Braunfels - Orchestral Songs Vol.2 | Oehms OC1847

Braunfels - Orchestral Songs Vol.2

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Label: Oehms

Cat No: OC1847

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 30th September 2016

Contents

Artists

Genia Kuhmeier (soprano)
Camilla Nylund (soprano)
Ricarda Merbeth (soprano)
Konzerthausorchester Berlin

Conductor

Hansjorg Albrecht

Works

Braunfels, Walter

Chinese Songs (3), op.19
Der Tod der Kleopatra, op.59
Die Gott minnende Seele, op.53
Japanese Songs (4), op.62
Romantic Songs, op.58

Artists

Genia Kuhmeier (soprano)
Camilla Nylund (soprano)
Ricarda Merbeth (soprano)
Konzerthausorchester Berlin

Conductor

Hansjorg Albrecht

About

Braunfels regarded himself as a late-romantic, traditional composer in succession to Berlioz, Wagner and Bruckner. During the period of the Third Reich, he was dismissed from his positions as a "half Jew" and his works were banned from performance. After the Second World War, representatives of the musical avant-garde found Braunfels's style no longer contemporary, which is why he gradually became forgotten. His entire oeuvre has been enjoying a wonderful Renaissance since the 1990s, however, and is now being enthusiastically rediscovered by the international musical world.

Reviews

There’s very little stylistic distance between the earliest of the five song-cycles for soprano and orchestra here – the Three Chinese Songs of 1914, settings of translations by Hans Bethge from the same collection that Mahler had quarried a few years earlier for Das Lied von der Erde – and the last – the Four Japanese Songs from 1945, again to Bethge texts. The later works don’t have the lyrical freshness of the Chinese Songs, which Camilla Nylund’s wonderfully refined performance reveals as a neglected treasure. Nylund also sings the five Romantic Songs – settings of Brentano and Eichendorff which Braunfels began during the first world war and completed during the second.  Andrew Clements
The Guardian 10 November 2016

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