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Wolf: Spanish Songbook, Italian Songbook / Holzmair, Steinberger, Selinger


Release Date: 06/11/2013 
Label:  Bridge   Catalog #: 9378   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Russell RyanBirgid SteinbergerWolfgang HolzmairMichaela Selinger,   ... 
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



WOLF Spanisches Liederbuch 1. Italienisches Liederbuch 2 1 Birgid Steinberger (sop); Michaela Selinger (mez); Wolfgang Holzmair (bar); 1 Russell Ryan (pn); 2 Georg Beckmann (pn) BRIDGE 9378 (3 CDs: 182:40 Text and Translation)


After suffering Read more through so many mediocre-to-awful Lieder recitals in recent years, it was almost like going on vacation to hear this splendid collection of Wolf’s pivotal song cycles. Except for some strident sounds from soprano Steinberger when she sings up high under pressure, this was for the most part a delightful presentation of these songs, in part because, despite her shortcomings, Steinberger has great clarity of diction and is an interesting interpreter. Baritone Holzmair, who possesses one of those light, bright, Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender kind of voices, is also an exceptional interpreter; and so, since most of the Spanisches Liederbuch rests with them, their presentation of those songs have an almost X-ray quality to them. I’ll say one thing for Steinberger, and this is a compliment, she really “goes for the gusto” in these songs, usually holding nothing back emotionally. When mezzo-soprano Selinger appears in some of the “sacred songs” of this set, we hear a smooth, mellifluous voice with a typically Germanic “edge” to it and equally fine interpretive qualities. Pianist Ryan, though very fine in his accompaniments, does not play quite strongly enough at times for my taste, but there is no question that he is a fine musician who understands the style of these songs.


This set made an interesting comparison to the famous 1992–94 recordings of these songs by Olaf Bär and Anne Sofie von Otter (EMI 555325, 2 CDs), accompanied by the late Geoffrey Parsons (he died in 1995, shortly after the set was completed). In the secular songs, Bär and Otter swap four of them, the baritone singing “Komm, o Tod, von Nacht umgeben” and “Dereinst, dereinst, Gedanke mein” while the mezzo takes “Liebe mir im Busen” and “Alle gingen, Herz, zur Ruh.” Otter, whose voice was at its peak then (a dozen years hence it became frayed and strained above the break), is consistently interesting, in fact a bit more so than Steinberger, and her tone production and technique are flawless in that the notes fall from her lips like so many pearls. I found myself in awe of her virtuosic combination of vocalism and interpretive skill, and Parsons’s accompaniments are a bit more interesting than everyone else’s. Bär, too, is generally good in the secular songs, though not superior to Holzmair. Yet the religious songs, which on this recording lead off their set, are almost stultifying in their leaden tempos and overly-cautious phrasing, and this goes for both singers. Consider these timing differences:


Song Bär-Otter Selinger-Holzmair
Wunden trägst du, mein Geliebter 5:12 4:23
Nun bin ich dein 5:00 4:05
Müh’voll komm’ ich und beladen 5:07 3:58
Die du Gott gebarst, du Reine 3:22 2:06
Ach, wie lang die Seele schlummert 3:25 3:07
Nun wandre, Maria 2:58 2:31
Ach, des Knaben Augen 1:42 1:45
Führ mich, Kind, nach Bethlehem 3:09 2:52
Die ihr schwebet 3:14 2:42
Herr, was trägt der Boden hier 3:02 2:59




Except for the seventh and 10th songs, these differences are not inconsequential. One wonders if the decision to drag these songs out was initiated by Bär, whose arrangement of the Liederbuch is used here, or Parsons, but considering that the pianist was famed (as was Gerald Moore) for brisk tempos as a rule, I’d guess the former without knowing for certain. Moreover, the presentation of the songbook (Bär’s decision) places all the sacred songs first, which casts a pall on one’s listening experience from the first note and for the ensuing 37 minutes. Thus, even if one already owns the Bär-Otter recording, I still recommend the Bridge version for the overall greater liveliness of the sacred songs.


This performance of the Italienishces Liederbuch is just as good if not better, largely because mezzo Selinger is the only female voice and she doesn’t tend to shrillness at full volume on her high notes. There are so many wonderful performances within this cycle that delineating them all would be a futile exercise. Why go over particular details when the whole thing is so good? I certainly won’t pretend that Selinger’s voice is as varied in coloration as Janet Baker’s, or that Hozmair’s timbre can match the wonderfully dark bass-baritone sound of John Shirley-Quirk, but if the Baker/Shirley-Quirk recording (a live performance, actually, which wasn’t even issued until 2012) didn’t exist, I would have no hesitation in proclaiming this the finest Italienishces Liederbuch ever recorded.


