The Art of Irmgard Seefried vol.10 | Australian Eloquence ELQ4807236

The Art of Irmgard Seefried vol.10

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Label: Australian Eloquence

Cat No: ELQ4807236

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 5th January 2015

Contents

Works

Egk, Werner

Canzoni (4)

Wolf, Hugo

Morike-Lieder
» no.3 Ein Stundlein wohl vor Tag
» no.7 Das verlassene Magdlein
» no.9 Nimmersatte Liebe
» no.11 An eine Aeolsharfe
» no.12 Verborgenheit
» no.13 Im Fruhling
» no.14 Agnes
» no.23 Auf ein altes Bild
» no.24 In der Fruhe
» no.28 Gebet
» no.35 Frage und Antwort
» no.39 Denk' es, o Seele!
Spanisches Liederbuch
» Geistliche Lieder: no.4 Die ihr schwebet
» Geistliche Lieder: no.6 Ach, des Knaben Augen sind
» Geistliche Lieder: no.7 Muhvoll komm' ich und beladen
» Geistliche Lieder: no.9 Herr, was tragt der Boden hier
» Geistliche Lieder: no.10 Wunden tragst du, mein Geliebter
» no.12 In dem Schatten meiner Locken
» no.12 Sagt, seid Ihr es, feiner Herr
» no.13 Mogen alle bosen Zungen
» no.26 Bedeckt mich mit Blumen
» no.28 Sie blasen zum Abmarsch
» no.34 Geh, Geliebter, geh jetzt

Artists

Irmgard Seefried (soprano)
Erik Werba (piano)
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Conductor

Werner Egk

Works

Egk, Werner

Canzoni (4)

Wolf, Hugo

Morike-Lieder
» no.3 Ein Stundlein wohl vor Tag
» no.7 Das verlassene Magdlein
» no.9 Nimmersatte Liebe
» no.11 An eine Aeolsharfe
» no.12 Verborgenheit
» no.13 Im Fruhling
» no.14 Agnes
» no.23 Auf ein altes Bild
» no.24 In der Fruhe
» no.28 Gebet
» no.35 Frage und Antwort
» no.39 Denk' es, o Seele!
Spanisches Liederbuch
» Geistliche Lieder: no.4 Die ihr schwebet
» Geistliche Lieder: no.6 Ach, des Knaben Augen sind
» Geistliche Lieder: no.7 Muhvoll komm' ich und beladen
» Geistliche Lieder: no.9 Herr, was tragt der Boden hier
» Geistliche Lieder: no.10 Wunden tragst du, mein Geliebter
» no.12 In dem Schatten meiner Locken
» no.12 Sagt, seid Ihr es, feiner Herr
» no.13 Mogen alle bosen Zungen
» no.26 Bedeckt mich mit Blumen
» no.28 Sie blasen zum Abmarsch
» no.34 Geh, Geliebter, geh jetzt

Artists

Irmgard Seefried (soprano)
Erik Werba (piano)
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Conductor

Werner Egk

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)

Like so many artists from north of the Alps, Wolf was lured by the Mediterranean south, an intoxicating world of light, sensual grace and intense, often violent emotions.

His Spanisches Liederbuch of 1889-90, 34 settings of Iberian folk poems translated by Emanuel Geibel and Paul Heyse, is the finest fruit of a long-lasting fascination with Spain. In the sacred settings, Seefried brings her characteristic intensity as well as a guileless radiance. In the secular settings we get to experience the coquettish and mischievous side of the singer. From the same year (1959) we have a selection of Wolf's Mörike settings.

As a rare pendant, Seefried performs Werner Egk's Quattro canzoni, composed in 1932 after an Italian sojourn, and revised in 1955. In their florid virtuosity - uninhibitedly relished by Seefried - and popular dance rhythms, these four songs are a German's tribute to Goethe's 'land where the lemon trees bloom'.

Seefried excels in the pert mockery of ‘Sagt, seid Ihr es’ and the exultant ‘Mögen alle bösen Zungen’ […] Erik Werba is meticulous over every nuance – his accompaniments contribute most valuably to this disc’ - Gramophone (Spanisches Liederbuch)

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