The Art of Irmgard Seefried vol.6 | Australian Eloquence ELQ4807232

The Art of Irmgard Seefried vol.6

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Label: Australian Eloquence

Cat No: ELQ4807232

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 5th January 2015

Contents

Works

Brahms, Johannes

Deutsche Volkslieder (49), WoO33
» no.12 Feinsliebchen, du sollst mir nicht barfuss gehn
» no.15 Schwesterlein
» no.42 In stiller Nacht
Lieder (4), op.43
» no.1 Von ewiger Liebe
» no.2 Die Mainacht (Wann der silberne Mond)
Lieder (4), op.96
» no.1 Der Tod, das ist die kuhle Nacht
» no.2 Wir wandelten
Lieder (5), op.106
» no.1 Standchen (Der Mond steht uber dem Berge)
Lieder (6), op.7
» no.4 Volkslied
» no.5 Die Trauernde
Lieder and Songs (8), op.57
» no.8 Unbewegte laue Luft
Lieder und Gesange (9), op.32
» no.2 Nicht mehr zu dir zu gehen
Romances and songs (5), op.84
» no.4 Vergebliches Standchen
Romanzen aus Die schone Magelone (15), op.33
» no.9 Ruhe, Sussliebchen

Schumann, Robert

Liederkreis, op.24
» IX Mit Myrthen und Rosen
» VIII Anfangs wollt' Ich fast verzagen
Lieder und Gesange (5), op.127
» no.2 Dein Angesicht
Myrthen, op.25
» no.7 Die Lotosblume
» no.21 Was will die einsame Trane
» no.24 Du bist wie eine Blume
Romanzen und Balladen vol.3 (3), op.53
» no.3 Der arme Peter
Romanzen und Balladen vol.4, op.64
» no.3 Tragodie: II Es fiel ein Reif
» no.3 Tragodie: III Auf ihrem Grab

Artists

Irmgard Seefried (soprano)
Erik Werba (piano)

Works

Brahms, Johannes

Deutsche Volkslieder (49), WoO33
» no.12 Feinsliebchen, du sollst mir nicht barfuss gehn
» no.15 Schwesterlein
» no.42 In stiller Nacht
Lieder (4), op.43
» no.1 Von ewiger Liebe
» no.2 Die Mainacht (Wann der silberne Mond)
Lieder (4), op.96
» no.1 Der Tod, das ist die kuhle Nacht
» no.2 Wir wandelten
Lieder (5), op.106
» no.1 Standchen (Der Mond steht uber dem Berge)
Lieder (6), op.7
» no.4 Volkslied
» no.5 Die Trauernde
Lieder and Songs (8), op.57
» no.8 Unbewegte laue Luft
Lieder und Gesange (9), op.32
» no.2 Nicht mehr zu dir zu gehen
Romances and songs (5), op.84
» no.4 Vergebliches Standchen
Romanzen aus Die schone Magelone (15), op.33
» no.9 Ruhe, Sussliebchen

Schumann, Robert

Liederkreis, op.24
» IX Mit Myrthen und Rosen
» VIII Anfangs wollt' Ich fast verzagen
Lieder und Gesange (5), op.127
» no.2 Dein Angesicht
Myrthen, op.25
» no.7 Die Lotosblume
» no.21 Was will die einsame Trane
» no.24 Du bist wie eine Blume
Romanzen und Balladen vol.3 (3), op.53
» no.3 Der arme Peter
Romanzen und Balladen vol.4, op.64
» no.3 Tragodie: II Es fiel ein Reif
» no.3 Tragodie: III Auf ihrem Grab

Artists

Irmgard Seefried (soprano)
Erik Werba (piano)

About

After Irmgard Seefried's death in 1988, her contemporary Elisabeth Schwarzkopf - never one to dish out compliments lightly - commented: "All of us envied her, because what we had to achieve laboriously worked for her so naturally and as a matter of course, because she knew how to sing from the heart".

Freshness, spontaneity, natural warmth of feeling, allied to a voice of gleaming beauty and a delightful stage presence: these were the hallmarks of a much-loved soprano who for three decades charmed and moved audiences in the theatre and concert hall, her face as expressive as her voice. As John Steane memorably put it in Gramophone, "it was as though she wore her own spotlight".

Born in the Swabian town of Köngetried in 1919, Seefried was 'discovered', aged twenty, by Herbert von Karajan in Aachen, where she made her operatic debut as the Priestess in Aida. In 1943 she sang Eva in Die Meistersinger for the Wiener Staatsoper, initiating an association that lasted until 1976. It was in Strauss and Mozart that Seefried was most admired.

Issued over eleven single-disc volumes, Deutsche Grammophon / Eloquence pays tribute to Irmgard Seefried, bringing back to circulation several recordings that have never previously been issued on CD. The music ranges through opera and oratorio, with an especially generous offering of art song from a range of composers, including Schubert, Schumann, Wolf, Hindemith and Egk. The notes for the series have been written by that leading connoisseur of the voice, Richard Wigmore.

If I were condemned to hear only one voice for the remainder of my life I think it might well be hers. If I wanted to be charmed, to laugh or cry I would find her the perfect companion. In her singing … we hear someone whose every utterance bespeaks natural sincerity and truthful feeling’ - Alan Blyth on Irmgard Seefried (Gramophone)

Seefried’s expressive directness and unselfconscious charm also made her a cherishable recitalist, usually in partnership with the Viennese pianist Erik Werba (1918–1992). In these 1956 Schumann recordings they focused on settings of Heinrich Heine, the poet with whom the composer had the most intuitive sympathy.

Seefried often included a handful of Brahms folksong arrangements in her recitals, allowing her, inter alia, to slip into the dialect of her native Swabia. Her naturalness and gift of singing ‘from the heart’ made her an ideal interpreter of these touching cameos.

Elsewhere the mezzo depths within Seefried’s vernal soprano are movingly heard in the Tristanesque death-longing of ‘Der Tod, das ist die kühle Nacht’, and the crepuscular ‘Die Mainacht’. She brings an inexorably mounting passion to ‘Nicht mehr zu dir zu gehen’ and uninhibitedly relishes the fervid vision of erotic bliss in ‘Unbewegte laue Luft’. Seefried crowns her Brahms group with a tender, intensely felt performance of the famous ‘Von ewiger Liebe’, perhaps the most piercing declaration of undying love in all song.

Miss Seefried’s contributions are extremely beautiful; she sings in ravishing tones, and with fullness of voice ... the recording is very real’ - (Schumann) Gramophone

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