Im schoenen Strome: Heine Lieder / Immler, Starobinski

Release Date: 10/9/2015
Label: BIS
Catalog Number: BIS-2143
Number of Discs: 1

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$19.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews
Although highly productive and respected in his lifetime as a composer of Lieder, Robert Franz (1815–92) has since become a peripheral figure in music history. One reason may be that he avoids dramatic contrasts and instead aims at an emotional ambiguity: ‘My representation of joy is always tinged with melancholy, whilst that of suffering is always accompanied by an exquisite sensation of losing oneself’, he once wrote to Liszt. As a consequence his music appeals to those who are able ‘to admire the nuances of a charcoal drawing without longing for the colours of a painting’, to quote from Georges Starobinski’s liner notes to this recording. As they began to explore the songs of Franz, Starobinski and the baritone Christian Immler were moved by their findings to devise a programme which includes 23 of the composer’s often quite brief songs. Using the poet Heinrich Heine as their guiding star, they present these – all Heine settings but from different opus groups – in the form of two ‘imagined’ song cycles. These are framed by further settings of Heine poems – by Schumann and Liszt, who were both staunch supporters of Robert Franz – providing not only contrast, but also the opportunity to discover how these three very different artistic temperaments treated the same material: some poems appear in more than one setting, notably Morgens steh’ ich auf und frage and Im Rhein. The Rhine, which played such an important role in the Romantic imagination and in Heine’s poetry, also runs through the programme, from Schumann’s celebrated song cycle Liederkreis, Op.24, to Liszt’s dramatic scena Die Loreley, and has given name to this album: Im schönen Strome (‘In the fair river’).

Review:

The attractive light baritone of Christian Immler is nicely offset by the clean textures and musical sensitivity of pianist Georges Starobinski, both finely balanced and captured in lucid sonics; the collection as a whole might identify the difference between the talent of Franz and the genius of Liszt and Schumann, but the performers devote the same careful attention to the achievements of all three.

– BBC Music Magazine
Works on This Recording
1. Liederkreis, Op. 24 by Robert Schumann
Period: Romantic
Written: 1840 ; Germany
2. Im wunderschönen Monat Mai, song for voice & piano, Op. 25/5 by Robert Franz
Period: Romantic
Written: 1846-1870 ;
3. Mädchen mit dem roten Mündchen, song for voice & piano, Op. 5/5 by Robert Franz
Period: Romantic
Written: 1846-1870 ;
4. Die blauen Frühlingsaugen, for voice & piano, Op. 20/1 by Robert Franz
Period: Romantic
5. Ich will meine Seele tauchen, for voice & piano, Op. 43/4 by Robert Franz
Period: Romantic
6. Wenn ich auf dem Lager liege, song for voice & piano, Op. 37/6 by Robert Franz
Period: Romantic
Written: 1846-1870 ;
7. Gesänge (6), Op. 9: no 4, Allnächtlich im Traume by Robert Franz
Period: Romantic
Written: circa 1860 ; Germany
8. Wandl' ich in dem Wald des Abends, song for voice & piano, Op. 39/4 by Robert Franz
Period: Romantic
Written: 1846-1870 ;
9. LIeder (6), Op. 11: no 2, Am leuchtenden Sommermorgen by Robert Franz
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1865 ; Germany
10. Ich hab' im Traum geweinet, song for voice & piano, Op. 25/3 by Robert Franz
Period: Romantic
Written: 1846-1870 ;
11. Lieb Liebchen, for voice & piano, Op. 17/3 by Robert Franz
Period: Romantic
12. Mit schwarzen Segeln, song for voice & piano, Op. 18/6 by Robert Franz
Period: Romantic
Written: 1846-1870 ;
13. Meerfahrt, song for voice & piano, Op. 18/4 by Robert Franz
Period: Romantic
Written: 1846-1870 ;
14. Es träumte mir, song for voice & piano, Op. 11/5 by Robert Franz
Period: Romantic
Written: 1846-1870 ;
15. An die blaude Himmelsdecke, song for voice & piano, Op. 6/3 by Robert Franz
Period: Romantic
Written: 1846-1870 ;
16. Eingewiegt von Meereswellen, song for voice & piano, Op. 9/6 by Robert Franz
Period: Romantic
Written: 1846-1870 ;
17. Das Meer erstrahlt im Sonnenschein, song for voice & piano, Op. 39/3 by Robert Franz
Period: Romantic
Written: 1846-1870 ;
18. Im Rhein, im schönen Strome, S 272 by Franz Liszt
Period: Romantic
Written: 1840/1856 ; Germany
19. Morgens steh' ich auf und frage, S 290 by Franz Liszt
Period: Romantic
Written: 1843-1859 ;
20. Anfangs wollt’ ich fast verzagen, S 311 by Franz Liszt
Period: Romantic
Written: 1849-1860 ;
21. Ein Fichtenbaum steht einsam, S 309 by Franz Liszt
Period: Romantic
Written: 1855/1860 ; Weimar, Germany
22. Die Loreley by Franz Liszt
Period: Romantic
23. Im Rhein, im heiligen Strome, song for voice & piano, Op. 18/2 by Robert Franz
Period: Romantic
24. Das ist ein Brausen und Heulen, for voice & piano, Op. 8/4 by Robert Franz
Period: Romantic
25. Kommt fein's Liebchen heut?, for voice & piano, Op. 24/4 by Robert Franz
Period: Romantic
26. Wie des Mondes Abbild, for voice & piano, Op. 20/3 by Robert Franz
Period: Romantic
27. Aus meinen großen Schmerzen, for voice & piano, Op. 5/1 by Robert Franz
Period: Romantic
28. Auf dem Meere, for voice & piano, Op. 5/3 by Robert Franz
Period: Romantic
29. Auf dem Meere ("An die bretterne Schiffswand"), for voice & piano, Op. 26/6 by Robert Franz
Period: Romantic
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