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Schubert: Die Schone Mullerin, Winterreise, Schwanengesang / Wolfgang Holzmair [4-CD Collector's Edition]


Release Date: 10/16/2012 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 001735202  
Composer:  Franz SchubertLudwig van BeethovenRobert Schumann
Performer:  Imogen CooperWolfgang Holzmair
Number of Discs: 4 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Wolfgang Holzmair and Imogen Cooper have long formed a song partnership of deep mutual insight and understanding. On this set, they perform some of the most intensely expressive Lieder in the Classical and Romantic tradition, culminating in the short-lived joy and the deepest sorrow of Schubert's three great cycles. An additional CD brings Holzmair and Cooper together for Beethoven's only song cycle as well as cycles by Schumann.

R E V I E W S:

Winterreise
"those who have understandably become addicted to the Holzmair/ Cooper partnership will once again have much to please them. Holzmair, predictably, sings the familiar cycle with a sensitivity to words and music, allied to an identification
Read more with the forlorn lover's state of mind, that bespeaks consistency of approach. His plangent, slightly vibrant high baritone suggests very much the son of the protagonist of Die schtine Miillerin, whose woes Holzmair so superbly enacted more than ten years ago now (Preiser, 3/89). This lonely traveller seems mesmerized by the cold, unyielding countryside through which he is wandering, vulnerable to every passing experience. The tears in the voice are very much a part of the reading. While the line is never disturbed with overcharged emphases, as it is by some of the baritones listed above, verbal acuity is always there, as at "schwarze Haare" in "Die greise Kopf". In many respects the final song, "Der Leiermann" sums up the whole: it is delivered in a clipped, numbed way virtually excluding any rubato or sense of desperation: this man simply decides, as though entranced, to throw in his lot with this strange companion.

Holzmair is throughout at one with the wonderfully resourceful and imaginative Cooper. Ideally balanced with her partner in a warm yet intimate recording, she revels in all of Schubert's onomatopoeic effects, not least the hoofbeats of the postman's horse in "Die Post", the stark falling of the odd leaf in "Letzte Hoffnung" and the howling dogs of "Im Dorfe". Of course other pianists have noted these things, but not perhaps quite with Cooper's arresting yet never exaggerated phrasing. Over and above that is the sense of two minds thinking alike and as one all through." -- A.B., Gramophone [5/1996]

Die Schone Mullerin
"His simple, sincere, vulnerable protagonist emerges in a quickly vibrant light baritone, definitely Viennese in tone, seemingly apt to Schubert's intentions, perhaps more so than the often more strongly delineated, more psychologically inclined readings we so often hear today. Since his recording for Preiser 16 years ago, Holzmair has honed and deepened his interpretation: here verbal accentuation is bolder, rubato more subtly employed, phrasing more positive, while the fundamentals remain the same.

Above all the rapport with his regular Philips partner, that nonpareil of a Schubertian, Imogen Cooper, more perceptive than Demus, enhances the whole interpretation. Her carefully graded dynamics, particularly in the three strophic songs, which never seem too long, her buoyancy of rhythm in 'Ungeduld', her gentle, other-worldly rocking in 'Wiegenlied' (advantageously taken in D flat rather than the customary baritone key of C), these and much else are profoundly satisfying. So is the instinctive unity of the pair in the folksong intimations of 'Des Müllers Blumen', the agonizings of 'Pause', the ferocious anger of the two imprecations against the hunter rival.

So, this deeply felt and understood reading seems to fulfil Schubert's wishes without fuss or excessive intervention, and - important this -Holzmair's high-baritone timbre is just as appropriate to the work as that of a true tenor."

