Edith Wiens

Biography

Born: June 9, 1950; Saskatoon, Canada  
Canadian soprano Edith Wiens initially forged a reputation overseas in the concert hall, largely because of her numerous acclaimed appearances with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. But she also gave many highly praised recitals elsewhere across Europe. Wiens was a relative late-comer to opera, though, making her major debut in 1986 at Glyndebourne singing Donna Anna in Mozart's Don Giovanni. Thereafter, she balanced her career mixing in opera Read more with concert work and recitals. In opera she has tended to favor Mozart, but her repertory otherwise is quite broad, taking in lieder by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, and Richard Strauss; masses by Mozart and Beethoven; Haydn's The Creation; Mahler symphonies; Gershwin and Stephen Foster songs; and various folk songs and carols. Wiens has been widely praised for the beauty of her vocal tone, the clarity of her diction, and the intelligence of her phrasing. A Grammy and Diapason d'Or award winner, she has recorded for EMI, Philips, Telarc, and Erato.

Edith Wiens was born in Saskatoon, Canada, on June 9, 1950. Her father was a Mennonite minister and young Edith studied at the Bible College in Vancouver and later at the Hochschule für Musik in Hanover, Germany. She graduated in 1974, and then enrolled at Oberlin College, where she earned a master's degree in 1976. She later took vocal lessons privately with Ernst Haefliger in Munich.

After her 1979 first prize win at the Robert Schumann Music Competition in Zwickau, Wiens established a busy career in Europe, especially in Germany. From 1981-1886 she made 14 appearances with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. During this period she also sang with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra in two J.S. Bach concerts (1985).

Following her 1986 Glyndebourne debut Wiens became a familiar face at other important operatic venues, including La Scala, Amsterdam Opera, and the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. She gave highly acclaimed recitals in Moscow in 1989 and 1990. 1990 was also the year she won a Grammy Award for her recording of Schumann's Das Paradies und die Peri.

