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Mozart: Complete Songs / Ziesak, Odinius, Eisenlohr


Release Date: 06/24/2008 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557900-01   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartFranz Schubert
Performer:  Ruth ZiesakUlrich EisenlohrLothar OdiniusAriane Lorch
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 37 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Mozart's songs--at least some of them--have appeared on disc with reasonable frequency, but usually on compilations with works by other composers. A couple of editions claiming to be "complete" have been issued, but this newcomer overall is the best, combining the sincere, articulate interpretations of two accomplished if not always compelling singers performing 36 songs on two discs. One of the songs, "Luisens Antwort", is actually by Schubert, and is included for textual comparative purposes with Mozart's "Das Lied der Trennung"; another is likely an arrangement by Mozart of an original song by Czech composer Josef Myslivecek; a third--"Die Zufriedenheit"--appears in two essentially different Read more versions, one with piano, the other a setting with mandolin accompaniment.

Most striking to a listener more or less unfamiliar with these songs is how substantial and durable and specialized many of them are. With a few exceptions these certainly are anything but minor amusements or even scraps from this or that opera wastebasket. Of course we take the high level of craftsmanship and melodic invention for granted; but because we don't often hear or even recognize Mozart as a "song composer"--certainly not in the manner of later composers such as Schubert--the opportunity to listen to all of his works in the genre--not just the usual, most popular examples--is something of a revelation as well as another reminder of his genius.

Speaking of Schubert, it's easy to hear more than a bit of the musical sensibility of that yet-to-be-born composer in songs such as "An Chloë" and "Abendempfindung an Laura"; and who can resist the beautiful, simple melody and artful text setting of "Das Traumbild"--Mozartean elegance at its finest. There's also plenty of drama in songs such as "Der Zauberer" and (in a near-operatic exposition) "Die Ihr des Unermeßlichen Weltalls Schöpfer ehrt".

All of these songs are given heartfelt and technically solid performances by soprano Ruth Ziesak and tenor Lothar Odinius, although overall Odinius, with his easy-on-the-ear, lyric timbre, delivers the more memorably expressive interpretations. Ziesak has a very pleasing light soprano but sometimes we might wish for a bit more emotional involvement, as in the popular "Das Veilchen". However, both singers are accomplished lieder recitalists (both have contributed admirably to Naxos' ongoing Schubert Edition) and so is their superb accompanist Ulrich Eisenlohr, who makes the most of Mozart's integral piano parts, which often seem to anticipate much later developments in lieder composition. The studio sound is detailed and well-balanced between voice and piano, although the latter could benefit from just a touch less brightness in the treble. Liner notes provide a thorough discussion of all the songs; texts and translations are available only from Naxos' website.

