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Barbara Hannigan, Reinbert de Leeuw - Vienna. Fin de Siècle (2018)

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Barbara Hannigan, Reinbert de Leeuw - Vienna. Fin de Siècle (2018)

Barbara Hannigan, Reinbert de Leeuw - Vienna. Fin de Siècle (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 287 Mb | Total time: 77:41 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alpha Classics | ALPHA 393 | Recorded: 2017

Soprano Barbara Hannigan has become something of a cult favorite with her deep dives into specific and unusual repertories. Her self-presentation in concert is unorthodox and marked by full-scale efforts to communicate the essence of the music at hand, in works ranging from Berio to Gershwin. So it is with this set of songs from the decade and a half on either side of 1900 in Vienna. The enjoyment begins with the physically passionate cover, an example of her way of personifying the music's spirit. Hannigan's is an utterly distinctive voice, edgy and coruscating, and she knows how to tone down her considerable virtuosic powers to the dimensions of the music, such as that here, intended for small rooms.

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Wilhelm Furtwängler - A Hugo Wolf Recital (Salzburg Festival, 12 August 1953) (2019)

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Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Wilhelm Furtwängler - A Hugo Wolf Recital (Salzburg Festival, 12 August 1953) (2019)

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Wilhelm Furtwängler - A Hugo Wolf Recital (Salzburg Festival, 12 August 1953) (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 181 Mb | Total time: 65:11 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics ‎| # 0190295539283 | Recorded: 1953

It is perhaps the songs of Hugo Wolf that most closely define Elisabeth Schwarzkopf’s subtle art as a recitalist. At the Salzburg Festival in 1953 she marked the 50th anniversary of the composer’s death in a memorable collaboration with Wilhelm Furtwängler, who – having conducted her frequently in opera and oratorio – here became her accompanist. As the producer Walter Legge wrote: “We must be grateful that this extraordinary occasion was recorded not only for us but also for posterity.”

Sholto Kynoch - Wolf: The Complete Songs, Vol. 10 – Goethe Lieder, Pt. 1 (2020)

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Sholto Kynoch - Wolf: The Complete Songs, Vol. 10 – Goethe Lieder, Pt. 1 (2020)

Sholto Kynoch - Wolf: The Complete Songs, Vol. 10 – Goethe Lieder, Pt. 1 (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks+booklet) - 222 MB | Tracks: 19 | 65:25 min
Style: Classical | Label: Stone Records

This album is the penultimate release in Oxford Lieder’s complete Hugo Wolf song series – the first ever complete recording of Hugo Wolf’s songs. It features the first half of Wolf’s incredible Goethe settings, performed by three former finalists of the Cardiff Singer of the World competition (Louise Alder – Audience Prize Winner 2017; Katarina Karnéus – Winner 1995; and Neal Davies – Lieder Prize 1991) along with four equally renowned Lieder singers: Fflur Wyn; Rowan Hellier; Adrian Thompson; and Roderick Williams. They are joined by the Artistic Director of Oxford Lieder, Sholto Kynoch, at the piano. Recorded live at the Oxford Lieder Festival in the beautiful acoustics of Oxford’s Holywell Music Room, this recording brilliantly captures the drama of these extraordinary songs.

Roger Vignoles, Stephan Genz, Bernarda Fink - Hugo Wolf: Eichendorff-Lieder (1998)

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Roger Vignoles, Stephan Genz, Bernarda Fink - Hugo Wolf: Eichendorff-Lieder (1998)

Roger Vignoles, Stephan Genz, Bernarda Fink - Hugo Wolf: Eichendorff-Lieder (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 198 Mb | Total time: 57:06 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA66909 | Recorded: 1997

This important recording presents all of Hugo Wolf’s settings of the poetry of Eichendorff—26 songs in all, several of which seem never to have been recorded before (a fact which is hard to understand because they are very attractive). One of Wolf’s favourite writers, Joseph, Freiherr von Eichendorff (1788–1857) was the German Romantic poet par excellence and his poems are full of the sounds of nature, the beauty of landscape, religious faith, and much musical imagery, with references to minstrels and other musicians. He was the poet of Schumann’s Op 39 Liederkreis, though perhaps the most well-known Eichendorff setting is Im Abendrot from Strauss’s Four Last Songs.