From about the early '90s, Wiens began making more frequent appearances in North America: her Toronto recital debut came in 1994 and her 2000 appearance with the New York Philharmonic in Mendelssohn's St. Paul drew rave notices. In the new century Wiens remained active as a singer, but also serves on the faculties of the Munich Hochschule für Musik and the Hochschule für Musik, Nürnberg-Ausburg Abt. Augsburg. Read less
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    Musik in Deutschland 1950-2000 - Geistliche Oratorien
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 73570 Release Date: 04/18/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Driessler,  Johann Nepomuk David,  Klaus Huber,  Udo Zimmermann  ... 
    Performer:  Gerd Türk,  Christiana Baumann,  Wolfgang Dallmann,  Albrecht Ostertag  ... 
    Conductor:  Heinz Markus Göttsche,  Rolf Schweizer,  Wolf-Dieter Hauschild,  Hans Zender  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pfalz Evangelical Youth Choir,  Pfalz Landeskirche Chamber Orchestra,  Pforzheim Motet Choir  ... 
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  • 27.
    Mozart: Requiem K.626, Mass In C Minor
    Label: Emi Classics For Pleasure   Catalog: 75770 Release Date: 02/08/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Felicity Lott,  Edith Wiens,  Laurence Dale,  Robert Lloyd  ... 
    Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Chorus,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 28.
    Mahler: Symphony No 3;  Zemlinsky: Lyric Symphony / Jordan
    Label: Virgin Classics Special Import   Catalog: 62215 Release Date: 01/06/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Alexander von Zemlinsky,  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Andreas Schmidt,  Edith Wiens,  Jadwiga Rappé
    Conductor:  Armin Jordan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Lausanne Womens Chorus,  Geneva Public Conservatory of Music Choir
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    Mendelssohn: Symphony No 2 / Bonney, Wiens, Schreier, Masur
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4601562 Release Date: 06/23/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Edith Wiens,  Peter Schreier,  Barbara Bonney
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  Leipzig Radio Chorus
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    Wand Edition - Beethoven: Symphonies 1-9 / Wand, Et Al
    Label: Rca Victor Special Imports   Catalog: 89109 Release Date: 05/20/2003   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Hildegard Hartwig,  Keith Lewis,  Roland Hermann,  Edith Wiens
    Conductor:  Günter Wand
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Chorus,  Hamburg State Opera Chorus,  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 31.
    Franck: Messe A-dur Op 12 Für Soli, Chor Und Orchester
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 95431 Release Date: 10/29/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  César Franck
    Performer:  Raimundo Mettre,  Ivo Ingram,  Edith Wiens
    Conductor:  Hubert Beck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schwäbisch Gmünd Philharmonic Orchestra,  Schwäbisch Gmünd Philharmonic Chorus
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    Mendelssohn, Grieg / Litton, Pritchard, London Po, Et Al
    Label: Classics For Pleasure   Catalog: 75142 Release Date: 06/04/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Edith Wiens,  Sarah Walker
    Conductor:  John Pritchard,  Andrew Litton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Choir
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    Mahler: Symphony No 4 / Jordan, Suisse Romande Orchestra
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 389238 Release Date: 05/14/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Edith Wiens,  Robert Zimansky
    Conductor:  Armin Jordan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
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  • 34.
    Edition Bachakademie Vol 49 - Cantatas Bwv 161-164 / Rilling
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 92049 Release Date: 06/27/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Adalbert Kraus,  Helen Watts,  Arleen Augér,  Niklaus Tüller  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart,  Stuttgart Bach Collegium,  Frankfurt Kantorei
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    Edition Bachakademie Vol 49 - Cantatas Bwv 161-164 / Rilling
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 92049 Release Date: 06/27/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Adalbert Kraus,  Hildegard Laurich,  Wolfgang Schöne,  Kurt Equiluz  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Bach Collegium,  Frankfurt Kantorei,  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart
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    Franck: Die Sieben Worte Christi Am Kreuz / Beck, Et Al
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 95432 Release Date: 05/30/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  César Franck
    Performer:  Raimundo Mettre,  Thomas Pfeiffer,  Ivo Ingram,  Edith Wiens
    Conductor:  Hubert Beck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schwabischer Orchester,  Schwabischer Singkreis
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    Mahler: Complete Symphonies / Tennstedt, London Philharmonic
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 72941 Release Date: 11/03/1998   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Trudeliese Schmidt,  Hans Sotin,  Nadine Denize,  Edith Wiens  ... 
    Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Tiffin School Boys Chorus,  London Philharmonic Choir  ... 
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  • 38.
    Absolute Heaven / Robert Shaw, Atlanta So & Chorus, Et Al
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80458 Release Date: 04/29/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Hector Berlioz,  Franz Schubert,  Pietro Mascagni  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Sylvester,  William Stone,  Marietta Simpson,  Heidi Grant Murphy  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Shaw
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tampa Bay Master Chorale,  University of South Florida Chorus members,  Ohio State University Choir  ... 
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  • 39.
    Vaughan Williams: Donna Nobis Pacem, Etc / Bryden Thomson
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 8590 Release Date: 09/30/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Performer:  Brian Rayner Cook,  Edith Wiens
    Conductor:  Bryden Thomson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Choir,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Schumann: Das Paradies Und Die Peri / Jordan, Wiens, Gambill
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 45456 Release Date: 05/01/1992   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Edith Wiens,  Anne Gjevang,  Christoph Prégardien,  Hans-Peter Scheidegger  ... 
    Conductor:  Armin Jordan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Lausanne Pro Arte Chorus,  Suisse Romande Chamber Choir
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  • 41.
    Complete Mozart Edition Vol 39 - L'oca Del Cairo, Lo Sposo
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 422539 Release Date: 12/05/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ileana Cotrubas,  Robert Tear,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Felicity Palmer  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis,  Peter Schreier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra
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  • 42.
    Classics - Mozart: Mass;  Beethoven: Missa Solemnis / Shaw
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80150 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Janice Taylor,  Tom Krause,  John Aler,  Sylvia McNair  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Shaw
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra,  Atlanta Symphony Chorus
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Biography

