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Lied Bekenntnisse (Revelations In Song)

Trotschel / Mahler / Schubert / Trotzschel
Release Date: 02/25/2014 
Label:  Profil   Catalog #: 13050   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Max RegerRichard StraussGustav MahlerPaul Hindemith,   ... 
Performer:  Hans LöwleinElfriede TrötschelHubert GiesenRichard Kraus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



ELFRIDE TRÖTSCHEL: REVELATIONS IN SONG Elfride Trötschel (s); Hans Löwlein 1 , Hubert Giesen 2 , Richard Krauss 3 , Michael Raucheisen 4 (pn) PROFIL 13050, mono (2 CDs: 126:00) Live: Dresden 6/18/1956 5


1 REGER Read more Flieder. Der Himmel hat eine Träne geweint. Waldeinsamkeit. Des Kindes Gebet: Wenn die kleinen Kinder. Zum Schlafen: Oben in dem Birnbaum. 2 R. STRAUSS 6 Songs of Ophelia from Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”: How should I your true love know?; Tomorrow is St. Valentine’s day; They bore him barefaced on the bier. 3 MAHLER Des Knaben Wunderhorn: Es ritten drei Reiter zum Tor hinaus. Rückert-Lieder: Ich atmet’ einen Lindenduft; Liebst du um Schönheit. 3 HINDEMITH Das Marien-Leben: Geburt Maria; Argwohn Josephs; Geburt Christi; Rast auf der Flucht in Ägypten. SCHUBERT 3 Mignons Lied, Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt. 1,5 Frühlingsglaube. 1,5 Du bist die Ruh. 1,5 Die junge Nonne. 1,5 Nacht und Träume. SCHUMANN 1,4 Mondnacht (2 vers). 1,5 Der Nussbaum. 1,5 Die Lotusblume. 1,5 Schöne Fremde. 1,5 Widmung. 1,5 Der Jasminenstrauch. 1,5 Der Sandmann. 1,5 BRAHMS Geheimnis. In Waldeinsamkeit. Mädchenlied. Nachtigall. Das Mädchen spricht. 1,5 WOLF In der Frühe. Die Bekehrte. Die Spröde. Der Musikant. Selbstgeständnis. 1,5 MOZART Le nozze di Figaro: Deh’ vieni non tardar (in German). 1,5 PUCCINI Madama Butterfly: Un bel di vedremo (in German). La bohème: Si, mi chiamano Mimi (in German). 1,5 SMETANA Rusalka: O lovely moon (in German). Obituary for Elfride Trötschel by Walter Felsenstein


Elfride Trötschel was one of those singers who had an enormous reputation in her native Germany but was only somewhat famous outside it. She began singing in the 1930s but, like so many Germans, had her career curtailed by the Nazi horrors. After the war, she found herself stuck in East Germany (Dresden, to be specific) but quickly aligned herself with RIAS, the Allied-run station of “Radio Free Europe” whose artistic advisor was none other than Harry Frommermann, formerly a founding member of the Comedian Harmonists who had been chased out of Germany because he was Jewish and settled in America, where he became a citizen and joined the American Army during the war. She created a sensation with a radio performance of Dvo?ák’s Rusalka in 1948 and, according to the liner notes, was on the verge of a great international career when she suddenly died in early 1958. She was still only 44 years old.


Despite the copious liner notes and plenty of photographs, you never learn how she was orphaned at age seven (this would have been in 1920, after World War I was long over) or what she died of. Astonishingly, you can’t find these facts online either. She was born, she was orphaned, she sang, and she died. That’s all you learn.


