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To My Friends - Brahms, Grieg, Loewe, Wolf / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf


Release Date: 11/14/2006 
Label:  London/Decca Jubilee Catalog #: 000787802   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Hugo WolfCarl LoeweEdvard GriegJohannes Brahms
Performer:  Elisabeth SchwarzkopfGeoffrey Parsons
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 41 Mins. 

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TO MY FRIENDS Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (sop); Geoffrey Parsons (pn) DECCA 000787802 (40:51 & )


WOLF Mörike Lieder: Storchenbotschaft; Fussreise; Elfenlied; Bei einer Trauung; Jägerlied; Selbstgeständnis; Nimmersatte Liebe; Lebe wohl; Das verlassene Mägdlein; Auf ein altes Bild; Nixe Binsefuss. Eichendorff Lieder: Read more class="ARIAL12i">Heimweh. Lieder für eine Frauenstimme: Mausfallen-Sprüchlein. LOEWE Die wandelnde Glocke. GRIEG Ein Traum. BRAHMS Mädchenlied. Therese. Blinde Kuh


Issued in memory of Elisabeth Schwarzkopf this recording is the great soprano’s last, made in 1977 and 1979. Following the fashion of the time, Schwarzkopf is recorded forwardly placed, with Parsons’s discrete and tasteful accompaniments set at a slight distance.


The emphasis of the program is firmly on songs by Hugo Wolf. On record one only has to go back to the famous 1953 recital in which she was partnered by Furtwängler, issued by EMI and other labels, to get a sense of her involvement with Wolf’s music. Unfair it might be to any singer to compare performances in the same repertoire from early and late in their careers, but doing so in this instance highlights the notable feature of consistency in Schwarzkopf’s singing on record. While her voice is obviously more mature sounding in this Decca release, I hardly find it less musical than it was some 25 or so years earlier. True, when at forte the tone sounds momentarily forced because of the effort required by a singer of advanced years. At lesser dynamics though, her performances remain close to an object lesson in the Lieder singer’s art. For example, listen to how Schwarzkopf employs knowledge of the texts as a means of circumnavigating such minor vocal difficulties as do present themselves. Self-knowledge is also key to the success of her performances here. “Fussreise,” “Lebe wohl,” and “Auf ein altes Bild” are for me the picks of this recital, whose short playing time is a result of originally being recorded for vinyl LP release.


The Loewe and Grieg songs demonstrate that even now not enough is heard of their vocal music. The trio of Brahms settings is fine, but how I would have liked more of them. Schwarzkopf aficionados will need no further encouragement, but others should be tempted as well.


FANFARE: Evan Dickerson
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Works on This Recording

1.
Mörike Lieder: no 48, Storchenbotschaft by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1977-79 
Length: 4 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: German 
2.
Mörike Lieder: no 10, Fussreise by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1977-79 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: German 
3.
Mörike Lieder: no 16, Elfenlied by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1977-79 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: German 
4.
Mörike Lieder: no 51, Bei einer Trauung by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1977-79 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: German 
5.
Mörike Lieder: no 4, Jägerlied by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1977-79 
Length: 1 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: German 
6.
Mörike Lieder: no 52, Selbstgeständnis by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1977-79 
Length: 1 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: German 
7.
Eichendorff Lieder: no 12, Heimweh by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1977-79 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: German 
8.
Mörike Lieder: no 45, Nixe Binsefuss by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1977-79 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: German 
9.
Lieder (6) für eine Frauenstimme: no 6, Mausfallensprüchlein by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1977-79 
Length: 1 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: German 
10.
Mörike Lieder: no 9, Nimmersatte Liebe by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1977-79 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: German 
11.
Mörike Lieder: no 36, Lebe wohl by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1977-79 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: German 
12.
Mörike Lieder: no 7, Das verlassene Mägdlein by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1977-79 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: German 
13.
Mörike Lieder: no 23, Auf ein altes Bild by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1977-79 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: German 
14.
Ballads (3), Op. 20: no 3, Die wandelnde Glocke by Carl Loewe
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 1977-79 
Length: 1 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: German 
15.
Songs (6), Op. 25: no 2, A swan by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Norway 
Date of Recording: 1977-79 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: German 
16.
Songs (7), Op. 95: no 6, Mädchenlied by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1977-79 
Length: 1 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: German 
17.
Songs (6), Op. 86: no 1, Therese by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1877-79; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1977-79 
Length: 1 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: German 
18.
Songs (8), Op. 58: no 1, Blinde Kuh by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1977-79 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: German 

Sound Samples

Mörike-Lieder: Storchenbotschaft
Mörike-Lieder: Fussereise
Mörike-Lieder: Elfenlied
Mörike-Lieder: Bein Einer Trauung
Mörike-Lieder: Jägerlied
Mörike-Lieder: Selbstgeständnis
Mörike-Lieder: Heimweh
Mörike-Lieder: Nixe Binsefuss
Sechs Lieder für eine Frauenstimme: Mausfallen Sprüchlein
Mörike-Lieder: Nimmersatte Liebe
Mörike-Lieder: Lebe Wohl
Mörike-Lieder: Das Verlassene Mägdlein
Mörike-Lieder: Auf ein altes Bild
Die wandelnde Glocke, Op.20/3
En Svane (A Swan), Op.25, No.2 - sung in German as "Ein Schwan"
Mädchenlied, Op.95, No.6
Therese, Op.86, No.1
Blinde Kuh, Op.58, No.1

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 A Great C.D. April 15, 2012 By David Baird (Londonderry,, Londonderry,) See All My Reviews "I have played this several times since I received it. It is truly a wonderful collection of Schwarzkopf. I can only recommend it to anyone who is interested." Report Abuse
 A swan song from a true artist April 5, 2012 By M.  Becker (Park Ridge, IL) See All My Reviews "Schwarzkopf in her vocal prime? No, Schwarzkopf as consumate artist, Absolutely. She knew how to sing a vocal line, als per Dietrich FischerDieskau. Parsons' playing is beyond reproach, supportive but not intrusive. The less than familiar repertoire is also a bonus. Certainly a legacy for her friends to remember her by. M. Becker" Report Abuse
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