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Thomas Quasthoff - The Voice


Release Date: 07/04/2006 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 000657702   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Franz SchubertAlbert LortzingRichard WagnerRichard Strauss,   ... 
Performer:  Thomas QuasthoffAlbrecht MayerRainer KussmaulJustus Zeyen
Conductor:  Claudio AbbadoChristian ThielemannRainer Kussmaul
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of EuropeBerlin State Opera OrchestraBerlin Philharmonic Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


This 2-disc set, the latest in Deutsche Grammophon's "Portrait of the Artist" series, features selections from bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff's recital recordings from 1998 to the present. Many of these have been reviewed here, and for a summary of Quasthoff's superb artistry and individual treatments of this repertoire by Schubert, Schumann, Liszt, Strauss, Bach, and others, I refer you to our review archive. There's no question regarding this singer's extraordinary gifts, either in a technical sense or as an interpreter of songs--as I noted previously, he has a capacity, nearly unique among today's lieder singers, "to understand the communicative and emotive heart of a song and how
Read more to do the things that personalize it without subtracting from the music or text." He shows why sheer vocal beauty isn't enough in lieder singing--although he certainly offers no small amount of absolutely gorgeous sound!

This collection is well chosen to celebrate not only Quasthoff's full interpretive range, but also his impressive vocal range: his lowest-register notes (around a low E-flat) resonate with a power both thrilling and unexpected for a voice that also commands such upper-register lyricism and lightness.


Disc 1 includes several Schubert songs orchestrated by Reger and Offenbach (An die Musik, Erlkönig, Ständchen, and Greisengesang) and many others with orchestra by Weber, Wagner, and Strauss. We also get Quasthoff's sublime performance of Bach's BWV 82 (Ich habe genug) with the Berlin Baroque Soloists. Disc 2 contains songs with piano (played by the brilliant Justus Zeyen), beginning with Schubert's Auf der Bruck, a performance that, along with subsequent songs by Liszt (Die Loreley) and Loewe (Herr Oluf), epitomizes Quasthoff's versatility and dramatic artistry.


There's a surprise at the end: a previously unreleased encore from a Berlin concert in September, 2004. Here is Quasthoff, in a sensational six-minute-long "solo jazz improvisation" that answers the question, "what does such a gifted singer do in his spare time?" Even if you already own the other songs on their previous recordings, you just might owe it to yourself to hear this little gem. However, if you care about texts and translations, you'll need those earlier CDs because here the liner booklet is used only for an interview with the singer (fairly interesting) and full-page color pictures and promos for Quasthoff's discography. [7/28/2006]
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
An die Musik, D 547 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Notes: Arranger: Max Reger. 
2.
Der Erlkönig, D 328 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Notes: Arranger: Max Reger. 
3.
Schwanengesang, D 957: no 4, Ständchen by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Notes: Arranger: Jacques Offenbach. 
4.
Greisengesang, D 778 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Notes: Arranger: Max Reger. 
5.
Der Wildschütz: Fünftausend Taler by Albert Lortzing
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
6.
Tannhäuser: O, du mein holder Abendstern by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
7.
Die schweigsame Frau, Op. 80: Wie schön ist doch die Musik by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1933-1934; Germany 
8.
Des Knaben Wunderhorn: no 6, Des Antonius von Padua by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1898; Hamburg, Germany 
9.
Des Knaben Wunderhorn: no 10, Lob des hohen Verstandes by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1898; Hamburg, Germany 
10.
Ich habe genug, BWV 82: Ich habe genug by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Albrecht Mayer (Oboe), Rainer Kussmaul (Violin), Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone)
Conductor:  Rainer Kussmaul
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Baroque Soloists
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727; Cöthen, Germany 
11.
Ich habe genug, BWV 82: Schlummert ein, ihr matten Augen, fallet sanft und selig zu' by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Rainer Kussmaul (Violin), Albrecht Mayer (Oboe), Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone)
Conductor:  Rainer Kussmaul
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Baroque Soloists
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727; Cöthen, Germany 
12.
Ich habe genug, BWV 82: Mein Gott! wann kommt das schöne Nun! da ich in Frieden fahren werde by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Rainer Kussmaul (Violin), Albrecht Mayer (Oboe), Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone)
Conductor:  Rainer Kussmaul
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Baroque Soloists
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727; Cöthen, Germany 
13.
Ich habe genug, BWV 82: Ich freue mich auf meinen Tod by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Albrecht Mayer (Oboe), Rainer Kussmaul (Violin), Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone)
Conductor:  Rainer Kussmaul
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Baroque Soloists
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727; Cöthen, Germany 
14.
Auf der Bruck, D 853 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone), Justus Zeyen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/2003 
Venue:  Bavaria Musikstudios, Munich, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: German 
15.
Heidenröslein, D 257/Op. 3 no 3 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Justus Zeyen (Piano), Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/2003 
Venue:  Bavaria Musikstudios, Munich, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: German 
16.
Die Forelle, D 550 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone), Justus Zeyen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/2003 
Venue:  Bavaria Musikstudios, Munich, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: German 
17.
Die schöne Müllerin, D 795/Op. 25: no 10, Tränenregen by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone), Justus Zeyen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Music City, Paris, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: German 
18.
Die schöne Müllerin, D 795/Op. 25: no 11, Mein! by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone), Justus Zeyen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
19.
Schwanengesang, D 957: no 10, Das Fischermädchen by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone), Justus Zeyen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
20.
Schwanengesang, D 957: no 14, Die Taubenpost by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone), Justus Zeyen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
21.
Myrthen, Op. 25: no 24, Du bist wie eine Blume by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone), Justus Zeyen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/2003 
Venue:  Bavaria Musikstudios, Munich, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: German 
22.
Songs (6), Op. 34: no 2, Auf Flügeln des Gesanges by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone), Justus Zeyen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/2003 
Venue:  Bavaria Musikstudios, Munich, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: German 
23.
Songs (5), Op. 72: no 4, Verzagen by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone), Justus Zeyen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/2003 
Venue:  Bavaria Musikstudios, Munich, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: German 
24.
Songs (5), Op. 72: no 5, Unüberwindlich by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone), Justus Zeyen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/2003 
Venue:  Bavaria Musikstudios, Munich, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: German 
25.
Songs (5), Op. 94: no 4, Sapphische Ode by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone), Justus Zeyen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1884; Austria 
Language: German 
26.
Die Loreley, S 273 no 1 (1st version) by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone), Justus Zeyen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1999 
Venue:  Teldec Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: German 
27.
O lieb, so lang du lieben kannst, S 298 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone), Justus Zeyen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1845; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1999 
Venue:  Teldec Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: German 
28.
Es muss ein Wunderbares sein, S 314 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Justus Zeyen (Piano), Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1999 
Venue:  Teldec Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: German 
29.
Ballads (3), Op. 2: no 2, Herr Oluf by Carl Loewe
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone), Justus Zeyen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1821; Germany 
Language: German 
30.
Lieder (4), Op. 27: no 3, Heimliche Aufforderung by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Justus Zeyen (Piano), Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/2003 
Venue:  Bavaria Musikstudios, Munich, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: German 
31.
Lieder (8), Op. 10: no 1, Zueignung by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone), Justus Zeyen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/2003 
Venue:  Bavaria Musikstudios, Munich, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: German 
32.
Lieder (4), Op. 27: no 4, Morgen by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Justus Zeyen (Piano), Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/2003 
Venue:  Bavaria Musikstudios, Munich, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: German 
33.
Euryanthe, J 291/Op. 81: Wo berg'ich mich?...Und er soll by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822-1823; Dresden, Germany 

