Wolf: Goethe-lieder / Fischer-dieskau, Sviatoslav Richter

Release Date: 7/25/2000
Label: Orfeo
Catalog Number: ORF-C543001
Composer: Hugo Wolf
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Every song Hugo Wolf composed is virtually an opera in miniature. Wolf did not set texts as much as he propelled each word through melodic lines packed with quirky accents, sudden dynamic shifts, and wrenching intervallic leaps. The confrontational yet always supportive piano parts provide an instant stage, scenery, and proverbial Greek chorus. Goethe's lofty texts galvanized Wolf's imagination to amazing heights, from the deceptively lyrical Ganymed to Der Rattenfänger's demonic pulse. Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau grabs these songs by their collective scruff, and summons your attention in this extraordinary 1977 Salzburg Festival recital. Sviatoslav Richter matches the singer's micro-managed detailing and stupefying intensity. He infuses Prometheus' extended, demanding piano introduction with the kind of clarity and power that transcends mere virtuosity. Together with Deutsche Grammophon's 1973 Wolf Mörike-lieder recital, this disc is a precious memento preserving two of the 20th century's greatest recreative musicians in repertoire that doesn't give up its secrets easily. Fischer-Dieskau's diction renders the need of printed texts superfluous, but it would have been nice to have full texts and translations. No matter. If you care an inch about Hugo Wolf, you must hear this disc. [11/1/2000]

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
Works on This Recording
1. Goethe Lieder: no 1, Harfenspieler I "Wer sich der Einsamkeit ergibt" by Hugo Wolf
Performer: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic
2. Goethe Lieder: no 2, Harfenspieler II "An die Türen will ich schleichen" by Hugo Wolf
Performer: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic
3. Goethe Lieder: no 3, Harfenspieler III "Wer nie sein Brot mit Tränen ass" by Hugo Wolf
Performer: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic
4. Goethe Lieder: no 28, Frühling übers Jahr by Hugo Wolf
Performer: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1888 ; Vienna, Austria
5. Goethe Lieder: no 50, Ganymed by Hugo Wolf
Performer: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1889 ; Vienna, Austria
6. Goethe Lieder: no 24, Blumengruss by Hugo Wolf
Performer: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1888 ; Vienna, Austria
7. Goethe Lieder: no 23, Der neue Amadis by Hugo Wolf
Performer: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1889 ; Vienna, Austria
8. Goethe Lieder: no 22, Der Schäfer by Hugo Wolf
Performer: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1888 ; Vienna, Austria
9. Goethe Lieder: no 11, Der Rattenfänger by Hugo Wolf
Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1888 ; Vienna, Austria
10. Gedichte (6): no 5, Wanderers Nachtlied by Hugo Wolf
Performer: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1887 ; Vienna, Austria
11. Goethe Lieder: no 51, Grenzen der Menschheit by Hugo Wolf
Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Period: Romantic
12. Goethe Lieder: no 29, Anakreons Grab by Hugo Wolf
Performer: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1888 ; Vienna, Austria
13. Goethe Lieder: no 49, Prometheus by Hugo Wolf
Performer: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic
14. Goethe Lieder: no 21, Genialisch Treiben by Hugo Wolf
Performer: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1889 ; Vienna, Austria
15. Goethe Lieder: no 14, Cophtisches Lied I "Lasset Gelehrte" by Hugo Wolf
Performer: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic
16. Goethe Lieder: no 14, Cophtisches Lied I "Lasset Gelehrte" by Hugo Wolf
Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Period: Romantic
17. Goethe Lieder: no 15, Cophtisches Lied II "Geh! Seh gehorche meinem Winken" by Hugo Wolf
Performer: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic
18. Goethe Lieder: no 34, Ob der Koran von Ewigkeit sei? by Hugo Wolf
Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1889 ; Vienna, Austria
19. Goethe Lieder: no 32, Phänomen by Hugo Wolf
Performer: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1889 ; Vienna, Austria
20. Mörike Lieder: no 8, Begegnung by Hugo Wolf
Performer: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1888 ; Vienna, Austria
21. Mörike Lieder: no 46, Gesang Weylas by Hugo Wolf
Performer: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1888 ; Vienna, Austria
22. Italienisches Liederbuch II: no 42, Nicht länger kann ich singen by Hugo Wolf
Performer: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1896 ; Vienna, Austria
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