performs this group of lieder in keys lower than the originals (sometimes a fourth lower), which could be potentially a bit puzzling to the experienced listener, as many of the songs in their original keys do not go very high. However, it is Kirchschlager's right as the artist to choose what she feels will best fit with the timbre of her voice. She is at her most exciting when singing highly emotional, passioned pieces on this album, and one anticipates the deep expression of her feelings through her careful emphasis of words, such as in "Für fünfzehn Pfennige." "Morgen!" is perhaps the most disappointing of the set, as the balance between the piano and voice is not so even and the interpretation lacks the vocal spin and tension Strauss requires for the shaping of each of his carefully composed phrases. However, the whole album is full of true artistry, and Kirchschlager and Vignoles make each piece truly a joy to listen to. Highly recommended. ~ V. Vasan

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/09/2010
Label:
Wigmore Hall Live
UPC:
5065000924416
catalogNumber:
40

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Tracks

  1. Nichts ("Nennen soll ich, sagt ihr"), song for voice & piano, Op. 10/2 (TrV 141/2)
  2. Announcement
  3. Nimmersatte Liebe ("So ist die Lieb!"), song for voice & piano (Mörike Lieder)
  4. Announcement
  5. Cäcilie ("Wenn du es wüsstest"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 27/2 (TrV 170/2)
  6. Morgen ("Und morgen wird die Sonne wieder scheinen"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 27/4 (TrV 170/4)
  7. Für fünfzehn Pfennige ("Das Mägdlein will ein' Freier hab'n"), song for voice & piano, Op. 36/2 (TrV 186/2)
  8. Ruhe, meine Seele ("Nicht ein Lüftchen regt sich leise"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 27/1 (TrV 170/1)
  9. Muttertändelei ("Seht mir doch mein schönes Kind"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 43/2 (TrV 196/2)
  10. Meinem Kinde ("Du schläfst und sachte neig' ich mich"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 37/3 (TrV 187/3)
  11. Du meines Herzens Krönelein, song for voice & piano, Op. 21/2 (TrV 160/2)
  12. Mein Herz ist stumm, mein Herz und mein Sinn, song for voice & piano, Op. 19/6 (TrV 152/6)
  13. Heimliche Aufforderung ("Auf, hebe die funkelnde Schale empor zum Mund"), song for voice & piano, Op. 27/3 (TrV 170/3)
  14. Wie glänzt der helle Mond, song for voice & piano (Alte Weisen)
  15. Das Köhlerweib ist trunken, song for voice & piano (Alte Weisen)
  16. Wandl ich in dem Morgentau, song for voice & piano (Alte Weisen)
  17. Du milchjunger Knabe, song for voice & piano (Alte Weisen)
  18. Singt mein Schatz wie ein Fink, song for voice & piano (Alte Weisen)
  19. Tretet ein, hoher Krieger, song for voice & piano (Alte Weisen)
  20. Er ist's ("Frühling lässt sein blaues Band"), song for voice & piano (Mörike Lieder)
  21. Das verlassene Mägdlein ("Früh, wann die Hähne krähn"), song for voice & piano (Mörike Lieder)
  22. Begegnung ("Was doch heut Nacht ein Sturm"), song for voice & piano (Mörike Lieder)
  23. Auf ein altes Bild ("In grüner Landschaft Sommerflor"), song for voice & piano (Mörike Lieder)
  24. Im Frühling ("Hier lieg ich"), song for voice & piano (Mörike Lieder)
  25. Auf einer Wanderung ("In ein freudliches Städtchen"), song for voice & piano (Mörike Lieder)

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