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Thomas Quasthoff - A Romantic Songbook


Release Date: 05/11/2004 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 000219202   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz SchubertRobert SchumannFelix MendelssohnHugo Wolf,   ... 
Performer:  Justus ZeyenThomas Quasthoff
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 20 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This album was nominated for the 2005 Grammy Award for "Best Classical Vocal Performance."

Quasthoff provides Lieder-lovers with another absorbing example of his fine art

On this generous offering, Thomas Quasthoff presents his many admirers with a cornucopia of pleasurable, intelligent music-making in a judiciously varied recital. Such are his gifts as a singer and as an interpreter that one could just sit back and revel in his glorious voice, his subtle colouring of tone and his virtually infallible technique, but that would be to overlook his astonishing ability to match the varied styles of his chosen composers. All that is exemplified in his accounts of Schubert's Im Fruhling and Auf der
Read more Bruck, both settings of Schulze, on successive tracks. In the first we hear the soulful intimacies of a sensitive lover musing on his situation; in the other, a strong-willed suitor seeking reunion with his partner. Each is brought unerringly before us by both singer and his ever-thoughtful, highly skilled pianist. Then comes the rapt beauty of Im Abendrot, a reading ideally expounded in long-breathed sentences. Schumann's Belsatzar discloses another facet of Quasthoff's far-ranging art - the ability to catch the listener's attention by vivid storytelling, the mood of the doomed ruler aptly portrayed in all his hubris, until shivers come into both the writing and the singer's interpretation when the terrible words appear on the wall. In quite a different tale, the Scottish-derived Tom der Reimer of Loewe, Quasthoff adopts a suitably airy, smiling manner to depict the ballad's glittering fantasy. Then we are easily transported into the healing world of Wolf's Morike setting about the rising spirits of a convalescent, where the singing is wonderfully broad and easeful, just as the humour of 'Storchenbotshaft' is naturally enacted. Even in the well-known Strauss numbers, Quasthoff need have no fear of comparison with the famous of the past, particularly in Heimliche Aufforderung, where his ardour is second to none. Morgen is properly serene though here, as elsewhere, I am slightly troubled by the downward transposition.

There's an unexpected bonus in a heartwarming, entirely idiomatic account of Danny Boy, Quasthoff quite at home in Americantinged English. The recording is faultless. A small complaint: why is the eminent pianist's name given in such small print? He adds so much to the disc's success that he deserved better.

