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Wolf: Lieder / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Moore, Parsons


Release Date: 12/29/2009 
Label:  Emi Studio Catalog #: 63653   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Geoffrey ParsonsGerald MooreElisabeth Schwarzkopf
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

To mark her seventy-fifth birthday EMI have produced this formidable tribute to Elisabeth Schwarzkopf's art. Each of these CDs is very generously filled and the transfers, with the few reservations expressed below, are well made. They provide an admirable conspectus of her extensive career of recording: the sheer breadth of the material is astonishing as is the consistency of the musical know-how shown...

Under Walter Legge's influence, Schwarzkopf always made a speciality of Hugo Wolf. Her recordings of his songs perhaps represent her most valuable contribution to the gramophone. Most of her accounts here of the Goethe settings demonstrate that satisfying combination of keen intelligence and technical control which marked her
Read more most telling interpretations of Wolf. Most notable perhaps is Schwarzkopf's assumption of Mignon's character—catching the girl's sadness, longing and mystery. As Philine she is too mannered, especially in an over-articulated final line, and her Ganymed just misses the setting's sense of elation. The six Lieder für eine Fraustimme, particularly "Wiegenlied im Sommer" and "Wiegenlied im Winter", are echt Schwarzkopf, sung with persuasive art, full of individuality and point.

Then how wonderfully she conjures up the simple old woman in Wie glanzt der helle Mond. The late performance of the strange Byron setting, Sonne der Schlummerlosen, is another triumph, making up for a rather overdone Die Zigeunerin. Finally comes a spacious, flowing performance of An eine Aolsharfe. This is the point to praise the sensitive, sympathetic, finely judged accompanying of Moore and Parsons throughout these CDs of Lieder and elsewhere. Note should also be taken by today's producers of Legge's consistency in affording voice and piano an ideal balance, one that gives the singer a properly forward placing with no nonsense about placing space around it.

-- Gramophone [12/1990, reviewing a series of Schwarzkopf reissues that includes Unpublished Recordings (EMI 63655), Schubert, Schumann & Strauss Lieder (EMI 63656), and Opera Arias (EMI 63657)]
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Works on This Recording

1. Mörike Lieder: no 16, Elfenlied by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Gerald Moore (Piano), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
2. Goethe Lieder: no 26, Die Spröde by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Gerald Moore (Piano), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
3. Goethe Lieder: no 27, Die Bekehrte by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
4. Goethe Lieder: no 5, Mignon I "Heiss mich nicht reden" by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
5. Goethe Lieder: no 6, Mignon II "Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt" by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
6. Goethe Lieder: no 7, Mignon III "So lasst mich scheinen" by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Gerald Moore (Piano), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
7. Goethe Lieder: no 8, Philine by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Gerald Moore (Piano), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
8. Goethe Lieder: no 9, Mignon "Kennst du das Land" by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Gerald Moore (Piano), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Language: German 
9. Goethe Lieder: no 50, Ganymed by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Gerald Moore (Piano), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
10. Lieder (6) für eine Frauenstimme by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Gerald Moore (Piano), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1882; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
11. Alte Weisen (6): no 6, Wie glänzt der helle Mond by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Gerald Moore (Piano), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
12. Spanisches Liederbuch: no 16, Wenn du zu den Blumen gehst by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Gerald Moore (Piano), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
13. Eichendorff Lieder: no 7, Die Zigeunerin by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Gerald Moore (Piano), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
14. Mörike Lieder: no 13, Im Frühling by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Gerald Moore (Piano), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
15. Mörike Lieder: no 15, Auf einer Wanderung by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Gerald Moore (Piano), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
16. Mörike Lieder: no 8, Begegnung by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Gerald Moore (Piano), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
17. Mörike Lieder: no 39, Denk es, o Seele! by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Gerald Moore (Piano), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
18. Gedichte (4) nach Heine, Shakespeare und Byron: no 3, Sonne der Schlummerlosen by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Gerald Moore (Piano), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
19. Mörike Lieder: no 11, An eine Äolsharfe by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 

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