Anne Schwanewilms: The Wagner Album

Wesendonck-Lieder · Tannhäuser · Tristan
Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra · Cornelius Meister

C5174 PC: 21 845221051741

,She sent him ‘cute poems about angels and dreams, even in the manner of Schopenhauer; he added a cautious melody, so as not to destroy the slender, little girl’s dreams of anguish and its beauty’. This is how Ludwig Marcuse in Das denkwürdige Leben des Richard Wagner portrays the emerging love between Mathilde and Richard and the songs associated with it. ,Take all my soul as a morning greeting!’ the composer rhapsodized in a written message to his beloved. It was a fatal letter, for Minna intercepted it and subsequently undermined the idyll.
One of the most interesting voices of our time presents her first Wagner Album: Anne Schwanewilms, who just had her very sucessful Debut at Metropolitain Opera New York sings the Wesendonck-Lieder, Elisabeth Aria from Tannhäuser and first time ever her debut as Isolde for this CD Recording.


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Piano Works
Artur Pizarro, piano

C5196 PC: 21 UPC: 845221051963

Nove Danças Breves (1938-1948)
Variações sobre um tema popular português, op. 1 (1927)
Piano Sonata No. 2, op. 26 (1939)
Ao Fio dos Anos e das Horas
Classical Modernism Meets Portuguese Folklore
Among the masters of classical Modernism, there are three Portuguese composers who are considered greats today: Luís de Freitas Branco (1890-1955), Fernando Lopes-Graça (1906-94) and Freitas Branco’s most gifted pupil Joly Braga Santos (1924-88). At the same time, these three composers stand for three basic currents in the music of their time. Lopes-Graça integrated Portuguese folklore especially in his oeuvre by combining it with the achievements of atonal, dissonance-spiced contemporary harmony like other modern national composers such as Bartók, Saygun or Ginastera. He advocated Communist ideals and was a convinced opponent of the Fascist Prime Minister António de Oliveira Salazar, who as leader of his movement Estado Nuovo ruled the country with an iron hand from 1932 to 1968. This led to Lopes-Graça being imprisoned several times and to many obstacles being placed in his way as a composer and teacher. There is no doubt that Lopes-Graça was a subtle and independent master not only in orchestral and chamber music, but also especially in his piano works, which are idiomatically and effectively written for the instrument.

Ferruccio Busoni

Bach Transcriptions
Holger Groschopp, piano

2CD · C5198 PC: 21 (Special Price) UPC: 845221051987

Prelude and Fugue in D major · Toccata in D minor · Choral Preludes for the organ by Bach · Toccata in C major · Choral Prelude · Capriccio on the departure of his most beloved brother · »Floh-Sprung«-Canon (Premiere recording) · Improvisation on the Bach Chorale ‘O friend of souls, how well is me‘ (Premiere recording)
Three transcriptions from Busoni‘s circle
Anna Weiß-Busoni (1833–1909): »Ferruccio« OP. 9 (Premiere recording)

The present album is to be understood as a complement to the box of four CDs (CAPRICCIO 7015) containing transcriptions and paraphrases based on seventeen different composers. It features Bach arrangements not yet represented in that collection but does not include those works that Busoni published without exercising significant changes in his capacity as an editor.
The program also includes some world premiere recordings of transcriptions the Berlin Pianist Holger Groschopp could find in the archives, and the arrangement of works by Bach also enjoyed great popularity in Busoni’s circle of pupils – as some of the world premiere recorded pieces demonstrate.

Brahms: Die schöne Magelone

Daniel Behle, Tenor · Sveinung Bjelland, Klavier
Hans-Jürgen Schatz, Erzähler

2CD · C5203 PC: 21 (Special Price) UPC: 845221052038

This double CD for the first time combines two possible views of the song cycle with Romances from L. Tieck’s ‘Magelone’ op. 33 by Johannes Brahms. On the one hand, the first CD offers the opportunity to listen to the song cycle without the prose text, and the second CD presents a version, in which before each of the songs a sensitive abridgement of Tieck’s text by Hans-Jürgen Schatz can be heard. The unabridged text by Ludwig Tieck  would result in an overweight of the text, and the music would clearly move into the background. This was probably also a thought that Johannes Brahms had, and for this reason he may have preferred a performance without the prose text, especially as the story by Tieck was well-known in the 19th century. With the 15 romances, Brahms reaches a new level in compositional terms. The songs seem to be uninfluenced by contemporary works, and merely Schubert’s songs might have been models in many passages. Here, the declamation close to the text must be mentioned in particular. Otherwise, Brahms moves completely independently of external influences, creating a new, almost symphonic style that is particularly seen in the preludes and postludes. Sometimes, people even speak freely about ‘Brahms’ sole opera’. 

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Schumann: Selected Songs
Charles Spencer, piano

C5172 PC: 21 845221051727

ROBERT SCHUMANN (1810 – 1856)
Zwölf Gedichte von Justinus Kerner (1786-1862), Op. 35
Es leuchtet meine Liebe, Op. 127 No. 3 (Heinrich Heine, 1797-1856)
Mein Wagen rollet langsam, Op. 142 No. 4 (Heinrich Heine)
Belsazar Op. 57 (Heinrich Heine)
Sechs Gedichte (Nikolaus Lenau, 1802-1850)
und Requiem Op. 90 (Leberecht Dreves, 1816-1870)
PAUL ARMIN EDELMANN, Bariton / baritone
CHARLES SPENCER, Klavier / piano

Although Robert Schumann was always very keen on literature, as a young man he did not show very much interest in the genre of the song. As a student in Leipzig, he composed a few songs, including five by the Swabian poet Justinus Kerner. But afterwards he mainly devoted himself to instrumental music. But a year later, he composed 138 songs in a feverish fit of work. ‘Composing and playing music,’ he wrote to Clara, ‘almost kills me. Ah, Clara, what a bliss it is to write for song; I had missed it for a long time.
"Paul Armin Edelmann is the perfect song-poet with a wonderfully balanced and seamless voice; a dreamy, soft legato binding every phrase, text and music in an exemplary manner into a single unit of song and story. A feast for the ears."   (FonoForum) 

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