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Robert And Clara Schumann: Lieder / Holzmair, Cooper


Release Date: 05/14/2002 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 462610   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Robert SchumannClara Wieck Schumann
Performer:  Wolfgang HolzmairImogen Cooper
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Wolfgang Holzmair and Imogen Cooper have made several outstanding lieder recordings for Philips. Here's another: songs of Robert and Clara Schumann. There's no disputing the excellence of this partnership in the art of German lied, obvious in the main offering here: Robert's Op. 35 Kerner Lieder, a dozen songs that portray the misery of a young man whose beloved becomes a nun. As the second song puts it, "Farewell, love and joy". That song is sung in caressing tones by Holzmair, who employs a ravishing half-voice to depict the young lady. He expertly colors his voice with a regretful tinge of bitterness in "Auf das Trinkglas eines verstorbenen Freundes" and then lightens it for the last stanza while retaining that sense Read more of deep sadness. He and Cooper also excel in building the entire set as a single span of loneliness leading to anguished resignation. Thomas Hampson, in a 1990 Teldec release, achieves a similar effect with generally more expansive tempos and the inherent advantage conferred by a deeper baritone than Holzmair's brighter instrument. But while both serve the music well, for me the more fluid pacing and varied vocal colors tip the scales to Holzmair.


The division of the rest of the disc between the Schumanns (10 for him, seven for her) is justified by the composition of these songs during Robert's intense courtship and marriage to Clara, during which time he became a prolific composer of lied and encouraged her to write songs as well. Clara's contributions here are routine Romantic lied, their generic quality easily excused by her inexperience with the form. I hope the PC craze doesn't exaggerate her modest compositional talents beyond what her works can bear. The most interesting aspects of Clara's songs usually are the piano parts, although in songs such as "Sie Liebten sich Beide" Holzmair seizes the opportunity to display his ravishing diminuendos, which Clara has peppered throughout. Most of Robert's songs are drawn from his Op. 25 set, including the popular first one, "Widmung", and the pair of Venetian Songs Op. 25 Nos. 17 and 18. These also are part of Bryn Terfel's Schumann program on DG where his outsized personality makes them come alive with star vibrancy. But Holzmair's more straightforward singing is effective, and lest you think he's too withdrawn (the program wallows in the despairing misery the German Romantics seem to have preferred), he does some terrific tipsy singing in the Op. 25 Nos. 5 and 6 pair of Robert's Goethe drinking songs.