Featured Sound Samples

Ich habe genug, BWV 82 (Bach): I. Aria: Ich habe genug, ich habe den Heiland
Auf der Bruck (Schubert)
Heidenröslein (Schubert)

Sound Samples

Jazz Improvisation - Thomas Quasthoff
An die Musik, D.547 (Op.88/4) - Orchestrated By Max Reger
Erlkönig, D. 328 (Op.1) - Orchestrated By Max Reger
Schwanengesang, D.957 (Cycle) - Orchestrated By Jacques Offenbach As "La Sérénade de Schubert": Ständchen
Greisengesang D 778 - Orchestrated by Max Reger
Der Wildschütz / Act 2: Fünftausend Taler!... Träum oder wach' ich?
Euryanthe / Act 2: Wo berg' ich mich? ... Schweigt, glüh'nden Sehnens
Tannhäuser / Act 3: Wie Todesahnung... O du mein holder Abendstern (Wolfram)
Die schweigsame Frau, Op.80 / Act 3: Wie schön ist doch die Musik
Songs from "Des Knaben Wunderhorn": Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt
Songs from "Des Knaben Wunderhorn": Lob des hohen Verstandes
Cantata "Ich habe genug" BWV 82: 1. Aria: Ich habe genug, ich habe den Heiland
Cantata "Ich habe genug" BWV 82: 2. Recitativo: Ich habe genug! Mein Trost ist nur allein
Cantata "Ich habe genug" BWV 82: 3. Aria: Schlummert ein, ihr matten Augen
Cantata "Ich habe genug" BWV 82: 4. Recitativo: Mein Gott! wann kommt das schöne Nun!
Cantata "Ich habe genug" BWV 82: 5. Aria: Ich freue mich auf meinen Tod
Auf der Bruck, D.853 (Op.93/4)
Heidenröslein, D. 257 (Op.3/3)
Die Forelle, D.550 (Op.32)
Die schöne Müllerin, D.795: 10. Tränenregen
Die schöne Müllerin, D.795: 11. Mein!
Schwanengesang, D.957 (Cycle) - Order As Printed/All Verses: 10. Das Fischermädchen: Du schönes Fischermädchen
Schwanengesang, D.957 (Cycle) - Order As Printed/All Verses: 14. Die Taubenpost: Ich habe eine Brieftaub (D965A)
"Du bist wie eine Blume", Op.25, No.24
Auf Flügeln des Gesanges, Op.34, No.2: "Auf Flügeln des Gesanges, Herzliebchen, trag ich dich
Fünf Gesänge Op.72: 4. Verzagen
Fünf Gesänge Op.72: 5. Unüberwindlich
Fünf Lieder Op.94: 4. Sapphische Ode
Die Loreley, S.273 - 1. Fassung
O lieb, so lang du lieben kannst, S.298
"Es muss ein Wunderbares sein" S.314
Drei Balladen Op.2: No.2: Herr Oluf
Heimliche Aufforderung, Op.27, No.3
Zueignung, Op.10, No.1
Morgen, Op.27, No.4
Jazz Improvisation - Thomas Quasthoff

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