Liszt: The Complete Songs Volume 6

 
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FRANZ LISZT
Liszt: The Complete Songs Volume 6
Julia Kleiter (soprano), Julius Drake (piano)

[ Hyperion / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 31 January 2020

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A programme of exquisite miniatures, alternative versions and a wonderful quasi-operatic scena: this is a tantalizing Lisztian recital to showcase the artistry of Julia Kleiter.

With this instalment of the series, we once again encounter Liszt the cosmopolite, Liszt the friend of the Hochadel (high aristocracy), and Liszt the perpetual tinkerer with his own works. Once again we go back and forth between initial versions of a song, when the composer's response to the words was new, and later versions, when an older, sadder, but always restlessly experimental composer was exploring avenues different from those of the firebrand in the 1840s.

"The performances here blaze with conviction. Kleiter's tone is wonderfully even and exceptionally beautiful over a wide vocal range, and her commitment is never for a second in doubt…Drake is similarly at his best here…A marvellous disc and a great recital in its own right, this is arguably the finest instalment of the series to date. Do listen to it." Gramophone Editor's Choice Feb 2020

Tracks:

Schwebe, schwebe, blaues Auge S305 First version
Die Zelle in Nonnenwerth S274 First version Ach, nun taucht die Klosterzelle
Kling leise, mein Lied S301 Second version

FOUR SETTINGS OF VICTOR HUGO
Enfant, si j'étais roi S283 Second version
S'il est un charmant gazon S284 Second version
Comment, disaient-ils S276 Second version
Oh! quand je dors S282 Second version

Mignons Lied S275 First version Kennst du das Land?
Wo weilt er? S295 Second version
Die Loreley S273 First version Ich weiß nicht, was soll's bedeuten
Lieder aus Schillers Wilhelm Tell S292 Second version
Der Fischerknabe Es lächelt der See, er ladet zum Bade
Der Hirt - Ihr Matten, lebt wohl
Der Alpenjäger Es donnern die Höh'n, es zittert der Steg
Die Macht der Musik S302 Second version Wer einsam steht im bunten Lebenskreise
Quand tu chantes, bercée S306a