Emmerich Kálmán: Lieder

Emmerich Kálmán: Lieder

by Anna Korondi

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Emmerich Kálmán: Lieder

The German label CPO has made a specialty of unearthing long-buried music, but few of its releases venture into realms as obscure as that occupied by this disc of music by Emmerich Kálmán, known well enough for his Viennese operettas of the early part of the last century but hardly at all for the serious music -- 20 songs and four piano pieces -- included on this album. The composer came from Hungary, and the original form of his name was Imre Kálman (or, properly, Kálmán Imre). He was trained as a serious composer in Budapest, and this music comes from the early part of his career, before he turned to operetta. All the songs are in Hungarian. The incredibly detailed liner notes brim with background information but have little to say about the music. One of the few musical judgments made is that Kálmán's art songs are far removed from the world of operetta, but to nonspecialist ears the distance might not seem so great. The vast majority of the songs have a gloomy atmosphere, but it is the lyrical, rosy-cheeked Heine gloom of Schumann, not the world-weariness of turn-of-the-century Vienna. Though there is little use of folk rhythms or forms, there's an indefinable Hungarian tinge to the music nonetheless; it is not clearly derivative of any other music despite Kálmán's youth and its comparatively unadventuresome harmonic palette. Vocal performers looking for a "what the heck was that?" recital or encore item for an Eastern European program should get to know this disc; Kálmán's songs are sad, affecting, and straightforward without being simple. And they certainly bespeak a future operetta composer in that the four piano pieces are much less distinctive. Soprano Anna Korondi and baritone Istvan Kovács divide the songs, and neither makes the mistake of overpowering them. An extremely offbeat but highly listenable selection.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/16/2005
Label: Cpo Records
UPC: 0761203705924
catalogNumber: 777059

