WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Lebendige Vergangenheit - Emmi Leisner


Release Date: 10/30/2001 
Label:  Preiser Records   Catalog #: 89540   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  Christoph W. GluckRichard WagnerGiuseppe VerdiGeorges Bizet,   ... 
Performer:  Emmi LeisnerHelge RosvaengeLotte Leonard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bruno Kittel Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

Special Order: If we cannot ship this title in 45 days, your order will be cancelled and you will be notified via email.  
On sale! $19.98
CD:  $16.99
Special Order



Notes and Editorial Reviews

Genuine, unequivocal contraltos are very rare. Occasionally confusion arises as to what actually classifies a singer as a contralto. The difference is less one of vocal extension but rather of a different placing of the tonal fulcrum. In the contralto range this tonal fulcrum is one to two whole tones lower than is the case with the mezzo soprano. The expansive tonal splendor in the lower range enables a refulgent tone that is a special characteristic of this vocal category. The German contralto, Emmi Leisner, was blessed with one of the most beautiful voices of her age. Genuine, unequivocal contraltos are very rare. Occasionally confusion arises as to what actually classifies a singer as a contralto. The difference is less one of vocal extension but rather of a different placing of the tonal fulcrum. In the contralto range this tonal fulcrum is one to two whole tones lower than is the case with the mezzo soprano. The expansive tonal splendor in the lower range enables a refulgent tone that is a special characteristic of this vocal category. The German contralto, Emmi Leisner, was blessed with one of the most beautiful voices of her age. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Orfeo ed Euridice: Piango il mio ben così by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Emmi Leisner (Alto)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1928 
Language: German 
2.
Orfeo ed Euridice: Che farò senza Euridice? by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Emmi Leisner (Alto)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1928 
Language: German 
3.
Tristan und Isolde: Einsam wachend...Habet Acht! by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Emmi Leisner (Alto)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1928 
Language: German 
4.
Das Rheingold: Weiche, Wotan, weiche by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Emmi Leisner (Alto)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1928 
Language: German 
5.
Aida: Già i sacerdoti adunansi...Ah! tu dei vivere! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Helge Rosvaenge (Tenor), Emmi Leisner (Alto)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1929 
Language: German 
6.
Carmen: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle "Habañera" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Emmi Leisner (Alto)
Written: 1873-1874 
Date of Recording: 1928 
Language: German 
Notes: Composition written: France (1873 - 1874). 
7.
Carmen: En vain pour éviter les réponses amères "Card Aria" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Emmi Leisner (Alto)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Date of Recording: 1928 
Language: German 
8.
Carmen: C'est toi! C'est moi!...Carmen, il est temps encore by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Emmi Leisner (Alto), Helge Rosvaenge (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Date of Recording: 1928 
Language: German 
9.
Samson et Dalila, Op. 47: Printemps, qui commence by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Emmi Leisner (Alto)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
Date of Recording: 1928 
Language: German 
10.
Samson et Dalila, Op. 47: Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Emmi Leisner (Alto)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
Date of Recording: 1928 
Language: German 
11.
Dank sei dir, Herr by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Emmi Leisner (Alto)
Date of Recording: 1928 
Language: German 
12.
Serse, HWV 40: Ombra mai fu "Largo" by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Emmi Leisner (Alto)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738; London, England 
Date of Recording: 1928 
Language: Italian 
13.
Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244: no 33, So ist mein Jesus by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Lotte Leonard (Soprano), Emmi Leisner (Alto)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bruno Kittel Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1727; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1928 
Language: German 
14.
Songs (9), Op. 32: no 9, Wie bist du, meine Königin by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Emmi Leisner (Alto)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1933 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranged: Daumer 
15.
Lieder (5), Op. 41: no 1, Wiegenlied by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Emmi Leisner (Alto)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1933 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranged: Dehmel 
16.
Symphony no 2 in C minor "Resurrection": 4th movement, Urlicht by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Emmi Leisner (Alto)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888/1896; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1924 
Language: German 

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title
Review This Title Share on Facebook




YOU MUST BE A SUBSCRIBER TO LISTEN - TRY IT FREE!
Listen to all your favorite classical music for only $20/month.
Sign up for your monthly subscription service and get unlimited access to the most comprehensive digital catalog of classical music in the world - new releases. bestsellers, advanced releases and more.
Aleady a subscriber? Sign In