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Hugo Wolf: Complete Songs, Vol. 2

Wolf / Daneman / Grevelius / Gilchrist / Kynoch
Release Date: 11/08/2011 
Label:  Stone Records   Catalog #: 80093   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Sholto KynochSophie DanemanJames GilchristAnna Grevelius,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is the second instalment in what is planned to be a complete survey of Hugo Wolf’s songs. I reviewed Vol 1 some time ago with the same artists and found a great deal to admire. There were however some things that didn’t please me completely. Some of the singing was uneven, but since these are live recordings one has to accept certain deficiencies. Let me say at once, though, that the piano accompaniments are superbly executed throughout – as they were on volume 1. Sholto Kynoch was a new name to me then but quite recently I had an opportunity to hear him in the flesh at a recital in London, where I had confirmation that he is among Read more the finest accompanists around.
 
Sophie Daneman’s bright soprano is always a pleasure to hear but here she is not always ideally steady and her vibrato is at times too prominent. Her floated pianissimos sometimes make me forgive some of the unsteadiness and towards the end of the programme she is in altogether better form with a splendid Erstes Liebeslied eines Mädchens (tr. 16) and a light, beautiful, springy Nixe Binsefuss (tr. 19).
 
James Gilchrist isn’t free from vibrato either and his tone sometimes has a bleating character. But he nuances well and the plangent tone can be very expressive. Try An die Geliebte (tr. 6), where his declamation of the text is excellent. He is even better in Der Jäger (tr. 14) and even challenges Helge Roswaenge’s legendary recording of Der Feuerreiter (tr. 18) with intensity almost on a par with the great Dane. In Auftrag (tr. 24) he is also in excellent voice – and his care over the texts is always in evidence.
 
Being a native German speaker Stephan Loges’ way with the texts is always idiomatic and he too is a dramatic singer. Wo find ich Trost? (tr. 5) is a fine calling-card as is Peregrina II (8). Elsewhere he can be rather shaky and his tone in Heimweh (tr. 11) is gritty. Mostly he is very good. His dramatic Die Geister am Mummelsee (tr. 21) is one of the highlights here.
 
Best of all, to my mind, is Anna Grevelius. Her voice is a flexible instrument, beautiful and even from top to bottom, and with a wide range of nuance and expressivity. Lebe wohl (tr. 10), one of the finest of the Mörike songs, is exquisitely sung, and so is another great song, Lied vom Winde (tr. 12). Her expressive Denk es, o Seele! (tr. 13) is given with excellent legato, Gesang Weylas (tr. 20) is noble and solemn and in Storchenbotschaft (tr. 22) she demonstrates what a splendid story-teller she is. I hope she will appear on other issues in this series.
 
The audience is uncommonly well-behaved: not a single distracting noise - and I was listening through headphones! Well-balanced recording and complete texts printed in the booklet – what more can you wish?
 
In sum: good production values and singing that is a bit uneven but on the whole fully acceptable. There are more hits than misses.
 
