Rita Streich: Waltzes & Arias, Folk Songs & Lullabies | Australian Eloquence ELQ4801276

Rita Streich: Waltzes & Arias, Folk Songs & Lullabies


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Label: Australian Eloquence

Cat No: ELQ4801276

Barcode: 0028948012763

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 28th April 2014



Rita Streich (soprano)
Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Singgemeinschaft Rudolf Lamy
Die Regensburger Domspatzen
Members of the Bavarian Radio Orchestra


Kurt Gaebel
Carl Michalski


Rita Streich (soprano)
Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Singgemeinschaft Rudolf Lamy
Die Regensburger Domspatzen
Members of the Bavarian Radio Orchestra


Kurt Gaebel
Carl Michalski


Rita Streich, famed for her peerless coloratura, for her Queen of the Night and her performances of Olympia in 'Les contes d’Hoffmann' and Blonde in 'Die Entführung aus dem Serail', and often dubbed a ‘singing nightingale’, also took time out from a busy career to record miniatures.

Several LPs, combined over two (now deleted) Deutsche Grammophon ‘Originals’ are here combined into a 2CD set, showcasing the soprano in popular opera arias, waltz-songs, folk songs (English, American, Russian, Japanese and Yiddish) and lullabies.

The waltzes stem from the melodic treasury of the Viennese Strauss dynasty – music of yearning, enchantment and nostalgia, all abetted by Streich’s joyous coloratura. The folk songs and lullabies were recorded in Munich and in Regensburg, in 1962 and 1964. Note-writer Bernhard Uske, describes the result as ‘a glorious carpet of flowers’.

CD 1 Waltzes & Arias

Johann Strauss II
Voices of Spring, Op.410 (Frühlingsstimmen)
1. Die Lerche in blaue Höh' entschwebt

Camille Saint-Saëns
2. Le rossignol et la rose (Arr. Kurt Gaebel)

Giuseppe Verdi
3. Lo spazzocamino (Arr. Kurt Gaebel)

Benjamin Godard
4. Berceuse "Cachés dans cet asile, où Dieu nous a conduits"..."Oh, ne t'éveille pas encore" (Arr. Kurt Gaebel)

Luigi Arditi
Parla Waltz
5. "Qui nel dubbio non farmi penare" (Arr. Kurt Gaebel)

Franz von Suppé
6. Hab' ich nur deine Liebe

Antonín Dvorák
Rusalka, Op.114: Act 1
7. Mesicku na nebi hlubokém

Giacomo Meyerbeer
Dinorah, ou Le pardon de Ploërmel: Act 2
8. Ombra leggera

Josef Strauss
9. Village Swallows from Austria, Op.164 (Dorfschwalben aus Österreich)

Alexander Alabiev
10. The Nightingale for voice and piano (orch. Kurt Gaebel)

Léo Delibes
11. Les filles de Cadix

Willy Czernik
12. Chi sa?

Salvatore Marchesi
13. La folletta

Friedrich von Flotow
Martha: Act 2
14. Last Rose of Summer (Thomas Moore)

Eva Dell'Acqua
15. Villanelle (Villanella)

Johann Strauss II
16. Draussen in Sievering from "Die Tänzerin Fanny Elssler" (Arr. O. Stalla)

Luigi Arditi
17. Il Bacio

Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin / Kurt Gaebel

CD 2 Folk Songs and Lullabies
1. Du, du liegst mir im Herzen
2. O du liabs Ängeli
3. Frère Jacques
4. L'Amour de moi
5. Canto delle risaiole
6. Z'Lauterbach
7. Schlof sche, mein Vögele
8. Drink to me only with thine eyes
9. Nobody knows the trouble I've seen
10. Sakura (Cherry Blossoms)
11. Tschubtschik
12. Spi mladenez
13. In mezo al mar
14. Wenn ich ein Vöglein wär'

Johann Abraham Peter Schulz
15. Der Mond ist aufgegangen

16. Muss i denn zum Städtele 'naus
17. Weisst du, wieviel Sterne stehen (Arr. Friedrich Meyer)
18. O wie wohl ist mir am Abend (Arr. Friedrich Meyer)
19. Wo e kleins Hüttle steht (Arr. Friedrich Meyer)
20. All mein Gedanken (Germany) (Arr. Friedrich Meyer)
21. Glockenruf (Arr. Friedrich Meyer)
22. Der Bürgermeister von Wesel (Arr. Friedrich Meyer)

Philipp Julius Lieberkühn
23. Der Wechsel der Jahreszeiten (Arr. Friedrich Meyer)

Carl Maria von Weber
24. Schlaf, Herzenssöhnchen (Arr. Friedrich Meyer)

Bernhard Flies
Wiegenlied (previously attributed to Mozart)
25. Schlafe, mein Prinzchen, schlaf ein (Arr. Friedrich Meyer)

Anton Wilhelm von Zuccalmaglio
26. Sandmännchen (Arr. Friedrich Meyer)

27. Der Kuckuck (Arr. Friedrich Meyer)

Anton Wilhelm von Zuccalmaglio
28. Schwesterlein (Arr. Friedrich Meyer)

29. Ach Modr, ick will en Ding han (Arr. Friedrich Meyer)
30. In der Fruah (Arr. Friedrich Meyer)
31. Abendlied (Arr. Friedrich Meyer)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
32. Ave Maria, K.554 (Arr. Friedrich Meyer)

she has the rare gift of being able to sing bon-bons with a complete and captivating charm … sparkling fireworks (Meyerbeer) … the most beautiful control (Saint-Saëns) … ravishingly spun tone (Godard) … the recording is outstandingly good throughout with plenty of depth and a pleasing acoustic’ - Stereo Record Guide on CD1

like a bird on the wing, crystal-clear, astounding in its virtuosity … sings with absolute naturalness, with the utmost ease and a completely unforced intimacy’ - Opéra International

a voice so bright that an inner light radiates in her singing, Streich is pure pleasure to listen to … Highly recommended’ - Fanfare (Folk Songs and Lullabies)

Her voice was absolutely faultless: a ravishingly beautiful and pure tone, produced with perfect breath support and absolute evenness from bottom to top, with dead-on intonation and completely secure high notes free from any shrillness. This was allied to an interpretive art that was vivacious and yet always in perfectly good taste, able to pull out the stops for effect without falling prey to vulgarity’ - Fanfare (Waltzes & Arias)

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