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Strauss, Nono, Wagner / Creed, SWR Vokalensemble


Release Date: 08/08/2006 
Label:  Hänssler Classic   Catalog #: 93179   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard StraussRichard WagnerLuigi NonoGustav Mahler
Performer:  Ulrike BeckerAlexander YudenkovMikhail NikiforovEva-Maria Schappé,   ... 
Conductor:  Marcus Creed
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Southwest German Radio Vocal EnsembleLes Percussions de Strasbourg
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

CDs offering nothing but Strauss’s a cappella choral works quickly become too much of a good thing, and a little of Luigi Nono’s Italian text-disembowelling can go a long way. So it was an inspired idea to place them at loggerheads in a symmetrical programme, especially given such a companionable, pitch-perfect choir as the SWR Vocal Ensemble, Stuttgart. The group is now in the hands of Marcus Creed, an expert trainer who has achieved great results in Berlin; and the unearthly purity of upper voices as the god of Strauss’s and Schiller’s evening picture descends sets the scene very well indeed.

These are not operatic performances on the scale of the Danish Radio Choir’s all-Strauss disc (Chandos), but they reach an unexpected
Read more fullness in Strauss’s second setting, ‘Hymne’, and the most linear of the Nono settings, a 1954 lovesong to his future wife. Most exciting of all are the climaxes of the real novelties here, Clytus Gottwald’s arrangements of the two Wesendonck Lieder which Wagner transfigured in Tristan. At first the choral transcription can seem too fussy for the harmonic suspensions to achieve their true magic, but both settings open out dazzlingly. Sopranos hit spot-on top Ds both here and in a very substantial bonus, Gottwald’s even more successful treatment of ‘Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen’ from Mahler’s Rückert Lieder. Venues vary but the various acoustics are beautifully matched and the programme sounds consistently resplendent.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- David Nice, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1. Songs (2), Op. 34: no 1, Der Abend by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Marcus Creed
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Southwest German Radio Vocal Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; Germany 
Language: German 
2. Songs (2), Op. 34: no 2, Hymne by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Marcus Creed
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Southwest German Radio Vocal Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; Germany 
Language: German 
3. Wesendonck Lieder: no 5, Träume by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Marcus Creed
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Southwest German Radio Vocal Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1858; Germany 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranger: Clytus Gottwald. 
4. Wesendonck Lieder: no 3, Im Treibhaus by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Marcus Creed
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Southwest German Radio Vocal Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1858; Germany 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranger: Clytus Gottwald. 
5. Sarà dolce tacere by Luigi Nono
Performer:  Ulrike Becker (Alto), Alexander Yudenkov (Tenor), Mikhail Nikiforov (Bass),
Eva-Maria Schappé (Soprano), Torsten Müller (Bass)
Conductor:  Marcus Creed
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Southwest German Radio Vocal Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; Italy 
Language: Italian 
6. Cori di Didone by Luigi Nono
Performer:  Ulrike Becker (Alto), Eva-Maria Schappé (Soprano), Alexander Yudenkov (Tenor),
Torsten Müller (Bass), Mikhail Nikiforov (Bass)
Conductor:  Marcus Creed
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Southwest German Radio Vocal Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958 
Language: Italian 
7. Liebeslied by Luigi Nono
Conductor:  Marcus Creed
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Southwest German Radio Vocal Ensemble,  Les Percussions de Strasbourg
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; Italy 
Language: German 
8. Rückert Lieder (5): no 3, Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Marcus Creed
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Southwest German Radio Vocal Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranger: Clytus Gottwald. 

Sound Samples

2 Gesange, Op. 34, TrV 182: No. 1. Der Abend
Sara dolce tacere
Wesendonck Lieder (excerpts) (arr. by C. Gottwald for choir a-cappella): Wesendonck Lieder: No. 5. Traume (arr. C. Gottwald for 16-part chorus)
Cori di Didone: I. La sera si prolunga
Cori di Didone: II. Ora il vento s'e fatto silenzioso
Cori di Didone: III. Nella tenebra, muta
Cori di Didone: IV. A bufera s'e aperto, al buio, un porto
Cori di Didone: V. Il mio declinio abbelliro, stasera
Cori di Didone: VI. Finale: Piu non muggisce, non sussurra il mare
Wesendonck Lieder (excerpts) (arr. by C. Gottwald for choir a-cappella): Wesendonck Lieder: No. 3. Im Treibhaus (arr. C. Gottwald for 16-part chorus)
Liebeslied
2 Gesange, Op. 34, TrV 182: No. 2. Hymne
Ruckert-Lieder (arr. for choir): Ruckert-Lieder: No. 3. Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen (arr. C. Gottwald for 16-part chorus)

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