Cooper is no mere accompanist here; she's a full partner. Her incisive, idiomatic pianism is essential to the success of this recital, her postludes telling--listen to how her playing of the extended postlude to "Stille Tränen" from the Kerner set sums up the entire song, almost making the words unnecessary. Voice and piano are faithfully captured and balances are good, but occasionally Holzmair's bright timbre defeats the microphone placement and blasting ensues.
--Dan Davis, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Gedichte (12), Op. 35 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone), Imogen Cooper (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  Art Nouveau Theater, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 31 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: German 
2. Myrthen, Op. 25: no 1, Widmung by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone), Imogen Cooper (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  Art Nouveau Theater, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: German 
3. Gedichte (12) aus "Liebesfrühling", Op. 37: no 1, Der Himmel hat ein Träne geweint by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone), Imogen Cooper (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  Art Nouveau Theater, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: German 
4. Lieder (6), Op. 13: no 6, Die stille Lotosblume by Clara Wieck Schumann
Performer:  Imogen Cooper (Piano), Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842-1843; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  Art Nouveau Theater, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: German 
5. Lieder aus Jucunde (6), Op. 23: no 6, O Lust by Clara Wieck Schumann
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone), Imogen Cooper (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  Art Nouveau Theater, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: German 
6. Lieder aus Jucunde (6), Op. 23: no 3, Geheimes Flüstern by Clara Wieck Schumann
Performer:  Imogen Cooper (Piano), Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  Art Nouveau Theater, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: German 
7. Lieder (6), Op. 13: no 2, Sie liebten sich Beide by Clara Wieck Schumann
Performer:  Imogen Cooper (Piano), Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842-1843; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  Art Nouveau Theater, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: German 
8. Myrthen, Op. 25: no 2, Freisinn by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Imogen Cooper (Piano), Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  Art Nouveau Theater, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: German 
9. Myrthen, Op. 25: no 17, Leis rudern hier by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone), Imogen Cooper (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  Art Nouveau Theater, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: German 
10. Myrthen, Op. 25: no 18, Wenn durch die Piazzetta by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone), Imogen Cooper (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  Art Nouveau Theater, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: German 
11. Myrthen, Op. 25: no 3, Der Nussbaum by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Imogen Cooper (Piano), Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  Art Nouveau Theater, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: German 
12. Myrthen, Op. 25: no 5, Sitz ich allein by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone), Imogen Cooper (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  Art Nouveau Theater, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 0 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: German 
13. Myrthen, Op. 25: no 6, Setze mir nicht by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone), Imogen Cooper (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  Art Nouveau Theater, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 0 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: German 
14. Gedichte (12) aus "Liebesfrühling", Op. 37: no 5, Ich hab in mich gesogen by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone), Imogen Cooper (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  Art Nouveau Theater, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: German 
15. Myrthen, Op. 25: no 26, Zum Schluss by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone), Imogen Cooper (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  Art Nouveau Theater, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: German 
16. Lieder aus Jucunde (6), Op. 23: no 2, An einem lichten Morgen by Clara Wieck Schumann
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone), Imogen Cooper (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  Art Nouveau Theater, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: German 
17. Lieder (6), Op. 13: no 3, Liebeszauber by Clara Wieck Schumann
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone), Imogen Cooper (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  Art Nouveau Theater, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: German 
18. Lieder (3), Op. 12: no 2, Liebst du um Schönheit by Clara Wieck Schumann
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone), Imogen Cooper (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  Art Nouveau Theater, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: German 

Sound Samples

Zwölf Gedichte, Op.35: Lust der Sturmnacht
Zwölf Gedichte, Op.35: Stirb, Lieb' und Freud'!
Zwölf Gedichte, Op.35: Wanderlied
Zwölf Gedichte, Op.35: Erstes Grün
Zwölf Gedichte, Op.35: Sehnsucht nach der Waldgegend
Zwölf Gedichte, Op.35: Auf das Trinkglas eines verstorbenen Freundes
Zwölf Gedichte, Op.35: Wanderung
Zwölf Gedichte, Op.35: Stille Liebe
Zwölf Gedichte, Op.35: Frage
Zwölf Gedichte, Op.35: Stille Tränen
Zwölf Gedichte, Op.35: Wer machte dich so krank?
Zwölf Gedichte, Op.35: Alte Laute
Widmung, Op.25, No.1
Six Lieder, Op.13: 6. Die stille Lotosblume
Sechs Lieder aus Jucunde, Op.23: 6. O Lust, O Lust
Der Himmel hat eine Träne geweint, Op.37, No.1
Sechs Lieder aus Jucunde, Op.23: 3. Geheimes Flüstern hier und dort
Freisinn, Op.25, No.2
Six Lieder, Op.13: 2. Sie liebten sich beide
Venetianisches Lied I, Op.25, No.17
Venetianisches Lied II, Op.25, No.18
Der Nussbaum, Op.25, No.3
Aus dem Schenkenbuch im Divan I, Op.25, No.5
Aus dem Schenkenbuch im Divan II, Op.25, No.6
Sechs Lieder aus Jucunde, Op.23: 2. An einem lichten Morgen
Zwölf Gedichte aus F.Rückerts "Liebesfrühling" Op.37: 5. "Ich hab' in mich gesogen"
Six Lieder, Op.13: 3. Liebeszauber
3 Lieder, Op.12: 1. Er is gekommen in Sturm und Regen
Zum Schluss, Op.25, No.26

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