Aribert Reimann - Lieder | MDG (Dabringhaus und Grimm) MDG3071921

Aribert Reimann - Lieder

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Label: MDG (Dabringhaus und Grimm)

Cat No: MDG3071921

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 20th November 2015



Aribert Reimann’s (b.1936) songs are works by Mendelssohn, Brahms and Schumann arranged for soprano and string quartet, and are performed on this new recording by renowned soprano Christiane Oelze accompanied by the Leipzig String Quartet.

The title of Reimann's collection of songs by the genial early romanticist is a quotation from one of the Heine texts set by Mendelssohn and quite significantly refers to death: "... oder soll es Tod bedeuten?"

The very first verse heard on this CD, 'Leise zieht durch mein Gemüt liebliches Geläute', captures the essence of romanticism. The program ranging from 'Auf Flügeln des Gesanges' to 'Was will die einsame Träne?' then goes on to include familiar and less familiar songs.

The six freely composed intermezzi connecting the eight songs comment on Heine's ambivalent poems, employing them as interpretive points of departure and points of return.

Brahms set five songs by Ophelia from the fourth act of Shakespeare's Hamlet. Greatly reduced musical means depict the gradual development of madness in Hamlet's female beloved. Aribert Reimann's quartet version intensifies the impression of fragile forsakenness - gripping simplicity that goes straight to the heart!

Robert Schumann also opens his op.107 cycle with the ill-fated dreamer Ophelia, but then happily comes up with a comforting and conciliatory ending in the 'Evening Song'.

Felix Mendelssohn/Aribert Reimann:
- '...oder soll es Tod bedeuten?': Eight Songs and a Fragment on Poems by Heinrich Heine, arranged for Soprano and String Quartet and linked to Six Intermezzi by Aribert Reimann
Johannes Brahms/Aribert Reimann:
- Fünf Ophelia-Lieder, transcribed for Soprano and String Quartet
Aribert Reimann:
- Adagio – Zum Gedenken an Robert Schumann
Robert Schumann/Aribert Reimann:
- Sechs Gesänge Op.107, transcribed for Soprano and String Quartet

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