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Brahms, Wagner, Mahler / Stephanie Blythe


Release Date: 06/21/2011 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 26981   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johannes BrahmsRichard WagnerGustav Mahler
Performer:  Stephanie BlytheJerome GranjonAlain David ValckenaereJean Estournet,   ... 
Conductor:  John Nelson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Orchestral EnsembleEnsemble a Sei Voci
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The American mezzo Stephanie Blythe sings three works of high Romanticism, all depicting, in different ways, a sense of loneliness, abandonment and spiritual crisis. Brahms’ autobiographical Alto Rhapsody for alto, male chorus and orchestra has long been one of the core works of the alto/mezzo repertoire; Wagner’s intimate Wesendonck-Lieder are performed here in Henze’s version for chamber ensemble, while the heart-wrenching Abschied (Farewell) from Das Lied von der Erde is heard in the delicate arrangement by Mahler’s disciple Schoenberg. The American mezzo Stephanie Blythe sings three works of high Romanticism, all depicting, in different ways, a sense of loneliness, abandonment and spiritual crisis. Brahms’ autobiographical Alto Rhapsody for alto, male chorus and orchestra has long been one of the core works of the alto/mezzo repertoire; Wagner’s intimate Wesendonck-Lieder are performed here in Henze’s version for chamber ensemble, while the heart-wrenching Abschied (Farewell) from Das Lied von der Erde is heard in the delicate arrangement by Mahler’s disciple Schoenberg. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Stephanie Blythe (Alto)
Conductor:  John Nelson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Orchestral Ensemble,  Ensemble a Sei Voci
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Austria 
Length: 12 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: German 
2.
Wesendonck Lieder: no 1, Der Engel by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Stephanie Blythe (Alto)
Conductor:  John Nelson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Orchestral Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1858; Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: German 
3.
Wesendonck Lieder: no 2, Stehe still! by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Stephanie Blythe (Alto)
Conductor:  John Nelson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Orchestral Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1858; Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: German 
4.
Wesendonck Lieder: no 3, Im Treibhaus by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Stephanie Blythe (Alto)
Conductor:  John Nelson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Orchestral Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1858; Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: German 
5.
Wesendonck Lieder: no 4, Schmerzen by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Stephanie Blythe (Alto)
Conductor:  John Nelson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Orchestral Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1858; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: German 
6.
Wesendonck Lieder: no 5, Träume by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Stephanie Blythe (Alto)
Conductor:  John Nelson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Orchestral Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1858; Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: German 
7.
Das Lied von der Erde: no 6, Der Abschied by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Jerome Granjon (Piano), Alain David Valckenaere (Bassoon), Stephanie Blythe (Alto),
Jean Estournet (Violin), Michel Guyot (Violin), Serge Soufflard (Viola),
Guillaume Paoletti (Cello), Eckhard Rudolph (Double Bass), Claude Lefebvre (Flute),
Daniel Arrignon (Oboe), Richard Vieille (Clarinet), Michel Giboureau (English Horn),
Olivier Voize (Bass Clarinet), Daniel Catalanotti (French Horn), Nicolas Guijarro (Percussion)
Conductor:  John Nelson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Orchestral Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1908-1909; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 28 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: German 

Sound Samples

Alto Rhapsody Op. 53
Wesendonk Lieder (Fünf Gedichte von Mathilde Wesendonck): Der Engel
Wesendonk Lieder (Fünf Gedichte von Mathilde Wesendonck): Stehe still!
Wesendonk Lieder (Fünf Gedichte von Mathilde Wesendonck): Um Treibhaus
Wesendonk Lieder (Fünf Gedichte von Mathilde Wesendonck): Schmerzen
Wesendonk Lieder (Fünf Gedichte von Mathilde Wesendonck): Träume
Das Lied von der Erde : VI. Der Abschied (con/bar)

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