Alexander Kipnis - Opera Arias & Songs

Release Date: 5/7/2014
Label: Sony
Catalog Number: SONY 62354
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Alexander Kipnis' Opera Arias & Songs is one of the most beautiful compilations of vocal recordings ever assembled on one disc. That all but one of the 21 recordings comes from the 1920s may dismay some listeners, but as in the rest of Sony's Masterworks Heritage series, the sound is as clear and clean as humanly possible and could be an impediment only to the most aurally challenged listeners. That the singer is a bass may dismay other listeners, who believe that male vocal beauty can come from tenors and the occasional baritone, but not from a bass. But the vocal beauty of Kipnis' voice, the sheer cream and velvet tone of his voice, is the equal of the best tenors and baritones, and only the most intolerant listener would be dissuaded.

Any track randomly chosen is amazing and moving, and listeners should try his Der Lindenbaum of Schubert: heartrending and so natural that it sounds like a folk song. Or his Mondnacht of Schumann: as light and graceful as the phenomena it describes. His arias from Handel are robust and virile, but supple and flexible; his Feldeinsamkeit by Brahms is sweetly lyrical with a seamless legato; his Doppelgänger by Schubert is maybe the scariest performance of the song ever recorded. Then try his opera arias: his maniacally cackling Faust arias, his regal Wagner arias, and the exquisite cantilena of his Sarastro's aria from Die Zauberflöte. One of the all-time great bass recitals.

-- James Leonard, AllMusic.com
Works on This Recording
1. Ariodante, HWV 33: Aria(s) by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Alexander Kipnis (Bass), Arthur Bergh (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1734-1735 ; London, England
2. Berenice, Regina d'Egitto, HWV 38: Si, tra i ceppi by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Alexander Kipnis (Bass), Arthur Bergh (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1737 ; London, England
3. Schwanengesang, D 957: no 5, Aufenthalt by Franz Schubert
Performer: Alexander Kipnis (Bass), Frank Bibb (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1828 ; Vienna, Austria
4. Schwanengesang, D 957: no 12, Am Meer by Franz Schubert
Performer: Alexander Kipnis (Bass), Frank Bibb (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1828 ; Vienna, Austria
5. Winterreise, D 911/Op. 89: no 5, Der Lindenbaum by Franz Schubert
Performer: Alexander Kipnis (Bass), Frank Bibb (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1827 ; Vienna, Austria
6. Schwanengesang, D 957: no 13, Der Doppelgänger by Franz Schubert
Performer: Alexander Kipnis (Bass), Frank Bibb (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1828 ; Vienna, Austria
7. Der Wanderer, D 493/Op. 4 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer: Alexander Kipnis (Bass), Frank Bibb (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1816 ; Vienna, Austria
8. Winterreise, D 911/Op. 89: no 20, Der Wegweiser by Franz Schubert
Performer: Alexander Kipnis (Bass), Frank Bibb (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1827 ; Vienna, Austria
9. Gedichte (12), Op. 35: no 3, Wanderlied by Robert Schumann
Performer: Alexander Kipnis (Bass), Arthur Bergh (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1840 ; Germany
10. Liederkreis, Op. 39: no 5, Mondnacht by Robert Schumann
Performer: Alexander Kipnis (Bass), Arthur Bergh (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1840 ; Germany
11. Songs (5), Op. 94: no 4, Sapphische Ode by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Alexander Kipnis (Bass), Arthur Bergh (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1883-1884 ; Austria
12. Songs (5), Op. 105: no 4, Auf dem Kirchhofe by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Alexander Kipnis (Bass), Arthur Bergh (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1886 ; Austria
13. Songs (5), Op. 105: no 2, Immer leiser wird mein Schlummer by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Arthur Bergh (Piano), Alexander Kipnis (Bass)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1886 ; Austria
14. Songs (6), Op. 86: no 2, Feldeinsamkeit by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Arthur Bergh (Piano), Alexander Kipnis (Bass)
Period: Romantic
Written: ?1877-79 ; Austria
15. Lieder (8), Op. 10: no 1, Zueignung by Richard Strauss
Performer: Arthur Bergh (Piano), Alexander Kipnis (Bass)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1885 ; Germany
16. Faust: Le veau d'or est toujours debout by Charles Gounod
Performer: Alexander Kipnis (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ; France
17. Faust: Vous qui faites l'endormie "Serenade" by Charles Gounod
Performer: Alexander Kipnis (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ; France
18. Tannhäuser: O, du mein holder Abendstern by Richard Wagner
Performer: Alexander Kipnis (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1845/1861 ; Germany
19. Lohengrin: Mein Herr und Gott, nun ruf' ich dich by Richard Wagner
Performer: Alexander Kipnis (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1847 ; Germany
20. Die Zauberflöte, K 620: In diesen heil'gen Hallen by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Alexander Kipnis (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1791 ; Vienna, Austria
21. Lieder (3), Op. 29: no 1, Traum durch die Dämmerung by Richard Strauss
Performer: Arthur Bergh (Piano), Alexander Kipnis (Bass)
Written: 1895 ;
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