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Mahler: Kindertotenlieder, Etc; Wagner / Flagstad, Et Al


Release Date: 02/12/2002 
Label:  London/Decca Legends Catalog #: 468486   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Gustav MahlerRichard Wagner
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad
Conductor:  Sir Adrian BoultHans Knappertsbusch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 20 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

For anyone who already owns the Songs of a Wayfarer (which was originally coupled with this recording on a 12-inch LP) in some other version, Fischer-Dieskau's perhaps, this new disc at just under a pound is splendid value. Today, we weigh Flagstad's interpretation against Ferrier's and Fischer-Dieskau's, but the day will come, I feel sure, when collectors will want to own everything she recorded, just for the sake of her voice. That glorious voice is heard here in a very fine recording, and Sir Adrian and the Vienna Philharmonic form a happy combination. And in any case, Flagstad sings these particular songs most beautifully; Lieder on this scale finds in her a fine and sensitive interpreter. Incredible that she was 62 at the time.
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-- Gramophone [3/1960, reviewing the LP release of the Mahler selections]

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What a pleasure to reacquaint oneself with this disc on its third appearance in the catalogue. Last time round it was on the mid-price Ace of Diamonds label (SDD2I2, 1/70) and cost less than it now does on this present reissue: such are the ravages of inflation. Then Alec Robertson properly praised the deep insight into the Wesendonck Lieder much helped by Knappertsbusch's sympathetic support, but it is still the glory of that famous tone, warm and glowing even after so many years' use that strikes the ear so unforgettably. Only Jessye Norman, one of the latest sopranos to record these songs (Philips 9500 031, 7/76), among today's singers, can match its refulgence.

By the mid-1950s, Flagstad's voice, never quite the ideal for Elsa or Kundry, was sounding a little mature for these parts, but how one is grateful for the absence of wobble, for the absolute security of each perfectly placed note. This, one feels, is mainstream Wagnerian singing par excellence. In the two well-known excerpts from Sieglinde's role, there is honest purpose and clarity of diction to admire in the readings. The story of Wotan's visit is eagerly told, the rapture of "Du bist der Lenz" no less keen, even if it is the ardour of a not precisely youthful woman. Any budding Wagnerian soprano would do well to study the style and vocal production.

-- Gramophone [4/1980, reviewing an LP reissue of the Wagner selections]
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Works on This Recording

1. Kindertotenlieder by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1904; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1957 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 27 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: German 
2. Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1896; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1957 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 16 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: German 
3. Wesendonck Lieder by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1858; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1956 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 20 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: German 
4. Lohengrin: Einsam in trüben Tagen "Elsa's dream" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1956 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: German 
5. Parsifal: Ich sah' das Kind an seiner Mutter Brust by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1882; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1956 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: German 
6. Die Walküre: Du bist der Lenz by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1956 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: German 

Sound Samples

Kindertotenlieder: Nun will die Sonn' so hell aufgeh'n
Kindertotenlieder: Nun seh' ich wohl, warum so dunkle Flammen
Kindertotenlieder: Wenn dein Mütterlein
Kindertotenlieder: Oft denk' ich, sie sind nur ausgegangen
Kindertotenlieder: In diesem Wetter
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen: Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen: Ging heut' morgen übers Feld
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen: Ich hab' ein glühend Messer
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen: Die zwei blauen Augen von meinem Schatz
Wesendonk Lieder - Five Poems for Female Voice: Der Engel
Wesendonk Lieder - Five Poems for Female Voice: Stehe still
Wesendonk Lieder - Five Poems for Female Voice: Im Treibhaus
Wesendonk Lieder - Five Poems for Female Voice: Schmerzen
Wesendonk Lieder - Five Poems for Female Voice: Träume
Lohengrin - Act 1: "Einsam in trüben Tagen"
Parsifal - Act 2: "Ich sah das Kind an seiner Mutter Brust"
Die Walküre - Erster Aufzug: Du bist der Lenz

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