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Mendelssohn: Songs & Duets Vol 5 / Broderick, Grevelius, Morrison, Asti

Mendelssohn / Broderick / Morrison / Grevelius
Release Date: 07/13/2010 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67753   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Eugene AstiKatherine BroderickHannah MorrisonAnna Grevelius,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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A superb set – beautiful songs, exquisitely sung and well-communicated.

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MENDELSSOHN Songs, Vol. 5 Katherine Broderick, Hannah Morrison (sop); Anna Grevelius (mez); Finnur Bjarnason (ten); Stephan Loges, James Rutherford (bar); Eugene Asti (pn) HYPERION CDA 67753 (2 CDs: 97:09 Text and Translation)


Lied zum Geburstage Read more meines guten Vaters. Pauvre Jeanette. Erster Verlust. Des Mädchens Klage. Sanft weh’n im Hauch der Abendluft. Wanderlied. Das Waldschloss. Es weiss und rät es doch Keiner. Charlotte to Werther. 6 Scottish Songs. Ave Maria. Raste, Krieger! Volkslied. Minnelied. Es rauscht der Wald. Frage. Geständnis. Weiter, rastlos, atemlos. Weihnachtslied. Von allen deinen zarten Gaben. Wiegenlied. Vier trübe Monden sind entflohn. Lieben und Schweigen. Suleika. So schlaf in Ruh. Todeslied der Bojaren. Erwartung. Und über dich wohl streut der Wind. Weinend she’ ich in die Nacht. Ch’io t’abbandono in periglio sì grande. Volkslied, op. 47/4


Many of these songs, perhaps even a majority of them, are new to disc, and that makes this self-recommending for anyone who enjoys Mendelssohn. These are delightful songs from all periods of his too-short career, including an absolutely charming birthday song he wrote for his father when he was 10! Most of these are solo songs, alternated among the singers, but there are a few duets as well. I did not bother to identify which singer was singing which song because it seemed unnecessary.


The Hyperion Mendelssohn song project has been organized by Eugene Asti, who prepared the Bärenreiter edition of these songs, and who serves as the excellent pianist for all five volumes. The singers are, judging from their photos, all young and they are all excellent. I am not sure I hear a future superstar here, but I do hear solid, attractive, committed singing. Once in a while baritone James Rutherford and tenor Finnur Bjarnason push their voices a bit beyond their limits, but it is momentary. Overall, these are lovely performances of lovely songs—a collection that reminds us that when we lament the early deaths of Mozart and Schubert, we should shed a tear for Mendelssohn as well.


Hyperion’s sound is just a bit echoey for my taste—not terribly so, but I would prefer a bit closer perspective to the singer. The balances are good, and the accompanying notes are a model of what program notes should be. The two discs are sold at the price of one, further enhancing the value.


FANFARE: Henry Fogel


This two-disc set is the fifth in Hyperion’s Mendelssohn Songs and Duets series, initiated by pianist Eugene Asti, who is the sensitive accompanist for all songs on this set.

The first disc opens with one of the very first composition of Mendelssohn’s that we have: the song Lied zum Geburtstage meines guten Vaters. Composed at the tender age of 10, it shows incredible maturity, and is here sung by Katherine Broderick. Broderick has a pleasing, bright soprano, and she also sings the well-known Charlotte to Werther, performed with passion and understanding although her words aren’t desperately clear. Her rendition of Des Madchens Klage – the lament of a parted lover – is wonderfully atmospheric and tender. The other singers on the disc are of an equally high standard. Soprano Hannah Morrison also has a clear, light voice; whilst Anna Grevelius has a rich, mature mezzo that works very well for these songs. We first encounter her here in Erster Verlust, the only song on these two discs that sets Mendelssohn’s close friend, Goethe. Grevelius is also superb in the theatrical Das Waldschloss, and brings suitable gravitas to the beautiful Ave Maria. Tenor Finnur Bjarnason, meanwhile, has a very soft and gentle voice which is most appropriate for Sanft weh'n im Hauch der Abendluft. He performs the ensuing Wanderlied with suitable exuberance – good. He also gives a particularly impassioned and sensitive rendition of Frage on the second disc of the set. Baritone Stephan Loges gives a good account of himself with Volkslied, which concludes the first disc and which he imbues with apt tenderness and sweetness.

