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Icon: Lucia Popp: Queen Of The Night, Maiden Of Light
Lucia Popp (soprano) with various orchestras & conductors

[ Warner Classics / EMI Icon / 7 CD Box Set ]

Release Date: Monday 7 September 2009

MARBECKS STAFF PICK: REISSUE CD OF THE YEAR 2009 - "Lucia Popp's voice speaks directly to you in a manner hard to describe, but it is the kind of very individual utterance that Jurinac had and, to judge from old records, Fide Norena." (Gramophone)

MARBECKS STAFF PICK: REISSUE CD OF THE YEAR 2009

"Lucia Popp's voice speaks directly to you in a manner hard to describe, but it is the kind of very individual utterance that Jurinac had and, to judge from old records, Fide Norena. That, matched to an innate feeling for Straussian line and an almost effortless spontaneity of approach, makes this into a glorious version of a much-recorded work." (Gramophone on the Four Last Songs)

Lucia Popp (born Lucia Poppová) entered the Academy in Bratislava primarily to study drama and her voice was a mezzo-soprano but her musical lessons developed a high upper register to such a degree that her professional debut was as Queen of the Night in Mozart's opera Die Zauberflöte in Bratislava. In 1963 Otto Klemperer heard her and she duly recorded this role with him in 1971. Also in 1963 Herbert von Karajan invited her to join the State Opera in Vienna where her first role was Barbarina in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro.

In June 1965 she recorded the soprano role in Orff's Carmina Burana with Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos who, at the age of 31, had already made a fine impression as a conductor of choral works. She made her debut at Covent Garden as Oscar in Verdi's Un ballo in maschera in 1966 and in New York in the following year as Queen of the Night. That year also saw her making her first solo recital recording - a selection of Handel and Mozart arias conducted by Georg Fischer.

The soubrette coloratura roles were then gradually replaced by lyric ones during the 1970s and ten years later these were supplemented by heavier roles such as Eva in Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg; (she also agreed to record two roles she had not performed on stage: Elisabeth in Wagner's Tannhäuser and the eponym in Strauss's Daphne). As a result of this vocal progression, she sang various roles in the same opera at different stages in her career - notably recording the role of Pamina, the Queen of the Night's daughter, ten years after recording that of her mother!

Besides opera she loved Lieder and she made recital discs of Schubert and Strauss for EMI Classics as well as the latter's Vier letzte Lieder with Klaus Tennstedt. Furthermore her stunning good looks, radiant smile and bubbling personality also meant she was ideal in operetta.

In December 1989 Czechoslovakia finally threw off the yoke of Soviet domination and at a celebratory concert in the Wenceslas Hall in Prague's Castle she was invited to sing the eponym's "Song to the Moon" from

Dvorák's Rusalka. Tragedy for her, alas, was just round the corner as she was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour and died in Munich a mere four days after her 54th birthday on 16th November 1993. She was buried in Cintorín Slávicie údolie, Bratislava, which is now the resting-place of modern-day Slovak heroes including Alexander Dubcek.

Tracks:

CD1
Handel: Operas
[1] Ombre, piante, urne funeste! (Rodelinda; Rodelinda, Act 1) 4.38
[2] Un cenno leggiadretto (Atalanta: Serse or Xerxes, Act 1) 3.45
[3] Ho perduto il caro sposo (Rodelinda; Rodelinda, Act 1) 4.54
[4] Vinto è l'amor (Ottone; Ottone, Act 1) 3.56
[5] E our così in un giorno…Piangerò la mia sorte (Cleopatra; Giulio Cesare in Egitto, Act III) 6.38

Handel: Oratorios
[6] O had I Jubal's Lyre (Achsah; Joshua, Part III) 2.50
[7] Wohlan, frohlocke, du Tochter Zion! (Der Messias, Part I) 4.31
[8] Wie lieblich ist der Boten Schritt (Der Messias, Part II) 2.20
[9] Ich weiß daß mein Erlöser lebet (Der Messias, Part III) 5.19
[10] Ist Gott mit uns, wer sollte uns schaden? (Der Messias, Part III) 4.41

Mozart: Exsultate, jubilate, K. 165
[11] Exsultate, jubilate 4.57
[12] Fulget amica 0.49
[13] Tu virginum 6.58
[14] Alleluia 2.57
(15] Laudate Dominum* (Vesperae solemnes de confessore, K. 339) 5.17
[16] Laudate Dominum* (Vesperae de Dominica, K. 321) 5.30

Rossini: Petite Messe Solenelle
[14] IX. Crucifixus 3.00
[15] XIII. O Salutaris hostia 5.57

