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The Very Best Of Hildegard Behrens

Behrens,Hildegard
Release Date: 04/26/2005 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 86308   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Richard WagnerRobert SchumannJohannes BrahmsRichard Strauss,   ... 
Performer:  Hildegard BehrensRobert SchunkDavid SyrusWieslaw Ochman,   ... 
Conductor:  Peter SchneiderWolfgang SawallischMichel PlassonHerbert von Karajan
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Behrens generates an intensity and conviction all too rare among singers today, as I discovered when I heard her making her Wagner recital in Munich last April and singing Brünnhilde at Bayreuth in August. She has the kind of presence and individuality of voice that immediately commands attention, and then a total dedication to the task in hand... Hildegard Behrens hasn't the sheer volume of a Flagstad or the gleaming tone of a Nilsson, but she makes up for any deficiencies in that respect by the concentrated passion of her singing, its deep sincerity, intelligence and imagination often calling Callas to mind.

-- Alan Blyth, Gramophone [on Hildegard Behrens, 10/1986]

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Truly great
Read more dramatic sopranos – especially exponents of the heaviest Wagnerian roles Isolde and Brünnhilde – tend to emerge only one or two per generation. Frida Leider, who dominated the roles during the 1920s and 1930s, was succeeded by Kirsten Flagstad from the mid-30s, who in her turn abdicated in the mid-50s, when Astrid Varnay and Birgit Nilsson were ready to step into her shoes. Nilsson at least reigned well into the 1970s and by then Hildegard Behrens was fully fledged and remained at the top of the trade for another two decades... Her Leonora in Fidelio was one of her great impersonations and she was an Electra to reckon with. She may not have had the steely power of Birgit Nilsson but she is certainly one of the few truly great dramatic sopranos, enthralling audiences also through her acting ability.

-- Göran Forsling, MusicWeb International [on Hildegard Behrens, 2009]
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Works on This Recording

1. Tannhäuser: Dich, teure Halle by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Hildegard Behrens ()
Conductor:  Peter Schneider
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 48 Secs. 
2. Tannhäuser: Allmächt'ge Jungfrau "Elisabeth's Prayer" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Hildegard Behrens ()
Conductor:  Peter Schneider
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 14 Secs. 
3. Lohengrin: Einsam in trüben Tagen "Elsa's dream" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Hildegard Behrens ()
Conductor:  Peter Schneider
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 0 Secs. 
4. Lohengrin: Euch Lüften, die mein Klagen by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Hildegard Behrens ()
Conductor:  Peter Schneider
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
5. Tristan und Isolde: Mild und leise "Liebestod" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Hildegard Behrens ()
Conductor:  Peter Schneider
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 17 Secs. 
6. Die Walküre: Der Männer Sippe sass hier im Saal by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Hildegard Behrens ()
Conductor:  Peter Schneider
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 43 Secs. 
7. Die Walküre: Ho-jo-to-ho! by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Hildegard Behrens ()
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1989 
Venue:  Bayerische Staatsoper 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
8. Die Walküre: Siegmund, sieh' auf mich "Todesverkündigung" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Hildegard Behrens (), Robert Schunk ()
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1989 
Venue:  Bayerische Staatsoper 
Length: 18 Minutes 55 Secs. 
9. Götterdämmerung: Immolation by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Hildegard Behrens ()
Conductor:  Peter Schneider
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Germany 
Length: 18 Minutes 15 Secs. 
10. Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Hildegard Behrens (), David Syrus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Length: 22 Minutes 5 Secs. 
11. Songs (5), Op. 49: no 4, Wiegenlied by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Hildegard Behrens (), David Syrus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
12. Songs (9), Op. 63: no 5, Junge Lieder I "Meine Liebe ist grün" by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Hildegard Behrens (), David Syrus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 46 Secs. 
13. Songs (5), Op. 107: no 5, Mädchenlied by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Hildegard Behrens (), David Syrus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1887; Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 46 Secs. 
14. Lieder (8), Op. 10: no 3, Die Nacht by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Hildegard Behrens (), David Syrus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
15. Lieder (5), Op. 41: no 1, Wiegenlied by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Hildegard Behrens (), David Syrus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 1 Secs. 
16. Guercoeur, Op. 12: Bien, mon fils! by Albéric Magnard
Performer:  Hildegard Behrens ()
Conductor:  Michel Plasson
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900 
Length: 7 Minutes 32 Secs. 
17. Salome, Op. 54: Jochanaan, ich bin verliebt in deinen Leib by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Wieslaw Ochman (), Hildegard Behrens (), José Van Dam ()
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1903-1905; Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 55 Secs. 
18. Salome, Op. 54: Ah! Du wolltest mich nicht deinen Mund küssen lassen by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Karl-Walter Böhm (), Hildegard Behrens (), Agnes Baltsa ()
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1905; Germany 
Length: 18 Minutes 1 Secs. 
19. Der fliegende Holländer: Jo-ho-joe! Trafft ihr das Schiff by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Hildegard Behrens ()
Conductor:  Peter Schneider
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 58 Secs. 
20. Clavierbüchlein no 2 for Anna Magdalena Bach: Bist du bei mir, BWV 508 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Hildegard Behrens (), David Syrus (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
21. Early Songs (7): no 3, Die Nachtigall by Alban Berg
Performer:  David Syrus (Piano), Hildegard Behrens ()
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905-1908; Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

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 FINALLY A RECORDING FROM HILDEGARDE BEHRENS! April 3, 2012 By P. Hill (Rockford, IL) See All My Reviews "A fine recording. A great drama soprano after Nilsson. She doesn't have Nilsson's powerful voice but her voice is more feminine and youthful.It's unfortunate she wasn't recorded more." Report Abuse
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