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Berg, Mahler, Ogermann: Lieder / Fassbaender, Et Al

Release Date: 03/29/2005 
Label:  Arts Music   Catalog #: 43028   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alban BergGustav MahlerClaus Ogerman
Performer:  Brigitte FassbaenderJohn Wustman
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 48 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This 1986 recital disc showcases Brigitte Fassbaender's art in an intimate setting. A bit too intimate, perhaps, as the recording places her oppressively close in the acoustic, while the pianist seems far in the background. Nevertheless, Fassbaender's singing holds up under such scrutiny, her rich, vibrant voice producing even, solid tone throughout her range. Her control of breath and timbre is quite impressive as she cultivates a husky yet fully supported pianissimo in "Schlafen, Schlafen" from Alban Berg's Four Songs. The remaining three songs call for the near-neurotic declamatory style found in the composer's Lulu, which the mezzo tackles with stunning virtuosity. Claus Ogermann's alternating sensuous and strident Tagore Read more songs lean even further toward expressionism, but Fassbaender's vocal technique (certainly in "Das ist nun so") and her gifts for color and lyricism are such that she's able to make even the most atonal songs sound melodious.

Mahler's Wunderhorn songs display the singer's considerable skills at vocal characterization, especially in "Das irdische Leben" and "Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt". But beyond her realization of the texts, Fassbaender's performance reveals a keen understanding of Mahler's musical style. Pianist John Wustmann is no mean musician himself, and proves to be a knowing and responsive partner in all three of the Mahler selections. The remastered recording doesn't do much to alleviate the sonic foible mentioned above, but at least the flaw is not serious enough to prevent our enjoyment. Essential for Fassbaender fans.
--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Songs (4), Op. 2 by Alban Berg
Performer:  Brigitte Fassbaender (Soprano), John Wustman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1909-10; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1986 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 6 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: German 
Des Knaben Wunderhorn by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Brigitte Fassbaender (Soprano), John Wustman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1898; Hamburg, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1986 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 20 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Tagore-Lieder by Claus Ogerman
Performer:  Brigitte Fassbaender (Soprano), John Wustman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1975; USA 
Date of Recording: 1986 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 18 Minutes 55 Secs. 

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