-- Göran Forsling, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Mörike Lieder: no 27, Zum neuen Jahr by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Sholto Kynoch (Piano), Sophie Daneman ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/23/2010 
Venue:  Holywell Music Room, Oxford, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
2.
Mörike Lieder: no 28, Gebet by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  James Gilchrist (), Sholto Kynoch (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/23/2010 
Venue:  Holywell Music Room, Oxford, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
3.
Mörike Lieder: no 29, An den Schlaf by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Sholto Kynoch (Piano), Sophie Daneman ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/23/2010 
Venue:  Holywell Music Room, Oxford, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
4.
Mörike Lieder: no 30, Neue Liebe by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Sholto Kynoch (Piano), Anna Grevelius ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/23/2010 
Venue:  Holywell Music Room, Oxford, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
5.
Mörike Lieder: no 31, Wo find'ich Trost? by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Sholto Kynoch (Piano), Stephan Loges ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/23/2010 
Venue:  Holywell Music Room, Oxford, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 24 Secs. 
6.
Mörike Lieder: no 32, An die Geliebte by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Sholto Kynoch (Piano), James Gilchrist ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/23/2010 
Venue:  Holywell Music Room, Oxford, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
7.
Mörike Lieder: no 33, Peregrina I "Der Spiegel dieser treuen" by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Sholto Kynoch (Piano), Stephan Loges ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/23/2010 
Venue:  Holywell Music Room, Oxford, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 
8.
Mörike Lieder: no 34, Peregrina II "Warum, Geliebte, denk ich" by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Stephan Loges (), Sholto Kynoch (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/23/2010 
Venue:  Holywell Music Room, Oxford, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 38 Secs. 
9.
Mörike Lieder: no 35, Frage und Antwort by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Sholto Kynoch (Piano), Sophie Daneman ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/23/2010 
Venue:  Holywell Music Room, Oxford, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
10.
Mörike Lieder: no 36, Lebe wohl by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Sholto Kynoch (Piano), Anna Grevelius ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/23/2010 
Venue:  Holywell Music Room, Oxford, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
11.
Mörike Lieder: no 37, Heimweh by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Sholto Kynoch (Piano), Stephan Loges ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/23/2010 
Venue:  Holywell Music Room, Oxford, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
12.
Mörike Lieder: no 38, Lied vom Winde by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Anna Grevelius (), Sholto Kynoch (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/23/2010 
Venue:  Holywell Music Room, Oxford, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
13.
Mörike Lieder: no 39, Denk es, o Seele! by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Anna Grevelius (), Sholto Kynoch (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/23/2010 
Venue:  Holywell Music Room, Oxford, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
14.
Mörike Lieder: no 40, Der Jäger by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Sholto Kynoch (Piano), James Gilchrist ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/23/2010 
Venue:  Holywell Music Room, Oxford, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
15.
Mörike Lieder: no 41, Rat einer Alten by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Sholto Kynoch (Piano), Anna Grevelius ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/23/2010 
Venue:  Holywell Music Room, Oxford, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
16.
Mörike Lieder: no 42, Erstes Liebeslied eines Mädchens by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Sholto Kynoch (Piano), Sophie Daneman ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/23/2010 
Venue:  Holywell Music Room, Oxford, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 24 Secs. 
17.
Mörike Lieder: no 43, Lied eines Verliebten by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Sholto Kynoch (Piano), Stephan Loges ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/23/2010 
Venue:  Holywell Music Room, Oxford, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs. 
18.
Mörike Lieder: no 44, Der Feuerreiter by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Sholto Kynoch (Piano), James Gilchrist ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/23/2010 
Venue:  Holywell Music Room, Oxford, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 12 Secs. 
19.
Mörike Lieder: no 45, Nixe Binsefuss by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Sholto Kynoch (Piano), Sophie Daneman ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/23/2010 
Venue:  Holywell Music Room, Oxford, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
20.
Mörike Lieder: no 46, Gesang Weylas by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Anna Grevelius (), Sholto Kynoch (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/23/2010 
Venue:  Holywell Music Room, Oxford, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
21.
Mörike Lieder: no 47, Die Geister am Mummelsee by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Stephan Loges (), Sholto Kynoch (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/23/2010 
Venue:  Holywell Music Room, Oxford, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
22.
Mörike Lieder: no 48, Storchenbotschaft by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Anna Grevelius (), Sholto Kynoch (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/23/2010 
Venue:  Holywell Music Room, Oxford, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 40 Secs. 
23.
Mörike Lieder: no 49, Zur Warnung by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Sholto Kynoch (Piano), Stephan Loges ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/23/2010 
Venue:  Holywell Music Room, Oxford, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
24.
Mörike Lieder: no 50, Auftrag by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Sholto Kynoch (Piano), James Gilchrist ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/23/2010 
Venue:  Holywell Music Room, Oxford, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 
25.
Mörike Lieder: no 51, Bei einer Trauung by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Sholto Kynoch (Piano), Sophie Daneman ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/23/2010 
Venue:  Holywell Music Room, Oxford, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
26.
Mörike Lieder: no 52, Selbstgeständnis by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Sholto Kynoch (Piano), James Gilchrist ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/23/2010 
Venue:  Holywell Music Room, Oxford, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 23 Secs. 
27.
Mörike Lieder: no 53, Abschied by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Sholto Kynoch (Piano), Stephan Loges ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/23/2010 
Venue:  Holywell Music Room, Oxford, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Gedichte von Eduard Morike: No. 27. Zum neuen Jahr
Gedichte von Eduard Morike: No. 28. Gebet
Gedichte von Eduard Morike: No. 29. An den Schlaf
Gedichte von Eduard Morike: No. 30. Neue Liebe
Gedichte von Eduard Morike: No. 31. Wo find ich Trost?
Gedichte von Eduard Morike: No. 32. An die Geliebte
Gedichte von Eduard Morike: No. 33. Peregrina I
Gedichte von Eduard Morike: No. 34. Peregrina II
Gedichte von Eduard Morike: No. 35. Frage und Antwort
Gedichte von Eduard Morike: No. 36. Lebe wohl
Gedichte von Eduard Morike: No. 37. Heimweh
Gedichte von Eduard Morike: No. 38. Lied vom Winde
Gedichte von Eduard Morike: No. 39. Denk' es, o Seele!
Gedichte von Eduard Morike: No. 40. Der Jager
Gedichte von Eduard Morike: No. 41. Rat einer Alten
Gedichte von Eduard Morike: No. 42. Erstes Liebeslied eines Madchens
Gedichte von Eduard Morike: No. 43. Lied eines Verliebten
Gedichte von Eduard Morike: No. 44. Der Feuerreiter
Gedichte von Eduard Morike: No. 45. Nixe Binsefuss
Gedichte von Eduard Morike: No. 46. Gesang Weylas
Gedichte von Eduard Morike: No. 47. Die Geister am Mummelsee
Gedichte von Eduard Morike: No. 48. Storchenbotschaft
Gedichte von Eduard Morike: No. 49. Zur Warnung
Gedichte von Eduard Morike: No. 50. Auftrag
Gedichte von Eduard Morike: No. 51. Bei einer Trauung
Gedichte von Eduard Morike: No. 52. Selbstgestandnis
Gedichte von Eduard Morike: No. 53. Abschied

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