Fortunately, the performances in this set—the first CD taken from radio transcription discs of the 1940s and private discs made in Trötschel’s apartment, the second from her last public Lieder recital on June 18, 1956—speak eloquently of her musicality and powers of expression. The voice itself is not the kind that will automatically appeal to non-Germans. It has an odd sound in it, despite the purity of tone, that I can best describe as a sort of whine; it reminded me more often than not of Margarete Teschemacher, whose voice as such I never particularly liked, but unlike Teschemacher (a pretty straightforward vocalist) Trötschel was a phenomenal interpreter. There is not a moment on CD 1 where you do not feel that this is an artist who is “in the zone,” locked into the interpretation so much that she is constantly changing her timbre and coloring the voice like a chameleon. Moreover, she sings a repertoire that is not common in most Lieder recitals: offbeat material by Reger and Strauss (three of the six songs from Shakespeare’s Hamlet ), four songs from Hindemith’s Das Marien-Leben, and, in the 1956 recital, less well-traveled songs by Wolf (the Mörike and Eichendorf Lieder rather than the more popular Italian or Spanish Lieder Books) and Schumann (an excerpt from his Lieder Album for Young People ), though here she does include several of the more familiar songs of Schubert, Schumann, and Brahms. (Between the Hindemith songs and Schubert’s Mignons Lied on CD 1, you can hear pianist Richard Kraus exclaim “Wunderbar!” and exchange comments with Trötschel.) And, wonder of wonders, when she gets around to the opera arias as encores in her Lieder recital, she sings “Un bel di” from Madama Butterfly and Mimì’s “Si, mi chiamano Mimì” exactly according to the score, which means that she does not, thankfully, drag out the final B? in the first aria, but clips it short as per the score.


One particular moment that I treasured for her interpretation and vocal control, yet which points out the slightly uncomfortable sound of her voice, is the soft high note in Schubert’s Du bist die Ruh. She is clearly “in the zone,” and both her breath control and voice placement are perfect. The note floats like a softly shimmering star in the heavens; but the actual sound of the voice is not entirely beautiful. I mention this not as a criticism; Trötschel made the most of a not-quite-lovely timbre to give the listener something better than mere vocal beauty. She was truly a great artist, but it is an indication of what I am talking about.


For those unfamiliar with Trötschel, I recommend sampling her singing on YouTube or any free, legal download site containing her performances. If you like what you hear, then I highly recommend your getting this set; nothing on it will disappoint artistically. And, with one brief exception (a tape glitch that apparently could not be completely corrected in disc 1), the sound quality is amazingly good for archive recordings.


FANFARE: Lynn René Bayley
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Works on This Recording

