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Goethe Lieder - Das Ewig Weibliche / Marlis Petersen, Jendrik Spinger


Release Date: 03/13/2012 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 902094   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ernst KrenekRobert SchumannWalter BraunfelsFranz Liszt,   ... 
Performer:  Marlis PetersenJendrik Springer
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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GOETHE-LIEDER: DAS EWIG-WEIBLICHE Marlis Petersen (sop); Jendrik Springer (pn) HARMONIA MUNDI HMC 902094 (58:52)


Songs by BRAUNFELS, DIEPENBROCK, IVES, KEMPFF, KRENEK, LISZT, MEDTNER, MENDELSSOHN-HENSEL, SCHUBERT, SCHUMANN, SOMMER, TCHAIKOVSKY, TROJAHN, WAGNER, WOLF


Assembling a concept album devoted to song settings of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe does not, on the face of it, appear to be a particularly difficult enterprise. Goethe’s completely dominant Read more position in German culture—think of Shakespeare, Milton, Dickens, and Newton combined into one figure—means that virtually every German composer of note, and many obscure ones as well, have set his lyrics to music. All praise, then, to soprano Marlis Petersen and pianist Jendrik Springer for assembling an unusually wide-ranging program of Lieder, specifically keyed to Goethe’s metaphysical concept of “the eternal feminine,” by mostly lesser-known composers representing a diverse array of musical styles. Virtually all of these selections go well with one another and are worthwhile items to add to any singer’s repertoire; the only one I do not like is the penultimate track, Bewundet viel und viel gescholten, by Manfred Trojahn (b.1949), a student of Ligeti. ( Ilmenau by Charles Ives is one of his earliest compositions, from his days as a student of Horatio Parker, and is tonally and melodically quite conventional.) Liszt, Schumann, Hans Sommer, and Hugo Wolf are each represented by two items, the remaining composers by one apiece. The recorded sound is slightly on the spacious and resonant side; full texts are provided in German, French, and English.


The sheer gutsiness of this venture is confirmed by the opening track, the Monolog der Stella of Ernst Krenek. Lasting 6:24, it has to be one of the most brutally difficult songs ever penned, repeatedly shifting without warning between rapid runs, treacherous intervallic leaps to stratospheric high notes, sudden shifts in dynamics, and almost any other technical hurdle imaginable. Petersen nails it perfectly, and then next demonstrates her abilities to turn to something more intimate with Schumann’s Nachtlied , op. 96/1. Admittedly, Petersen’s vocalism is not absolutely faultless; sometimes when pushed, her somewhat slender voice can assume a slightly edgy and squally quality in the upper register, and some of her softer passages can be a bit breathy. In the occasional standard repertory items—Tchaikovsky’s Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt (sung here in German) and Wolf’s Singet nicht in Trauertönen —she cannot quite measure up to the greatest singers who have previously committed these works to records. Likewise, Springer is a thoroughly supportive accompanist, but not among the most imaginative I’ve heard. But these are relatively minor cavils; anyone who collects Lieder repertoire will wish to acquire this creative and challenging recital of intriguing rarities.


FANFARE: James A. Altena
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Works on This Recording

1.
Monolog der Stella, Op. 57 by Ernst Krenek
Performer:  Marlis Petersen (Soprano), Jendrik Springer (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Germany 
2.
Lieder und Gesänge iv, Op. 96: no 1, Nachtlied by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Jendrik Springer (Piano), Marlis Petersen (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Germany 
3.
Lieder aus Wilhelm Meister, Op. 98a: no 9, So lasst mich scheinen by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Jendrik Springer (Piano), Marlis Petersen (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
4.
Die Trommel gerühret, Op. 29 no 2 by Walter Braunfels
Performer:  Jendrik Springer (Piano), Marlis Petersen (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
5.
Über allen Gipfeln ist Ruh, S 306 "Wandrers Nachtlied II" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jendrik Springer (Piano), Marlis Petersen (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848/1859; Weimar, Germany 
6.
Freudvoll und Leidvoll, S 280 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jendrik Springer (Piano), Marlis Petersen (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844/1860; Germany 
7.
Wandrers Nachtlied, Op. 61 no 4 by Wilhelm Kempff
Performer:  Jendrik Springer (Piano), Marlis Petersen (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947 
8.
Pieces (7) for Goethe's Faust, Op. 15: no 6, Gretchen am Spinnrade by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Jendrik Springer (Piano), Marlis Petersen (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Germany 
9.
Ach neige, du Schmerzenreiche by Hans Sommer
Performer:  Jendrik Springer (Piano), Marlis Petersen (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921 
10.
Ilmenau by Charles Ives
Performer:  Jendrik Springer (Piano), Marlis Petersen (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901; USA 
11.
Mignon "Kennst du das Land" by Alphons Diepenbrock
Performer:  Jendrik Springer (Piano), Marlis Petersen (Soprano)
12.
Songs (6), Op. 6: no 6, None but the lonely heart by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Jendrik Springer (Piano), Marlis Petersen (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Russia 
13.
Goethe Lieder: no 9, Mignon "Kennst du das Land" by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Jendrik Springer (Piano), Marlis Petersen (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
14.
Goethe Lieder: no 8, Philine by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Jendrik Springer (Piano), Marlis Petersen (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
15.
Goethe-Lieder (9), Op. 6: no 1, Wandrers Nachtlied II by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Jendrik Springer (Piano), Marlis Petersen (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; Russia 
16.
Suleika no 1, D 720 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Jendrik Springer (Piano), Marlis Petersen (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1821; Vienna, Austria 
17.
Ach, um deine feuchten Schwingen by Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel
Performer:  Jendrik Springer (Piano), Marlis Petersen (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Germany 
18.
Wandrers Nachtlied by Hans Sommer
Performer:  Jendrik Springer (Piano), Marlis Petersen (Soprano)
19.
Bewundert viel und viel gescholten by Manfred Trojahn
Performer:  Jendrik Springer (Piano), Marlis Petersen (Soprano)

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