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Alexander Kipnis - Opera Arias & Songs


Release Date: 01/14/1997 
Label:  Sony Classical Masterworks Catalog #: 62354   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  George Frideric HandelFranz SchubertRobert SchumannJohannes Brahms,   ... 
Performer:  Arthur BerghAlexander KipnisFrank Bibb
Conductor:  Robert Hood Bowers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Alexander Kipnis' Opera Arias & Songs is one of the most beautiful compilations of vocal recordings ever assembled on one disc. That all but one of the 21 recordings comes from the 1920s may dismay some listeners, but as in the rest of Sony's Masterworks Heritage series, the sound is as clear and clean as humanly possible and could be an impediment only to the most aurally challenged listeners. That the singer is a bass may dismay other listeners, who believe that male vocal beauty can come from tenors and the occasional baritone, but not from a bass. But the vocal beauty of Kipnis' voice, the sheer cream and velvet tone of his voice, is the equal of the best tenors and baritones, and only the most intolerant listener would be Read more dissuaded.

Any track randomly chosen is amazing and moving, and listeners should try his Der Lindenbaum of Schubert: heartrending and so natural that it sounds like a folk song. Or his Mondnacht of Schumann: as light and graceful as the phenomena it describes. His arias from Handel are robust and virile, but supple and flexible; his Feldeinsamkeit by Brahms is sweetly lyrical with a seamless legato; his Doppelgänger by Schubert is maybe the scariest performance of the song ever recorded. Then try his opera arias: his maniacally cackling Faust arias, his regal Wagner arias, and the exquisite cantilena of his Sarastro's aria from Die Zauberflöte. One of the all-time great bass recitals.

-- James Leonard, AllMusic.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Ariodante, HWV 33: Aria(s) by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Arthur Bergh (Piano), Alexander Kipnis (Bass)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1734-1735; London, England 
Date of Recording: 02/21/1930 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 20 Secs. 
2.
Berenice, Regina d'Egitto, HWV 38: Si, tra i ceppi by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Arthur Bergh (Piano), Alexander Kipnis (Bass)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1737; London, England 
Date of Recording: 10/24/1929 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 15 Secs. 
3.
Schwanengesang, D 957: no 5, Aufenthalt by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Frank Bibb (Piano), Alexander Kipnis (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/28/1928 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
4.
Schwanengesang, D 957: no 12, Am Meer by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Frank Bibb (Piano), Alexander Kipnis (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/28/1928 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 45 Secs. 
5.
Winterreise, D 911/Op. 89: no 5, Der Lindenbaum by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Frank Bibb (Piano), Alexander Kipnis (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/28/1928 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 37 Secs. 
6.
Schwanengesang, D 957: no 13, Der Doppelgänger by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Frank Bibb (Piano), Alexander Kipnis (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/31/1927 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 14 Secs. 
7.
Der Wanderer, D 493/Op. 4 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Frank Bibb (Piano), Alexander Kipnis (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/31/1927 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 39 Secs. 
8.
Winterreise, D 911/Op. 89: no 20, Der Wegweiser by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Frank Bibb (Piano), Alexander Kipnis (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/31/1927 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 3 Secs. 
9.
Gedichte (12), Op. 35: no 3, Wanderlied by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Arthur Bergh (Piano), Alexander Kipnis (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/24/1929 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 30 Secs. 
10.
Liederkreis, Op. 39: no 5, Mondnacht by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Arthur Bergh (Piano), Alexander Kipnis (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/24/1929 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
11.
Songs (5), Op. 94: no 4, Sapphische Ode by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Arthur Bergh (Piano), Alexander Kipnis (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1884; Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/14/1929 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
12.
Songs (5), Op. 105: no 4, Auf dem Kirchhofe by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Arthur Bergh (Piano), Alexander Kipnis (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/14/1929 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
13.
Songs (5), Op. 105: no 2, Immer leiser wird mein Schlummer by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Arthur Bergh (Piano), Alexander Kipnis (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/14/1929 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 
14.
Songs (6), Op. 86: no 2, Feldeinsamkeit by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Arthur Bergh (Piano), Alexander Kipnis (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1877-79; Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/14/1929 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 49 Secs. 
15.
Lieder (8), Op. 10: no 1, Zueignung by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Arthur Bergh (Piano), Alexander Kipnis (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/23/1929 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
16.
Faust: Le veau d'or est toujours debout by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Alexander Kipnis (Bass)
Conductor:  Robert Hood Bowers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Date of Recording: 02/06/1928 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
17.
Faust: Vous qui faites l'endormie "Serenade" by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Alexander Kipnis (Bass)
Conductor:  Robert Hood Bowers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Date of Recording: 02/06/1928 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
18.
Tannhäuser: O, du mein holder Abendstern by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Alexander Kipnis (Bass)
Conductor:  Robert Hood Bowers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/06/1928 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 24 Secs. 
19.
Lohengrin: Mein Herr und Gott, nun ruf' ich dich by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Alexander Kipnis (Bass)
Conductor:  Robert Hood Bowers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/06/1928 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
20.
Die Zauberflöte, K 620: In diesen heil'gen Hallen by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Alexander Kipnis (Bass)
Conductor:  Robert Hood Bowers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/15/1929 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 28 Secs. 
21.
Lieder (3), Op. 29: no 1, Traum durch die Dämmerung by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Alexander Kipnis (Bass), Arthur Bergh (Piano)
Written: 1895 
Date of Recording: 10/23/1929 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 

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