1.
Lieder (6), Op. 35: no 4, Flieder by Max Reger
Performer:  Hans Löwlein (Piano), Elfriede Trötschel ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/29/1949 
Venue:  RIAS 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
2.
Lieder (6), Op. 35: no 2, Der Himmel hat eine Träne geweint by Max Reger
Performer:  Hans Löwlein (Piano), Elfriede Trötschel ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/29/1949 
Venue:  RIAS 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
3.
Schlichte Weisen (60), Op. 76: no 3, Waldeinsamkeit by Max Reger
Performer:  Hans Löwlein (Piano), Elfriede Trötschel ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1912; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/29/1949 
Venue:  RIAS 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
4.
Das Kindes Gebet by Max Reger
Performer:  Hans Löwlein (Piano), Elfriede Trötschel ()
Date of Recording: 03/29/1949 
Venue:  RIAS 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
5.
Schlichte Weisen (60), Op. 76: no 59, Zum Schlafen by Max Reger
Performer:  Hans Löwlein (Piano), Elfriede Trötschel ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1912; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/29/1949 
Venue:  RIAS 
Length: 1 Minutes 41 Secs. 
6.
Lieder (6), Op. 67: Nos 1-3 "Ophelia Lieder" by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Hubert Giesen (Piano), Elfriede Trötschel ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Germany 
Venue:  Trötschel family apartment, Konradshöhe, 
Length: 6 Minutes 22 Secs. 
7.
Lieder und Gesänge, vol 3: no 3, Scheiden and Meiden by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Richard Kraus (Piano), Elfriede Trötschel ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Trötschel family apartment, Konradshöhe, 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
8.
Rückert Lieder (5): no 2, Ich atmet' einen Linden Duft by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Richard Kraus (Piano), Elfriede Trötschel ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Trötschel family apartment, Konradshöhe, 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
9.
Rückert Lieder (5): no 5, Liebst du um Schönheit by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Richard Kraus (Piano), Elfriede Trötschel ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Trötschel family apartment, Konradshöhe, 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
10.
Das Marienleben, Op. 27: Geburt Mariä by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Richard Kraus (Piano), Elfriede Trötschel ()
Period: Modern 
Written: 1922-1923 
Venue:  Trötschel family apartment, Konradshöhe, 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
11.
Das Marienleben, Op. 27: Argwohn Josephs by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Richard Kraus (Piano), Elfriede Trötschel ()
Period: Modern 
Written: 1922-1923 
Venue:  Trötschel family apartment, Konradshöhe, 
Length: 2 Minutes 11 Secs. 
12.
Das Marienleben, Op. 27: Geburt Christi by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Richard Kraus (Piano), Elfriede Trötschel ()
Period: Modern 
Written: 1922-1923 
Venue:  Trötschel family apartment, Konradshöhe, 
Length: 4 Minutes 29 Secs. 
13.
Das Marienleben, Op. 27: Rast auf der Flucht in Ägypten by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Richard Kraus (Piano), Elfriede Trötschel ()
Period: Modern 
Written: 1922-1923 
Venue:  Trötschel family apartment, Konradshöhe, 
Length: 4 Minutes 31 Secs. 
14.
Gesänge (4) aus Wilhelm Meister, D 877/Op. 62: no 4, Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Richard Kraus (Piano), Elfriede Trötschel ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Trötschel family apartment, Konradshöhe, 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
15.
Obituary of Elfride Trötschel (written and recited by Walter Felsenstein) by Spoken Word
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
16.
Liederkreis, Op. 39: no 5, Mondnacht by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Elfriede Trötschel (), Hans Löwlein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/18/1956 
Venue:  Kurhaus, Bühlau, Dresden 
Length: 4 Minutes 30 Secs. 
17.
Frühlingsglaube, D 686/Op. 20 no 2 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Hans Löwlein (Piano), Elfriede Trötschel ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1820; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/18/1956 
Venue:  Kurhaus, Bühlau, Dresden 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
18.
Du bist die Ruh, D 776/Op. 59 no 3 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Hans Löwlein (Piano), Elfriede Trötschel ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/18/1956 
Venue:  Kurhaus, Bühlau, Dresden 
Length: 4 Minutes 28 Secs. 
19.
Die junge Nonne, D 828/Op. 43 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Hans Löwlein (Piano), Elfriede Trötschel ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/18/1956 
Venue:  Kurhaus, Bühlau, Dresden 
Length: 4 Minutes 58 Secs. 
20.
Nacht und Träume, D 827 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Hans Löwlein (Piano), Elfriede Trötschel ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/18/1956 
Venue:  Kurhaus, Bühlau, Dresden 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
21.
Myrthen, Op. 25: no 3, Der Nussbaum by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Hans Löwlein (Piano), Elfriede Trötschel ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/18/1956 
