The Art of Irmgard Seefried vol.11 | Australian Eloquence ELQ4807237

The Art of Irmgard Seefried vol.11

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Label: Australian Eloquence

Cat No: ELQ4807237

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 5th January 2015

Contents

Works

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Cantata BWV202 'Weichet nur, betrubte schatten' (Wedding Cantata)
St Matthew Passion, BWV244
» Aus Liebe will mein Heiland sterben
» Blute nur, du liebes Herz!
» Er hat uns allen wohlgetan
» Ich will dir mein Herze schenken
» So ist mein Jesus nun gefangen
» Wiewohl mein Herz in Tranen schwimmt

Gounod, Charles

St Cecilia Mass (Messe Solennelle de Sainte Cecile)
» Gloria in Excelsis

Haydn, Franz Joseph

The Creation (Die Schopfung), Hob.XXI:2
» Auf starkem Fittige schwingt sich der Adler stolz
» Holde Gattin!
» Nun beut die Flur das frische Grun
» Nun ist die erste Pflicht erfullt
» Und Gott sprach: Es bringe das Wasser in der Fulle hervor
» Und Gott sprach: Es bringe die Erde Gras hervor

Artists

Irmgard Seefried (soprano)
Festival Strings Lucerne
Munchener Bach-Chor
Munchener Chorknaben
Munchener Bach-Orchester
Berliner Philharmoniker
Czech Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra

Conductors

Rudolf Baumgartner
Karl Richter
Igor Markevitch

Works

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Cantata BWV202 'Weichet nur, betrubte schatten' (Wedding Cantata)
St Matthew Passion, BWV244
» Aus Liebe will mein Heiland sterben
» Blute nur, du liebes Herz!
» Er hat uns allen wohlgetan
» Ich will dir mein Herze schenken
» So ist mein Jesus nun gefangen
» Wiewohl mein Herz in Tranen schwimmt

Gounod, Charles

St Cecilia Mass (Messe Solennelle de Sainte Cecile)
» Gloria in Excelsis

Haydn, Franz Joseph

The Creation (Die Schopfung), Hob.XXI:2
» Auf starkem Fittige schwingt sich der Adler stolz
» Holde Gattin!
» Nun beut die Flur das frische Grun
» Nun ist die erste Pflicht erfullt
» Und Gott sprach: Es bringe das Wasser in der Fulle hervor
» Und Gott sprach: Es bringe die Erde Gras hervor

Artists

Irmgard Seefried (soprano)
Festival Strings Lucerne
Munchener Bach-Chor
Munchener Chorknaben
Munchener Bach-Orchester
Berliner Philharmoniker
Czech Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra

Conductors

Rudolf Baumgartner
Karl Richter
Igor Markevitch

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)

This final volume in an exploration of the art of Irmgard Seefried encompasses selections (arias and duets) from her oratorio recordings (Bach’s St Matthew Passion, Haydn’s Creation and Gounod’s St Cecilia Mass) as well as the first issue on CD of her recording of Bach’s ‘Wedding’ Cantata.

Seefried’s tonal purity, grace of phrase and care for a true, ‘bound’ legato made her a sought-after Bach singer. With her fresh, smiling tone and innate vivacity, Seefried was a natural for Haydn’s Creation, a work in which joy is of the essence. The disc concludes with the rapt ‘Gloria in excelsis’ from Gounod’s Messe solennelle de Ste Cécile.

This is a sumptuously produced recording of the St Matthew Passion […] Seefried’s fresh and clear soprano is invaluable in her arias’ - Gramophone

‘a grand performance […] I cannot too highly recommend this splendid issue’ - Gramophone (Haydn)

Contents:
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
- Cantata, "Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten", BWV202
Festival Strings Lucerne / Rudolf Baumgartner

- St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (selections)
Münchener Bach-Chor, Münchener Chorknaben, Münchener Bach-Orchester / Karl Richter

JOSEPH HAYDN
- Die Schöpfung, Hob.XXI:2 (selections)
Berliner Philharmoniker / Igor Markevitch

CHARLES GOUNOD
- Messe solennelle de Ste Cecile: Gloria in excelsis
Czech Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra / Igor Markevitch

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