A splendid release, then, made all the better by the fact that all the words are included in the booklet. No downloading from the Internet or opening up a PDF file from a CD-ROM to read it on your computer screen. Hooray for Albany! And you’ll be thinking “Hooray for Albany!” too, when you hear this superb release.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Spanisches Liederbuch: no 11, Klinge, klinge, mein Pandero by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Russell Ryan (Piano), Birgid Steinberger (), Wolfgang Holzmair ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 47 Secs. 
2.
Spanisches Liederbuch: no 13, Seltsam ist Juanas Weise by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Birgid Steinberger (), Wolfgang Holzmair (), Russell Ryan (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
3.
Spanisches Liederbuch: no 12, In dem Schatten meiner Locken by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Russell Ryan (Piano), Birgid Steinberger (), Wolfgang Holzmair ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
4.
Spanisches Liederbuch: no 14, Treibe nur mit Lieben Spott by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Birgid Steinberger (), Wolfgang Holzmair (), Russell Ryan (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 15 Secs. 
5.
Mögen alle bösen Zungen, song for voice & piano (Spanisches Liederbuch) by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Birgid Steinberger (), Wolfgang Holzmair (), Russell Ryan (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 04/03/1890; Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 
6.
Liebe mir im Busen zündet, song for voice & piano (Spanisches Liederbuch) by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Russell Ryan (Piano), Wolfgang Holzmair (), Birgid Steinberger ()
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 04/02/1890; Spain 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 6 Secs. 
7.
Köpfchen, Köpfchen, nicht gewimmert, song for voice & piano ("Preciosas Sprüchlein"; Spanisches Lied by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Birgid Steinberger (), Wolfgang Holzmair (), Russell Ryan (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 10/31/1889; Spain 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 41 Secs. 
8.
Spanisches Liederbuch: no 15, Auf dem grünen Balkon by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Russell Ryan (Piano), Wolfgang Holzmair (), Birgid Steinberger ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
9.
Spanisches Liederbuch: no 25, Sagt ihm, dass er zu mir komme by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (), Birgid Steinberger (), Russell Ryan (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
10.
Spanisches Liederbuch: no 19, Blindes Schauen, dunkle Leuchte by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (), Russell Ryan (Piano), Birgid Steinberger ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 15 Secs. 
11.
Spanisches Liederbuch: no 29, Trau nicht der Liebe by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (), Russell Ryan (Piano), Birgid Steinberger ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
12.
Spanisches Liederbuch: no 33, Tief in Herzen trag ich Pein by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Birgid Steinberger (), Russell Ryan (Piano), Wolfgang Holzmair ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 57 Secs. 
13.
Spanisches Liederbuch: no 32, Dereinst, dereinst, Gedanke mein by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (), Birgid Steinberger (), Russell Ryan (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
14.
Spanisches Liederbuch: no 42, Da nur Leid und Leidenschaft by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Birgid Steinberger (), Russell Ryan (Piano), Wolfgang Holzmair ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
15.
Spanisches Liederbuch: no 40, Wer tat deinem Füsslein weh? by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (), Birgid Steinberger (), Russell Ryan (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
16.
Spanisches Liederbuch: no 30, Ach, im Maien wars by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Russell Ryan (Piano), Birgid Steinberger (), Wolfgang Holzmair ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 55 Secs. 
17.
Spanisches Liederbuch: no 22, Sagt, seid er es, feiner Herr by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (), Birgid Steinberger (), Russell Ryan (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
18.
Spanisches Liederbuch: no 21, Herz, versage nicht geschwind by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Russell Ryan (Piano), Wolfgang Holzmair (), Birgid Steinberger ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
19.
Spanisches Liederbuch: no 10, Wunden trägst du, mein Geliebter by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Michaela Selinger (), Wolfgang Holzmair (), Russell Ryan (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 4 Minutes 23 Secs. 
20.
Spanisches Liederbuch: no 1, Nun bin ich dein by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Birgid Steinberger (), Wolfgang Holzmair (), Russell Ryan (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 4 Minutes 4 Secs. 
21.
Spanisches Liederbuch: no 7, Mühvoll komm ich und beladen by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (), Michaela Selinger (), Russell Ryan (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 
22.
Spanisches Liederbuch: no 2, Die du Gott gebarst, du Reine by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Birgid Steinberger (), Russell Ryan (Piano), Wolfgang Holzmair ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 
23.
Spanisches Liederbuch: no 8, Ach, wie lange die Seele schlummert by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Michaela Selinger (), Wolfgang Holzmair (), Russell Ryan (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
24.
Spanisches Liederbuch: no 3, Nun wandre, Maria by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (), Birgid Steinberger (), Russell Ryan (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
25.
Spanisches Liederbuch: no 6, Ach, des Knaben Augen by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Michaela Selinger (), Russell Ryan (Piano), Wolfgang Holzmair ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 45 Secs. 
26.
Spanisches Liederbuch: no 5, Führ mich, Kind, nach Bethlehem by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (), Russell Ryan (Piano), Birgid Steinberger ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
27.
Spanisches Liederbuch: no 4, Die ihr schwebet by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Michaela Selinger (), Wolfgang Holzmair (), Russell Ryan (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
28.
Spanisches Liederbuch: no 9, Herr, was trägt der Boden hier by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Russell Ryan (Piano), Michaela Selinger (), Wolfgang Holzmair ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
29.
Spanisches Liederbuch: no 31, Alle gingen, Herz, zur Ruh by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Russell Ryan (Piano), Wolfgang Holzmair (), Birgid Steinberger ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
30.
Spanisches Liederbuch: no 34, Komm, o Tod, von Nacht umgeben by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Birgid Steinberger (), Wolfgang Holzmair (), Russell Ryan (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
31.
Spanisches Liederbuch: no 18, Ich führ über Meer by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Russell Ryan (Piano), Wolfgang Holzmair (), Birgid Steinberger ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
32.
Bedeckt mich mit Blumen, song for voice & piano (Spanisches Liederbuch) by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (), Russell Ryan (Piano), Birgid Steinberger ()
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 11/10/1889; Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
33.
Spanisches Liederbuch: no 37, Und schläfst du, mein Mädchen by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (), Russell Ryan (Piano), Birgid Steinberger ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 16 Secs. 
34.
Spanisches Liederbuch: no 28, Schmerzliche Wonnen und wonnige Schmerzen by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Birgid Steinberger (), Russell Ryan (Piano), Wolfgang Holzmair ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
35.
Spanisches Liederbuch: no 16, Wenn du zu den Blumen gehst by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Russell Ryan (Piano), Wolfgang Holzmair (), Birgid Steinberger ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
36.
Spanisches Liederbuch: no 20, Eide, so die Liebe schwur by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Birgid Steinberger (), Wolfgang Holzmair (), Russell Ryan (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
37.
Spanisches Liederbuch: no 39, Weint nicht, ihr Äuglein by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (), Birgid Steinberger (), Russell Ryan (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 6 Secs. 
38.
Spanisches Liederbuch: no 26, Bitt ihn, o Mutter by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Birgid Steinberger (), Russell Ryan (Piano), Wolfgang Holzmair ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 33 Secs. 
39.
Spanisches Liederbuch: no 41, Deine Mutter, süsses Kind by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (), Birgid Steinberger (), Russell Ryan (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 8 Secs. 
40.
Sie blasen zum Abmarsch, song for voice & piano (Spanisches Liederbuch) by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Birgid Steinberger (), Russell Ryan (Piano), Wolfgang Holzmair ()
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 12/13/1889; Spain 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
41.
Spanisches Liederbuch: no 17, Wer sein holdes Lieb verloren by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Russell Ryan (Piano), Wolfgang Holzmair (), Birgid Steinberger ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
42.
Spanisches Liederbuch: no 43, Wehe der, die mir verstrickte by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (), Russell Ryan (Piano), Birgid Steinberger ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 41 Secs. 
43.
Spanisches Liederbuch: no 35, Ob auch finstre Blicke glitten by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Birgid Steinberger (), Wolfgang Holzmair (), Russell Ryan (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
44.
Spanisches Liederbuch: no 44, Geh', Geliebter, geh' jetzt by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Birgid Steinberger (), Wolfgang Holzmair (), Russell Ryan (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 
45.
Italienisches Liederbuch I: no 1, Auch kleine Dinge by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (), Georg Beckmann (Piano), Michaela Selinger ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
46.
Ihr seid die Allerschönste, song for voice & piano (Italienisches Liederbuch) by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (), Georg Beckmann (Piano), Michaela Selinger ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 10/02/1890; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs. 
47.
Italienisches Liederbuch I: no 2, Mir ward gesagt by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Michaela Selinger (), Georg Beckmann (Piano), Wolfgang Holzmair ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 36 Secs. 
48.
Italienisches Liederbuch I: no 4, Gesegnet sei, durch den die Welt by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (), Michaela Selinger (), Georg Beckmann (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 30 Secs. 
49.
Du denkst mit einem Fädchen, song for voice & piano (Italienisches Liederbuch) by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Michaela Selinger (), Wolfgang Holzmair (), Georg Beckmann (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 12/02/1891; Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 4 Secs. 
50.
Italienisches Liederbuch I: no 5, Selig ihr Blinden by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Georg Beckmann (Piano), Wolfgang Holzmair (), Michaela Selinger ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 57 Secs. 
51.
Wer rief dich denn?, song for voice & piano (Italienisches Liederbuch) by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Georg Beckmann (Piano), Wolfgang Holzmair (), Michaela Selinger ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 10/13/1890; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 2 Secs. 
52.
Italienisches Liederbuch I: no 7, Der Mond hat eine schwere Klag by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Georg Beckmann (Piano), Michaela Selinger (), Wolfgang Holzmair ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 39 Secs. 
53.
Italienisches Liederbuch I: no 12, Nein, junger Herr by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Michaela Selinger (), Georg Beckmann (Piano), Wolfgang Holzmair ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 0 Minutes 48 Secs. 
54.
Italienisches Liederbuch I: no 13, Hoffärtig seid ihr, schönes Kind by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (), Michaela Selinger (), Georg Beckmann (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 0 Minutes 51 Secs. 
55.
Wie lange schon was immer mein Verlangen, song for voice & piano (Italienisches Liederbuch, No. 11) by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Georg Beckmann (Piano), Michaela Selinger (), Wolfgang Holzmair ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 12/04/1891; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 5 Secs. 
56.
Dass doch gemalt, song for voice & piano (Italienisches Liederbuch) by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Michaela Selinger (), Wolfgang Holzmair (), Georg Beckmann (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 11/29/1891; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
57.
Man sagt mir, deine Mutter, song for voice & piano (Italienisches Liederbuch) by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Michaela Selinger (), Wolfgang Holzmair (), Georg Beckmann (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 12/23/1891; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 11 Secs. 
58.
Lass sie nur gehn, song for voice & piano (Italienisches Liederbuch) by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (), Georg Beckmann (Piano), Michaela Selinger ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 03/1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 29 Secs. 
59.
Mein Liebster ist so klein, song for voice & piano (Italienisches Liederbuch) by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Michaela Selinger (), Wolfgang Holzmair (), Georg Beckmann (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 12/03/1891; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 
60.
Italienisches Liederbuch I: no 8, Nun lass uns Frieden by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Michaela Selinger (), Georg Beckmann (Piano), Wolfgang Holzmair ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
61.
Ihr jungen Leute, song for voice & piano (Italienisches Liederbuch) by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Georg Beckmann (Piano), Wolfgang Holzmair (), Michaela Selinger ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 12/11/1891; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 25 Secs. 
62.
Italienisches Liederbuch I: no 17, Und willst du deinen Liebsten sterben sehen by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (), Michaela Selinger (), Georg Beckmann (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
63.
Italienisches Liederbuch I: no 19, Wir haben beide lange Zeit geschwiegen by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Michaela Selinger (), Georg Beckmann (Piano), Wolfgang Holzmair ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 5 Secs. 
64.
Italienisches Liederbuch I: no 18, Heb' auf dein blondes Haupt by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Michaela Selinger (), Wolfgang Holzmair (), Georg Beckmann (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
65.
Mein Liebster singt am Haus, song for voice & piano (Italienisches Liederbuch) by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Georg Beckmann (Piano), Wolfgang Holzmair (), Michaela Selinger ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 12/12/1891; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 39 Secs. 
66.
Italienisches Liederbuch I: no 14, Geselle, woll'n wir uns in Kutten by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Michaela Selinger (), Georg Beckmann (Piano), Wolfgang Holzmair ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
67.
Ich esse nun mein Brot, song for voice & piano (Italienisches Liederbuch) by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Michaela Selinger (), Wolfgang Holzmair (), Georg Beckmann (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 03/25/1896; Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 39 Secs. 
68.
Ein Ständchen Euch zu bringen, song for voice & piano (Italienisches Liederbuch) by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Georg Beckmann (Piano), Michaela Selinger (), Wolfgang Holzmair ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 12/10/1891; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 24 Secs. 
69.
Was für ein Lied soll dir gesungen werden?, song for voice & piano (Italienisches Liederbuch) by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Michaela Selinger (), Georg Beckmann (Piano), Wolfgang Holzmair ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 04/30/1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
70.
Mein Liebster hat zu Tische, song for voice & piano (Italienisches Liederbuch) by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Michaela Selinger (), Wolfgang Holzmair (), Georg Beckmann (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 03/26/1896; Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 0 Minutes 57 Secs. 
71.
Schon streckt' ich aus im Bett, song for voice & piano (Italienisches Liederbuch) by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Georg Beckmann (Piano), Wolfgang Holzmair (), Michaela Selinger ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 03/29/1896; Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 48 Secs. 
72.
Ich liess mir sagen, song for voice & piano (Italienisches Liederbuch) by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (), Michaela Selinger (), Georg Beckmann (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 03/28/1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
73.
Italienisches Liederbuch II: no 33, Sterb ich so hüllt in Blumen by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Georg Beckmann (Piano), Wolfgang Holzmair (), Michaela Selinger ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
74.
Wie soll ich fröhlich sein, song for voice & piano (Italienisches Liederbuch) by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (), Michaela Selinger (), Georg Beckmann (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 04/12/1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 46 Secs. 
75.
Italienisches Liederbuch II: no 32, Was soll der Zorn by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (), Michaela Selinger (), Georg Beckmann (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 
76.
Italienisches Liederbuch II: no 36, Wenn du, mein Liebster by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Michaela Selinger (), Wolfgang Holzmair (), Georg Beckmann (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs. 
77.
Italienisches Liederbuch II: no 38, Wenn du mich mit den Augen by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Georg Beckmann (Piano), Wolfgang Holzmair (), Michaela Selinger ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 39 Secs. 
78.
Wohl kenn ich Euren Stand, song for voice & piano (Italienisches Liederbuch) by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (), Michaela Selinger (), Georg Beckmann (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 04/09/1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
79.
Italienisches Liederbuch II: no 34, Und steht Ihr früh am Morgen auf by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (), Michaela Selinger (), Georg Beckmann (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
80.
Du sagst mir, dass ich keine Furstin, song for voice & piano (Italienisches Liederbuch) by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Georg Beckmann (Piano), Michaela Selinger (), Wolfgang Holzmair ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 03/30/1896; Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 6 Secs. 
81.
Italienisches Liederbuch II: no 44, O wüsstest du, wie viel ich deinetwegen by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Michaela Selinger (), Wolfgang Holzmair (), Georg Beckmann (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 29 Secs. 
82.
O wär dein Haus durchsichtig, song for voice & piano (Italienisches Liederbuch) by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (), Georg Beckmann (Piano), Michaela Selinger ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 04/12/1896; Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. 
83.
Italienisches Liederbuch II: no 41, Heut' Nacht erhob ich mich by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (), Georg Beckmann (Piano), Michaela Selinger ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 41 Secs. 
84.
Gesegnet sei das Grün, song for voice & piano (Italienisches Liederbuch) by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Georg Beckmann (Piano), Wolfgang Holzmair (), Michaela Selinger ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 04/13/1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 
85.
Italienisches Liederbuch II: no 37, Wie viele Zeit verlor ich by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Michaela Selinger (), Wolfgang Holzmair (), Georg Beckmann (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 31 Secs. 
86.
Schweig einmal still, song for voice & piano (Italienisches Liederbuch) by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Michaela Selinger (), Wolfgang Holzmair (), Georg Beckmann (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 04/23/1896; Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 5 Secs. 
87.
Italienisches Liederbuch II: no 35, Benedeit die sel'ge Mutter by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Georg Beckmann (Piano), Wolfgang Holzmair (), Michaela Selinger ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
88.
Verschling' der Abgrund, song for voice & piano (Italienisches Liederbuch) by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Georg Beckmann (Piano), Wolfgang Holzmair (), Michaela Selinger ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 04/29/1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 17 Secs. 
89.
Italienisches Liederbuch II: no 42, Nicht länger kann ich singen by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Georg Beckmann (Piano), Wolfgang Holzmair (), Michaela Selinger ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 5 Secs. 
