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Poesie - Strauss: Lieder / Diana Damrau


Release Date: 02/15/2011 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 628664   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard Strauss
Performer:  Diana Damrau
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Damrau is a wonderful singer, she has line in the voice, colour like a kaleidoscope, and wears her emotional heart on her vocal sleeve.

Rather like bookends, the genre of the song produced the first composition that the six and a half year-old Richard Strauss wrote: a Christmas song or Weihnachtslied to words by his mother, in 1870. It also produced the last, the famous Four Last Songs, written when he was eighty-four in 1948, just a year before he died. Within that lifespan he wrote over two hundred songs, mainly inspired by his soprano wife Pauline de Ahna, who ironically gave up her career when she married Strauss. The Strauss song and the soprano voice were literally and inseparably wedded. Though the composition
Read more of songs took second place to his creative spurts of opera composition and also the orchestral symphonic poem, they were useful devices for the workaholic Strauss. They became useful presents for family and friends, for singers or for celebrated dignitaries in need of flattery in the form of a dedication with the composer’s eye ever upon the income column of his bank account. Whatever the reason for their various creations, we have cause to be thankful. The orchestrations were mainly made in the last ten years of the composer’s life, mostly by himself but some were entrusted to his acolytes such as Robert Heger or Felix Mottl.
 
The lyric coloratura soprano Diana Damrau and the Strauss Lied fit together as a hand in a glove. Her operatic repertoire in itself is a give-away, with many of the Strauss roles (Zerbinetta, Fiakermilli, Sophie, Aminta, Zdenka) together with operas by Mozart, Beethoven and Weber dominating over Italian works. Together with the fine Strauss conductor Christian Thielemann and the excellent Munich Philharmonic, the orchestra based in Strauss’s home city, she has put together 22 songs, in haphazard order, with all six of the Op.68 Brentano songs among them. It is easy to overdose on Strauss, with his dreamy sounds and marsh-mallow textures. These songs generally do not have the robust energy of the story-inspired Ein Heldenleben or Till Eulenspiegel. It’s hard to find a scherzo among them, instead there is introspection, a soul-searching which sometimes produces agonising results. Amor is the nearest we get to Zerbinetta, while plenty of others approach the Marschallin. It is only - in this collection at least - the Lied der Frauen, by far the longest at seven minutes, which comes near to the Strauss of Salome or Elektra, with strident discords and dramatic agonising. Damrau is a wonderful singer, she has line in the voice, colour like a kaleidoscope, and wears her emotional heart on her vocal sleeve. Apart from some occasional loss of sound below the stave - and Strauss sets a very wide tessitura in these songs - it’s a glorious sound from a singer who, approaching 40, is vocally mature and at her peak. Like a chrysalis, she should emerge from Sophie to become a fine Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier, or from Susanna to Countess in Figaro. The best song on this disc, and which produces the best singing is ‘Als mir Dein Lied erklang’, which appropriately enough means ‘When your song rang out, I heard it’.  
-- Christopher Fifield, MusicWeb International Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Lieder (6), Op. 68: no 2, Ich wollt' ein Sträusslein binden by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Diana Damrau (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Germany 
2.
Lieder (8), Op. 49: no 1, Waldseligkeit by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Diana Damrau (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; Germany 
3.
Lieder (3), Op. 88: no 1, Das Bächlein by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Diana Damrau (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1933; Germany 
4.
Lieder (5), Op. 48: no 4, Winterweihe by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Diana Damrau (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
5.
Lieder (4), Op. 27: no 4, Morgen by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Diana Damrau (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Germany 
6.
Lieder (8), Op. 10: no 8, Allerseelen by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Diana Damrau (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Germany 
7.
Lieder (4), Op. 27: no 2, Cäcilie by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Diana Damrau (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Germany 
8.
Lieder (6), Op. 68: no 5, Amor by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Diana Damrau (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Germany 
9.
Lieder (6), Op. 68: no 3, Säusle, liebe Myrthe by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Diana Damrau (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Germany 
10.
Lieder (5), Op. 48: no 1, Freundliche Vision by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Diana Damrau (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
11.
Lieder (6), Op. 17: no 2, Ständchen by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Diana Damrau (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885-1887; Germany 
12.
Lieder (3), Op. 29: no 1, Traum durch die Dämmerung by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Diana Damrau (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1895 
13.
Lieder (5), Op. 41: no 1, Wiegenlied by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Diana Damrau (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Germany 
14.
Lieder (6), Op. 37: no 3, Meinem Kinde by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Diana Damrau (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; Germany 
15.
Lieder (3), Op. 43: no 2, Muttertändelei by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Diana Damrau (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
16.
Lieder (8), Op. 10: no 1, Zueignung by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Diana Damrau (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Germany 
17.
Lieder (4), Op. 36: no 1, Das Rosenband by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Diana Damrau (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; Germany 
18.
Lieder (5), Op. 15: no 5, Heimkehr by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Diana Damrau (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884-1886; Germany 
19.
Lieder (6), Op. 68: no 4, Als mir dein Lied erklang by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Diana Damrau (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Germany 
20.
Lieder (5), Op. 47: no 2, Des Dichters Abendgang by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Diana Damrau (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
21.
Lieder (6), Op. 68: no 1, An die Nacht by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Diana Damrau (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Germany 
22.
Lieder (6), Op. 68: no 6, Lied der Frauen by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Diana Damrau (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Germany 

Sound Samples

Ich wollt ein Sträußlein binden
Waldseligkeit
Das Bächlein
Winterweihe
Morgen
Allerseelen
Cäcilie
Amor
Säusle, liebe Myrthe
Freundliche Vision
Städchen
Traum durch die Dämmerung
Wiegenlied
Meinem Kinde
Muttertändelei
Zueignung
Das Rosenband Op.36 No.1
Heimkehr Op.15 No.5
Als mir Dein Lied erklang Op.68 No.4
Des Dichters Abendgang Op.47 No.2
An die Nacht Op.68 No.1
Lied der Frau Op.68 No.6

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