CD2
Mozart
Il re pastore, K. 208
[1] L'amerò, sarò costante (Aminta, Act II) 6.22

Idomeneo, K. 366
[2] Solitudini amiche…Zeffiretti lusinghieri (Ilia, Act III)

Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K. 384
[3] Durch Zärtlichkeit und Schmeicheln (Blonde, Act II) 3.18
[4] Welche Wonne, welche Lust (Blonde, Act II) 2.29
[5] Welcher Kummer…Traurigkeit ward mir zum Lose

Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492
[6] Porgi amor (Countess, Act II) 3.48
[7] Voi che sapete che cosa è amor (Cherubino, Act II)

Don Giovanni, K. 527
[9] In quali eccessi…Mi tradì quell'alma ingrate (Donna Elvira, Act 2) DE-A34-07-03570 6.03
[10] Crudele?...Non mi dir (Donna Anna, Act 2)

Così fan tutte, K. 588
[11] Come scoglio (Fiordiligi, Act I) 4.32
[12] Una donna a quindici anni (Despina, Act II) 4.09

Die Zauberflöte, K. 620
[13] O zittre nicht, mein lieber Sohn…Zum Leiden bin ich auserkoren (Königin der Nacht, Act I) 5.08
[14] Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen
[15] Ach, ich fühl's, es ist entschwunden (Pamina, Act II) 4.12

La Clemenza di Tito, K.621
[16] Non più di fiori vaghe catene (Vitelia, Act II) 6.42

CD3
Wagner: Tannhäuser
[1] Dich, teure Halle, grüß' ich wieder (Elisabeth, Act II) 4.51

Strauss, R.: Daphne
[3] O bleib, geliebter Tag! (Daphne) c8.33
[4] Unheilvolle Daphne (Daphne) c9.59
[5] Ich komme…ich komme grünende Brüder (Daphne) 11.00

Strauss, R.: Vier letzte Lieder
[6] 1. Frühling (Hesse) 3.52
[7] 2; September (Hesse) 5.16
[8] 3. Beim schlafengehen (Hesse) 6.20
[9] 4. Im Abendrot (Eichendorff) 8.23

CD4
Strauss, R.: Lieder
8 LIEDER, Op. 10 (Hermann von Gilm zu Rosenegg)
[1] 1. Zueignung 1.48
[2] 2. Nichts 1.24
[3] 3. Die Nacht 2.57
[4] 4. Die Georgine 3.59
[5] 5. Geduld 5.11
[6] 6. Die Verschwiegene 1.13
[7] 7. Die Zeitlose 1.30
[8] 8. Allerseelen 3.05

3 LIEBESLIEDER
[9] 1. Rote Rosen (Karl Stieler) 2.20
[10] 2. Die erwachte Rose (Friedrich von Sallett) 3.16
[11] 3. Begegnung (Friedrich Gruppe) 1.48

AUSGEWÄHLTE LIEDER
[12] Schlagende Herzen, Op. 29 Nr. 2 (Otto Julius Bierbaum) 2.44
[13] Heimkehr, Op, 15 Nr. 5
(Adolf Friedrich Graf von Schack) 2.23
[14] Weißer Jasmin, Op. 31 Nr. 3 (Carl Busse) 2.27
[15] Wiegenlied, Op. 41 Nr. 1 (Richard Dehmel) 4.25
[16] Meinem Kinde, Op. 37 Nr. 3 (Gustav Falke) 2.48
[17] Leise Lieder, Op. 41 Nr. 5 (Christian Morgenstern) 2.38
[18] Leises Lied, Op. 39 Nr. 1 (Richard Dehmel) 2.34
[19] Schlechtes Wetter, Op. 69 Nr. 5 (Heinrich Hesse) 2.31
[20] Für fünfzehn Pfennige, Op. 36 Nr. 2
(aus "Das Knaben Wunderhorn) 2.21
[21] Hat gesagt - bleibt's nicht dabei, Op. 36 Nr. 3 (aus "Das Knaben Wunderhorn) 2.02

Grieg: Peer Gynt
[22] Arabian Dance 4.47
[23] Solveig's Song 5.45
[24] Solveig's Cradle Song 4.52

Orff: Carmina Burana
[25] 17. Stetit puella 2.00
[26] 21. In trutina 2.07
[27] 23. Dulcissime 0.32

CD5
Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
[1] Pooskai pogibnoo ya (Tatiana, Act I) 12.05
[Tatiana's letter scene]

Tchaikovsky: Pikovaya dama (The Queen of Spades)
[2] Uzh polnoch blizitsya (Liza, Act III) 5.16

