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Deborah Voigt - Obsessions - Wagner And Strauss / Armstrong


Release Date: 04/06/2004 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 57681   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard WagnerRichard Strauss
Performer:  Deborah VoigtNatascha Petrinsky
Conductor:  Richard Armstrong
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

There are not many singers with all the qualities necessary to properly interpret the music of Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss. And if Deborah Voigt wasn't already a member of this exclusive club, OBSESSIONS would gain her instant admission. This remarkable artist emphatically demonstrates why she's widely considered the leading dramatic soprano of her time with a stunning display of vocal virtuosity and emotional range.
The common denominator in all the selected works is love of such intensity that it borders on the pathological. Voigt begins with a reading of Elisabeth's Act 2 aria from 'Tannhäuser,' "Dich, teure Halle," that effectively conveys the ardor of youth. She brilliantly expresses the torment and anguish of love in scenes
Read more and arias from 'Die Walküre,' 'Elektra,' 'Ariadne auf Naxos,' 'Die Frau ohne Schatten,' and 'Salome.' Anyone unmoved by her breathtaking account of "Mild und leise" from 'Tristan und Isolde,' one of the most beautiful musical declarations of romantic devotion ever written, surely has a heart of stone. Voigt brings the disc to a fitting close with an electrifying performance of Salome's final aria, "Es ist kein Laut zu vernehmen," a chilling monologue on the dark side of desire. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Tannhäuser: Dich, teure Halle by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Deborah Voigt (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Armstrong
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2003 
Venue:  Hercules Hall, Munich, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: German 
2.
Die Walküre: Du bist der Lenz by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Deborah Voigt (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Armstrong
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2003 
Venue:  Hercules Hall, Munich, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: German 
3.
Die Walküre: Der Männer Sippe sass hier im Saal by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Deborah Voigt (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Armstrong
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2003 
Venue:  Hercules Hall, Munich, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: German 
4.
Tristan und Isolde: Wie lachen sie mir "Narrative and Curse" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Natascha Petrinsky (Mezzo Soprano), Deborah Voigt (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Armstrong
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1858; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2003 
Venue:  Hercules Hall, Munich, Germany 
Length: 11 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: German 
5.
Tristan und Isolde: Mild und leise "Liebestod" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Deborah Voigt (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Armstrong
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2003 
Venue:  Hercules Hall, Munich, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: German 
6.
Elektra, Op. 58: Ich kann nicht sitzen by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Natascha Petrinsky (Mezzo Soprano), Deborah Voigt (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Armstrong
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906-1908; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2003 
Venue:  Hercules Hall, Munich, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: German 
7.
Ariadne auf Naxos, Op. 60: Es gibt ein Reich by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Deborah Voigt (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Armstrong
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911/1916; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2003 
Venue:  Hercules Hall, Munich, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: German 
8.
Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op. 65: Ist mein Liebster dahin? by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Deborah Voigt (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Armstrong
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914-1918; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2003 
Venue:  Hercules Hall, Munich, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: German 
9.
Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op. 65: Wehe, mein Mann! by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Deborah Voigt (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Armstrong
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 09/2003 
Venue:  Hercules Hall, Munich, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: German 
10.
Salome, Op. 54: Final Scene by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Deborah Voigt (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Armstrong
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1905; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2003 
Venue:  Hercules Hall, Munich, Germany 
Length: 17 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: German 

Sound Samples

Tannhauser (Act 2) (Dich teure Halle) (Elizabeth's Aria)
Die Walküre: Du bist der Lenz (Sieglinde's scene from Act 1, Scene 3)
Die Walkure (Act 1) (Der Manner Sippe) (Sieglinde's scene)
Tristan and Isolde (Act 1) (Weh', ach wehe! Dies zu dulden) (Isolde's Curse and Narration)
Tristan und Isolde (Mild und leise) (Isolade's Liebestod fro Act 3, Scene 3)
Elektra Op. 58 (Ich kann nicht sitzen) (Chrysothemsis' scene)
Ariadne auf Naxos Op. 60 - Prologue - Es gibt ein reich (Ariadne's scene)
Die Frau ohne Schatten (1st mein Liebster dahin) (Kaiserin's opening scene, Act 2)
Die Frau ohne Schatten (Wehe mein Mann) (Kaiserin's opening scene, Act 2)
Salome (Es ist kein Laut zu vernehmen) (Salome's final scene)

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