Dedication: Songs by Richard Strauss and Schubert | Gramola 99035

Dedication: Songs by Richard Strauss and Schubert


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Label: Gramola

Cat No: 99035

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 31st March 2014



Ildiko Raimondi (soprano)
Junge Philharmonie Wien


Michael Lessky


Schubert, Franz

An den Mond, D296 (orch. Max Reger)
An die Musik, D547 (orch. Max Reger)
Du bist die Ruh', D776, op.59 no.3 (orch. Anton Webern)
Liebe Scharmt auf allen Wegen, D239 no.6
Nacht und Traume, D827 (orch. Max Reger)
Rosamunde, D797
» Romance: Der Vollmond strahlt auf Bergeshoh'n
Wiegenlied, op.98 no.2 D498 (orch. Felix Mottl)

Strauss, Richard

Lieder (4), op.27
» no.2 Cacilie
» no.3 Heimliche Aufforderung
» no.4 Morgen
Lieder (5), op.32
» no.1 Ich trage meine minne
Lieder (5), op.48
» no.1 Freundliche Vision
» no.4 Winterweihe
Lieder (6), op.17
» no.2 Standchen
Lieder (6), op.56
» no.6 Die Heiligen drei Konigen
Lieder (8), op.10 TrV141 (Gedichte aus Letzte Blatter)
» no.1 Zueignung


Ildiko Raimondi (soprano)
Junge Philharmonie Wien


Michael Lessky


Under the title of ‘Dedication’, the Austrian Kammersängerin Ildiko Raimondi and the Junge Philharmonie Wien conducted by Michael Lessky present selected songs by Richard Strauss and Franz Schubert.

Whereas the orchestrations of the Strauss songs were written directly in the temporal context of the composer’s working life, the majority of Schubert’s works were only later arranged for larger ensembles in the course of the emerging great popularity of the orchestral song at the beginning of the 20th century – frequently by arrangers whose names are hardly known today.

The more multi-layered sound and wealth of timbres of the orchestral version in comparison with the accustomed piano score cast a new light on songs such as ‘Ständchen’, ‘Heimliche Aufforderung’, ‘Freundliche Vision’, ‘Winterweihe’ (Strauss) or ‘An die Musik’, ‘Du bist die Ruh’, ‘An den Mond’ or ‘Wiegenlied’ (Schubert).

Ildiko Raimondi was born in Arad, Rumania, where she began her music education. She completed her vocal studies in Italy with Flaviano Labo and Carlo Bergonzi. She has performed in Dresden, Munich, Berlin, Valencia, Zurich and Helsinki as well as at Festivals in Salzburg, Edinburgh, Ludwigsburg, Bregenz and the Wiener Festwochen. Since 1991 she has been a member of the ensemble of the Wiener Staatsoper.

Michael Lessky hails from a highly musical Viennese family. He primarily gained his training as a conductor with Karl Österreicher at the Vienna Music Academy, acquiring additional important stimulus by frequently assisting Claudio Abbado at the Vienna State Opera as well as working with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. In addition, he studied law, piano, organ, church music and the theory of jazz in Vienna.

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