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Liszt: Lieder / Diana Damrau, Helmut Deutsch


Release Date: 11/29/2011 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 0709282   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Liszt
Performer:  Diana DamrauHelmut Deutsch
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This release of Liszt Lieder from Diana Damrau on Virgin Classics should not be missed.

His Lieder with piano accompaniment should not be brushed aside as mere trivialities.” Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau talking about Liszt

After her successful release of Richard Strauss orchestral songs soprano Diana Damrau with pianist Helmut Deutsch now turn to Franz Liszt Lieder. On Virgin Classics the disc was released in late 2011 the year of the bicentenary of Liszt’s birth. With this programme Damrau was “ keen to keep Lieder in sharp focus” and explains how she likes to include Liszt songs in her recital programmes. I couldn’t agree more with the Bavarian soprano when she explains that Lieder
Read more recitals are becoming rare. I can attend around forty recitals annually and in the last four years only three of them have been vocal recitals; evidence for me that Lieder is in danger of becoming a dying art. In Lieder programmes it is usually Schubert; Schumann; Richard Strauss; Mahler; Wolf and Brahms that is generally heard today with Liszt much less so. Yet Liszt’s Lieder was more than a mere sideline to his huge compositional output as he took the composition of his songs really seriously. Although not always making an immediately impact for those willing to concentrate Liszt’s songs offer their many rewards after repeated listening.

Through Liszt’s Lieder it is possible to chart the development of his compositional style from illustrative tone painting to a more economical form of expression for his love of literature. Mostly using German verse Liszt set some eighty Lieder which accounts for around ten-percent of his vast corpus of works. A check on the compositional dates reveals that the Liszt settings chosen by Damrau are predominantly from Liszt’s so called ‘Virtuoso Period’ (1839-47). Damrau’s selections are settings of Liszt’s favourite, mainly German poets namely Goethe; Heine and Schiller and other nationalities such as Lenau the German language Hungary/Austrian poet and the Italian Francesco Petrarca.

Diana Damrau and her pianist Helmut Deutsch are in remarkable form in this Liszt Lieder recital. The whole programme is entirely convincing with the soprano conveying a belief of every single word of the texts. Frequently the piano line in these settings is just as complex, intense and as interesting as the vocal part which is not surprising given Liszt renown as a virtuoso pianist and Helmut Deutsch proves himself a truly outstanding interpreter. I especially enjoyed Damrau’s dramatic and serious performance of the highly romantic song of unreciprocated love Pace non trovo (I find no peace). This is one of the early Three Patrarch Sonnets better known as a set of piano pieces from the suite Années de pèlerinage (Years of Pilgrimage). The Goethe setting Es war ein König in Thule relating a king’s love for a treasured gold goblet displays Damrau capacity for strong tonal contrasts and generates considerable drama. If Liszt’s songs typically lack a degree of melodic memorability this is certainly not the case with the wonderful final song of the collection O lieb, so lang du lieben kannst (O love as long as you can). This song, a setting of verse from Ferdinand Freiligrath, expressing the intense pain of love is better known in its later adaptation into the celebrated piano piece the Liebesträume No.3 (Dreams of Love). The beautiful melody and deeply poignant mood suits Damrau’s cherishable smooth and creamy timbre so perfectly.

For those wanting to hear more Liszt Lieder I can confidently recommend a release by Ruth Ziesak (soprano) and Gerold Huber (piano) on Berlin Classics 0016282BC. Recorded in 2007 at Cologne I made the release my 2008 ‘Record of the Year’.

Damrau and Deutsch are beautifully recorded in the splendid acoustic of the August Everding Saal, Grünwald; located just south of Munich. The booklet notes are interesting and informative and thankfully full texts and English translations are included. This release of Liszt Lieder from Diana Damrau on Virgin Classics should not be missed. I hope that a recording of some Mahler Lieder is not far way.

