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Magdalena Kozena - Three Classic Albums


Release Date: 02/25/2014 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 001999702  
Composer:  TraditionalLeos JanácekAntonín DvorákErwin Schulhoff,   ... 
Performer:  Magdalena KozenáMalcolm MartineauMichael FreimuthDorothea Röschmann,   ... 
Conductor:  Reinhard GoebelMarc Minkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua CologneMahler Chamber OrchestraChoeur des Musiciens du Louvre
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Lamento
Although the title Lamento may suggest wailing and gnashing of teeth, this is a sublime and eclectic mixture of music by J. S. Bach, his relations and one of his Italian contemporaries. There is something about the simplicity of this music that touches and inspires Magdalena Kozena and helps explain what has made her such a renowned Bach interpreter. “When you sing Bach,” she says, “it should really come from somewhere inside. There can be nothing superficial about it. Bach’s music can’t stand any of the artificial effects that you can use for other Baroque composers.” The singer found working with Reinhard Goebel a particularly rewarding experience. “He’s a true specialist: all his life he’s spent playing and researching
Read more this music, and so it’s always extremely enlightening to hear what he thinks. He has precise ideas about how things should be done, and how the music was performed in its own time.” When this album was released in 2005, The Times of London remarked on its “fascinating repertory” and affirmed that “Kozena brings to this material commitment, powerful feeling and great flexibility: hers is truly a voice of many colours.”

French Arias
When she started her career at the Brno opera house, Magdalena Kozena? had few opportunities to sing French music. That changed when she met Marc Minkowski, who, apart from his vast knowledge of the Baroque repertoire, has a deep affection for French opera and operetta (he chose Kozena as the heroine of Debussy’s Pelle?as et Me?lisande for both his stage production in Leipzig and a concert performance at Paris’s Opera-Comique for the opera’s 100th anniversary in 2002). Minkowski became her mentor in matters of Gallic style, so it isn’t surprising that the conductor influenced the content of her French disc. The oldest music in the album is an aria from Boieldieu’s La Dame blanche and the most modern is Ravel, an extract from L’Heure espagnole. Reviewing the original 2003 release – which helped Kozena to win Gramophone’s “Artist of the Year” award in 2004 – BBC Music Magazine exclaimed, “this is exactly what the French repertoire has been pining for,” while London’s Opera magazine declared that “there’s a freshness about Koz?ena?’s artistry that makes something telling of every item”.

