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Beethoven, Spohr, Et Al: Lieder, Mélodies / Von Otter, Tan


Release Date: 08/14/2001 
Label:  Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog #: 469074   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giacomo MeyerbeerLudwig van BeethovenLouis Spohr
Performer:  Melvyn TanAnne Sofie von OtterKristina HammarströmChristina Högman,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Perhaps through all the down-scaling going on at major record companies, song-recitalists will prove to be the most fortunate, what with their relatively inexpensive production costs and abundant quantity of both well-loved and still-untapped repertoire. Whatever the case, there's been no shortage of fine solo-song recordings during the past couple of years--and here's another one that also happens to contain repertoire almost never heard in concert or on disc. And it's not because the music has little merit. Anyone who enjoys early-to-mid-19th century song will enjoy this. Although the composers are German, the texts also include French (Meyerbeer) and Italian (two of the Beethoven songs). The program also benefits from variety in the Read more instrumental accompaniments. One of the Meyerbeer pieces, Hirtenlied (Shepherd's Song), is scored for piano and clarinet, and although it doesn't nearly approach Schubert's own "shepherd song" with clarinet Der Hirt auf dem Felsen (The Shepherd on the Rock) for scope or virtuosity, you have to wonder whether Meyerbeer received some inspiration from it.


At least as interesting as the vocal line are Meyerbeer's piano accompaniments, so effective and full of character and integral to the sense of the songs. Listen to how the composer uses sparkling, tinkling treble figures to completely different results in Ma barque légère and La Fille de l'air. Many of Meyerbeer's songs have a definite operatic flavor (not surprising, considering his position as one of the eminent opera composers of the period), and some could stand in for full-fledged arias--Le Voeu pendant l'orage (The vow during the storm) or Ma barque légère (The light skiff), for example. In this latter song Otter is in absolute top form, showing impressive vocal control and exuding such personality and vitality--not to mention impeccable vocal technique--that you feel almost as if you could be right in the room with the singer.


Although Beethoven's strong suit certainly was not the solo song, anyone who has doubts about his melodic gifts or his ability to create a charming vocal piece only has to listen to the extended Seutzer eines Ungeliebten-Gegenliebe, a "dialogue" concerning "one who is unloved" and "love returned", or to the delicate and tender Sehnsucht (Yearning). Otter really enlivens what could be a fairly routine song--Beethoven's Maigesang (May Song)--purely with her vivacious energy and dancing inflection; she does the same for several others, including Beethoven's Adelaide. The Spohr pieces are remarkable little gems, not only for their engaging melodies but especially for the delightful, playful, perfectly integrated violin parts. More than mere decoration, the violin is an interactive if sometimes capricious companion to the singer. Why aren't these pieces performed more often? Who knows, but after hearing them once, you'll certainly want to return to them--as you will this entire recital. Otter is one of today's more able and versatile soloists, and unlike many other big-time singers, she really seems to love the solo song genre. Yes, she occasionally can get carried away with cutesy, flirtatious affectations--as in the disc's opening song and in isolated moments elsewhere--but even on a recording she fully engages herself and projects as if to a live audience--and as home listeners we certainly gain from that. You might wonder about the use of a fortepiano here, but you shouldn't worry at all. This is an unusually full-bodied instrument, richly colored and more than up to the dramatic demands of the songs, and it's exceptionally well recorded and balanced with the voice.
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Komm du schönes Fischermädchen by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Melvyn Tan (Fortepiano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1999 
Venue:  Berwald Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: German 
2. La Barque Légčre by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Melvyn Tan (Fortepiano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1999 
Venue:  Berwald Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: French 
3. La fille de l'air by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Melvyn Tan (Fortepiano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; France 
Date of Recording: 02/1999 
Venue:  Berwald Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: French 
4. Sicilienne by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Melvyn Tan (Fortepiano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1845; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1999 
Venue:  Berwald Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 3 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: French 
5. Priere d'enfants by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Kristina Hammarström (Mezzo Soprano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Christina Högman (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1999 
Venue:  Berwald Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: French 
6. Hirtenlied by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Eric Hoeprich (Clarinet), Melvyn Tan (Fortepiano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 02/1999 
Venue:  Berwald Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 5 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: German 
7. In questa tomba oscura, WoO 133 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Melvyn Tan (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1999 
Venue:  Berwald Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Ver: 2nd 
8. Ariettas (4) and a Duet, Op. 82: no 2, Liebes-Klage by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Melvyn Tan (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1809; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1999 
Venue:  Berwald Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
9. Als die Geliebte sich trennen wollte, WoO 132 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Melvyn Tan (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1999 
Venue:  Berwald Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 1 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: German 
10. Songs (2), WoO 118: no 1, Seufzer eines Ungeliebten by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Melvyn Tan (Fortepiano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1794-1795; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1999 
Venue:  Berwald Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 5 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: German 
11. Sehnsucht, WoO 146 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Melvyn Tan (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1815-1816; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1999 
Venue:  Berwald Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: German 
12. An die Geliebte, WoO 140 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Melvyn Tan (Fortepiano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1999 
Venue:  Berwald Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 1 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Ver: 2nd 
13. Der Kuss, Op. 128 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Melvyn Tan (Fortepiano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1822; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1999 
Venue:  Berwald Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: German 
14. Songs (8), Op. 52: no 4, Maigesang by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Melvyn Tan (Fortepiano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1796; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1999 
Venue:  Berwald Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: German 
15. Adelaide, Op. 46 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Melvyn Tan (Fortepiano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1794-1795; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1999 
Venue:  Berwald Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 5 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: German 
16. Songs (6) with Violin obbligato, Op. 154 by Louis Spohr
Performer:  Nils-Erik Sparf (Violin), Melvyn Tan (Fortepiano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Kassel, Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1999 
Venue:  Berwald Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 14 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: German 
17. Lied des venezianischen Gondoliers "Mina" by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Melvyn Tan (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1837 
Date of Recording: 02/1999 
Venue:  Berwald Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: German 
18. Le voeu pendant l'orage by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Melvyn Tan (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1830; France 
Date of Recording: 02/1999 
Venue:  Berwald Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 6 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: French 

