Strauss, Walter, Marx / Emma Bell, Andrew West

Release Date: 1/1/2004
Label: Linn
Catalog Number: CKD238
Number of Discs: 1

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$22.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews
From Linn Records



"I think we must start with an expression of delight at the unhackneyed choice of songs for this recital. Here is a young singer making her name with a major album of 25 songs of which nine are by Bruno Walter and four by Joseph Marx. Certainly there are twelve by Richard Strauss but at least we are seeing a more open approach. Rather this than another tired anthology of the usual â??greatsâ?TM. Bruno Walter (originally Bruno Walter Schlesinger) is known, to the exclusion of everything else, as a conductor and also as pupil and friend of Gustav Mahler. True to pattern, Grove V does not even mention his compositional activities. In fact he wrote two symphonies, Das Siegesfest for soli, chorus and orchestra, a string quartet, a piano quintet, a piano trio, a violin sonata and various songs. Walter's songs are presented in three groups on this Linn disc. Tragödie I, II and III are Heine settings using terse and melancholic poems about love, elopement, loneliness and death. For me they were quite a discovery. No wonder Bell chose them to start the collection. The first is ironically cheerful and not that far distant from Warlock's My Own Country. Tragödie II is a beautiful song using a chiming downward-stepping high piano figuration - cascading, glistening and starry. It recalls the tinselly silver of Strauss's Presentation of the Rose from Rosenkavalier. The final Tragödie pictures two artless young lovers beneath the Linden weeping and not knowing why. These are songs of the most fragile beauty and are spun by singer and pianist with utmost sensitivity. Remarkable too is Walter's Die Lerche (Lark) setting anonymous words but in a more harmonically adventurous style than he adopted for the Heine trilogy. For yet more variety the very attractive Walter setting of Elfe romps along to a calypso rhythm. The last group of three Walter songs are settings of Julius Wolff (1834-1910). These are more lusty than the others with a definite Tannhauser exuberance and triumphalism in Liebeslust (tr. 25). The music of Joseph Marx is one of my hobby-horses. His works are now beginning to receive part of their due. His epic Herbstsymphonie for example is to be performed in Graz in Austria on 24/25 October 2005. His songs are lushly romantic and lavishly florid including writing that would sit happily in an opera: for example in this case try Traumgekrönt. The pianist is also fully tested. The notes remind us that most of Marx's songs were written during the period 1908-1912. The Strauss songs will be familiar to a wider audience. Highlights include Bell's delicately, purely and enchantingly sustained altissimo on the words 'in den frieden' in Freundliche Vision. There's also the playful Mutterandelei and Hat gesagt-bleibt nicht dabei referencing Strauss's best flighty operatic vintage - a nice contrast with the moody rose-romance of the other songs. Epheu (Ivy) the third song in the complete Madchenblumen op. 22 (1-4), all included here, is an acqueously rippling setting. That watery moonlit delicacy carries over into the magical Wasserose. Schlechtes wetter is carefree and must have pleased Viennese audiences with its sentimental heurige spirit. The helpful notes are by Sandy Matheson. The sung texts are printed in full with idiomatic English translations. Many of these are by Emily Ezust who has done so much through her website to increase the accessibility of the world's vast store of lieder - lieder texts and translations. If you would like to sample the excellence of these recordngs then try Strauss's Traum durch die DÃ¥mmerung and especially that fastidiously and softly floated high note on the word 'Licht'. My one reservation came when in Das Rosenband there is every appearance of the engineer shying the recording level in the face of an extremely dramatic fortissimo. This is an intensely attractive and thoughtfully constructed recital." -Rob Barnettcom, Musicweb-International.com
TRACKS: 1. Tragödie I ? Op. 12 No. 4 - Bruno Walter
2. Tragödie II ? Op. 12 No. 5 - Bruno Walter
3. Tragödie III ? Op. 12 No. 6 - Bruno Walter
4. Freundliche Vision - Op. 48 No. 1 - Richard Strauss
5. Das Rosenband ? Op. 36 No. 1 - Richard Strauss
6. Nachtgang ? Op. 29 No. 3 - Richard Strauss
7. Muttertändelei ? Op. 43 No. 2 - Richard Strauss
8. Des Kindes Schlaf - Bruno Walter
9. Die Lerche - Bruno Walter
10. Elfe - Bruno Walter
11. Hat dich die liebe berurht - Joseph Marx
