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Schone Wiege Meiner Leiden / Werner Gura, Christoph Berner

Brahms / Schumann / Gura / Berner
Release Date: 12/10/2013 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 501842   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johannes BrahmsClara Wieck SchumannRobert Schumann
Performer:  Werner GüraChristoph Berner
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


This is the kind of disc that makes for an easy review: a first-rate recital featuring beautiful, sensitive, expressive singing guided by intelligent interpretive decisions and shaped by the consummate communicative artistry of the two performers. Tenor Werner Güra never has sounded or performed better, his fluid, facile, silver-toned lyricism perfectly suited to these melody-rich songs. These pieces work best when sung simply, honestly, and without affectation--but this requires not only supreme technical resources to ensure an easy flowing quality to numbers such as Brahms' "Da unten im Tale" and Clara Schumann's "Warum willst du and're fragen", but also a clear, vibrant,
Read more appealing vocal tone that engages our ears and keeps us happily listening.


And that's exactly what we get here, one of those rare, ideally programmed, heart-warming and artistically gratifying vocal recitals that we cherish both for its successful marriage of music and singer and for the pleasure brought by the music itself, which in this case consists of some of the more compatible and representative songs written by three very intimately intertwined musical personalities. The particular selection, which also makes up part of a "semi-staged" concert program Güra and pianist Christoph Berner perform along with actress Meriam Abbas, is designed to explore the "interactions among this artistic trinity." Whatever their extra-musical dividends, these songs have an enduring appeal all their own. Although other fine singers of various vocal categories have done ample justice to this same repertoire, Güra takes a place among the best--and he's given exemplary assistance and support by his piano partner and by sound that's clean and natural and perfectly balanced. A great disc!
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
Review of original release of this recording, Harmonia Mundi 901842
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Works on This Recording

1.
Deutsche Volkslieder (49), WoO 33: no 1, Sagt mir, o schönste Schäfrin mein by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Werner Güra (Tenor), Christoph Berner (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1894; Germany 
2.
Deutsche Volkslieder (49), WoO 33: no 5, Die Sonne scheint nicht mehr by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Christoph Berner (Piano), Werner Güra (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1894; Germany 
3.
Deutsche Volkslieder (49), WoO 33: no 6, Da unten im Tale by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Christoph Berner (Piano), Werner Güra (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1894; Germany 
4.
Deutsche Volkslieder (49), WoO 33: no 41, Es steht ein Lind by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Werner Güra (Tenor), Christoph Berner (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1894; Germany 
5.
Deutsche Volkslieder (49), WoO 33: no 11, Jungfräulein, soll ich mit euch gehn by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Werner Güra (Tenor), Christoph Berner (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1894; Germany 
6.
Deutsche Volkslieder (49), WoO 33: no 12, Feinsliebchen, du sollst mir nicht barfuss gehn by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Werner Güra (Tenor), Christoph Berner (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1894; Germany 
7.
Deutsche Volkslieder (49), WoO 33: no 25, Mein Mädel hat einen Rosenmund by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Werner Güra (Tenor), Christoph Berner (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1894; Germany 
8.
Deutsche Volkslieder (49), WoO 33: no 15, Schwesterlein, Schwesterlien by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Werner Güra (Tenor), Christoph Berner (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1894; Germany 
9.
Deutsche Volkslieder (49), WoO 33: no 28, Es reit ein Herr by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Christoph Berner (Piano), Werner Güra (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1894; Germany 
10.
Deutsche Volkslieder (49), WoO 33: no 42, In stiller Nacht, zur ersten Wacht by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Christoph Berner (Piano), Werner Güra (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1894; Germany 
11.
Lieder (3), Op. 12: no 1, Er ist gekommen by Clara Wieck Schumann
Performer:  Werner Güra (Tenor), Christoph Berner (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
12.
Lieder (3), Op. 12: no 3, Warum willst du andre fragen? by Clara Wieck Schumann
Performer:  Werner Güra (Tenor), Christoph Berner (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
13.
Lieder aus Jucunde (6), Op. 23: no 3, Geheimes Flüstern by Clara Wieck Schumann
Performer:  Werner Güra (Tenor), Christoph Berner (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Germany 
14.
Lieder (6), Op. 13: no 2, Sie liebten sich Beide by Clara Wieck Schumann
Performer:  Christoph Berner (Piano), Werner Güra (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842-1843; Germany 
15.
Lieder aus Jucunde (6), Op. 23: no 1, Was weinst du by Clara Wieck Schumann
Performer:  Werner Güra (Tenor), Christoph Berner (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Germany 
16.
Lieder aus Jucunde (6), Op. 23: no 5, Das ist ein Tag by Clara Wieck Schumann
Performer:  Werner Güra (Tenor), Christoph Berner (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Germany 
17.
Liederkreis, Op. 24 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Werner Güra (Tenor), Christoph Berner (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
18.
Lieder (6), Op. 13: no 1, Ich stand in dunkeln Träumen "Ihr Bildnis" by Clara Wieck Schumann
Performer:  Christoph Berner (Piano), Werner Güra (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 

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