Songs My Mother Taught Me
Magdalena Kozena has said that the title of this album is not fanciful. There are indeed songs here that her mother sang to her as a child and others which she heard in village festivals from musicians who kept alive the traditions of Czech and Moravian folk poetry and song: “Especially the Janacek. These are songs he arranged in a very particular way, and they are just the sort a mother would sing to her baby. There is a particular tradition of singing to children in our country, much stronger, I would say, than one sees any more in the West. A lot of Czech music is still very little known. My idea in this recital was to bring together songs by all these very different composers in order to show its enormously wide range. There is a very big difference, say, between the simplicity of some of the Janacek and Martinu arrangements and the much more sophisticated style of Novak, but even in those songs I can hear something very Czech, very close to all of us.” Reviewing the disc in 2008, Gramophone wrote: “Kozena clearly cares deeply about this repertoire and she throws herself into it. The result is a privileged sense of keying into a rich culture indeed.” Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
If I were a strawberry plant by Traditional
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
2.
Moravian folk poetry in Song: no 37, Bench by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1901; Brno 
3.
Moravian folk poetry in Song: no 50, Musicians by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1901; Brno 
4.
Moravian folk poetry in Song: no 12, Sweet Apple by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1901; Brno 
5.
Zigeunermelodien (7), Op. 55: no 4, Als die alte Mutter by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Bohemia 
6.
Zigeunermelodien (7), Op. 55: no 5, Reingestimmt die Saiten by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Bohemia 
7.
Zigeunermelodien (7), Op. 55: no 3, The woods are still by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Bohemia 
8.
Folk Songs and Dances from the Tesin Region: no 3, Out in the beechwood by Erwin Schulhoff
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
9.
Folk Songs and Dances from the Tesin Region: no 15, On my mother's knee by Erwin Schulhoff
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
10.
Folk Songs and Dances from the Tesin Region: no 4, Mount the wagon by Erwin Schulhoff
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
11.
Love Songs (6) by Petr Eben
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano), Malcolm Martineau (Piano), Michael Freimuth (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; Czech Republic 
12.
An die Entfernte by Jan Josef Rösler
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: Bohemia 
13.
Story of One Heart, Op. 8 by Vitezslav Novák
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
14.
Evening Songs, Op. 3: no 2, I dreamt last night by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Bohemia 
15.
Moravian Duets (9), Op. 32: no 4, The ring by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano), Malcolm Martineau (Piano), Dorothea Röschmann (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Bohemia 
16.
Moravian Duets (9), Op. 32: no 6, The maid imprisoned by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano), Malcolm Martineau (Piano), Dorothea Röschmann (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Bohemia 
17.
Songs (7) on Moravian folk poetry by Bohuslav Martinu
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
18.
Silesian Songs: Aj, co to je za slavicek by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
19.
Silesian Songs: V cernym lese by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
20.
Ach, dass ich Wassers genug hätte by Johann Christoph Bach
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/2003 
Venue:  Melanchthon Church, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: German 
21.
Languet Anima Mea by Francesco B. Conti
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/2003 
Venue:  Melanchthon Church, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 13 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
22.
Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust, BWV 170 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/2003 
Venue:  Melanchthon Church, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 17 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: German 
23.
Bekennen will ich seinen Namen, BWV 200 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1742; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/2003 
Venue:  Melanchthon Church, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: German 
24.
Die Amerikanerin, HW 18 no 3 by J. C. F. Bach
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1773; Bückeburg, Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/2003 
Venue:  Melanchthon Church, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 11 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: German 
25.
Selma "Sie liebt, mich liebt die Auserwählte", Wq 236/H 739 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne
Period: Baroque 
Written: after 1775; Hamburg, Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/2003 
Venue:  Melanchthon Church, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: German 
26.
Le domino noir: Flamme vengeresse by Daniel-François Auber
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; France 
Date of Recording: 12/2002 
Venue:  Eglise Notre-Dame du Liban, Paris 
Length: 6 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: French 
27.
Roméo et Juliette: Que fais-tu, blanche tourterelle by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; France 
Date of Recording: 12/2002 
Venue:  Eglise Notre-Dame du Liban, Paris 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: French 
28.
Cléopâtre: J'ai versé le poison by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911-1912; France 
Date of Recording: 12/2002 
Venue:  Eglise Notre-Dame du Liban, Paris 
Length: 3 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: French 
29.
La damnation de Faust, Op. 24: Autrefois un roi du Thulé by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; France 
Date of Recording: 12/2002 
Venue:  Eglise Notre-Dame du Liban, Paris 
Length: 5 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: French 
30.
L'heure espagnole: Oh! la pitoyable aventure by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907-1909; France 
Date of Recording: 12/2002 
Venue:  Eglise Notre-Dame du Liban, Paris 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: French 
31.
Mignon: Connais-tu le pays? by Ambroise Thomas
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; France 
Date of Recording: 12/2002 
Venue:  Eglise Notre-Dame du Liban, Paris 
Length: 5 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: French 
32.
Sapho: O ma lyre immortelle by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; France 
Date of Recording: 12/2002 
Venue:  Eglise Notre-Dame du Liban, Paris 
Length: 7 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: French 
33.
Cendrillon: Que mes soeurs sont heureuses by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; France 
Date of Recording: 12/2002 
Venue:  Eglise Notre-Dame du Liban, Paris 
Length: 8 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: French 
34.
Carmen: Les tringles des sistres tintaient "Gypsy Song" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Edwige Parat (Soprano), Claire Delgado-Boge (Mezzo Soprano), Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 12/2002 
Venue:  Eglise Notre-Dame du Liban, Paris 
Length: 4 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: French 
35.
Cinq Mars: Nuit resplendissante by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876-1877; France 
Date of Recording: 12/2002 
Venue:  Eglise Notre-Dame du Liban, Paris 
Length: 5 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: French 
36.
Don Carlos: Nel giardin del bello "Veil Song" by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1884; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/2002 
Venue:  Eglise Notre-Dame du Liban, Paris 
Length: 4 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: French 
37.
Don Quichotte: Lorsque le temps d'amour a fui by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano), Jean-Marc Zvellenreuther (Guitar), Jean-Christophe Keck (Tenor),
Christophe Grapperon (Tenor)
Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; France 
Date of Recording: 12/2002 
Venue:  Eglise Notre-Dame du Liban, Paris 
Length: 6 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: French 
38.
La dame blanche: Chut! Chut! Écoutons! by François Boieldieu
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano), Jean-Christophe Keck (Tenor)
Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Choeur des Musiciens du Louvre,  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 12/2002 
Venue:  Eglise Notre-Dame du Liban, Paris 
Length: 4 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: French 
39.
Les contes d'Hoffmann: Voyez-la sous son Éventail by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Jean-Christophe Keck (Tenor), Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 12/2002 
Venue:  Eglise Notre-Dame du Liban, Paris 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: French 
40.
Don Carlos: Sotto ai folti, immensi abeti by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Marina Lodygensky (Soprano)
Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Choeur des Musiciens du Louvre,  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1884; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/2002 
Venue:  Eglise Notre-Dame du Liban, Paris 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: French 

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