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Draeseke: Lieder / Ingeborg Danz, Roman Trekel, Cord Garben


Release Date: 05/29/2007 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 999826   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Felix Draeseke
Performer:  Roman TrekelIngeborg DanzCord Garben
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



DRAESEKE Songs Ingeborg Danz (alt); Roman Trekel (bar); Cord Garben (pn) cpo 999 826 (69:22 Text and Translation)


Morgens send’ich idr die Veilchen. Das sterbende Kind. Helge’s Treue. Das verlassene Mägd’lein. Abendreihn. Ritter Olaf. Landschaftsbilder. Mitternacht. Das Schloss am Meer. Du bist der ungebrochne Sonnenstrahl. Die traurige Krönung. Die Schwester. Agnes. Ritterliche Werbung. Denk es, o Seele


Felix Read more Draeseke (1835–1913) was a composer of more importance during his lifetime than he managed to retain after his death, but in recent years a very steady, if gradual, revival of interest in his music has taken place. Three of his four symphonies and his piano concerto have been recorded, as has his massive (too massive, in truth) oratorio Christus , as well as some superb chamber music. This is my first encounter with his songs.


Liszt admired him and encouraged him greatly, and Wagner praised him as well. Draeseke was, by the end of his life, essentially a conservative, and he had trouble coming to grips with the more adventurous works of Strauss such as Salome . But he remained a vigorous writer and proselytizer on behalf of music as well as a prolific composer. He wrote in all genres—opera, choral music, symphonies, tone poems, chamber music, and solo instrumental works.


These songs should appeal to anyone who loves the songs of Schumann, Wolf, Brahms, or other German Romantics—but they are not imitative. Draeseke may not have as strong and unique a musical personality as those geniuses, but these are very much worth hearing. They continue to pay dividends on repeated listening.


I wish I could say the same about all of the performances. I know that reaction to individual voices is one of the most personal aspects of music listening, but I find it difficult to imagine many listeners finding much pleasure in Ingeborg Danz’s singing. The voice is thin, without body and without much variety of color; she seems under the pitch too much of the time, and there is no presence to the sound. At times she seems to vanish inside the piano. By contrast, Roman Trekel is superb. His rich baritone encompasses a very broad range of color, he sings with power and beauty, inflects with intelligence, and “sells” each song completely. Cord Garben’s piano-playing is likewise colorful and lively. The songs are roughly divided evenly between the two singers (actually, 12 for Danz, 10 for Trekel). The recorded sound is natural and clear, and generally well balanced except when Danz’s voice is covered.


The accompanying notes are informative, if a bit flowery and somewhat clumsy in translation, and cpo provides German texts and English translations. Despite a less than adequate soprano, this is highly recommended to fans of Draeseke and of the 19th-century German art song.


FANFARE: Henry Fogel
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Works on This Recording

1.
Agnes by Felix Draeseke
Performer:  Roman Trekel (Baritone), Ingeborg Danz (Alto), Cord Garben (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
2.
Ritterliche Werbung by Felix Draeseke
Performer:  Roman Trekel (Baritone), Ingeborg Danz (Alto), Cord Garben (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
3.
Denk es, o Seele by Felix Draeseke
Performer:  Roman Trekel (Baritone), Ingeborg Danz (Alto), Cord Garben (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
4.
Morgens send' ich dir die Veilchen by Felix Draeseke
Performer:  Ingeborg Danz (Alto), Cord Garben (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Length: 1 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Audio Engineers: Christian Leuschner; Burkhard Pitzer-Landeck.
Audio Producer: Burkhard Schmilgun.
Funkstudio, Villa Berg, Stuttgart, Germany (06/27/2001 - 06/28/2001); Funkstudio, Villa Berg, Stuttgart, Germany (04/04/2002 - 04/05/2002) 
5.
Das sterbende Kind by Felix Draeseke
Performer:  Ingeborg Danz (Alto), Cord Garben (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineers: Christian Leuschner; Burkhard Pitzer-Landeck.
Audio Producer: Burkhard Schmilgun. 
6.
Helge's Treue, Op. 1 by Felix Draeseke
Performer:  Roman Trekel (Baritone), Cord Garben (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 14 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineers: Christian Leuschner; Burkhard Pitzer-Landeck.
Audio Producer: Burkhard Schmilgun. 
7.
Das verlassene Mägd'lein, Op. 2 by Felix Draeseke
Performer:  Ingeborg Danz (Alto), Cord Garben (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineers: Christian Leuschner; Burkhard Pitzer-Landeck.
Audio Producer: Burkhard Schmilgun. 
8.
Abendreihn, Op. 17 by Felix Draeseke
Performer:  Cord Garben (Piano), Ingeborg Danz (Alto)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineers: Christian Leuschner; Burkhard Pitzer-Landeck.
Audio Producer: Burkhard Schmilgun. 
9.
Ritter Olaf, Op. 19: Vor dem Dame steh'n zwei männer by Felix Draeseke
Performer:  Roman Trekel (Baritone), Cord Garben (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineers: Christian Leuschner; Burkhard Pitzer-Landeck.
Audio Producer: Burkhard Schmilgun. 
10.
Ritter Olaf, Op. 19: Herr Olaf sitzt beim Hochzeitsschmaus by Felix Draeseke
Performer:  Cord Garben (Piano), Roman Trekel (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineers: Christian Leuschner; Burkhard Pitzer-Landeck.
Audio Producer: Burkhard Schmilgun. 
11.
Ritter Olaf, Op. 19: Herr Olaf, es ist Mitternacht by Felix Draeseke
Performer:  Cord Garben (Piano), Roman Trekel (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineers: Christian Leuschner; Burkhard Pitzer-Landeck.
Audio Producer: Burkhard Schmilgun. 
12.
Landschaftsbilder, Op. 20 by Felix Draeseke
Performer:  Roman Trekel (Baritone), Cord Garben (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 16 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineers: Christian Leuschner; Burkhard Pitzer-Landeck.
Audio Producer: Burkhard Schmilgun. 
13.
Mitternacht, Op. 24 by Felix Draeseke
Performer:  Ingeborg Danz (Alto), Cord Garben (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineers: Christian Leuschner; Burkhard Pitzer-Landeck.
Audio Producer: Burkhard Schmilgun. 
14.
Das Schloss am Meer, Op. 53 by Felix Draeseke
Performer:  Roman Trekel (Baritone), Cord Garben (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Length: 4 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineers: Christian Leuschner; Burkhard Pitzer-Landeck.
Audio Producer: Burkhard Schmilgun. 
15.
Du bist der ungebrochne Sonnenstrahl, Op. 67 by Felix Draeseke
Performer:  Ingeborg Danz (Alto), Cord Garben (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineers: Christian Leuschner; Burkhard Pitzer-Landeck.
Audio Producer: Burkhard Schmilgun. 
16.
Die traurige Krönung, Op. 80 by Felix Draeseke
Performer:  Roman Trekel (Baritone), Cord Garben (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineers: Christian Leuschner; Burkhard Pitzer-Landeck.
Audio Producer: Burkhard Schmilgun. 
17.
Die Schwester, Op. 81 by Felix Draeseke
Performer:  Ingeborg Danz (Alto), Cord Garben (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineers: Christian Leuschner; Burkhard Pitzer-Landeck.
Audio Producer: Burkhard Schmilgun. 

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