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Gundula Janowitz: The Last Recital


Release Date: 09/01/2017 
Label:  First Hand Records   Catalog #: 56  
Composer:  Franz SchubertRobert SchumannRichard Strauss
Performer:  Gundula JanowitzCharles Spencer
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



Brigitte Fassbaender said: ‘Gundula Janowitz possesses one of those voices where you have only to hear a couple of notes and you immediately know who it is. Her elegant timbre and unmistakably instrumental way of forming the phrases is unique.’ Few singers have voices that approach the purity of Janowitz’s: with its very fast vibrato and ‘white’ production, the focused sound can soar, swoop and dip with astonishing ease and control, the vocal line becoming almost liquefied into a seemingly endless melisma. Janowitz’s recorded catalogue, tends to misrepresent the focus of her career because it downplays her work as a recitalist. Of course, she did tape all of Schubert’s
Read more songs for high voice but apart from a couple of late song recitals and a disc of Hindemith’s Das Marienleben, that is all we have to remember her by as a performer of song. So this album will be a welcome addition to her discography. For her Athens recital, Janowitz chose two composers absolutely at the centre of her song repertoire, Franz Schubert and Richard Strauss, with a third, Robert Schumann, forming a bridge between the two. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Die Götter Griechenlands, D 677 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Gundula Janowitz (Soprano), Charles Spencer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Iphigenia, D 573/Op. 98 no 3 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Gundula Janowitz (Soprano), Charles Spencer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
3.
An die Leier, D 737/Op. 56 no 2 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Gundula Janowitz (Soprano), Charles Spencer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822-1823; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Ellens Gesang I, D 837/Op. 52 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Gundula Janowitz (Soprano), Charles Spencer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Fischerweise, D 881 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Gundula Janowitz (Soprano), Charles Spencer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Der Fluss, D 693 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Gundula Janowitz (Soprano), Charles Spencer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1820; Vienna, Austria 
7.
Im Abendrot, D 799 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Gundula Janowitz (Soprano), Charles Spencer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824-1825; Vienna, Austria 
8.
Winterreise, D 911/Op. 89: no 5, Der Lindenbaum by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Gundula Janowitz (Soprano), Charles Spencer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
9.
Das Lied im Grünen, D 917/Op. 115 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Gundula Janowitz (Soprano), Charles Spencer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
10.
Myrthen, Op. 25: no 9, Lied der Suleika by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Gundula Janowitz (Soprano), Charles Spencer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
11.
Lieder Album für die Jugend, Op. 79: no 26, Schneeglöckchen by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Gundula Janowitz (Soprano), Charles Spencer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
12.
Myrthen, Op. 25: no 7, Die Lotosblume by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Gundula Janowitz (Soprano), Charles Spencer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
13.
Gedichte (7), Op. 90: no 2, Meine Rose by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Gundula Janowitz (Soprano), Charles Spencer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Germany 
14.
Myrthen, Op. 25: no 3, Der Nussbaum by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Gundula Janowitz (Soprano), Charles Spencer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
15.
Lieder (4), Op. 36: no 1, Das Rosenband by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Gundula Janowitz (Soprano), Charles Spencer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; Germany 
16.
Lieder (8), Op. 10: no 8, Allerseelen by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Gundula Janowitz (Soprano), Charles Spencer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Germany 
17.
Lieder (4), Op. 27: no 4, Morgen by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Gundula Janowitz (Soprano), Charles Spencer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Germany 
18.
Lieder (3), Op. 29: no 3, Nachtgang by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Gundula Janowitz (Soprano), Charles Spencer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; Germany 
19.
Lieder (5), Op. 39: no 4, Befreit by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Gundula Janowitz (Soprano), Charles Spencer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
20.
Die Forelle, D 550 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Gundula Janowitz (Soprano), Charles Spencer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 

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