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Irmgard Seefried - Lieder


Release Date: 05/11/1993 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 437348   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartFranz SchubertJohannes BrahmsModest Mussorgsky,   ... 
Performer:  Erik WerbaIrmgard Seefried
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 2 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Irmgard Seefried (1919-88) was in her day one of the world’s reigning Mozart and Strauss sopranos, and a Lieder singer of renown. Her reputation has not been as securely preserved as in the parallel cases of Schwarzkopf and Fischer-Dieskau. But these two CDs should help to rectify the balance, revealing her as one of the supreme communicators on disc – a singer whose impulsive urgency in fusing notes and words blazes out of the speakers. At her best, Seefried blended frankness and charm in ideal proportions (not for nothing was she German by birth, Viennese by adoption). She was never a ‘perfect’ singer, even in the earlier part of her career, when the tone had the shine and crisp sweetness of a freshly-picked apple; later recordings (such Read more as the 1961 Schubert and Strauss items) could betray upper-register strain. Even then, however, the appeal of her ‘Lied im Grünen’, ‘Junge Nonne’ and ‘Fischerweise’ – three of the most captivating Schubert performances ever preserved – proves irresistible. The same intense musicality, eager verbal imagination and gift of being simple but never simple-minded, stamp her Mussorgsky and Bartók cycles, her Mozart and her marvellously direct account of Schumann’s Frauenliebe und -leben. There is more Seefried in the DG and EMI archives: further reissues can only do those companies, and us, a power of good.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 3 (out of 5)

-- Max Loppert, BBC Music Magazine Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Das Veilchen, K 476 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1957 
Venue:  Brahms-Saal, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: German 
2. Die Verschweigung, K 518 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1957 
Venue:  Brahms-Saal, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: German 
3. Das Lied der Trennung, K 519 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1957 
Venue:  Brahms-Saal, Vienna 
Length: 5 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: German 
4. Das Kinderspiel, K 598 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1957 
Venue:  Brahms-Saal, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: German 
5. Die kleine Spinnerin, K 531 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano), Erik Werba (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1957 
Venue:  Brahms-Saal, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: German 
6. Als Luise die Briefe, K 520 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1957 
Venue:  Brahms-Saal, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: German 
7. Dans un bois solitaire, K 308 (295b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano), Erik Werba (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1777-1778; Mannheim, Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1957 
Venue:  Brahms-Saal, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: German 
8. An Chloë, K 524 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1957 
Venue:  Brahms-Saal, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: German 
9. Abendempfindung, K 523 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1957 
Venue:  Brahms-Saal, Vienna 
Length: 4 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: German 
10. Sehnsucht nach dem Frühling, K 596 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano), Erik Werba (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1957 
Venue:  Brahms-Saal, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: German 
11. Auf dem Wasser zu singen, D 774/Op. 72 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano), Erik Werba (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1953 
Venue:  Live  Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: German 
12. Lachen und Weinen, D 777/Op. 59 no 4 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1823; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1953 
Venue:  Live  Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: German 
13. Songs (8), Op. 59: no 8, Dein blaues Auge by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1953 
Venue:  Live  Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: German 
14. Songs (5), Op. 106: no 1, Ständchen by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1888; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1953 
Venue:  Live  Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: German 
15. The nursery by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1872; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1953 
Venue:  Live  Germany 
Length: 14 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: German 
16. Village Scenes, Sz 87a by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 1953 
Venue:  Live  Germany 
Length: 12 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: German 
17. Mörike Lieder: no 11, An eine Äolsharfe by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1953 
Venue:  Live  Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: German 
18. Mörike Lieder: no 7, Das verlassene Mägdlein by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1953 
Venue:  Live  Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: German 
19. Mörike Lieder: no 8, Begegnung by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1953 
Venue:  Live  Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: German 
20. Lieder (6), Op. 17: no 2, Ständchen by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885-1887; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1953 
Venue:  Live  Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: German 
21. Myrthen, Op. 25: no 7, Die Lotosblume by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1956 
Venue:  Live  Schumann-Saal, Düsseldorf 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: German 
22. Liederkreis, Op. 24: no 9, Mit Myrten und Rosen by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1956 
Venue:  Live  Schumann-Saal, Düsseldorf 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: German 
23. Myrthen, Op. 25: no 24, Du bist wie eine Blume by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1956 
Venue:  Live  Schumann-Saal, Düsseldorf 
Length: 1 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: German 
24. Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1957 
Venue:  Brahms-Saal, Vienna 
Length: 20 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: German 
25. Der König in Thule, D 367/Op. 5 no 5 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1962 
Venue:  Brahms-Saal, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: German 
26. Das Lied im Grünen, D 917/Op. 115 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1958 
Venue:  Brahms-Saal, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: German 
27. Die junge Nonne, D 828/Op. 43 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1958 
Venue:  Brahms-Saal, Vienna 
Length: 4 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: German 
28. Fischerweise, D 881 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1958 
Venue:  Brahms-Saal, Vienna 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: German 
29. Seligkeit, D 433 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1958 
Venue:  Brahms-Saal, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: German 
30. Die Forelle, D 550 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1958 
Venue:  Brahms-Saal, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: German 
31. An die Musik, D 547 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1958 
Venue:  Brahms-Saal, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: German 
32. Lieder (3), Op. 29: no 1, Traum durch die Dämmerung by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano), Erik Werba (Piano)
Written: 1895 
Date of Recording: 06/1958 
Venue:  Brahms-Saal, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: German 
33. Lieder (6), Op. 37: no 3, Meinem Kinde by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano), Erik Werba (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1958 
Venue:  Brahms-Saal, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: German 
34. Lieder (8), Op. 10: no 8, Allerseelen by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano), Erik Werba (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1958 
Venue:  Brahms-Saal, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: German 
35. Lieder (4), Op. 27: no 4, Morgen by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano), Erik Werba (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1958 
Venue:  Brahms-Saal, Vienna 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: German 

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