-- Michael Cookson, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Songs (3) from William Tell, S 292: no 1, Der Fischerknabe by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Diana Damrau (Soprano), Helmut Deutsch (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1859; Germany 
2.
Im Rhein, im schönen Strome, S 272 no 2 (2nd version) by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Diana Damrau (Soprano), Helmut Deutsch (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1856; Weimar, Germany 
3.
Die Loreley, S 273 no 2 (2nd version) by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Diana Damrau (Soprano), Helmut Deutsch (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1856; Weimar, Germany 
4.
Die drei Zigeuner, S 320 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Diana Damrau (Soprano), Helmut Deutsch (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1860; Weimar, Germany 
5.
Es war ein König in Thule, S 278 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Diana Damrau (Soprano), Helmut Deutsch (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842/1856; Germany 
6.
Ihr Glocken von Marling, S 328 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Diana Damrau (Soprano), Helmut Deutsch (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Rome, Italy 
7.
Über allen Gipfeln ist Ruh, S 306 "Wandrers Nachtlied II" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Diana Damrau (Soprano), Helmut Deutsch (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848/1859; Weimar, Germany 
8.
Der du von dem Himmel bist, S 279 "Wandrers Nachtlied III" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Diana Damrau (Soprano), Helmut Deutsch (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1860; Germany 
9.
Petrarch Sonnets (3), S 270: no 2, Benedetto sia 'l giorno by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Diana Damrau (Soprano), Helmut Deutsch (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839/1861; Switzerland 
10.
Petrarch Sonnets (3), S 270: no 1, Pace non trovo by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Diana Damrau (Soprano), Helmut Deutsch (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839/1861; Switzerland 
11.
Petrarch Sonnets (3), S 270: no 3, I vidi in terra angelici by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Diana Damrau (Soprano), Helmut Deutsch (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839/1861; Switzerland 
12.
Freudvoll und Leidvoll, S 280 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Diana Damrau (Soprano), Helmut Deutsch (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844/1860; Germany 
13.
Vergiftet sind meine Lieder, S 289 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Diana Damrau (Soprano), Helmut Deutsch (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
14.
Freudvoll und Leidvoll, S 280bis (LW N23/3) (2nd version) by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Diana Damrau (Soprano), Helmut Deutsch (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1848 
15.
Es rauschen die Winde, S 294 no 1 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Diana Damrau (Soprano), Helmut Deutsch (Piano)
16.
Die stille Wasserrose, S 321 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Diana Damrau (Soprano), Helmut Deutsch (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1860 
17.
Bist du, S 277 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Diana Damrau (Soprano), Helmut Deutsch (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843/1878; Germany 
18.
Es muss ein Wunderbares sein, S 314 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Diana Damrau (Soprano), Helmut Deutsch (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; Weimar, Germany 
19.
O lieb, so lang du lieben kannst, S 298 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Diana Damrau (Soprano), Helmut Deutsch (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1845; Germany 

Sound Samples

Der Fischerknabe S 292b/2
Im Rhein, im schönen Strome S 272/2
Die Lorelei S 273/2
Die Drei Zigeuner S320
Es war ein König in Thule S 278/2
Ihr Glocken von Marling S 328
Über allen Gipfeln ist Ruh S306
Der du von dem Himmel bist S 279/1
Benedetto sia'l giorno S 270a/2
Pace non trovo S 270a/1
I vidi in terra angelici costumi
Freudvoll und leidvoll (1848) S 280/1
Vergiftet sind meine Lieder S289
Freudvoll und leidvoll (1860) S 280/2
Es rauschen die Winde S294/2
Die stille Wasserrose S 321
Bist du!
Es muss ein Wunderbares sein S314
O lieb S 298/2

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Here is great music art April 10, 2014 By Peter T. (Bethesda, MD) See All My Reviews "As Ms Damrau and Mr Deutsch do I also admire and love F. Liszt and his music. And I find many of his compositions moving. There is a number of them on this record admirably interpreted . And Liszt's songs are not minor compositions but great music art.--- The booklet is excellent." Report Abuse
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