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Irmgard Seefried - Recordings 1944-67

Haydn / Seefried,Irmgard
Release Date: 01/28/2014 
Label:  Orfeo D'or Catalog #: 877134   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Joseph HaydnWolfgang Amadeus MozartLudwig van BeethovenCarl Maria von Weber,   ... 
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried
Number of Discs: 4 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



IRMGARD SEEFRIED RECORDINGS 1944–67 Irmgard Seefried (s); Leopold Ludwig 1 , Karl Böhm 2 , Herbert von Karajan 3 , Wilhelm Furtwängler 4 , Ferdinand Leitner 5 , Harry Blech 6 , Bruno Walter 7 , Ernest Ansermet Read more class="SUPER12">8 , Heinz Geese 9 , cond; Erik Werba 10 (pn); various singers ORFEO 8771341, mono (4 CDs: 273:13) Live: 2/5/1944 through 4/1967


HAYDN 1 Alessandro nell’Indie: Chi vive amante. 10 She never told her love. 10 Piercing Eyes. 10 The Spirit’s Song. MOZART Die Zauberflöte. 2,4 Ach, ich fühls (2 vers.). 2 Du also bist mein Bräutigam?. Le nozze di Figaro: 3 Voi che sapete. 3 Deh vieni non tardar. 4 O säume nicht. 5 Il re pastore: L’amerò, sarò costante. 6 Zaide: Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben. 7 Exsultate, jubilate. 2 Così fan tutte: Come scoglio; Per pieta. 8 Vado, ma dove? 5,8 Non temer, amato bene (2 vers.). 10 Sehnsucht nach dem Frühling. BEETHOVEN 2 Fidelio: Jetzt Schätzchen, jetzt sind wir allein; Armer Jaquino….O wär’ ich schon mit dir vereint. WEBER 1 Der Freischütz: Leise, leise. WAGNER 2 Die Meistersinger: Gut’n Abend, Meister!; Hat man mit dem Schuhwerk. PUCCINI 1 Suor Angelica: Ohne Mutter bist du Kind. R. STRAUSS 2 Ariadne auf Naxos: Liebe Freund, verschaffen Sie mir die Geigen; Sein wir wieder gut. 10 SCHUBERT Fischerweise. Im Frühling. Auf dem Wasser zu singen. Seligkeit. Ganymed. Ave Maria. Gretchen am Spinnrade. 10 SCHUMANN Der arme Peter. Der Nussbaum. Widmung. 10 BRAHMS Auf dem See. Dein blaues Auge. Ruhe, Süßliebchen. Unbewegte, laue Luft. Feinsliebchen, du sollst mir nicht. Schwesterlein, Schwesterlein. In stiller Nacht. 10 MUSSORGSKY The Nursery. 9 ANONYMOUS Pierrot im Mondenschein. Trimouzet. 9 RENARD Süßkirschenzeit. 9 MILHAUD Der Apfel und die Schnecke. 9 KOSMA Kinderlied im Winter. Lied des Vogelstellers. Die beiden Schnecken. Schöne Jahrezeit. Im Garten. Fabel


This lovely and at times transcendent collection of live performances by soprano Irmgard Seefried (1919–1988) is a bit deceiving in scope. Although accurately listed as being between 1944 and 1967, all but the last 10 selections on CD 4, from a single concert at the Gymnasium in Brühl in April 1967, date from 1944 through 1958, and only her performance of Mussorgsky’s song cycle The Nursery comes from the latter year. Otherwise we are given Seefried in her absolute prime, the 1940s—some of it, sadly, coming from the time when she was stuck singing for the Nazis—through 1957.


These appear to have been quite extraordinary, even magical years for Seefried. Indeed, the only disappointing performance is not due to her, but to the three boys who join her in “Du also bist mein Bräutigam?” from Zauberflöte , who are consistently flat. Of course, these were also years when Mozart was played far too slowly for our taste today, even by a great conductor like Karl Böhm (but if you think he’s slow, wait until you hear Furtwängler slog through it), and in that era Beethoven’s Fidelio also seems to have been dragged out too much. But no matter, for Seefried’s singing often transcends her accompaniments with its instrumentally pure tone and unusually heartfelt readings, thus even in the obscure aria from Haydn’s Alessandro nell’Indie she makes you feel something more than just the sensory pleasure of her voice. Thus one can believe the statement quoted in the booklet, that “she might be able to sing with only half a voice, but never less than with all her soul,” as well as her own statement that “only a person who gives all of himself on stage has the right to stand on that stage … and my wish was always just to be someone who gives of herself completely….I want to believe that there is a meaning to why I was allowed to stand on stage, to give fully of myself, because this moment of giving is the closest to the moment of Creation itself.” Thus one hears performances like the October 1944 Freischütz aria (conducted by Leopold Ludwig), where the tempos as such are not the problem but rather the lack of momentum. Seefried provides all the musical as well as dramatic impetus; Ludwig and the Vienna Symphony plod through the music as if they were asleep. One of the few wartime performances that sounds lively and spry is the Meistersinger with Paul Schöffler as a warm, friendly-sounding Hans Sachs and Böhm again conducting. How on earth these artists could focus on their singing and interpretations in the midst of such angst-ridden times speaks volumes for their steadfastness of purpose.


