Berg / Hartmann - Lieder
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Label: ECM New Series
Cat No: 4763848
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 25th October 2010
WorksFruhe Lieder (Early Songs) (7)
Schliesse mir die Augen beide (1907)
Schliesse mir die Augen beide (1925)
ArtistsJuliane Banse (soprano)
Aleksandar Madzar (piano)
Alban Berg’s early songs, written while he was still under Schoenberg’s tutelage, chart the young composer’s metamorphosis from writer of late romantic love songs to master of the modern idiom. The Berg selections here comprise 18 songs – the Sieben frühe Lieder, the Jugendlieder and two fascinatingly-contrasting versions of Schließe mir die Augen beide from 1900 and 1925.
Hartmann’s cantata Lamento for soprano & piano was made in 1955 out of solo passages from a choral work of 1936/7 dedicated to Berg. A demanding work, it has rarely been recorded. In his note Paul Griffiths writes, “Lamento is a big piece, one that thoroughly engages the two formidable musicians who present it. Banse is the kind of singer Hartmann must have imagined, one who can maintain ease, power and warmth under difficult circumstances, whose singing conveys at once authority and vulnerability and whose musical experience runs from Bach to the present day. Aleksandar Madžar similarly brings out the depth of history and the immediacy of feeling written into this work.”
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