Erna Berger & Hermann Prey sing Wolf, Schumann & Brahms | Profil PH18029

Erna Berger & Hermann Prey sing Wolf, Schumann & Brahms


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Label: Profil

Cat No: PH18029

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 14th September 2018



Erna Berger (soprano)
Hermann Prey (baritone)
Gunther Weissenborn (piano)


Brahms, Johannes

Vier ernste Gesange, op.121

Grieg, Edvard

Melodies of the Heart (4), op.5
» no.3 Jeg elsker dig (I love but thee)
Songs (5), op.60
» no.3 Mens jeg venter (While I wait)

Loewe, Carl

Gesange (3), op.123
» no.3 Die Uhr
Tom der Reimer, op.135a

Mendelssohn, Felix

Gesange (6), op.34
» no.2 Auf Flugeln des Gesanges
Songs (6) for voice and piano, op.19a
» no.5 Gruss

Schubert, Franz

Heidenroslein, op.3 no.3 D257
Rosamunde, D797
» Romance: Der Vollmond strahlt auf Bergeshoh'n
Standchen, D889 'Horch! Horch! Die Lerch'

Schumann, Robert

Frauenliebe und -leben, op.42

Wolf, Hugo

Eichendorff-Lieder (20)
» no.12 Heimweh
Italienisches Liederbuch (Italian Songbook)
» no.10 Fussreise


Erna Berger (soprano)
Hermann Prey (baritone)
Gunther Weissenborn (piano)


On this recording, now released on CD for the first time, the 46 settings of Italian songs are shared between the soprano Erna Berger and baritone Hermann Prey. Both are among the most outstanding recitalists of the 20th century. In fact, when the recordings were made with pianist Günther Weissenborn in the Berlin district of Zehlendorf in September and November of 1959, Erna Berger (1900–1990) was nearing the end of her career whereas Hermann Prey (1929–1998) was just starting out.

By contrast, the songs on the second part of the second CD are (like the baritone sections of Wolf’s Italian Songbook) very early recordings by a singer who later gained worldwide renown from around 1960 onwards. Hermann Oskar Karl Bruno Prey was born in Berlin on 11 July 1929.

The songs recorded on this double CD by the “late” Erna Berger and the “early” Hermann Prey will certainly give anyone interested in performance history, or music in general, a valuable audio account with a carefully restored sound quality.

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