Sound Samples

40 Mélodies ŕ une et ŕ plusieurs voix avec acc. de piano (1849): Mina "Viens, Mina viens"
40 Mélodies ŕ une et ŕ plusieurs voix avec acc. de piano (1849): Komm "Du schönes Fischermädchen"
40 Mélodies ŕ une et ŕ plusieurs voix avec acc. de piano (1849): Ma barque légčre "lise sur le rivage"
40 Mélodies ŕ une et ŕ plusieurs voix avec acc. de piano (1849): Le počte mourant
40 Mélodies ŕ une et ŕ plusieurs voix avec acc. de piano (1849): Sicilienne "Fleurs qu'adore la beauté"
40 Mélodies ŕ une et ŕ plusieurs voix avec acc. de piano (1849): Pričre d'enfants "Le souverain maitre"
40 Mélodies ŕ une et ŕ plusieurs voix avec acc. de piano (1849): Le voeu pendant "Les vents sifflent"
Hirtenlied: Hier oben auf einsamen Höhen
In questa tomba oscura, WoO.133
T'intendo, si, mio cor (Liebes Klage, Op.82, No.2)
Als die Geliebte sich trennen wollte WoO 132
Seufzer eines Ungeliebten und Gegenliebe, WoO118
Sehnsucht WoO 146
An die Geliebte WoO 140
Der Kuss, Op.128
8 Lieder Op.52: 4. Maigesang
Adelaďde, Op.46
6 Lieder for mezzo-soprano/baritone, violin and piano: No.1 Abendfeier "Leise schleich ich mich am Abend"
6 Lieder for mezzo-soprano/baritone, violin and piano: No.2 Jagdlied "Seht ihr's dort funkeln"
6 Lieder for mezzo-soprano/baritone, violin and piano: No.3 Töne "Worte hab' ich nicht"
6 Lieder for mezzo-soprano/baritone, violin and piano: No.4 Erlkönig "Wer reitet so spät"
6 Lieder for mezzo-soprano/baritone, violin and piano: No.5 Der Spielmann und seine Geige "Von Gottes Aug'"
6 Lieder for mezzo-soprano/baritone, violin and piano: No.6 Abendstille "Der Tag hat sich zur Ruh' gelegt"

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