Born: June 9, 1950; Saskatoon, Canada  
Canadian soprano Edith Wiens initially forged a reputation overseas in the concert hall, largely because of her numerous acclaimed appearances with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. But she also gave many highly praised recitals elsewhere across Europe. Wiens was a relative late-comer to opera, though, making her major debut in 1986 at Glyndebourne singing Donna Anna in Mozart's Don Giovanni. Thereafter, she balanced her career mixing in opera Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
II. Molto vivace
III. Adagio molto e cantabile
IV. Finale: Presto - Allegro assai
Mozart: L'oca del Cairo, K.422 / Act 1 - "Così si fa"
Mozart: L'oca del Cairo, K.422 / Act 1 - "Auretta mia, Chichibio, vi saluto"
Mozart: L'oca del Cairo, K.422 / Act 1 - "Se fosse qui nascoso"
Mozart: L'oca del Cairo, K.422 / Act 1 - "Buon pro', Signori"
Mozart: L'oca del Cairo, K.422 / Act 1 - "Ogni momento dicon le donne"
Mozart: L'oca del Cairo, K.422 / Act 1 - "O pazzo, pazzissimo Biondello"
Mozart: L'oca del Cairo, K.422 / Act 1 - "Siano pronte alle gran nozze"
Mozart: L'oca del Cairo, K.422 / Act 1 - "L'ultima volta al fin"
Mozart: L'oca del Cairo, K.422 / Act 1 - "Che parli, che dica"
Mozart: L'oca del Cairo, K.422 / Act 1 - "Ma parmi là in quel lato"
Mozart: L'oca del Cairo, K.422 / Act 1 - "S'oggi, oh dei, sperar mi fate"
Mozart: L'oca del Cairo, K.422 / Act 1 - "Ho un pensiero nel cervello"
Mozart: L'oca del Cairo, K.422 / Act 1 - "Su via putti, presto, presto!"
Mass No. 18 in C Minor, K.427: I. Kyrie
Mass No. 18 in C Minor, K.427, II. Gloria: 1. Gloria in excelsis Deo
Mass No. 18 in C Minor, K.427, II. Gloria: 2. Laudamus te
Mass No. 18 in C Minor, K.427, II. Gloria: 3. Gratias agimus tibi
Mass No. 18 in C Minor, K.427, II. Gloria: 4. Domine Deus
Mass No. 18 in C Minor, K.427, II. Gloria: 5. Qui tollis
Mass No. 18 in C Minor, K.427, II. Gloria: 6. Quoniam tu solus sanctus
Mass No. 18 in C Minor, K.427, II. Gloria: 7. Jesu Christe - Cum Sancto Spiritu
Mass No. 18 in C Minor, K.427, III. Credo: 1. Credo in unum Deum
Mass No. 18 in C Minor, K.427, III. Credo: 2. Et incarnatus est
Mass No. 18 in C Minor, K.427: IV. Sanctus - Osanna
Mass No. 18 in C Minor, K.427: V. Benedictus - Osanna
Symphony No. 8 in E flat, Part I: Veni, Creator Spiritus
Symphony No. 8 in E flat, Part I: Imple superna gratia
Symphony No. 8 in E flat, Part I: Infirma nostri corporis
Symphony No. 8 in E flat, Part I: Accende lumen sensibus
Symphony No. 8 in E flat, Part I: Veni, Creator Spiritus
Symphony No. 8 in E flat, Part I: Gloria Patri Domino
Symphony No. 8 in E flat, Part II: Waldung, sie schwankt heran (Holy Anchorites)
Symphony No. 8 in E flat, Part II: Ewiger Wonnebrand (Pater Ecstaticus)
Symphony No. 8 in E flat, Part II: Wie Felsenabgrund mir zu Füssen (Pater Profundus)
Symphony No. 8 in E flat, Part II: Gerettet ist das edle Glied (Choir of Angels, Choir of Blessed Boys)
Symphony No. 8 in E flat, Part II: Uns bleibt ein Erdenrest (The More Perfect Angels, Choir of Blessed Boys)
Symphony No. 8 in E flat, Part II: Hier ist die Aussicht frei (Doctor Marianus)
Symphony No. 8 in E flat, Part II: Höchste Herrscherin der Welt (Doctor Marianus, Chorus)
Symphony No. 8 in E flat, Part II: Dir, der Unberührbaren (Chorus, A Penitent)
