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Mozart: Complete Songs For Voice And Piano


Release Date: 03/25/2008 
Label:  Cypres   Catalog #: 1650   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Eugene AstiStephan LogesSophie Karthäuser
Number of Discs: 2 
Length: 1 Hours 22 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Don’t throw away your old Schwarzkopf, Seefried, Streich or Ameling records but try this as a superbly youthful and fresh alternative.

"Compared to Schubert and several other composers who had a special feeling for the human voice Mozart wrote comparatively few songs with piano. Even though, a good handful of them are relatively often heard and recorded the majority are fairly unknown. Looking back in the catalogue one can find singers like Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (with Gieseking), Irmgard Seefried, Rita Streich and Elly Ameling to mention a few with a special affinity for these songs. I believe that Ameling on a 2 disc Philips set recorded them all. Many others have also included Mozart songs in their programmes –
Read more often a section of a mixed programme – so competition is keen when two newcomers enter the race. Sophie Karthäuser and Stephan Loges are able to hold their own with any of their famous predecessors and this set is a practically unqualified success.

We are used to hear female voices in these songs but I can’t find any drawback to a baritone sharing the duty especially when he is as accomplished as Stephan Loges. For domestic listening he also contributes welcome contrast with his well modulated, warm and rounded tone and perfect legato. Karthäuser has a bright, glittering voice, fresh as spring water. Both singers are good communicators and they complement each other superbly.

The recital is cleverly arranged for maximum contrast and in three of the songs they sing together. That famous handful of songs are found on the second disc, opening with what can be regarded as Mozart’s masterpiece in the genre, the setting of Goethe’s Das Veilchen. Fresh as dew may be a worn metaphor but there are no better words for it. And Ridente la calma, a personal favourite of mine, is so scintillating. The only objection I could possibly pose is the reading of Sehnsucht nach dem Frühlinge, using the rondo theme in Mozart’s last piano concerto (B flat major K595) which he recycled into this lovely song. It is lovely here too but I feel it is too rushed and straight-faced. Apart from this I find no fault with any of the readings.

A few words on some of the ‘finds’: The opening Cantate K619, in Köchel’s list placed between two of Mozart’s most sublime works, Ave verum corpus and Die Zauberflöte, seems unrelated to either of these. It has a sweet, Italianate melodic character, more in line with the young Mozart of Exultate, Jubilate, but he was after all a chameleon. There are also some darker streaks in the composition. An die Freude, K53, is an agreeable little song, written by a boy not yet in his teens, and Die Alte (The old woman), who looks back to the good old days, is winningly characterized by Karthäuser, who applies a whining old lady’s tone without sacrificing musical quality. The well known An Chloe is really endearing in Loges’ reading. “When love looks out of your clear, blue eyes, and the joy of gazing into them makes my heart dance, and glow”, he sings and his mellifluous voice shivers with suppressed passion.

Eugene Asti is a pliable accompanist and the recording is first class."

-- Göran Forsling, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Das Traumbild, K 530 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), Stephan Loges (Baritone), Sophie Karthäuser (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
2.
Die Alte, K 517 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), Sophie Karthäuser (Soprano), Stephan Loges (Baritone)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Das Veilchen, K 476 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Sophie Karthäuser (Soprano), Eugene Asti (Piano), Stephan Loges (Baritone)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Als Luise die Briefe, K 520 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), Stephan Loges (Baritone), Sophie Karthäuser (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Das Lied der Trennung, K 519 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), Sophie Karthäuser (Soprano), Stephan Loges (Baritone)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Ridente la calma, K 152 (210a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Sophie Karthäuser (Soprano), Eugene Asti (Piano), Stephan Loges (Baritone)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1772-1775; Italy 
7.
An Chloë, K 524 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), Sophie Karthäuser (Soprano), Stephan Loges (Baritone)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria 
8.
Wie unglücklich bin ich nit, K 147 (125g) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), Sophie Karthäuser (Soprano), Stephan Loges (Baritone)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775-1776; Salzburg, Austria 
9.
Sehnsucht nach dem Frühling, K 596 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), Sophie Karthäuser (Soprano), Stephan Loges (Baritone)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
10.
An die Freude, K 53 (47e) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Stephan Loges (Baritone), Eugene Asti (Piano), Sophie Karthäuser (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1768; Vienna, Austria 
11.
Komm, liebe Zither, K 351 (367b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), Stephan Loges (Baritone), Sophie Karthäuser (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1780-1781; Munich, Germany 
12.
Lied der Freiheit, K 506 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), Stephan Loges (Baritone), Sophie Karthäuser (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
13.
Lied zur Gesellenreise, K 468 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), Stephan Loges (Baritone), Sophie Karthäuser (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
14.
Die kleine Spinnerin, K 531 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), Stephan Loges (Baritone), Sophie Karthäuser (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria 
15.
Beim Auszug in das Feld, K 552 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), Stephan Loges (Baritone), Sophie Karthäuser (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
16.
Das Kinderspiel, K 598 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Sophie Karthäuser (Soprano), Stephan Loges (Baritone), Eugene Asti (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 

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