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Haydn: Lieder, Songs / Arleen Auger

Haydn / Auger / Olbertz
Release Date: 09/24/2013 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94685   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Arleen AugérWalter Olbertz
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The art form that became known as the lied may not have been a prominent feature of Haydn's output, but his collections of songs for solo voice have nevertheless retained their appeal to this day. This recording presents a selection of these charming works, drawing especial attention to the two stages of development into which they are divisible: while the first set, written in the 1780s, centre around witty epigram (be they pastoral in mood, containing moralising overtones or expressing unrequited love), the second set, composed in the following decade and based on texts by the English poetess Anne Hunter, highlight what one contemporaneous newspaper described as Haydn's 'sophisticated popularity' and reveal a predilection for folk song Read more through their rhapsodic and often elegiac flavour.

Accompanied by Walter Olbertz and performing these works is one of the greatest artists of the past century, acclaimed soprano Arleen Augér. The recording is testament to what the late American singer did best: her exceptional command of the lied, which became an increasingly important part of her later career, and her predilection for the Classical and Baroque repertoires. 'Listening to a song recorded by Arleen Auger, one might be inclined to credit the engineers for some of the apparent perfection. That any singer should be able to sustain such effortless lines, such pure and exquisitely gauged sound, so consistently, seems unbelievable. Believe it.' (Los Angeles Times).

Other information:
- It is already 20 years ago that the great soprano Arleen Auger tragically died at the age of 53, one of the most wonderful, moving and unique voices of her generation.
- This issue of Haydn songs is a tribute to that voice, which finds pure poetry, clarity and beauty in these relatively unassuming Lieder of Joseph Haydn, elegant, charming and witty as they are.
- Recorded in 1980, booklet providing liner notes, biography and songs texts in original language (both German and English). Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Lieder für Clavier Bk 1, in G minor H 26a: no 5, Die Verlassene by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Arleen Augér (Soprano), Walter Olbertz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Language: German 
2.
Lieder für Clavier Bk 1, in D major H 26a: no 8, An Thyrsis by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Arleen Augér (Soprano), Walter Olbertz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Language: German 
3.
Lieder für Clavier Book 2, H 26a: no 14, Lachet nicht, Mädchen by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Arleen Augér (Soprano), Walter Olbertz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Language: German 
4.
Lieder für Clavier Book 2, H 26a: no 13, Jeder meint, der Gegenstand by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Arleen Augér (Soprano), Walter Olbertz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Language: German 
5.
Lieder für Clavier Book 1, H 26a: no 11, Liebeslied by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Arleen Augér (Soprano), Walter Olbertz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Language: German 
6.
Trachten will ich nicht auf Erden, H 26a no 39 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Arleen Augér (Soprano), Walter Olbertz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1790; Austria 
Language: German 
7.
Beim Schmerz, der dieses Herz durchwühlet, H 26a no 37 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Arleen Augér (Soprano), Walter Olbertz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1775; Austria 
Language: German 
8.
Original Canzonettas Book 1, H 26a: no 25, Mermaid's Song by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Arleen Augér (Soprano), Walter Olbertz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1794; London, England 
Language: English 
9.
Original Canzonettas Book 1, H 26a: no 29, Pleasing pain by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Arleen Augér (Soprano), Walter Olbertz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1794; London, England 
Language: English 
10.
Original Canzonettas Book 1, H 26a: no 27, Pastoral Song by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Arleen Augér (Soprano), Walter Olbertz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1794; London, England 
Language: English 
11.
Original Canzonettas Book 2, H 26a: no 32, Wanderer by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Walter Olbertz (Piano), Arleen Augér (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; London, England 
Language: English 
12.
Spirit's Song, H 26a no 41 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Arleen Augér (Soprano), Walter Olbertz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: circa ?1795; London, England 
Language: English 
13.
O Tuneful Voice, H 26a no 42 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Walter Olbertz (Piano), Arleen Augér (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: circa ?1795; London, England 
Language: English 

Sound Samples

12 Lieder fur das Clavier, Book 1, Hob.XXVIa (text by L. Haschka, C. Ziegler, and Anonymous): No. 5. Die Verlassene
12 Lieder fur das Clavier, Book 1, Hob.XXVIa (text by L. Haschka, C. Ziegler, and Anonymous): No. 8. An Thyrsis
Lieder fur das Clavier, Book 2, Hob.XXVIa: No. 14. Lachet nicht, Madchen
Lieder fur das Clavier, Book 2, Hob.XXVIa: No. 13. Jeder meint, der Gegenstand
12 Lieder fur das Clavier, Book 1, Hob.XXVIa (text by G. von Leon): 12 Lieder fur das Clavier, Book 1, Hob.XXVIa: No. 11. Liebeslied
Trachten will ich nicht auf Erden, Hob.XXVIa:39
Beim Schmerz, der dieses Herz durchwuhlet, Hob.XXVIa:37
6 Original Canzonettas, Book 1, Hob.XXIVa:25-30: No. 25. The Mermaid's Song
6 Original Canzonettas, Book 1, Hob.XXIVa:25-30: No. 29. Pleasing Pain
6 Original Canzonettas, Book 1, Hob.XXIVa:25-30: No. 27. Pastoral Song
6 Original Canzonettas, Book 2, Hob.XXVIa:31-36 (text by A. Hunter): 6 Original Canzonettas, Book 2, Hob.XXVIa:31-36: No. 32. The Wanderer
The Spirit's Song, Hob.XXVIa:41
O Tuneful Voice, Hob.XXVIa:42

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