12. Ein Drängen ist in meinem Herzen - Joseph Marx
13. Traumgekront - Joseph Marx
14. Und gestern hat er mich Rosen gebracht - Joseph Marx 15. Madchenblumen i. Kornblumen ? Op. 22 No. 1 - Richard Strauss
16. Madchenblumen ii. Mohnblumen ? Op. 22 No. 2 - Richard Strauss
17. Madchenblumen iii. Epheu ? Op. 22 No. 3 2:51 Richard Strauss
18. Madchenblumen iv. Wasserose ? Op. 22 No. 4 - Richard Strauss
19. Hat gesagt belibt?s nicht dabei ? Op. 36 No. 3 - Richard Strauss
20. Du meines Herzens Krönelein ? Op. 21 No. 2 - Richard Strauss
21. Traum durch die Dämmerung - Op. 29 No. 1 - Richard Strauss
22. Schlechtes Wetter ? Op. 69 No. 5 - Richard Strauss
23. Waltrauts Lied I ? Op. 11 No. 3 - Bruno Walter
24. Waltrauts Lied II ? Op. 11 No. 4 - Bruno Walter
25. Liebeslust ? Op. 11 No. 6 - Bruno Walter
Total Running Time 58:30
Works on This Recording
1. Lieder (5), Op. 48: no 1, Freundliche Vision by Richard Strauss
Performer: Emma Bell (Soprano), Andrew West (Piano)
Period: Romantic
2. Lieder (4), Op. 36: no 1, Das Rosenband by Richard Strauss
Performer: Emma Bell (Soprano), Andrew West (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1897 ; Germany
3. Lieder (3), Op. 29: no 3, Nachtgang by Richard Strauss
Performer: Emma Bell (Soprano), Andrew West (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1895 ; Germany
4. Lieder (3), Op. 43: no 2, Muttertändelei by Richard Strauss
Performer: Emma Bell (Soprano), Andrew West (Piano)
Period: Romantic
5. Italienisches Liederbuch: Hat dich die Liebe berüht by Joseph Marx
Performer: Emma Bell (Soprano), Andrew West (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1907-1911 ; Germany
6. Und gestern hat er mir Rosen gebracht by Joseph Marx
Performer: Emma Bell (Soprano), Andrew West (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1909 ; Germany
7. Mädchenblumen, Op. 22 by Richard Strauss
Performer: Andrew West (Piano), Emma Bell (Soprano)
Written: 1886-88 ;
8. Lieder (4), Op. 36: no 3, Hat gesagt, bleibts nicht dabei by Richard Strauss
Performer: Emma Bell (Soprano), Andrew West (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1898 ; Germany
9. Schlichte Weisen (5), Op. 21: no 2, Du meines Herzens Krönelein by Richard Strauss
Performer: Andrew West (Piano), Emma Bell (Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1887-1888 ; Germany
10. Lieder (3), Op. 29: no 1, Traum durch die Dämmerung by Richard Strauss
Performer: Emma Bell (Soprano), Andrew West (Piano)
Written: 1895 ;
11. Lieder (5), Op. 69: no 5, Schlechtes Wetter by Richard Strauss
Performer: Emma Bell (Soprano), Andrew West (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1918 ; Germany
12. Des Kindes Schlaf by Bruno Walter
Performer: Emma Bell (Soprano), Andrew West (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1910 ; Vienna, Austria
13. Ein Drängen ist in meiner Herzen by Joseph Marx
Performer: Emma Bell (Soprano), Andrew West (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1909 ; Germany
14. Traumgekrönt by Joseph Marx
Performer: Emma Bell (Soprano), Andrew West (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1910 ; Germany
15. Lieder (6), Op. 11: no 3, Waltraut's Lied I - Es wächst ein Kraut im Kühlen by Bruno Walter
Performer: Emma Bell (Soprano), Andrew West (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1901 ; Berlin, Germany
16. Lieder (6), Op. 11: no 4, Waltraut's Lied II - Glockenblumen, was läutest ihr by Bruno Walter
Performer: Emma Bell (Soprano), Andrew West (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1901 ; Berlin, Germany
17. Lieder (6), Op. 12: no 4, Tragödie I - Entflieh mit mir by Bruno Walter
Performer: Emma Bell (Soprano), Andrew West (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
18. Lieder (6), Op. 12: no 5, Tragödie II - Es fiel ein Reif by Bruno Walter
Performer: Emma Bell (Soprano), Andrew West (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
19. Lieder (6), Op. 12: no 6, Tragödie III - Auf ihrem Grab by Bruno Walter
Performer: Emma Bell (Soprano), Andrew West (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
20. Lieder (6): Die Lerche by Bruno Walter
Performer: Emma Bell (Soprano), Andrew West (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1910 ; Vienna, Austria
21. Lieder (6): Elfe by Bruno Walter
Performer: Emma Bell (Soprano), Andrew West (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1910 ; Vienna, Austria
22. Lieder (6), Op. 11: no 6, Liebeslust "Fliegende Blätter" by Bruno Walter
Performer: Emma Bell (Soprano), Andrew West (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1901 ; Berlin, Germany
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