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Mendelssohn: Lieder Mit Und Ohne Worte / Thomas Michael Allen, Reinild Mees


Release Date: 09/28/2010 
Label:  Ars Produktion   Catalog #: 38479   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Felix MendelssohnOthmar Schoeck
Performer:  Thomas Michael [Tenor Vocals] AllenReinild Mees
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



MENDELSSOHN Songs with and without Words Thomas Michael Allen (ten); Reinild Mees (pn) ARS 38 479 (62:58 Text and Translation)


While Mendelssohn’s songs have not received the attention accorded his mature symphonies, concerti, and chamber music, the situation is significantly better than it once was. In addition to the complete Hyperion series with assorted soloists, there are presently available distinguished recital albums featuring Margaret Price with Graham Johnson Read more (Hyperion/Helios), Barbara Bonney with Geoffrey Parsons (Teldec), Nathalie Stutzman with Dalton Baldwin (Elatus), Wolfgang Holzmair with Anna Wagner (Preiser), and the sine qua non collection of 40 songs recorded by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau with Gerald Moore (EMI). Against such august company, this new disc with tenor Thomas Michael Allen (not to be confused with noted British baritone Thomas Allen) need not fear comparison; it is a welcome, indeed notable, addition to the Mendelssohn discography. Allen, heretofore best known for his performances in Mozart and Baroque repertoire, wields his light, clear, slightly plangent tenor voice with complete technical security. Equally important is the first-rate artistry he brings to this recital, with finely shaded inflections of tone, subtle gradations of dynamics, well-placed breathing and accents, and nuanced attention to the texts. Also noteworthy is the splendidly sensitive accompaniment of Reinild Mees, who performs six Lieder ohne Worte as well accompanying Allen in 20 songs. Here she plays a period instrument, an Érard concert grand dating from 1844, with an uncommon beauty and richness of tone that belies all stereotypes of underpowered tinniness. The repertoire itself also contradicts any lingering stereotypes of Mendelssohn as a composer who only glided across the emotional surface; these are works of passion and ardor as well as grace and beauty. The recorded sound is warm, spacious, and on the resonant side, though not unduly so; full texts with translations are included. Strongly recommended.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Songs (6), Op. 34: no 3, Frühlingslied by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Thomas Michael [Tenor Vocals] Allen (), Reinild Mees (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Germany 
Venue:  Singelkerk, Amsterdam 
Length: 2 Minutes 51 Secs. 
2.
Songs (6), Op. 19a: no 2, Das erste Veilchen by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Thomas Michael [Tenor Vocals] Allen (), Reinild Mees (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Germany 
Venue:  Singelkerk, Amsterdam 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
3.
Songs without words, vol 1, Op. 19b: no 4, Moderato in A major by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Reinild Mees (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1830; Germany 
Venue:  Singelkerk, Amsterdam 
Length: 1 Minutes 30 Secs. 
4.
Seemanns Scheidelied by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Thomas Michael [Tenor Vocals] Allen (), Reinild Mees (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Germany 
Venue:  Singelkerk, Amsterdam 
Length: 5 Minutes 27 Secs. 
5.
Songs (6), Op. 19a: no 4, Neue Liebe by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Thomas Michael [Tenor Vocals] Allen (), Reinild Mees (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1833; Germany 
Venue:  Singelkerk, Amsterdam 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
6.
Songs (6), Op. 34: no 2, Auf Flügeln des Gesanges by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Thomas Michael [Tenor Vocals] Allen (), Reinild Mees (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Germany 
Venue:  Singelkerk, Amsterdam 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
7.
Songs (12), Op. 8: no 8, Andres Maienlied "Hexenlied" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Thomas Michael [Tenor Vocals] Allen (), Reinild Mees (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1828; Germany 
Venue:  Singelkerk, Amsterdam 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
8.
Songs without words, vol 1, Op. 19b: no 6, Andante sostenuto "Venetian Gondola Song" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Reinild Mees (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Germany 
Venue:  Singelkerk, Amsterdam 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
9.
Songs (6), Op. 57: no 5, Venetianisch Gondellied by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Thomas Michael [Tenor Vocals] Allen (), Reinild Mees (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