-- A.B., Gramophone [7/1990]

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Works on This Recording

1.
Winterreise, D 911/Op. 89 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Imogen Cooper (Piano), Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1994 
Venue:  Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 69 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: German 
2.
Die schöne Müllerin, D 795/Op. 25 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone), Imogen Cooper (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1997 
Venue:  Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 66 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: German 
3.
Schwanengesang, D 957 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone), Imogen Cooper (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1994 
Language: German 
4.
Der Wanderer an den Mond, D 870/Op. 80 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone), Imogen Cooper (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1994 
Language: German 
5.
Die Taubenpost, D 965a by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone), Imogen Cooper (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 10/1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1994 
Language: German 
6.
Sehnsucht, D 879/Op. 105 no 4 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone), Imogen Cooper (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1994 
Language: German 
7.
Refrainlieder (4), D 866/Op. 95: no 4, Irdisches Glück by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone), Imogen Cooper (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1994 
Language: German 
8.
Widerspruch, D 865a/Op. 105 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone), Imogen Cooper (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1826; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1994 
Language: German 
9.
Lebensmut, in B flat major D 937 [fragment] by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone), Imogen Cooper (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
10.
Herbst, D 945 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone), Imogen Cooper (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1994 
Language: German 
11.
Wiegenlied, D 867/Op. 105 no 2 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone), Imogen Cooper (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1826; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1994 
Language: German 
12.
An die ferne Geliebte, Op. 98 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone), Imogen Cooper (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1815-1816; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1997 
Venue:  Haydn Hall, Esterházy Castle, Austria 
Length: 13 Minutes 28 Secs. 
13.
Adelaide, Op. 46 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Imogen Cooper (Piano), Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1794-1795; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1997 
Venue:  Haydn Hall, Esterházy Castle, Austria  
Length: 0 Minutes 52 Secs. 
14.
Liederkreis, Op. 24 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Imogen Cooper (Piano), Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
15.
Dichterliebe, Op. 48 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Imogen Cooper (Piano), Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 

Sound Samples

Die schöne Müllerin, D.795: 1. Das Wandern
Die schöne Müllerin, D.795: 2. Wohin?
Die schöne Müllerin, D.795: 3. Halt!
Die schöne Müllerin, D.795: 4. Danksagung an den Bach
Die schöne Müllerin, D.795: 5. Am Feierabend
Die schöne Müllerin, D.795: 6. Der Neugierige
Die schöne Müllerin, D.795: 7. Ungeduld
Die schöne Müllerin, D.795: 8. Morgengruß
Die schöne Müllerin, D.795: 9. Der Müllers Blumen
Die schöne Müllerin, D.795: 10. Tränenregen
Die schöne Müllerin, D.795: 11. Mein!
Die schöne Müllerin, D.795: 12. Pause
Die schöne Müllerin, D.795: 13. Mit dem grünen Lautenbande
Die schöne Müllerin, D.795: 14. Der Jäger
Die schöne Müllerin, D.795: 15. Eifersucht und Stolz
Die schöne Müllerin, D.795: 16. Die liebe Farbe
Die schöne Müllerin, D.795: 17. Die böse Farbe
Die schöne Müllerin, D.795: 18. Trockne Blumen
Die schöne Müllerin, D.795: 19. Der Müller und der Bach
Die schöne Müllerin, D.795: 20. Des Baches Wiegenlied
Winterreise, D.911: 1. Gute Nacht
Winterreise, D.911: 2. Die Wetterfahne
Winterreise, D.911: 3. Gefrorne Tränen
Winterreise, D.911: 4. Erstarrung
Winterreise, D.911: 5. Der Lindenbaum
Winterreise, D.911: 6. Wasserflut
Winterreise, D.911: 7. Auf dem Flusse
Winterreise, D.911: 8. Rückblick
Winterreise, D.911: 9. Irrlicht
Winterreise, D.911: 10. Rast
Winterreise, D.911: 11. Frühlingstraum
Winterreise, D.911: 12. Einsamkeit
Winterreise, D.911: 13. Die Post
Winterreise, D.911: 14. Der greise Kopf
Winterreise, D.911: 15. Die Krähe
Winterreise, D.911: 16. Letzte Hoffnung
Winterreise, D.911: 17. Im Dorfe
Winterreise, D.911: 18. Der stürmische Morgen
Winterreise, D.911: 19. Täuschung
Winterreise, D.911: 20. Der Wegweiser
Winterreise, D.911: 21. Das Wirtshaus
Winterreise, D.911: 22. Mut
Winterreise, D.911: 23. Die Nebensonnen
Winterreise, D.911: 24. Der Leiermann

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