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Prayer - Voice & Organ / Magdalena Kozena, Christian Schmitt


Release Date: 04/08/2014 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 002021202   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz SchubertJohann Sebastian BachHugo WolfMaurice Ravel,   ... 
Performer:  Magdalena KozenáChristian Schmitt
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

“If we live on this planet, we must surely believe in a higher power, whatever that may be. That is something I feel when I perform this music.”-- Magdalena Kozena

The new recording from Magdalena Kozena features deeply-felt interpretations of sacred songs from the Baroque to the 20th Century In a rare recording collaboration, she is joined by virtuoso Christian Schmitt, in music for voice and organ from the sacred traditions of Germany, Austria, France and England, as well as her native Czechoslovakia.

Of course, the album includes music by J.S. Bach – a composer with whom Magdalena Kozena has long been associated - with sacred aspects of German song represented by Hugo Wolf and Schubert The French tradition
Read more is heard in the music of Bizet, Ravel and the great Parisian organist Maurice Durufle.

Bizet’s Agnus Dei and Verdi’s Ave Maria reveal less familiar aspects of composers more often associated with opera houses than churches, whilst Henry Purcell’s setting of The Blessed Virgin’s Expostulation showcases Magdalena Kozena’s extraordinary ability to inhabit musical drama Her continuing commitment to the music of her Czech homeland sees the inclusion of music by both Dvorak and Janacek.

‘The Czech mezzo . . . produces one of the loveliest sounds to be heard on the world’s stages – a flowing, spring-water-like tone that evokes the term ‘luminous’.’ - Opera News For this recording, Christian Schmitt plays the 2009 Goll organ of the University for Catholic Music & Teaching, Regensburg.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Vom Mitleiden Mariä, D 632 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano), Christian Schmitt (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1818; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Totengräbers Heimwehe, D 842 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano), Christian Schmitt (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Litanei auf das Fest Aller Seelen, D 343 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano), Christian Schmitt (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Himmelsfunken, D 651 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano), Christian Schmitt (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano), Christian Schmitt (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Der Leidende, D 432 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano), Christian Schmitt (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
7.
So giebst du nun, mein Jesu, gute Nacht, BWV 501 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano), Christian Schmitt (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1736; Leipzig, Germany 
8.
Mein Jesu, was für Seelenweh, BWV 487 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano), Christian Schmitt (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1736; Leipzig, Germany 
9.
Kommt, Seelen, dieser Tag, BWV 479 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano), Christian Schmitt (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1736; Leipzig, Germany 
10.
Komm, süsser Tod, komm, sel'ge Ruh'!, BWV 478 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano), Christian Schmitt (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1736; Leipzig, Germany 
11.
Die goldne Sonne, voll Freud' und Wonne, BWV 451 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano), Christian Schmitt (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1736; Leipzig, Germany 
12.
Spanisches Liederbuch: no 7, Mühvoll komm ich und beladen by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano), Christian Schmitt (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Vienna, Austria 
13.
Mörike Lieder: no 28, Gebet by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano), Christian Schmitt (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
14.
Mörike Lieder: no 27, Zum neuen Jahr by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano), Christian Schmitt (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
15.
Mörike Lieder: no 26, Karwoche by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano), Christian Schmitt (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
16.
Mörike Lieder: no 25, Schlafendes Jesuskind by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano), Christian Schmitt (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
17.
Mélodies hébraïques (2): no 1, Kaddisch by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano), Christian Schmitt (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1919; France 
18.
Agnus Dei by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano), Christian Schmitt (Organ)
19.
Tell me, some pitying angel, Z 196 "Blessed Virgin's Expostulation" by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano), Christian Schmitt (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1693; England 
20.
Ave Maria, Op. 19b/B 68 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano), Christian Schmitt (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Bohemia 
21.
Ave Maria by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano), Christian Schmitt (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Italy 
22.
Notre Père, Op. 14 by Maurice Duruflé
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano), Christian Schmitt (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1978; France 

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