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Sehnsucht nach dem Frühling, K 596 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ruth Ziesak (Soprano), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
2. Im Frühlingsanfang, K 597 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ruth Ziesak (Soprano), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
3. Das Kinderspiel, K 598 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano), Lothar Odinius (Tenor)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
4. Lobegesang auf die feierliche Johannisloge, K 148 (125h) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano), Lothar Odinius (Tenor)
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1775-76; Salzburg, Austria 
5. Lied zur Gesellenreise, K 468 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano), Lothar Odinius (Tenor)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
6. Die ihr des unermesslichen Weltalls Schöpfer ehrt, K 619 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ruth Ziesak (Soprano), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
7. Wie unglücklich bin ich nit, K 147 (125g) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano), Lothar Odinius (Tenor)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775-1776; Salzburg, Austria 
8. Komm, liebe Zither, K 351 (367b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ruth Ziesak (Soprano), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1780-1781; Munich, Germany 
9. Die Verschweigung, K 518 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano), Lothar Odinius (Tenor)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria 
10. An Chloë, K 524 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ruth Ziesak (Soprano), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria 
11. Der Zauberer, K 472 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano), Lothar Odinius (Tenor)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
12. Das Lied der Trennung, K 519 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ruth Ziesak (Soprano), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria 
13. Luisens Antwort, D 319 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Ruth Ziesak (Soprano), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
14. Die betrogene Welt, K 474 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ruth Ziesak (Soprano), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
15. Als Luise die Briefe, K 520 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano), Lothar Odinius (Tenor)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria 
16. Lied der Freiheit, K 506 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ruth Ziesak (Soprano), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
17. Oiseaux, si tous les ans, K307/K284d by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano), Lothar Odinius (Tenor)
Written: 1777-78 
18. Dans un bois solitaire, K 308 (295b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ruth Ziesak (Soprano), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1777-1778; Mannheim, Germany 
19. Ridente la calma, K 152 (210a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ruth Ziesak (Soprano), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1772-1775; Italy 
20. Die Zufriedenheit, K 349 (367a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Lothar Odinius (Tenor), Ariane Lorch (Mandolin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1780-1781; Munich, Germany 
21. Die Zufriedenheit, K 349 (367a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano), Lothar Odinius (Tenor)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1780-1781; Munich, Germany 
22. An die Freude, K 53 (47e) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ruth Ziesak (Soprano), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1768; Vienna, Austria 
23. Verdankt sei es dem Glanz, K 392 (340a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano), Lothar Odinius (Tenor)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781-1782; Vienna, Austria 
24. An die Einsamkeit, K 391 (340b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ruth Ziesak (Soprano), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Vienna, Austria 
25. An die Hoffnung, K 390 (340c) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano), Lothar Odinius (Tenor)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Vienna, Austria 
26. Die Zufriedenheit, K 473 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano), Ruth Ziesak (Soprano), Lothar Odinius (Tenor)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
27. Die Alte, K 517 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ruth Ziesak (Soprano), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria 
28. Die kleine Spinnerin, K 531 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ruth Ziesak (Soprano), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria 
29. Beim Auszug in das Feld, K 552 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano), Lothar Odinius (Tenor)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
30. German Church Songs (2), K 343 (336c) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano), Ruth Ziesak (Soprano), Lothar Odinius (Tenor)
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1787 
31. Des kleinen Friedrichs Geburtstag, K 529 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ruth Ziesak (Soprano), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
32. Das Veilchen, K 476 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ruth Ziesak (Soprano), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
33. Das Traumbild, K 530 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano), Lothar Odinius (Tenor)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
34. Abendempfindung, K 523 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ruth Ziesak (Soprano), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria 
35. Einsam bin ich, meine Liebe, K Anh. 26 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano), Lothar Odinius (Tenor)
Period: Classical 

Featured Sound Samples

Die kleine Spinnerin
Komm, liebe Zither
Sehnsucht nach dem Frühling
Die ihr des unermesslichen Weltalls Schöpfer ehrt

Sound Samples

Sehnsucht nach dem Fruhlinge, K. 596
Im Fruhlingsanfang, K. 597
Das Kinderspiel, K. 598
Lobegesang auf die feierliche Johannisloge, K. 148, "O heiliges Band der Freundschaft"
Lied zur Gesellenreise, K. 468
Die ihr des unermesslichen Weltalls, K. 619
Komm, liebe Zither, K. 351
Die Verschweigung, K. 518
An Chloe, K. 524
Der Zauberer, K. 472
Das Lied der Trennung, K. 519
Luisens Antwort, D. 319
Die betrogene Welt, K. 474
Als Luise die Briefe, K. 520
Lied der Freiheit, K. 506
Oiseaux, si tous les ans, K. 307
Dans un bois solitaire, K. 308
Ridente la calma (arr. W.A. Mozart for voice and piano, K. 152/210a)
Die Zufriedenheit, K. 349 (with mandolin accompaniment): Die Zufriedenheit, K. 349 (version with mandolin accompaniment)
Die Zufriedenheit, K. 349 (with piano accompaniment): Die Zufriedenheit, K. 349 (version with piano accompaniment)
An die Freude, K. 53
Verdankt sei es dem Glanz , K. 392
An die Einsamkeit, K. 391
An die Hoffnung, K. 390
Die Zufriedenheit, K. 473
Die Alte, K. 517
Die Kleine Spinnerin, K. 531
Beim Auszug in das Feld, K. 552
2 German sacred songs, K. 343: No. 1. O Gottes Lamm
2 German sacred songs, K. 343: No. 2. Als aus Aegypten
Des kleinen Friedrichs Geburtstag, K. 529
Das Veilchen, K. 476
Das Traumbild, K. 530
Abendempfindung, K. 523
Einsam bin ich, meine Liebe, K.Anh.26

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