The Voice

The Voice

by Thomas Quasthoff

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Overview

How to select the "best" recordings of a performer who's received only the highest acclaim for the many albums he's released? Better to think of The Voice simply as a survey of bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff's triumphs on the Deutsche Grammophon label since 1999, ranging from Bach to Richard Strauss but centered firmly in the 19th-century German repertoire that's always been his specialty. With one disc devoted to his performances with orchestra and a second drawn from his lieder recitals -- the latter all accompanied with splendid sensitivity by pianist Justus Zeyen -- this compilation captures both the essence and the full range of Quasthoff's work. From his ineffably moving Bach album, the cantata Ich habe genug is included in its entirety on the orchestral program, alongside highlights from his recording of German Romantic arias, juxtaposing the comic flair of Albert Lortzing's Der Wildschütz with the lyrical beauty of "O du, mein holder Abendstern" from Wagner's Tannhäuser. Schubert looms large on both discs, with rarely heard orchestral versions of several songs on the first -- including one bonus, Max Reger's orchestration of "Greisengesang," that hasn't previously been released. The largest selection of tracks on the second disc comes from Quasthoff's wide-ranging 2004 Romantic Songbook -- featuring Mendelssohn, Loewe, Schumann, and Strauss as well as Schubert -- while one of the singer's earliest DG albums, a Brahms and Liszt recital, is also well represented. Whatever the repertoire -- even the surprising bonus that closes the program, a solo "Jazz Improvisation" -- the appeal of Quasthoff's singing is constant, and with the rich variety of tone colors conjured by his voice, as well as the seemingly boundless degree of his interpretive involvement, Quashoff's place as one of the great singers of his time is assured.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/04/2006
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
UPC: 0028947761594
catalogNumber: 000657702
Rank: 121867

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. An die Musik ("Du holde Kunst..."), song for voice & piano, D. 547 (Op. 88/4)  (02:25)
  2. Erlkönig ("Wer reitet so spät"), song for voice & piano, D. 328 (Op. 1)  (04:01)
  3. Schwanengesang (Swan Song), song cycle for voice & piano, D. 957: 4. Ständchen

    1. 4. Ständchen  (03:35)
  4. Greisengesang ("Der Frost hat mir"), song for voice & piano (Vom künftigen Alter), D. 778 (Op. 60/1)  (04:48)
  5. Der Wildschütz, opera: Fünftausend Taler! Träum oder wach ich?

    1. Fünftausend Taler! Träum oder wach ich?  (05:20)
  6. Euryanthe, opera, J. 291, (Op. 81): Wo berg ich mich? - Schweigt, glühnden Sehnens

    1. Wo berg ich mich? - Schweigt, glühnden Sehnens  (09:15)
  7. Tannhäuser, opera, WWV 70: Wie Todesahnung Dämmrung deckt die Lande - O du, m

    1. Wie Todesahnung Dämmrung deckt die Lande - O du, mein holder Abendstern  (05:34)
  8. Die schweigsame Frau (The Silent Woman), opera, Op. 80 (TrV 265): Wie schön ist doch die Musik

    1. Wie schön ist doch die Musik  (03:59)
  9. Des Knaben Wunderhorn, song cycle (12) for voice & piano (or orchestra): Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt

    1. Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt  (04:03)
  10. Des Knaben Wunderhorn, song cycle (12) for voice & piano (or orchestra): Lob des hohen Verstandes

    1. Lob des hohen Verstandes  (02:34)
  11. Cantata No. 82, "Ich habe genug," BWV 82 (BC A169)

    1. Area. Ich habe genug  (06:47)
    2. Recitative. Ich habe genug! Mein Trost ist nur allein  (01:16)
    3. Aria. Schlummert ein, ihr matten Augen  (09:06)
    4. Recitative. Mein Gott! wann kommt das schöne: Nun!  (00:48)
    5. Aria. Ich freue mich auf meinen Tod  (03:19)

Disc 2

  1. Auf der Bruck ("Frisch trabe sonder Ruh' und Rast"), song for voice & piano, D. 853 (Op. 93/2)  (03:27)
  2. Heidenröslein ("Sah ein Knab..."), song for voice & piano, D. 257 (Op. 3/3)  (01:55)
  3. Die Forelle ("In einem Bächlein helle"), song for voice & piano, D. 550 (Op. 32)  (02:12)
  4. Die schöne Müllerin, song cycle, for voice & piano, D. 795 (Op. 25): 10. Tränenregen

    1. 10. Tränenregen  (04:15)
  5. Die schöne Müllerin, song cycle, for voice & piano, D. 795 (Op. 25): 11. Mein!

    1. 11. Mein!  (02:26)
  6. Schwanengesang (Swan Song), song cycle for voice & piano, D. 957: 10. Das Fischermädchen

    1. 10. Das Fischermädchen  (02:02)
  7. Schwanengesang (Swan Song), song cycle for voice & piano, D. 957: 14. Die Taubenpost

    1. 14. Die Taubenpost  (03:43)
  8. Myrthen, 26 songs for voice & piano, Op. 25: 24. Du bist wie eine Blume

    1. 24. Du bist wie eine Blume  (01:56)
  9. Songs (6) for voice & piano, Op. 34: 2. Auf Flügeln des Gesanges

    1. 2. Auf Flügeln des Gesanges  (02:26)
  10. Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 72: 4. Verzagen

    1. 4. Verzagen  (02:30)
  11. Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 72: 5. Unüberwindlich

    1. 5. Unüberwindlich  (02:12)
  12. Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 94: 4. Sapphische Ode

    1. 4. Sapphische Ode  (02:30)
  13. Die Lorelei (Ich weiss nicht), song for voice & piano (4 versions), S. 273 (LW N5)  (06:52)
  14. Liebesträume: O Lieb, so lang du lieben kannst, for voice & piano No. 3, S. 298 (LW N18/3)  (05:32)
  15. Es muss ein Wunderbares sein, song for voice & piano, S. 314 (LW N49)  (02:08)
  16. Herr Oluf (Lord Oluf), for voice & piano, Op. 2/2  (06:05)
  17. Songs (4) for voice & piano, Op. 27 (TrV 170): 3. Heimliche Aufforderung

    1. 3. Heimliche Aufforderung  (03:13)
  18. Songs (8) from "Letzte Blätter" for voice & piano, Op. 10 (TrV 141): 1. Zueignung

    1. 1. Zueignung  (01:45)
  19. Songs (4) for voice & piano, Op. 27 (TrV 170): 4. Morgen!

    1. 4. Morgen!  (03:57)
  20. Solo Jazz Improvisation, for voice  (06:04)

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