Hugo Wolf absolutely venerated the poems of Eduard Möricke, so much so that he 'could not bear to be away from them even for an hour'. Almost all the Mörike-Lieder burst forth miraculously between February and May 1888, and it is in composing them that Wolf found his own voice. They are indispensable for understanding the subtle, accomplished art of this last great master of the lied with piano.
"I think [Wolf’s Mörike-Lieder] is well suited to Gura’s voice. In Wolf the emotions can change within just a few bars during a song – ‘Denk’es, o Seele’ offers such an example – and Gura seems well attuned to these changes and capable of doing justice to them. Several of the chosen songs are quite light in characterRead more and tone – the opening ‘Fußreise, for example. This is just the sort of song that, by now, one has come to expect Gura to deliver pleasingly, and he does. At the other end of the Wolf selection, however, he proves capable of giving a bitingly dramatic reading of ‘Der Feuerreiter’ – Wolf’s ‘Erlkönig’? – while fining back his tone significantly so as to end the song in subdued intensity. In between, we hear some beautiful and eloquent singing in ‘Auf ein altes Bild’ and, by contrast, some powerful emotions in ‘Verborgenheit'."
-- John Quinn, MusicWeb International Reviewing Harmonia Mundi 2908460 Read less
Works on This Recording
Mörike Liederby Hugo Wolf
Werner Güra (Tenor),
Jan Schultsz (Piano)
Period: Romantic Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria