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Brahms: Lieder / Bernarda Fink, Roger Vignoles

Brahms / Fink / Vignoles
Release Date: 06/11/2013 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 501926   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Roger VignolesBernarda Fink
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



In heartbreak or happiness, this distinctive singer is a delight in Brahms

Buoyed by the evanescent shimmer of Roger Vignoles’s accompaniment, Bernarda Fink is all confiding eagerness, phrasing deftly and gracefully and showing a natural feeling for Brahmsian rubato. I had expected Fink’s warm, luminous mezzo, flecked by darker, deeper tints, to be near ideal for, say, the nostalgia of “Alte Liebe” or the many songs of elegiac loss and heartbreak, all touchingly done here. But having thought of her as an essentially “serious” singer, dignified, eloquent, I was delighted at the vivacity and “face” she brings to “Bei dir sind meine Gedanken” and other
Read more lighter songs. “Ständchen”, here more sunlit than moonlit, is charmingly characterised, with an affectionate caress on the dreaming girl’s “Vergiss nicht mein”. Fink is playfully coquettish without archness in the delicious “Spanisches Lied”, and sings “Vergebliches Ständchen” with an outgoing boldness and witty touches of timing – and the tender lingering on the penultimate “Mein Knab” suggests that the boy’s luck may soon be about to change.

Other singers have brought a more intense yearning to “Die Mainacht” and found greater mystery amid the slumberous balm of “Feldeinsamkeit”. But Fink’s flowing performances, sensitively shaped and inflected, are never less than satisfying. It is good to be reminded, too, that, for all its melancholy, “Die Mainacht” is also a song of spring, suffused by warm major-key harmonies, with a hint of excited anticipation at the line “Wann, o lächelndes Bild”. On the face of it, Fink’s lyric mezzo would seem to be on the light side for “Von ewiger Liebe”. But with Vignoles imaginatively “orchestrating” the keyboard part, she gives a finely graded, deeply moving performance, vividly contrasting the contained passion of the boy’s words with the girl’s gentle candour. The glowing climactic avowal of eternal love is as overwhelming as in any of the more opulent-voiced performances I know, setting the seal on a Brahms recital of rare distinction.

-- Richard Wigmore, Gramophone [5/2007]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Songs (7), Op. 95: no 2, Bei dir sind meine Gedanken by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Roger Vignoles (Piano), Bernarda Fink (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1884; Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2006 
Venue:  Teldex Studio Berlin 
Length: 1 Minutes 46 Secs. 
2.
Songs (5), Op. 105: no 1, Wie Melodien zieht es mir by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Bernarda Fink (), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2006 
Venue:  Teldex Studio Berlin 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
3.
Songs (5), Op. 94: no 4, Sapphische Ode by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Bernarda Fink (), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1884; Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2006 
Venue:  Teldex Studio Berlin 
Length: 2 Minutes 2 Secs. 
4.
Songs (6), Op. 86: no 2, Feldeinsamkeit by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Bernarda Fink (), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1877-79; Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2006 
Venue:  Teldex Studio Berlin 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
5.
Nachtigall ("O Nachtigall, dein süsser Schall"), song for voice & piano, Op. 97/1 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Bernarda Fink (), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/2006 
Venue:  Teldex Studio Berlin 
Length: 2 Minutes 2 Secs. 
6.
Songs (5), Op. 72: no 4, Verzagen by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Bernarda Fink (), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2006 
Venue:  Teldex Studio Berlin 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
7.
Songs (5), Op. 72: no 1, Alte Liebe by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Bernarda Fink (), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2006 
Venue:  Teldex Studio Berlin 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
8.
Songs (4), Op. 46: no 4, An die Nachtigall by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Bernarda Fink (), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2006 
Venue:  Teldex Studio Berlin 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
9.
Das Mädchen spricht ("Schwalbe sag' mir an"), song for voice & piano, Op. 107/3 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Bernarda Fink (), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2006 
Venue:  Teldex Studio Berlin 
Length: 1 Minutes 17 Secs. 
10.
Songs (8), Op. 59: no 8, Dein blaues Auge by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Bernarda Fink (), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2006 
Venue:  Teldex Studio Berlin 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
11.
Songs (5), Op. 71: no 3, Geheimnis by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Bernarda Fink (), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2006 
Venue:  Teldex Studio Berlin 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
12.
Songs (5), Op. 106: no 1, Ständchen by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Bernarda Fink (), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1888; Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2006 
Venue:  Teldex Studio Berlin 
Length: 1 Minutes 33 Secs. 
13.
Songs (4), Op. 43: no 1, Von ewiger Liebe by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Bernarda Fink (), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864; Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2006 
Venue:  Teldex Studio Berlin 
Length: 4 Minutes 25 Secs. 
14.
Songs (4), Op. 96: no 1, Der Tod, das ist die kühle Nacht by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Bernarda Fink (), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2006 
Venue:  Teldex Studio Berlin 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
15.
Songs (5), Op. 105: no 4, Auf dem Kirchhofe by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Bernarda Fink (), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2006 
Venue:  Teldex Studio Berlin 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
16.
Songs (4), Op. 43: no 2, Die Mainacht by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Bernarda Fink (), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864; Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2006 
Venue:  Teldex Studio Berlin 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
17.
Songs (6), Op. 7: no 3, Anklänge by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Roger Vignoles (Piano), Bernarda Fink ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/2006 
Venue:  Teldex Studio Berlin 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
18.
Songs (6), Op. 6: no 1, Spanisches Lied by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Roger Vignoles (Piano), Bernarda Fink ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/2006 
Venue:  Teldex Studio Berlin 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
19.
Songs (7), Op. 95: no 6, Mädchenlied by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Roger Vignoles (Piano), Bernarda Fink ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/2006 
Venue:  Teldex Studio Berlin 
Length: 1 Minutes 10 Secs. 
20.
Songs (5), Op. 49: no 1, Am Sonntag Morgen by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Roger Vignoles (Piano), Bernarda Fink ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867-1868; Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2006 
Venue:  Teldex Studio Berlin 
Length: 1 Minutes 20 Secs. 
21.
Songs (6), Op. 3: no 1, Liebestreu by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Roger Vignoles (Piano), Bernarda Fink ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/2006 
Venue:  Teldex Studio Berlin 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
22.
Romances and Songs (5), Op. 84: no 4, Vergebliches Ständchen by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Roger Vignoles (Piano), Bernarda Fink ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1877-79; Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2006 
Venue:  Teldex Studio Berlin 
Length: 1 Minutes 48 Secs. 
23.
Das Mädchen ("Stand das Mädchen"), song for voice & piano, Op. 95/1 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Roger Vignoles (Piano), Bernarda Fink ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884 
Date of Recording: 03/2006 
Venue:  Teldex Studio Berlin 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
24.
Therese ("Du milchjunger Knabe"), song for voice & piano, Op. 86/1 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Roger Vignoles (Piano), Bernarda Fink ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878 
Date of Recording: 03/2006 
Venue:  Teldex Studio Berlin 
Length: 1 Minutes 26 Secs. 
25.
Songs (5), Op. 107: no 5, Mädchenlied by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Roger Vignoles (Piano), Bernarda Fink ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1887; Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2006 
Venue:  Teldex Studio Berlin 
Length: 1 Minutes 35 Secs. 
26.
Songs (7), Op. 95: no 4, Der Jäger by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Roger Vignoles (Piano), Bernarda Fink ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1884; Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2006 
Venue:  Teldex Studio Berlin 
Length: 1 Minutes 5 Secs. 
27.
Poems (5), Op. 19: no 4, Der Schmied by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Roger Vignoles (Piano), Bernarda Fink ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/2006 
Venue:  Teldex Studio Berlin 
Length: 0 Minutes 55 Secs. 
28.
Songs (7), Op. 48: no 1, Der Gang zum Liebchen by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Roger Vignoles (Piano), Bernarda Fink ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859-1862; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/2006 
Venue:  Teldex Studio Berlin 
Length: 1 Minutes 23 Secs. 
29.
Songs (5), Op. 47: no 3, Sonntag by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Roger Vignoles (Piano), Bernarda Fink ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/2006 
Venue:  Teldex Studio Berlin 
Length: 1 Minutes 28 Secs. 
30.
Songs (6), Op. 85: no 3, Mädchenlied by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Roger Vignoles (Piano), Bernarda Fink ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2006 
Venue:  Teldex Studio Berlin 
Length: 1 Minutes 45 Secs. 
31.
Songs (5), Op. 49: no 4, Wiegenlied by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Bernarda Fink (), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2006 
Venue:  Teldex Studio Berlin 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 

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