Venue:  Kurhaus, Bühlau, Dresden 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
22.
Myrthen, Op. 25: no 7, Die Lotosblume by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Hans Löwlein (Piano), Elfriede Trötschel ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/18/1956 
Venue:  Kurhaus, Bühlau, Dresden 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
23.
Liederkreis, Op. 39: no 6, Schöne Fremde by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Hans Löwlein (Piano), Elfriede Trötschel ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/18/1956 
Venue:  Kurhaus, Bühlau, Dresden 
Length: 1 Minutes 16 Secs. 
24.
Myrthen, Op. 25: no 1, Widmung by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Hans Löwlein (Piano), Elfriede Trötschel ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/18/1956 
Venue:  Kurhaus, Bühlau, Dresden 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
25.
Songs (5), Op. 71: no 3, Geheimnis by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Hans Löwlein (Piano), Elfriede Trötschel ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/18/1956 
Venue:  Kurhaus, Bühlau, Dresden 
Length: 1 Minutes 46 Secs. 
26.
Songs (6), Op. 85: no 6, In Waldeseinsamkeit by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Hans Löwlein (Piano), Elfriede Trötschel ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/18/1956 
Venue:  Kurhaus, Bühlau, Dresden 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
27.
Songs (6), Op. 85: no 3, Mädchenlied by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Hans Löwlein (Piano), Elfriede Trötschel ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/18/1956 
Venue:  Kurhaus, Bühlau, Dresden 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. 
28.
Nachtigall ("O Nachtigall, dein süsser Schall"), song for voice & piano, Op. 97/1 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Hans Löwlein (Piano), Elfriede Trötschel ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/18/1956 
Venue:  Kurhaus, Bühlau, Dresden 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
29.
Das Mädchen spricht ("Schwalbe sag' mir an"), song for voice & piano, Op. 107/3 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Hans Löwlein (Piano), Elfriede Trötschel ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/18/1956 
Venue:  Kurhaus, Bühlau, Dresden 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
30.
Mörike Lieder: no 24, In der Frühe by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Hans Löwlein (Piano), Elfriede Trötschel ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/18/1956 
Venue:  Kurhaus, Bühlau, Dresden 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
31.
Goethe Lieder: no 27, Die Bekehrte by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Hans Löwlein (Piano), Elfriede Trötschel ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/18/1956 
Venue:  Kurhaus, Bühlau, Dresden 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
32.
Goethe Lieder: no 26, Die Spröde by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Hans Löwlein (Piano), Elfriede Trötschel ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/18/1956 
Venue:  Kurhaus, Bühlau, Dresden 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
33.
Eichendorff Lieder: no 2, Der Musikant by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Hans Löwlein (Piano), Elfriede Trötschel ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/18/1956 
Venue:  Kurhaus, Bühlau, Dresden 
Length: 2 Minutes 14 Secs. 
34.
Mörike Lieder: no 52, Selbstgeständnis by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Hans Löwlein (Piano), Elfriede Trötschel ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/18/1956 
Venue:  Kurhaus, Bühlau, Dresden 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
35.
Lieder und Gesänge i, Op. 27: no 4, Jasminenstrauch by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Hans Löwlein (Piano), Elfriede Trötschel ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/18/1956 
Venue:  Kurhaus, Bühlau, Dresden 
Length: 1 Minutes 5 Secs. 
36.
Lieder Album für die Jugend, Op. 79: no 12, Der Sandmann by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Hans Löwlein (Piano), Elfriede Trötschel ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/18/1956 
Venue:  Kurhaus, Bühlau, Dresden 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
37.
Die Hochzeit des Figaro: Aria. Endlich naht sich die Stiunde by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Hans Löwlein (Piano), Elfriede Trötschel ()
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/18/1956 
Venue:  Kurhaus, Bühlau, Dresden 
Length: 5 Minutes 16 Secs. 
38.
Madame Butterfly: Aria. Eines Tages sehen wir by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Hans Löwlein (Piano), Elfriede Trötschel ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904 
Date of Recording: 06/18/1956 
Venue:  Kurhaus, Bühlau, Dresden 
Length: 4 Minutes 10 Secs. 
39.
La Bohème: Aria. Man nennt mich nur Mimi by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Hans Löwlein (Piano), Elfriede Trötschel ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/18/1956 
Venue:  Kurhaus, Bühlau, Dresden 
Length: 4 Minutes 48 Secs. 
40.
Rusalka: Aria. Lied an den Mond by Alexander Dargomizhsky
Performer:  Hans Löwlein (Piano), Elfriede Trötschel ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/18/1956 
Venue:  Kurhaus, Bühlau, Dresden 
Length: 6 Minutes 11 Secs. 

