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CLARA SCHUMANN
Complete Songs
Susan Gritton (soprano) Stephan Loges (baritone) Eugene Asti (piano)

[ Hyperion / CD ]

Release Date: Tuesday 20 March 2007

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'Excellent but seldom heard music, wonderful singing, fine engineering, and Hyperion's well-above-average documentation all add up to a thoroughly enjoyable experience' (American Record Guide)

"This is a delightful issue; I shall often return to it."
- International Record Review (April 2002)

"Enchanting accounts of lovely and fascinating songs by Schumann's wife. Texts in German and English are provided too."
Five Stars ***** BBC Music Mag (May 2007)

'Anyone who cares about lieder singing and repertoire must have this disc. You can't help but fall in love with this music - and wonder why more world-class singers don't adopt these songs into their repertoire' (Classics Today)

'Excellent but seldom heard music, wonderful singing, fine engineering, and Hyperion's well-above-average documentation all add up to a thoroughly enjoyable experience' (American Record Guide)

'Stephan Loges … brings to his contributions the youthful warmth of his attractively vibrant baritone and his wonderful feeling for line and word, Lieder singing of the highest calibre … It is good to have all these songs, long hidden in libraries, available on CD' (Gramophone)

"Following her recording of the songs of Fanny Mendelssohn, Susan Gritton has provided one of the most generous and best-documented recitals on disc of Clara Schumann's Lieder." (Five Stars BBC Music)

Clara Schumann's presence in the history of European music has become firmly fixed in recent years: the many new biographies, editions, recordings and performances of her compositions testimony to her significance and influence. Her songs, not as well known as her works for piano, are among the treasures of her creative work and can take their place with the best of the German Lieder repertoire.
Except for Walzer, all Clara Schumann's songs published during her lifetime were written after her marriage to Robert Schumann and almost every song was intended as a Christmas or birthday gift for her husband.

She generally chose to set poems exploring the themes beloved by the German romantics: the beauties of nature, love, yearning, unrest, melancholy, foreboding, separation, mystery and death. She set verses of such contemporaries as Emanuel Geibel, Heinrich Heine, and Friedrich Rückert among others. One of her notable songs, Am Strande, was a translation of a poem by Robert Burns.

This disc includes all the presently known songs by Clara. (It is possible that additional songs will be discovered in the future.)

Tracks:

from Zwölf Gedichte aus F. Rückerts 'Liebesfrühling' Op 12

Er ist gekommen in Sturm und Regen (SG) [2'18]
Liebst du um Schönheit (SL) [2'00]
Warum willst du and're fragen (SL) [2'11]

Sechs Lieder Op 13

Ich stand in dunklen Träumen (SL) [2'17]
Sie liebten sich beide (SG) [2'09]
Liebeszauber (SG) [2'22]
Der Mond kommt still gegangen (SL) [1'45]
Ich hab' in deinem Auge (SL) [2'00]
Die stille Lotosblume (SL) [2'51]

Sechs Lieder aus 'Jucunde' Op 23

Was weinst du, Blümlein (SG) [1'53]
An einem lichten Morgen (SG) [2'55]
Geheimes Flüstern hier und dort (SG) [3'56]
Auf einem grünen Hügel (SG) [2'48]
Das ist ein Tag, der klingen mag (SG) [0'59]
O Lust, o Lust (SG) [1'42]

Walzer (SL) [3'07]
Der Abendstern (SL) [2'14]
Am Strande (SG) [2'24]
Sie liebten sich beide (SL) [2'22]
Volkslied (SG) [3'02]
Ihr Bildnis (SL) [2'38]
Mein Stern (SG) [2'00]
Oh weh des Scheidens, das er tat (SG) [2'32]
Die gute Nacht, die ich dir sage (SL) [2'15]
Lorelei (SG) [2'07]
Das Veilchen (SL) [1'45]
Der Wanderer (SG) [1'45]
Der Wanderer in der Sägemühle (SL) [2'14]
Beim Abschied (SL) [4'18]