Diepenbrock: Complete Songs

Release Date: 1/22/2021
Catalog Number: BRI96103
Number of Discs: 3
Length: 154 Minutes

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Now best known for his ‘symphonic songs’ such as the Hymne an die Nacht, Alphons Diepenbrock won the admiration of his contemporaries Mahler and Strauss for the confident, post-Wagnerian handling of large orchestral forces in support of vocal lines soaked in passion and grief. Unlike them, however, he was chiefly inspired by poetry, and his output is dominated by vocal works, which are particularly fine in atmospheric evocation. Even when writing for the sparer medium of voice and piano, Diepenbrock laid his songs out expansively, underscored with yearning Wagnerian harmonies, and any listener in search of repertoire beyond the songs of Mahler and Strauss is in for a treat. Diepenbrock read widely, and drew on many sources for his songs: classical antiquity, religious texts from the Middle Ages, old Dutch poems, German Romantic choruses, modern French poetry and contemporary Dutch writers. The shared theme of these very different styles in his hands was a tendency towards mysticism and spiritual rapture. Little satisfied with mundane reality and the development of society, he found himself peculiarly attracted to poems which exalted the night and her mysteries. In the song output, this attraction is delicately handled in Der Abend and then much more erotically treated in Kann ich in Musen heisse Wünsche tragen, both on album 1. Album 2 is entirely dedicated to French lyrics by the likes of Verlaine and Rimbaud, full of Debussyan nocturne-like character. Album 3 gathers up the songs to Latin, Italian and Dutch lyrics, reaching a powerful climax with Bejaard, composed in 1917, as an expression of Diepenbrock's indignation towards the German invasion of Belgium in August 1914.

 

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This 3-CD set, recorded between February 1994 and April 1995, was originally issued by NM Classics, but Brilliant Classics has fortunately obtained the permission to re-release it here. The one drawback is that the booklet contains no song texts or translations. On the evidence here, Diepenbrock is certainly an interesting composer, original in some ways, whose music deserves to be heard and should not have fallen through the cracks of time if not one of the great musical geniuses of his day. Nonetheless, this set is well worth your hearing. All of the performances are excellent, all of the singers are first-rate, and thus they present to you the best possible picture of his talent. 

 

– Art Music Lounge (Lynn René Bayley)