Sound Samples

6 Lieder, Op. 35: No. 4. Flieder
6 Lieder, Op. 35: No. 2. Der Himmel hat eine Trane geweint
Schlichte Weisen, Op. 76 (text by M. Boelitz and E.L. Schellenberg): No. 3. Waldeinsamkeit
Schlichte Weisen, Op. 76 (text by M. Boelitz and E.L. Schellenberg): No. 22. Des Kindes Gebet
Schlichte Weisen, Op. 76 (text by M. Boelitz and E.L. Schellenberg): No. 59. Zum Schlafen
6 Lieder, Op. 67, TrV 238 (text by W. Shakespeare): No. 1. Wie erkenn' ich mein Treulieb vor andern nun?
6 Lieder, Op. 67, TrV 238 (text by W. Shakespeare): No. 2. Guten Morgen, 's ist Sankt Valentinstag
6 Lieder, Op. 67, TrV 238 (text by W. Shakespeare): No. 3. Sie trugen ihn auf der Bahre bloss
Des Knaben Wunderhorn (version for voice and piano): Des Knaben Wunderhorn: No. 19. Scheiden und Meiden
Ruckert-Lieder (version for voice and piano): No. 4. Ich atmet' einen linden Duft
Ruckert-Lieder (version for voice and piano): No. 7. Liebst du um Schonheit
Das Marienleben, Op. 27 (original version, 1923): No. 1. Geburt Maria
Das Marienleben, Op. 27 (original version, 1923): No. 5. Argwohn Josephs
Das Marienleben, Op. 27 (original version, 1923): No. 7. Geburt Christi
Das Marienleben, Op. 27 (original version, 1923): No. 8. Rast auf der Flucht nach Agypten
Gesange aus Wilhelm Meister, Op. 62, D. 877: No. 1. Mignon und der Harfner (Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt)
Obituary for Elfride Trotschel by Walter Felsenstein
Liederkreis, Op. 39: No. 5. Mondnacht (Moonlit Night)
Fruhlingsglaube, Op. 20, No. 2, D. 686
Du bist die Ruh, Op. 59, No. 3, D. 776
Die junge Nonne, Op. 43, No. 1, D. 828
Nacht und Traume, D. 827
Myrthen, Op. 25: No. 3. Der Nussbaum
Myrthen, Op. 25: No. 7. Die Lotosblume
Liederkreis, Op. 39: No. 6. Schone Fremde (Fair Foreign Land)
Liederkreis, Op. 39: No. 5. Mondnacht (Moonlit Night)
Myrthen, Op. 25 (text by F. Ruckert): Myrthen, Op. 25: No. 1. Widmung
5 Gesange , Op. 71: 5 Gesange, Op. 71: No. 3. Geheimnis
6 Lieder, Op. 85: No. 6. In Waldeseinsamkeit
6 Lieder, Op. 85: No. 3. Madchenlied
6 Lieder, Op. 97: No. 1. Nachtigall
5 Lieder, Op. 107 (text by O.F. Gruppe): 5 Lieder, Op. 107: No. 3. Das Madchen spricht
Gedichte von Eduard Morike: No. 24. In der Fruhe
Gedichte von J.W. v. Goethe: No. 27. Die Bekehrte
Gedichte von J.W. v. Goethe: No. 26. Die Sprode
Eichendorff Lieder: No. 2. Der Musikant
Gedichte von Eduard Morike: No. 52. Salbstgestandnis
Lieder und Gesange, Book 1, Op. 27: No. 4. Jasminenstrauch
Lieder-Album fur die Jugend, Op. 79 (lyricist H. Kletke): Lieder-Album fur die Jugend, Op. 79: No. 12. Der Sandmann
Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492 (The Marriage of Figaro) (Sung in German): Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492 (The Marriage of Figaro), Act IV: Endlich naht sich die Stunde (Sung in German)
Madama Butterfly (Sung in German): Madama Butterfly, Act II: Un bel di vedremo (Sung in German)
La boheme (Sung in German): La boheme, Act I: Ja, Man nennt mich nur Mimi (Sung in German)
Rusalka, Op. 114, B. 203 (Sung in German): Rusalka, Op. 114, B. 203, Act I: Lied an den Mond (Sung in German)

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