90.
Ich hab in Penna einen Liebsten, song for voice & piano (Italienisches Liederbuch) by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (), Georg Beckmann (Piano), Michaela Selinger ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 04/25/1896; Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2010 
Venue:  Radiokulturhaus, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 3 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

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 Wolf Spanish and Italian Songbooks February 6, 2014 By A. Jessop (Glasgow, South Lanarkshire) See All My Reviews "The Spanish and Italian Song-books as dramas. While Hugo Wolf ‘s fame rests on his lieder he himself hankered after success in larger musical forms, and indeed had one complete, and one unfinished, opera to his name. After listening to this recording of the Spanish and Italian song-books, I found myself reflecting that he would very likely have appreciated its almost operatic impact. The Italian song-book lends itself particularly well to a dramatic presentation but its Spanish counterpart can be more problematic; the published order puts 10 fervent religious songs at the beginning and follows them by 34 secular songs of varying length and character, creating two unequal parts that don’t seem to be particularly well-matched, at least not to the inexpert ear. Performances of the complete book are infrequent. In the Bridge release Wolfgang Holzmair does not follow the published order, instead he embeds the religious songs in the middle of the secular set as a sort of mystical centre, the beginning and end marked by the two religious dialogue songs, each shared between the male and female voice. The arrangement is extraordinarily effective. After the first group of secular songs, which deals (mostly) with the trials and tribulations of love, the listener seems to be entering (and later leaving) a shadowy cathedral where, well away from the hassles of everyday life, the atmosphere is intensely focussed on human frailty and suffering, adoration and submission. Secular songs in which death plays a role come in the immediate aftermath of the religious interlude, as though the cathedral experience has led to a more thoughtful, and generally more sombre, mood. Not that the mood is ever particularly light. The love affairs are mostly pretty fraught, the protagonists consumed by burning passion, or plunged into the depths of despair, or maybe just expressing cynical resignation; even the few who appear to be in stable relationships are haunted by feelings of guilt, or unable to clinch things, or whatever. There are some tranquil moments, and occasional flashes of gaiety, but the overall effect is far from tranquil or gay! The female roles are divided between Birgid Steinberger’s attractively light (perhaps a little too light when things really start boiling up) soprano in the secular songs, and Michaela Selinger’s poignantly emotive mezzo-soprano in the religious songs, while Holzmair takes all the male roles. The Austrian baritone communicates a wide range of moods with consummate ease; his language is richly expressive throughout, and since Steinberger and Selinger are likewise acutely sensitive to text, the dramas pulsate with life. The Italian song-book is entirely concerned with human love-life and is sometimes described as being along the same lines as the Spanish secular songs. But it comes across as very different on this recording. When things go wrong on the Italian front, as they frequently do, there are no tortured psyches, agonised regrets, frantic defiances, etc etc; they are soon made up, or maybe the disappointed lover just hopes for better fortune elsewhere. Selinger and Holzmair take alternate songs in a performance that is a delight from start to finish." Report Abuse
 Outstanding collection January 17, 2014 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "Most of Hugo Wolf's slender catalog of works is lieder, and the bulk of his reputation as a composer rests with two massive collections: the Spanisches Liderbuch (Spanish Songbook), and the Italianisches Liederbuch (Italian Songbook). This new 3-CD set from Bridge presents both of these massive works with texts in both German and English. Both books are complete song cycles, although most of the lied are finely-crafted miniatures that can be (and are often) performed separately. Bridge presents these works in their entirety. The three singers involved provide variety, and in the case of the Italian songbook, an almost give-and-take dialogue between the mezzo-sopranoe and baritone as they alternate songs. Birgid Steinberger's clean, pure soprano has an ethereal quality to it that's exceptionally effective with the sacred songs of the Spanish Songbook. Mezzo-soprano Michaele Selinger's voice has a slight edge to it, especially in the upper register. But that's actually a plus. Contrasted to Wolfgang Holzmair's rich, honeyed baritone, it helps throw both voices into sharper relief. And in the Italian Songbook, Selinger and Holzmair seem to have certain chemistry that adds an additional emotional layer to these sensual lieder. This is a very attractive collection,. One can listen to any of the lied individually and hear a fine performance. But it's also structured so that you can listen to the song cycles in their entirety. And that experience yields significant insights into these masterworks. Well done!" Report Abuse
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