Works on This Recording
1. Entsagung by Alphons Diepenbrock
Performer: Rudolf Jansen (Piano), Christoph Prégardien (Tenor)
Written: 1883 ;
2. Der Fischer by Alphons Diepenbrock
Performer: Christoph Prégardien (Tenor), Rudolf Jansen (Piano)
Written: 1884 ;
3. Der Abend kommt gezogen by Alphons Diepenbrock
Performer: Christoph Prégardien (Tenor), Rudolf Jansen (Piano)
Written: 1884 ;
4. Mignon (version for voice and piano) by Alphons Diepenbrock
Performer: Jard van Nes (Mezzo-soprano), Rudolf Jansen (Piano)
Written: 1884 ;
5. Der König in Thule (version for voice and piano) by Alphons Diepenbrock
Performer: Jard van Nes (Mezzo-soprano), Rudolf Jansen (Piano)
Written: 1886 ;
6. Die Liebende schreibt by Alphons Diepenbrock
Performer: Roberta Alexander (Soprano), Rudolf Jansen (Piano)
Written: 1887 ;
7. Hinüber wall' ich (version for voice and piano) by Alphons Diepenbrock
Performer: Roberta Alexander (Soprano), Rudolf Jansen (Piano)
Written: 1897 ;
8. Es war ein alter Konig by Alphons Diepenbrock
Performer: Robert Holl (Bass-baritone), Rudolf Jansen (Piano)
Period: Romantic
9. Lied der Spinnerin (version for voice and piano) by Alphons Diepenbrock
Performer: Roberta Alexander (Soprano), Rudolf Jansen (Piano)
10. Der Abend (version for voice and piano) by Alphons Diepenbrock
Performer: Roberta Alexander (Soprano), Rudolf Jansen (Piano)
Written: 1908 ;
11. Kann ich im Busen heisse Wunsche tragen by Alphons Diepenbrock
Performer: Jard van Nes (Mezzo-soprano), Rudolf Jansen (Piano)
Written: 1902 ;
12. Liebesklage by Alphons Diepenbrock
Performer: Jard van Nes (Mezzo-soprano), Rudolf Jansen (Piano)
Written: 1908 ;
13. Celebrität by Alphons Diepenbrock
Performer: Robert Holl (Bass-baritone), Rudolf Jansen (Piano)
Written: 1908 ;
14. Recueillement by Alphons Diepenbrock
Performer: Robert Holl (Bass-baritone), Rudolf Jansen (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1907 ; Netherlands
15. Les chats by Alphons Diepenbrock
Performer: Robert Holl (Bass-baritone), Rudolf Jansen (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1906 ; Netherlands
16. L'invitation au voyage by Alphons Diepenbrock
Performer: Christa Pfeiler (Mezzo-soprano), Rudolf Jansen (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1913 ; Netherlands
17. En sourdine by Alphons Diepenbrock
Performer: Jard van Nes (Mezzo-soprano), Rudolf Jansen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1910 ; Amsterdam, Netherlan
18. Clair de lune by Alphons Diepenbrock
Performer: Roberta Alexander (Soprano), Rudolf Jansen (Piano)
Written: 1898 ;
19. Mandoline by Alphons Diepenbrock
Performer: Roberta Alexander (Soprano), Rudolf Jansen (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1909 ; Netherlands
20. Ecoutez la chanson bien douce (version for voice and piano) by Alphons Diepenbrock
Performer: Roberta Alexander (Soprano), Rudolf Jansen (Piano)
Written: 1898 ;
21. Puisque l'aube grandit (version for voice and piano) by Alphons Diepenbrock
Performer: Christa Pfeiler (Mezzo-soprano), Rudolf Jansen (Piano)
22. La chanson de l'hypertrophique by Alphons Diepenbrock
Performer: Roberta Alexander (Soprano), Rudolf Jansen (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1895 ; Netherlands
23. Incantation by Alphons Diepenbrock
Performer: Christa Pfeiler (Mezzo-soprano), Rudolf Jansen (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1916 ; Netherlands
24. Berceuse (version for voice, cello and piano) by Alphons Diepenbrock
Performer: Daniël Esser (Cello), Jard van Nes (Mezzo-soprano)
Written: 1912 ;
25. Ave Maria (version for voice and piano) by Alphons Diepenbrock
Performer: Christa Pfeiler (Mezzo-soprano), Rudolf Jansen (Piano)
Written: 1889 ;
26. Simeon's Lofzang by Alphons Diepenbrock
Performer: Robert Holl (Bass-baritone), Rudolf Jansen (Piano)
Written: 1914 ;
27. Preghiera alla Madonna by Alphons Diepenbrock
Performer: Christoph Prégardien (Tenor), Rudolf Jansen (Piano)
Written: 1902 ;
28. Come raggio di sol (version for voice and piano) by Alphons Diepenbrock
Performer: Roberta Alexander (Soprano), Rudolf Jansen (Piano)
Written: 1917 ;
29. De Klare Dag by Alphons Diepenbrock
Performer: Christoph Prégardien (Tenor), Rudolf Jansen (Piano)
Written: 1884 ;
30. Maanlicht by Alphons Diepenbrock
Performer: Christoph Prégardien (Tenor), Rudolf Jansen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1885 ; Netherlands (Holland
31. Meinacht by Alphons Diepenbrock
Performer: Jard van Nes (Mezzo-soprano), Rudolf Jansen (Piano)
Written: 1885 ;
32. Ik ben in eenzaamheid niet meer alleen (version for voice and piano) by Alphons Diepenbrock
Performer: Roberta Alexander (Soprano), Rudolf Jansen (Piano)
Written: 1898 ;
33. Avondzang by Alphons Diepenbrock
Performer: Christoph Prégardien (Tenor), Rudolf Jansen (Piano)
Written: 1885 ;
34. Zij sluimert (version for voice and piano) by Alphons Diepenbrock
Performer: Christoph Prégardien (Tenor), Rudolf Jansen (Piano)
Written: 1900 ;
35. Beiaard by Alphons Diepenbrock
Performer: Christa Pfeiler (Mezzo-soprano), Rudolf Jansen (Piano)
Written: 1917 ;
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