Brahms: Lieder / Bernarda Fink, Roger Vignoles

Release Date: 6/11/2013
Catalog Number: HMG501926
Composer: Johannes Brahms
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


In heartbreak or happiness, this distinctive singer is a delight in Brahms

Buoyed by the evanescent shimmer of Roger Vignoles’s accompaniment, Bernarda Fink is all confiding eagerness, phrasing deftly and gracefully and showing a natural feeling for Brahmsian rubato. I had expected Fink’s warm, luminous mezzo, flecked by darker, deeper tints, to be near ideal for, say, the nostalgia of “Alte Liebe” or the many songs of elegiac loss and heartbreak, all touchingly done here. But having thought of her as an essentially “serious” singer, dignified, eloquent, I was delighted at the vivacity and “face” she brings to “Bei dir sind meine Gedanken” and other lighter songs. “Ständchen”, here more sunlit than moonlit, is charmingly characterised, with an affectionate caress on the dreaming girl’s “Vergiss nicht mein”. Fink is playfully coquettish without archness in the delicious “Spanisches Lied”, and sings “Vergebliches Ständchen” with an outgoing boldness and witty touches of timing – and the tender lingering on the penultimate “Mein Knab” suggests that the boy’s luck may soon be about to change.

Other singers have brought a more intense yearning to “Die Mainacht” and found greater mystery amid the slumberous balm of “Feldeinsamkeit”. But Fink’s flowing performances, sensitively shaped and inflected, are never less than satisfying. It is good to be reminded, too, that, for all its melancholy, “Die Mainacht” is also a song of spring, suffused by warm major-key harmonies, with a hint of excited anticipation at the line “Wann, o lächelndes Bild”. On the face of it, Fink’s lyric mezzo would seem to be on the light side for “Von ewiger Liebe”. But with Vignoles imaginatively “orchestrating” the keyboard part, she gives a finely graded, deeply moving performance, vividly contrasting the contained passion of the boy’s words with the girl’s gentle candour. The glowing climactic avowal of eternal love is as overwhelming as in any of the more opulent-voiced performances I know, setting the seal on a Brahms recital of rare distinction.

-- Richard Wigmore, Gramophone [5/2007]
Reviewing original Harmonia Mundi release
Works on This Recording
1. Songs (7), Op. 95: no 2, Bei dir sind meine Gedanken by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Bernarda Fink (Mezzo Soprano), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: ?1884 ; Austria
2. Songs (5), Op. 105: no 1, Wie Melodien zieht es mir by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Bernarda Fink, Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1886 ; Austria
3. Songs (5), Op. 94: no 4, Sapphische Ode by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Bernarda Fink, Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1883-1884 ; Austria
4. Songs (6), Op. 86: no 2, Feldeinsamkeit by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Bernarda Fink, Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: ?1877-79 ; Austria
5. Nachtigall ("O Nachtigall, dein süsser Schall"), song for voice & piano, Op. 97/1 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Bernarda Fink, Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1884 ; Germany
6. Songs (5), Op. 72: no 4, Verzagen by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Bernarda Fink, Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1877 ; Austria
7. Songs (5), Op. 72: no 1, Alte Liebe by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Bernarda Fink, Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1876 ; Austria
8. Songs (4), Op. 46: no 4, An die Nachtigall by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Bernarda Fink, Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1868 ; Austria
9. Das Mädchen spricht ("Schwalbe sag' mir an"), song for voice & piano, Op. 107/3 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Bernarda Fink, Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1886 ; Austria
10. Songs (8), Op. 59: no 8, Dein blaues Auge by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Bernarda Fink, Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1873 ; Austria
11. Songs (5), Op. 71: no 3, Geheimnis by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Bernarda Fink, Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1877 ; Austria
12. Songs (5), Op. 106: no 1, Ständchen by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Bernarda Fink, Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: ?1888 ; Austria
13. Songs (4), Op. 43: no 1, Von ewiger Liebe by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Bernarda Fink, Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1864 ; Austria
14. Songs (4), Op. 96: no 1, Der Tod, das ist die kühle Nacht by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Bernarda Fink, Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1884 ; Austria
15. Songs (5), Op. 105: no 4, Auf dem Kirchhofe by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Bernarda Fink, Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1886 ; Austria
16. Songs (4), Op. 43: no 2, Die Mainacht by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Bernarda Fink, Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1864 ; Austria
17. Songs (6), Op. 7: no 3, Anklänge by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Bernarda Fink, Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1852 ; Germany
18. Songs (6), Op. 6: no 1, Spanisches Lied by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Bernarda Fink, Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1852 ; Germany
19. Songs (7), Op. 95: no 6, Mädchenlied by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Bernarda Fink, Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1884 ; Germany
20. Songs (5), Op. 49: no 1, Am Sonntag Morgen by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Bernarda Fink, Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1867-1868 ; Austria
21. Songs (6), Op. 3: no 1, Liebestreu by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Bernarda Fink, Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1853 ; Germany
22. Romances and Songs (5), Op. 84: no 4, Vergebliches Ständchen by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Bernarda Fink, Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: ?1877-79 ; Austria
23. Das Mädchen ("Stand das Mädchen"), song for voice & piano, Op. 95/1 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Bernarda Fink, Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1884 ;
24. Therese ("Du milchjunger Knabe"), song for voice & piano, Op. 86/1 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Bernarda Fink, Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1878 ;
25. Songs (5), Op. 107: no 5, Mädchenlied by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Bernarda Fink, Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: ?1887 ; Austria
26. Songs (7), Op. 95: no 4, Der Jäger by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Bernarda Fink, Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: ?1884 ; Austria
27. Poems (5), Op. 19: no 4, Der Schmied by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Bernarda Fink, Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1858 ; Germany
28. Songs (7), Op. 48: no 1, Der Gang zum Liebchen by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Bernarda Fink, Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859-1862 ; Germany
29. Songs (5), Op. 47: no 3, Sonntag by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Bernarda Fink, Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ; Germany
30. Songs (6), Op. 85: no 3, Mädchenlied by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Bernarda Fink, Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1878 ; Austria
31. Songs (5), Op. 49: no 4, Wiegenlied by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Bernarda Fink, Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1868 ; Austria
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