Songs and Duets Vol 4

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Songs and Duets Vol 4
Eugene Asti (piano) / Katherine Broderick / Stephan Loges / Finnur Bjarnason / Anna Grevelius / Hannah Morrison

[ Hyperion / CD ]

Release Date: Tuesday 1 September 2009

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Mendelssohn seems to have finally hit the big league in this bicentenary year of his birth. Critical reappraisals of his music have confirmed this somewhat elusive composer as an important Romantic figure, and probably the greatest child prodigy of all time. Hyperion's contribution to the composer's rehabilitation includes the acclaimed series of Songs and Duets, now reaching Volume 4

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It is remarkable to realize that compositions by a major composer in the Western canon could go unpublished and unheard for more than 150 years, but that was the sad situation with Mendelssohn-until recently. The pianist Eugene Asti has gathered together 46 previously unknown songs from various stages of this composer's sadly truncated life. Through much of the previous century, his songs were often judged against the example of Schubert, Schumann, and Brahms and found wanting, but Mendelssohn's aesthetic of song was very different from those of his contemporaries. What the newly published works reveal is a willingness to experiment with novel song forms and highly expressive harmonies, some of which go beyond the graceful and vocally grateful melodies, limpid textures, and strophic forms for which he is best known.

For this disc, Eugene Asti has gathered together a dazzling selection of singers, including some of the most exciting young artists working today. Katherine Broderick, the winner of the coveted 2007 Kathleen Ferrier Prize, has a uniquely beautiful voice, its bloom and agility belying its considerable power.

Tracks:

Twelve Songs, Op 9
1 No 08: Frühlingsglaube 'Die linden Lüfte sind erwacht' [1'40]
Katherine Broderick (soprano)
2 Der Verlassene 'Rauch manuscript' 'Nacht ist um mich her, im Mondenscheine' [4'00]
Stephan Loges (baritone)
3 Seltsam, Mutter, geht es mir [1'45]
Anna Grevelius (mezzo-soprano)
4 Der Wasserfall 'Rieselt hernieder, schäumende Fluten!' [4'55]
Katherine Broderick (soprano)
5 Glosse 'Mitleidsworte, Trostesgründe' [4'35]
Anna Grevelius (mezzo-soprano)
Four Songs
6 No 1: Der Tag 'Sanft entschwanden mir der Kindheit Tage' [4'16]
Finnur Bjarnason (tenor)
7 No 2: Reiterlied 'Immerfort von Ort zu Ort' [2'50]
Finnur Bjarnason (tenor)
8 No 3: Abschied 'Leb' wohl, mein Lieb, und weine nicht!' [1'28]
Finnur Bjarnason (tenor)
9 No 4: Der Bettler 'Ich danke Gott, dir Gott im hohen Himmel!' [2'41]
Finnur Bjarnason (tenor)
10 Am Seegestad', in lauen Vollmondsnächten [3'11]
Stephan Loges (baritone)
11 Durch Fichten am Hügel [2'31]
Hannah Morrison (soprano)
12 Ich denke dein, wenn durch den Hain [2'51]
Stephan Loges (baritone)
13 Tanzt dem schönen Mai entgegen [1'47]
Anna Grevelius (mezzo-soprano)
14 Faunenklage 'Er ist zerbrochen, der schönste Krug' [2'41]
Anna Grevelius (mezzo-soprano)
Twelve Songs, Op 8
15 No 11: Im Grünen 'Willkommen im Grünen!' [2'16]
Katherine Broderick (soprano)
16 Reiselied 'Ich reit' ins finstre Land hinein' [2'02] arr. Eugene Asti (b1962)
Stephan Loges (baritone)
17 Abschied 'Es wehn die Wolken über Meer' [1'31]
Stephan Loges (baritone)
18 Hüt du dich 'Ich weiß mir ein Mädchen hübsch und fein' [2'17]
Hannah Morrison (soprano)
19 Die Nachtigall 'Da ging ich hin und dachte nicht an Liebe' [2'47]
Hannah Morrison (soprano)
20 Gruss 'O könnt' ich zu dir fliegen' [2'05]
Finnur Bjarnason (tenor)
21 Warum sind denn die Rosen so blass? [2'20] arr. Eugene Asti (b1962)
Katherine Broderick (soprano)
22 Rausche leise, grünes Dach [3'20]
Katherine Broderick (soprano)
23 Erinnerung 'Was will die einsame Träne?' [2'08]
Hannah Morrison (soprano)
Twelve Songs, Op 8
24 No 07: Maienlied 'Mann soll hören süsses Singen' [1'57]
Finnur Bjarnason (tenor)
25 No 08: Andres Maienlied 'Hexenlied' 'Die Schwalbe fliegt, der Frühling siegt' [2'22]
Katherine Broderick (soprano)