[ Deutsche Grammophon / CD ]
Release Date: Friday 6 November 2020
This album is both a debut and a proof of musical pedigree. After numerous orchestral albums, for the first time Elīna Garanča devotes an entire disc to Lieder in a phase in which the Latvian mezzo soprano triumphs on stage with heavyweight Verdi and verismo arias while essentially on the verge of her first Wagner role.
For her first solo recital album, the mezzo soprano has chosen two composers Schumann and Brahms whose works have been with her for many years. The heart of this album is Robert Schumann's Frauenliebe und Leben op. 42, a musical setting about devotion to love.
In addition to the Schumann cycle, on this record she also dedicates herself to a selection of Brahms songs that express very different emotions and moods. Whether in Liebestreu op. 3 no. 1, Geheimnis op. 71 no. 3 Heimweh II op. 63 no. 8 or Von ewiger Liebe op. 43 no. 1.
Pianist Malcolm Martineau is a highly sensitive and experienced accompanist of many years.
"Garanča's voice is full and glamorous with an increased weight behind it, but expressive despite its density. For the lower notes, she has a chest voice that she can brandish like a mace." The Guardian
"The singing is undoubtedly impressive, the manner redolent of an age where opera and song were less clearly delineated." Gramophone
Schumann: Frauenliebe und -leben, Op. 42
Brahms: Gesänge, Op. 3 Nos. 1-6: I. Liebestreu
Brahms: Lieder und Gesänge, Op. 63, Nos. 1-9: VIII. Heimweh II
Brahms: Lieder (5), Op. 107: V. Mädchenlied
Brahms: Gesänge, Op. 3 Nos. 1-6:
III. Liebe und Frühling II
Brahms: Gesänge (5), Op. 72: Nos 3 & 4
Brahms: Lieder (5), Op. 94: IV. Sapphische Ode
Brahms: Lieder (5), Op. 47: IV. O liebliche Wangen
Brahms: Gesänge, Op. 71 Nos. 1-5: III. Geheimnis
Brahms: Lieder (4), Op. 96; II. Wir wandelten
Brahms: Gesänge (5), Op. 72: I. Alte Liebe
Brahms: Gesänge, Op. 43 Nos. 1-4: Nos 2 & 1