Other supreme highlights of this set: the long scene from Suor Angelica (in German), the arias from Mozart’s Il re pastore (with great hall acoustic), Zaïde, and Così fan tutte , as well as that composer’s concert arias (particularly those conducted by Ansermet with the Cologne Radio Symphony), including two different versions of “Non temer, amato bene” (K 505 and 490, accompanied in the latter by her husband, violinist Wolfgang Schneiderhan), and Joseph Kosma’s chansons. Despite her livelier response to words in the concert hall as opposed to studio recordings, many of these Lieder performances suffer from the stodgy, disconnected pianism of Eric Werba, though she gives of herself in Haydn’s The Spirit’s Song and several of the Brahms and Schumann pieces (particularly Der arme Peter and the Brahms Volkslieder ).


As the notes indicate, some of these recordings have never been available before and many others were only previously available in defective sound. That is the greatest value of this release, the restoration of a great voice and artist in her prime with corrected sonics. If you admire this artist, getting this set is a must.


FANFARE: Lynn René Bayley
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Works on This Recording

1.
Spirit's Song, H 26a no 41 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: circa ?1795; London, England 
2.
Original Canzonettas Book 2, H 26a: no 35, Piercing eyes by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; London, England 
3.
Original Canzonettas Book 2, H 26a: no 34, She never told her love by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; London, England 
4.
Chi vive amante, H 24b no 13 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
5.
Zaide, K 344 (334b): Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1779-1780; Salzburg, Austria 
6.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Voi che sapete che cosa è amor by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
7.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Giunse alfin il momento...Deh vieni, non tardar by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
8.
Il rè pastore, K 208: L'amerò, sarò costante by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Salzburg, Austria 
9.
Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Ach, ich fühl's, es ist verschwunden by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
10.
Così fan tutte, K 588: Temerari!...Come scoglio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
11.
Così fan tutte, K 588: Ei parte...Per pietà ben mio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
12.
Vado, ma dove?, K 583 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Vienna, Austria 
13.
Non più, tutto ascoltai...Non temer, amato bene, K 490 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
14.
Ch'io mi scordi di te...Non temer, amato bene, K 505 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
15.
Exsultate jubilate, K 165 (158a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1773; Milan, Italy 
16.
Sehnsucht nach dem Frühling, K 596 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
17.
Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Du also bist, mein Bräutigam? by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
18.
Fidelio, Op. 72: Jetzt, Schätzchen, jetzt sind wir allein by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805/1814; Vienna, Austria 
19.
Fidelio, Op. 72: O, wär ich schon mit dir vereint by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805/1814; Vienna, Austria 
20.
Der Freischütz, J 277: Leise, leise fromme Weise by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817-1821; Dresden, Germany 
21.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Gut'n Abend, Meister! by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Germany 
22.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: O Sachs! mein Freund! by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Germany 
23.
Suor Angelica: Senza mamma, o bimbo, tu sei morto by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Italy 
24.
Ariadne auf Naxos, Op. 60: Lieber Freund, verschaffen Sie mir die Geigen by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
25.
Ariadne auf Naxos, Op. 60: Sein wir wieder gut by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911/1916; Germany 
26.
Seligkeit, D 433 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
27.
Im Frühling, D 882/Op. 101 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Vienna, Austria 
28.
Gretchen am Spinnrade, D 118/Op. 2 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1814; Vienna, Austria 
29.
Ganymed, D 544/Op. 19 no 3 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
30.
Fischerweise, D 881 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Vienna, Austria 
31.
Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
32.
Auf dem Wasser zu singen, D 774/Op. 72 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
33.
Romances and Ballades iii, Op. 53: no 3, Der arme Peter by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
34.
Myrthen, Op. 25: no 3, Der Nussbaum by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
35.
Myrthen, Op. 25: no 1, Widmung by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
36.
Songs (8), Op. 59: no 8, Dein blaues Auge by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Austria 
37.
Songs (8), Op. 59: no 2, Auf dem See by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Austria 
38.
Songs (8), Op. 57: no 8, Unbewegte laue Luft by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Austria 
39.
Die schöne Magelone, Op. 33: no 9, Ruhe, Süssliebchen by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1868; Austria 
40.
Deutsche Volkslieder (49), WoO 33: no 42, In stiller Nacht, zur ersten Wacht by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1894; Germany 
41.
Deutsche Volkslieder (49), WoO 33: no 15, Schwesterlein, Schwesterlien by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1894; Germany 
42.
Deutsche Volkslieder (49), WoO 33: no 12, Feinsliebchen, du sollst mir nicht barfuss gehn by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1894; Germany 
43.
From Memories of Childhood by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Russia 
44.
Pierrot im Mondenschein by Anonymous
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
45.
Trimouzet by Anonymous
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
46.
Süsskirschenzeit by Antoine Renard
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
47.
La pomme et l'escargot by Darius Milhaud
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
48.
Fable by Joseph Kosma
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
49.
Lied des Vogelstellers by Joseph Kosma
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
50.
Die beiden Schnecken by Joseph Kosma
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
51.
Schöne Jahreszeit by Joseph Kosma
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
52.
Im Garten by Joseph Kosma
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)

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