Tracks

  1. Összel születtem (I was born in the autumn), for voice & piano  - Emmerich Kálmán  - Eckhardt van den Hoogen  - Anna Korondi  - Susan Marie Praeder  - Burkhard Schmilgun  - Peter Stamm  - Dirk Hühner  - Sara Trampuz
  2. A hol te jársz (Wherever you step), for voice & piano  - Emmerich Kálmán  - Eckhardt van den Hoogen  - Susan Marie Praeder  - Burkhard Schmilgun  - Peter Stamm  - Istvan Kovacs  - Dirk Hühner  - Sara Trampuz
  3. Örök mámor (Eternal ecstasy), for voice & piano  - Emmerich Kálmán  - Eckhardt van den Hoogen  - Anna Korondi  - Susan Marie Praeder  - Burkhard Schmilgun  - Peter Stamm  - Dirk Hühner  - Sara Trampuz
  4. Egyedül (Alone), for voice & piano  - Emmerich Kálmán  - Eckhardt van den Hoogen  - Anna Korondi  - Susan Marie Praeder  - Burkhard Schmilgun  - Peter Stamm  - Dirk Hühner  - Sara Trampuz
  5. Bujdokolva járok (I'm going into exile), for voice & piano  - Emmerich Kálmán  - Eckhardt van den Hoogen  - Susan Marie Praeder  - Burkhard Schmilgun  - Peter Stamm  - Istvan Kovacs  - Dirk Hühner  - Sara Trampuz
  6. Virágének (Flower song), for voice & piano  - Emmerich Kálmán  - Eckhardt van den Hoogen  - Anna Korondi  - Susan Marie Praeder  - Burkhard Schmilgun  - Peter Stamm  - Dirk Hühner  - Sara Trampuz
  7. Hajdu tánc (Hajdu dance), for voice & piano  - Emmerich Kálmán  - Eckhardt van den Hoogen  - Susan Marie Praeder  - Burkhard Schmilgun  - Peter Stamm  - Istvan Kovacs  - Dirk Hühner  - Sara Trampuz
  8. Nincsen apám (I don't have a father), for voice & piano  - Emmerich Kálmán  - Eckhardt van den Hoogen  - Anna Korondi  - Susan Marie Praeder  - Burkhard Schmilgun  - Peter Stamm  - Dirk Hühner  - Sara Trampuz
  9. Öszi estén (On an autumn evening), for voice & piano  - Emmerich Kálmán  - Eckhardt van den Hoogen  - Anna Korondi  - Susan Marie Praeder  - Burkhard Schmilgun  - Peter Stamm  - Dirk Hühner  - Sara Trampuz
  10. Tüzet rak a német tábor (The German camp makes a fire), for voice & piano  - Emmerich Kálmán  - Eckhardt van den Hoogen  - Susan Marie Praeder  - Burkhard Schmilgun  - Peter Stamm  - Istvan Kovacs  - Dirk Hühner  - Sara Trampuz
  11. Székely Anna, for voice & piano  - Emmerich Kálmán  - Eckhardt van den Hoogen  - Anna Korondi  - Susan Marie Praeder  - Burkhard Schmilgun  - Peter Stamm  - Dirk Hühner  - Sara Trampuz
  12. Sávári nóta (Sárvár song), for voice & piano  - Emmerich Kálmán  - Eckhardt van den Hoogen  - Susan Marie Praeder  - Burkhard Schmilgun  - Peter Stamm  - Istvan Kovacs  - Dirk Hühner  - Sara Trampuz
  13. Reverie for Piano  - Emmerich Kálmán  - Eckhardt van den Hoogen  - Susan Marie Praeder  - Burkhard Schmilgun  - Peter Stamm  - Dirk Hühner  - Sara Trampuz
  14. Intermezzo for Piano  - Emmerich Kálmán  - Eckhardt van den Hoogen  - Susan Marie Praeder  - Burkhard Schmilgun  - Peter Stamm  - Dirk Hühner  - Sara Trampuz
  15. Scherzo for Piano  - Emmerich Kálmán  - Eckhardt van den Hoogen  - Susan Marie Praeder  - Burkhard Schmilgun  - Peter Stamm  - Dirk Hühner  - Sara Trampuz
  16. Intermezzo for Piano  - Emmerich Kálmán  - Eckhardt van den Hoogen  - Susan Marie Praeder  - Burkhard Schmilgun  - Peter Stamm  - Dirk Hühner  - Sara Trampuz
  17. Emlékezés (Memory), for voice & piano  - Emmerich Kálmán  - Eckhardt van den Hoogen  - Anna Korondi  - Susan Marie Praeder  - Burkhard Schmilgun  - Peter Stamm  - Dirk Hühner  - Sara Trampuz
  18. Kurucok tábori dala (Camp song of the crusaders), for voice & piano  - Emmerich Kálmán  - Eckhardt van den Hoogen  - Susan Marie Praeder  - Burkhard Schmilgun  - Peter Stamm  - Istvan Kovacs  - Dirk Hühner  - Sara Trampuz
  19. Sólyom dal (Song of the falcon), for voice & piano  - Emmerich Kálmán  - Eckhardt van den Hoogen  - Susan Marie Praeder  - Burkhard Schmilgun  - Peter Stamm  - Istvan Kovacs  - Dirk Hühner  - Sara Trampuz
  20. Tréfás bordal (Jolly wine song), for voice & piano  - Emmerich Kálmán  - Eckhardt van den Hoogen  - Susan Marie Praeder  - Burkhard Schmilgun  - Peter Stamm  - Istvan Kovacs  - Dirk Hühner  - Sara Trampuz
  21. Nem tudom én (I don't know), for voice & piano  - Emmerich Kálmán  - Eckhardt van den Hoogen  - Anna Korondi  - Susan Marie Praeder  - Burkhard Schmilgun  - Peter Stamm  - Dirk Hühner  - Sara Trampuz
  22. Nagy Lajos karabeli banderista nótája (Grand courting song from the time of Louis the Great), for voice & piano  - Emmerich Kálmán  - Eckhardt van den Hoogen  - Susan Marie Praeder  - Burkhard Schmilgun  - Peter Stamm  - Istvan Kovacs  - Dirk Hühner  - Sara Trampuz
  23. Kinyillott az idö (The spring is coming), for voice & piano  - Emmerich Kálmán  - Eckhardt van den Hoogen  - Anna Korondi  - Susan Marie Praeder  - Burkhard Schmilgun  - Peter Stamm  - Dirk Hühner  - Sara Trampuz
  24. Fülemüle nóta (Song of the nightingale), for voice & piano  - Emmerich Kálmán  - Eckhardt van den Hoogen  - Anna Korondi  - Susan Marie Praeder  - Burkhard Schmilgun  - Peter Stamm  - Istvan Kovacs  - Dirk Hühner  - Sara Trampuz

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