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Schumann: Lieder / Lipovsek, Johnson


Release Date: 02/27/1998 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 57972   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Robert Schumann
Performer:  Marjana LipovsekGraham Johnson
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

After recordings of Schubert Lieder (on Orfeo) and Brahms Lieder and Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder (Sony), Lipovsek now turns her artistry to two of Schumann’s great song cycles, separated on this disc by half a dozen well-known Schumann songs. The warmth and richness of sound from this Slovenian mezzo-soprano rings out from the first few bars of the Op. 39 Liederkreis. She is now making an international impact: her unique, grainy timbre and a powerful personality offer new dimensions to mainstream repertoire.

In the Liederkreis Lipovsek’s ability to utilise her vocal colouring and delve into contemplative sequences is particularly well illustrated in ‘Mondnacht’, ‘Auf einer Burg’ and ‘Zwielicht’. The haunting poignancy of
Read more Schumann’s musical lines in Frauenliebe und -leben are beautifully captured by Lipovsek and Johnson. This is a deep, reflective and rewarding performance with only an occasional vocal strain for some notes. The three central songs, ‘Du Ring an meinem Finger’, ‘Helft mir, ihr Schwestern’ and ‘Süsser Freund, du blickest’, contain wonderful expressive moments. Two minor quibbles: the sound is rather too roomy and spacious for these intimate works, and, for once, although artistically and musically faultless as ever, Johnson does not always sound as technically assured as usual.

-- Elise McDougall, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Liederkreis, Op. 39 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Marjana Lipovsek (Mezzo Soprano), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Language: German 
2.
Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Graham Johnson (Piano), Marjana Lipovsek (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Language: German 
3.
Myrthen, Op. 25: Excerpt(s) by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Marjana Lipovsek (Mezzo Soprano), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Language: German 
4.
Lieder (5), Op. 40: no 3, Der Soldat by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Marjana Lipovsek (Mezzo Soprano), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Language: German 
5.
Lieder Album für die Jugend, Op. 79: no 28, Mignon by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Marjana Lipovsek (Mezzo Soprano), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
Language: German 
6.
Lieder Album für die Jugend, Op. 79: no 23, Er ist's by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Graham Johnson (Piano), Marjana Lipovsek (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
Language: German 

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