As well as individual songs, these discs include the Sechs schottische National-Lieder – exemplary performances from Hannah Morrison and James Rutherford. Disc two features as its climax the substantial Ch'io t'abbandono in periglio si grande, of which Rutherford gives a dramatic and virtuosic rendition, with his operatic, rich and flexible baritone.

On the whole, this is a superb set – beautiful songs, exquisitely sung and well-communicated. My only quibble is the lack of performer biographies in the otherwise informative and interesting booklet notes.

-- Em Marshall, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Lied zum Geburtstag meines guten Vaters "Ihr Töne schwingt euch" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), Katherine Broderick (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: c1819 
2.
Pauvre Jeanette by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Hannah Morrison (Soprano), Eugene Asti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1820 
3.
Songs (6), Op. 99: no 1, Erster Verlust by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), Anna Grevelius (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Germany 
4.
Des Mädchens Klage by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), Katherine Broderick (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
5.
Sanft weh'n im Hauch der Abendluft by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), Finnur Bjarnason (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822 
6.
Songs (6), Op. 57: no 6, Wanderlied by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), Finnur Bjarnason (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Germany 
7.
Songs (2) for Voice and Piano (Eichendorff): no 1, Das Waldschloss by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), Anna Grevelius (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 08/17/1835 
8.
Songs (6), Op. 99: no 6, Es weiss und räth es doch keiner by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Hannah Morrison (Soprano), Eugene Asti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
9.
Charlotte to Werther "All moveless in her dark bright eye" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), Katherine Broderick (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1830 
10.
Schottische National-Lieder (6) by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), James Rutherford (Bass), Hannah Morrison (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Germany 
11.
Ave Maria (1820) by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), Anna Grevelius (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1820; Germany 
12.
Raste Krieger, Krieg ist aus by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), Anna Grevelius (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1820; Germany 
13.
Volkslied by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Stephan Loges (Baritone), Eugene Asti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
14.
Songs (6), Op. 47: no 1, Minnelied by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), Stephan Loges (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1840; Germany 
15.
Es rauscht der Wald by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Finnur Bjarnason (Tenor), Eugene Asti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
16.
Songs (12), Op. 9: no 1, Frage by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), Finnur Bjarnason (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Germany 
17.
Songs (12), Op. 9: no 2, Geständnis by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), Finnur Bjarnason (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Germany 
18.
Weiter, rastlos atemlos vorüber by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), Stephan Loges (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
19.
Weihnachtslied "Auf schicke dich recht feierlich" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Anna Grevelius (Mezzo Soprano), Eugene Asti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
20.
Von allen deinen zarten Gaben by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), Finnur Bjarnason (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Germany 
21.
Wiegenlied by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Katherine Broderick (Soprano), Eugene Asti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Germany 
22.
Songs (4): no 3, An ihrem Grabe "Vier trübe Monden sind entfloh'n" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Katherine Broderick (Soprano), Eugene Asti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
23.
Lieben und Schweigen by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Anna Grevelius (Mezzo Soprano), Eugene Asti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1841; Germany 
24.
Songs (6), Op. 57: no 3, Suleika by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Katherine Broderick (Soprano), Eugene Asti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Germany 
25.
So schlaf in Ruh by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Anna Grevelius (Mezzo Soprano), Eugene Asti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
26.
Gesänge (2): no 1, Todeslied der Bojaren by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), Stephan Loges (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Germany 
27.
Songs (4): no 2, Erwartung by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Katherine Broderick (Soprano), Eugene Asti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
28.
Und über dich wohl stimmt by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), Stephan Loges (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Germany 
29.
Songs (4): no 4, Warum ich weine "Weinend seh' ich in die Nacht" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Katherine Broderick (Soprano), Eugene Asti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
30.
Ch'io t'abbandono by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), James Rutherford (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Germany 
31.
Songs (6), Op. 47: no 4, Volkslied by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Anna Grevelius (Mezzo Soprano), Eugene Asti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Germany 

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