Hans Sommer - Mignons Sehnen: Lieder | Solo Musica SM281

Hans Sommer - Mignons Sehnen: Lieder

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Label: Solo Musica

Cat No: SM281

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 29th March 2018

Contents

Artists

Constance Heller (mezzo-soprano)
Gerold Huber (piano)

Works

Sommer, Hans

Desdemona
Lieder (5), op.1
» Stumme Liebe
Lieder (7), op.16
Lieder (10), op.9
» no.3 Nachtzauber
» no.9 Auf einer Burg
Lorelei, op.7
Mignons Heimath
Mignons Sehnen
Mignon singt, als Engel angetan
Sapphos Gesange (6), op.6

Artists

Constance Heller (mezzo-soprano)
Gerold Huber (piano)

About

As a composer Hans Sommer emerged with songs and especially with his operas. Since, however, no opera of Sommer’s could hold its own in the repertoire for a long time, one overlooked easily the quality of his works and his contribution to the further development of the opera after Wagner. The much sung songs during their lifetime disappeared from the repertoire of the singers through the time-boundness of the selected poems; Hans Sommer wrote the important contributions in the area of the art song at a time when his star was already sinking and he no longer had protagonists. The fact that he published his operas and parts of his song making in self-publishing and the publisher Litolff, who had published at least half of the total of about 300 Hans Sommer songs, was dissolved in 1940, was not even a publisher behind a possible revival of works by Hans Sommer.

Sommer’s final compositions, which are centred mainly on Goethe’s texts, serve (whether intentionally or unintentionally) as a message to posterity, advocating an intellectual mindset that, throughout his life, was rooted in Naturphilosophie, a philosophical approach to nature that flourished in the German-speaking world in the early 19th century. The selection of texts furthermore bears eloquent testimony to Sommer’s loneliness in his final years and the unwavering “optimism of an incorrigible idealist”.

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