Symphony No. 8 in E flat, Part II: Bei der Liebe, die den Füssen (Magna Peccatrix, Mulier Samaritana, Maria Aegyptiaca)
Symphony No. 8 in E flat, Part II: Neige, neige, du Ohnegleiche (A Penitent, Choir of Blessed Boys, Mater Gloriosa)
Symphony No. 8 in E flat, Part II: Blicket auf zum Retterblick (Doctor Marianus, Chorus)
Symphony No. 8 in E flat, Part II: Alles Vergängliche (Mystic Choir)
Die Schöpfung HobXXI/2, PART 1: Die Vorstellung des Chaos (Orchester)
Die Schöpfung HobXXI/2, PART 1: Am Anfange schuf Gott Himmel und Erde:Rezitativ (Raphael, Uriel, Chor)
Die Schöpfung HobXXI/2, PART 1: Nun schwanden vor dem heiligen Strahle:Arie (Uriel) mit Chor
Die Schöpfung HobXXI/2, PART 1: Und Gott machte das Firmament:Rezitativ (Raphael)
Die Schöpfung HobXXI/2, PART 1: Mit Staunen sieht das Wunderwerk:Sopran-Solo (Gabriel) mit Chor
Die Schöpfung HobXXI/2, PART 1: Und Gott sprach: Es sammle sich Wasser unter dem Himmel zusammen: Rezitativ (Raphael)
Die Schöpfung HobXXI/2, PART 1: Rollend in schäumenden Wellen:Arie (Raphael)
Die Schöpfung HobXXI/2, PART 1: Und Gott sprach: Es bringe die Erde Gras hervor: Rezitativ (Gabriel)
Die Schöpfung HobXXI/2, PART 1: Nun beut die Flur das frische Grün : Arie (Gabriel)
Die Schöpfung HobXXI/2, PART 1: Und die himmlischen Heerscharen verkündigten den dritten Tag:Rezitativ (Uriel)
Die Schöpfung HobXXI/2, PART 1: Stimmt an die Saiten, ergreift die Leier (Chor)
Die Schöpfung HobXXI/2, PART 1: Und Gott sprach: Es sei'n Lichter an der Feste:Rezitativ (Uriel)
Die Schöpfung HobXXI/2, PART 1: In vollem Glanze steiget jetzt die Sonne:Rezitativ (Uriel)
Die Schöpfung HobXXI/2, PART 1: Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes:Soli (Gabriel,Uriel,Raphael) mit Chor
Die Schöpfung HobXXI/2, PART 2: Und Gott sprach: Es bringe das Wasser in der Fülle hervor: Rezitativ (Gabriel)
Die Schöpfung HobXXI/2, PART 2: Auf starkem Fittige schwingt sich der Adler:Arie (Gabriel)
Die Schöpfung HobXXI/2, PART 2: Und Gott schuf grosse Walfische:Rezitativ (Raphael)
Die Schöpfung HobXXI/2, PART 2: Und die Engel rührten ihr'unsterblichen Harfen: Rezitativ (Raphael)
Die Schöpfung HobXXI/2, PART 2: In holder Anmut stehn: Terzett (Gabriel, Uriel, Raphael)
Die Schöpfung HobXXI/2, PART 2: Der Herr ist gross in seiner Macht:Soli (Gabriel, Uriel, Raphael) mit Chor
Mozart: L'oca del Cairo, K.422 / Act 1 - "Così si fa"
Mozart: L'oca del Cairo, K.422 / Act 1 - "Auretta mia, Chichibio, vi saluto"
Mozart: L'oca del Cairo, K.422 / Act 1 - "Se fosse qui nascoso"
Mozart: L'oca del Cairo, K.422 / Act 1 - "Buon pro', Signori"
Mozart: L'oca del Cairo, K.422 / Act 1 - "Ogni momento dicon le donne"
Mozart: L'oca del Cairo, K.422 / Act 1 - "O pazzo, pazzissimo Biondello"
Mozart: L'oca del Cairo, K.422 / Act 1 - "Siano pronte alle gran nozze"
Mozart: L'oca del Cairo, K.422 / Act 1 - "L'ultima volta al fin"
Mozart: L'oca del Cairo, K.422 / Act 1 - "Che parli, che dica"
Mozart: L'oca del Cairo, K.422 / Act 1 - "Ma parmi là in quel lato"
Mozart: L'oca del Cairo, K.422 / Act 1 - "S'oggi, oh dei, sperar mi fate"
Mozart: L'oca del Cairo, K.422 / Act 1 - "Ho un pensiero nel cervello"
Mozart: L'oca del Cairo, K.422 / Act 1 - "Su via putti, presto, presto!"
Lyrische Sinfonie, Op.18: VI.Sehr mäßige Viertel
Lyrische Sinfonie, Op.18: VII.Molto adagio