Prokofiev: Volna I Mir (War and Peace)
[3] Kakoye pravo oni imyeyut (Natasha, Scene III) 3.14

Smetena: Prodaná Nevesta (The Bartered Bride)
[4] Kdybych se co takového (Marenka, Act I) 3.49
[5] Ó, jaký žal! Jaký to žal (Marenka, Act III) 6.00

Smetena: Dalibor
[6] Jak je mi? (Milada, Act II) 2.27

Dvorák: Rusalka
[7] Mesîcku na nebi hlubokém (Rusalka, Act I) 5.52
[Rusalka's Song to the Moon]
[8] Mladosti své pozbavena (Rusalka, Act III) 4.52

Dvorák: Armida
[9] Za štíhlou gazelou (Armida, Act I) 3.42

Janácek: Jenufa
[10] To je mamincina jizba (Jenufa, Act II) 3.25

Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn
[11] 2. Das irdische Leben 2.34
[12] 4. Rheinlegendchen 3.22
[13] 7. Wer hat dies Liedlein erdacht? 2.00
[14] 12. Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen 8.41
[15] IV. Sehr behaglich 9.08

CD6
Suppé: Boccaccio
[1] Hab' ich nur deine Liebe (Fiametta, Act I) 3.35
[2] Klänge der Heimat (Rosalinde, Act II) c4.14

Strauss, J. II: Casanova arr. Benatzky
[3] O Madonna, auf uns sieh (Nonnenchor/Nun's chorus)…

Strauss, J. II: Die Tänzerin Fanny Eisler arr. Stalla
[4] Draußen in Sievering (Fanny, Act II) 4.20

Zeller: Der Obersteiger
[5] Sei nicht bös (Obersteiger, Act II) 4.35

Mackeben after Millöcker: Die Dubarry
[6] Ich schenk' mein Herz (Jeanne, Scene 5) 3.48

Lehár: Die lustige Witwe
[7] Es lebt' eine Vilja (Hanna Glawari, Act II) 5.44

Lehár: Der Graf von Luxemburg
[8] Heut' noch werd' ich Ehefrau…Unbekannt, deshalb nicht minder interessant (Angèle, Act I) 3.38
[9] Ich danke, meine Herrn und meine Damen

Lehár: Giuditta
[10] Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiß (Giuditta, Scene 4) 5.25

Lehár: Das Land des Lächelns
[11] Ich möcht wieder einmal die Heimat she'n (Lisa, Act II) 1.48

Lehár: Friedericke
[12] Warum hast du mich wachgeküßt (Friedericke, Act II) 3.00

Lincke: Frau Luna
[13] Schlösser, die im Monde liegen (Marie, Act I) 5.02

Stolz: Der Favorit
[14] Du sollst der Kaiser meiner Seele sein (Manon, Act I) 4.44

Stolz: Frühjahrsparade
[15] Wien wird bei Nacht erst schön (Hansi Gruber, Act I) 5.07

Dostal: Die Ungarische Hochzeit
[16] Spiel mir das Lied von Glück und Treu (Janka, Act II) 6.27

Fall: Die Kaiserin
[17] Du mein Schönbrunn (Maria Theresia mit Chor, Act II) 3.16

Künneke: Liselott
[18] Glücklich am Morgen (Liselott, Scene 1) 2.59

CD7
SCHUBERT
[1] An mein Herz, D. 860 (E. Schulze) 3.15
[2] Der Fluß, D. 693 (F. von Schlegel) 5.04
[3] Der Knabe, D. 692 (F. von Schlegel) 2.26
[4] Die Rose, D. 745 (F. von Schlegel) 3.09
[5] Der Schmetterling, D. 633 (F. von Schlegel) 1.23
[6] Die Forelle, D. 550 (Schubart) 2.10
[7] Der Wanderer an den Mond, D.870 (Seidl) 2.28
[8] Der Einsame, D. 800 (Lappe) 4.11
[9] Fülle der Liebe, D.854 (F. von Schlegel) 6.07
[10] Die junge Nonne, D. 828 (Craigher) 4.27
[11] Auf dem Wasser zu singen, D. 774 (Stolberg) 3.44
[12] Gretchen am Spinnrade, D. 118 (J. W. von Goethe) 3.40
[13] Fischerweise, D.881 (Schlechta) 3.19
[14] Der Jüngling an der Quelle (Salis) 1.52
[15] An Sylvia, D. 891 (Shakespeare, trans.: Bauernfeld) 2.50
[16] Seligkeit, D. 433 (Hölty) 2.06