Venue:  Singelkerk, Amsterdam 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
10.
Songs (6), Op. 57: no 6, Wanderlied by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Thomas Michael [Tenor Vocals] Allen (), Reinild Mees (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Germany 
Venue:  Singelkerk, Amsterdam 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
11.
Songs (6), Op. 19a: no 1, Frühlingslied by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Reinild Mees (Piano), Thomas Michael [Tenor Vocals] Allen ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Germany 
Venue:  Singelkerk, Amsterdam 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
12.
Songs (6), Op. 47: no 3, Frühlingslied by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Thomas Michael [Tenor Vocals] Allen (), Reinild Mees (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Germany 
Venue:  Singelkerk, Amsterdam 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
13.
Songs without words, vol 3, Op. 38: no 2, Allegro non troppo in C minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Reinild Mees (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Germany 
Venue:  Singelkerk, Amsterdam 
Length: 1 Minutes 57 Secs. 
14.
Songs (6), Op. 71: no 6, Nachtlied by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Reinild Mees (Piano), Thomas Michael [Tenor Vocals] Allen ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Venue:  Singelkerk, Amsterdam 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
15.
Songs without words, vol 4, Op. 53: no 2, Allegro non troppo in E flat major by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Reinild Mees (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Germany 
Venue:  Singelkerk, Amsterdam 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
16.
Songs (6), Op. 86: no 5, Der Mond by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Thomas Michael [Tenor Vocals] Allen (), Reinild Mees (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Venue:  Singelkerk, Amsterdam 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
17.
Songs (6), Op. 19a: no 6, Reiselied by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Reinild Mees (Piano), Thomas Michael [Tenor Vocals] Allen ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Germany 
Venue:  Singelkerk, Amsterdam 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
18.
Songs (6), Op. 34: no 1, Minnelied by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Thomas Michael [Tenor Vocals] Allen (), Reinild Mees (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834; Germany 
Venue:  Singelkerk, Amsterdam 
Length: 1 Minutes 38 Secs. 
19.
Songs without words, vol 3, Op. 38: no 3, Presto in E major by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Reinild Mees (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Germany 
Venue:  Singelkerk, Amsterdam 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
20.
Songs (6), Op. 71: no 4, Schilflied by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Reinild Mees (Piano), Thomas Michael [Tenor Vocals] Allen ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
Venue:  Singelkerk, Amsterdam 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
21.
Songs (6), Op. 71: no 5, Auf der Wanderschaft by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Reinild Mees (Piano), Thomas Michael [Tenor Vocals] Allen ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Venue:  Singelkerk, Amsterdam 
Length: 1 Minutes 48 Secs. 
22.
Songs without words, vol 6, Op. 67: no 5, Moderato in B minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Reinild Mees (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Germany 
Venue:  Singelkerk, Amsterdam 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 
23.
Songs (6), Op. 34: no 6, Reiselied by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Reinild Mees (Piano), Thomas Michael [Tenor Vocals] Allen ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Germany 
Venue:  Singelkerk, Amsterdam 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
24.
Songs (12), Op. 9: no 3, Wartend by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Thomas Michael [Tenor Vocals] Allen (), Reinild Mees (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Germany 
Venue:  Singelkerk, Amsterdam 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
25.
Frühlingsglaube, song for voice & piano (Unter Sternen No. 18), Op. 55/18 by Othmar Schoeck
Performer:  Thomas Michael [Tenor Vocals] Allen (), Reinild Mees (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 11/1941-01/1943 
Venue:  Singelkerk, Amsterdam 
Length: 1 Minutes 48 Secs. 
26.
Romances (2) for Voice and Piano: no 2, Sun of the Sleepless by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Reinild Mees (Piano), Thomas Michael [Tenor Vocals] Allen ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834; Germany 
Venue:  Singelkerk, Amsterdam 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 

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