-- Alan Blyth, Gramophone [7/2004]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Frühlingsglaube, D 686/Op. 20 no 2 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Justus Zeyen (Piano), Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1820; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/2003 
Venue:  Bavaria Musikstudios, Munich, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: German 
2.
Heidenröslein, D 257/Op. 3 no 3 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone), Justus Zeyen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/2003 
Venue:  Bavaria Musikstudios, Munich, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: German 
3.
Die Forelle, D 550 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone), Justus Zeyen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/2003 
Venue:  Bavaria Musikstudios, Munich, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: German 
4.
Im Frühling, D 882/Op. 101 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone), Justus Zeyen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/2003 
Venue:  Bavaria Musikstudios, Munich, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: German 
5.
Auf der Bruck, D 853 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone), Justus Zeyen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/2003 
Venue:  Bavaria Musikstudios, Munich, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: German 
6.
Im Abendrot, D 799 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone), Justus Zeyen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824-1825; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/2003 
Venue:  Bavaria Musikstudios, Munich, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: German 
7.
Die schöne Müllerin, D 795/Op. 25: no 7, Ungeduld by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone), Justus Zeyen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/2003 
Venue:  Bavaria Musikstudios, Munich, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: German 
8.
Belsatzar, Op. 57 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone), Justus Zeyen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/2003 
Venue:  Bavaria Musikstudios, Munich, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: German 
9.
Myrthen, Op. 25: no 1, Widmung by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone), Justus Zeyen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/2003 
Venue:  Bavaria Musikstudios, Munich, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: German 
10.
Myrthen, Op. 25: no 2, Freisinn by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone), Justus Zeyen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/2003 
Venue:  Bavaria Musikstudios, Munich, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: German 
11.
Myrthen, Op. 25: no 24, Du bist wie eine Blume by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone), Justus Zeyen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/2003 
Venue:  Bavaria Musikstudios, Munich, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: German 
12.
Songs (12), Op. 9: no 8, Frühlingsglaube by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone), Justus Zeyen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/2003 
Venue:  Bavaria Musikstudios, Munich, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: German 
13.
Songs (6), Op. 34: no 2, Auf Flügeln des Gesanges by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Justus Zeyen (Piano), Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/2003 
Venue:  Bavaria Musikstudios, Munich, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: German 
14.
Mörike Lieder: no 15, Auf einer Wanderung by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Justus Zeyen (Piano), Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/2003 
Venue:  Bavaria Musikstudios, Munich, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: German 
15.
Mörike Lieder: no 1, Der Genesene an die Hoffnung by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Justus Zeyen (Piano), Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/2003 
Venue:  Bavaria Musikstudios, Munich, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: German 
16.
Mörike Lieder: no 48, Storchenbotschaft by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone), Justus Zeyen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/2003 
Venue:  Bavaria Musikstudios, Munich, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: German 
17.
Odins Meeresritt, Op. 118 "Der Schmied auf Helgoland" by Carl Loewe
Performer:  Justus Zeyen (Piano), Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/2003 
Venue:  Bavaria Musikstudios, Munich, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: German 
18.
Ballads (3), Op. 2: no 2, Herr Oluf by Carl Loewe
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone), Justus Zeyen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1821; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/2003 
Venue:  Bavaria Musikstudios, Munich, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: German 
19.
Tom der Reimer, Op. 135a by Carl Loewe
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone), Justus Zeyen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1860; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/2003 
Venue:  Bavaria Musikstudios, Munich, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: German 
20.
Lieder (8), Op. 10: no 1, Zueignung by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone), Justus Zeyen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/2003 
Venue:  Bavaria Musikstudios, Munich, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: German 
21.
Lieder (8), Op. 10: no 8, Allerseelen by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone), Justus Zeyen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/2003 
Venue:  Bavaria Musikstudios, Munich, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: German 
22.
Lieder (4), Op. 27: no 3, Heimliche Aufforderung by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Justus Zeyen (Piano), Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/2003 
Venue:  Bavaria Musikstudios, Munich, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: German 
23.
Lieder (4), Op. 27: no 4, Morgen by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone), Justus Zeyen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/2003 
Venue:  Bavaria Musikstudios, Munich, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: German 
24.
Danny Boy "Londonderry Air" by Traditional
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone), Justus Zeyen (Piano)
Written: Ireland 
Date of Recording: 11/2003 
Venue:  Bavaria Musikstudios, Munich, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: English 

Sound Samples

Frühlingsglaube, D.686b
Heidenröslein, D. 257 (Op.3/3)
Die Forelle, D.550 (Op.32)
Im Frühling, D.882
Auf der Bruck, D.853 (Op.93/4)
Im Abendrot, D.799
Die schöne Müllerin, D.795: 7. Ungeduld
Belsatzar, Op.57
Myrthen, op.25: 1. Widmung (Text: Rückert)
Myrthen, op.25: 2. Freisinn (Goethe)
"Du bist wie eine Blume", Op.25, No.24
12 Lieder, Op.9: 8. Frühlingsglaube
Auf Flügeln des Gesanges, Op.34, No.2: 6 Lieder Op. 34: 2. Auf den Flügeln des Gesangs
Mörike-Lieder: 15. "Auf einer Wanderung"
Mörike-Lieder: 1. "Der Genesene an die Hoffnung"
Mörike-Lieder: 48. "Storchenbotschaft"
Odins Meeresritt op.118
Drei Balladen Op.2: No.2: Herr Oluf
Tom der Reimer op.135a
Zueignung, Op.10, No.1
Allerseelen, Op.10, No.8
Heimliche Aufforderung, Op.27, No.3
Morgen, Op.27, No.4
Danny Boy (Traditional) Irish tune from County Derry

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