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Strauss: The Complete Songs Vol 3 / Kennedy, Vignoles

Album Summary

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (8), Op. 10
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (8), Op. 49
>Strauss, Richard : Songs (6) for voice & piano, Op. 17 (TrV 149)
>Strauss, Richard : Wozu noch, Machden, soll es frommen, song for voice & piano, Op. 19/1 (TrV 152/1)
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder aus Lotusblättern (6), Op. 19
>Strauss, Richard : Hoffen und wieder verzagen, song for voice & piano, Op. 19/5 (TrV 152/5)
>Strauss, Richard : Ach, weh mir ungluckhaftern Mann, song for voice & piano, Op. 21/4 (TrV 160/4)
>Strauss, Richard : Die Frauen sind oft fromm und still, song for voice & piano, Op. 21/5 (TrV 160/5)
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (4), Op. 27
>Strauss, Richard : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 32 (TrV 174)
>Strauss, Richard : Fur funfzehn Pfennige ("Das Magdlein will ein' Freier hab'n"), song for voice & piano, Op. 36/2 (TrV
>Strauss, Richard : Anbetung ("Die Liebste steht mir vor den Gedanken"), song for voice & piano, Op. 36/4 (TrV 186/4)
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (5), Op. 48
>Strauss, Richard : Winterliebe ("Der Sonne entgeten in Liebesgluten"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 48/5
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Notes & Reviews:

This complete series of Strauss Lieder is fast becoming a worthy successor to the seminal Schubert and Schumann Lieder sets already recorded by Hyperion. Volume 3 features the brilliant young British tenor Andrew Kennedy, whose performances in concert, in operas and on disc have received the highest praise. Hearing these Strauss gems sung by a tenor voice is a wonderful and rare experience, which brings a different color to even the most well-known songs on this disc. This recording fills in some of the gaps left by the first two volumes, together with which it completes the eight songs of Opus 10, the six songs of Opus 19 and the five songs of 'Schlichte Weisen', Op. 21.

'Wise men have told us that Strauss loved sopranos and looked down on tenors - but here comes a recital by the lower male voice seriously to challenge that belief. Hyperion is an old hand at programming attractively playable discs that make up complete Lied editions ... Vignoles's playing continues to achieve a maximum of freshness and invention and a chameleon-like closeness to his singer's tone and line. Kennedy's voice is young, sweet, fluent and has what some commentators call "sap" ... The readings attain a consistently high standard of beautiful music-making' (Gramophone)

'The third volume of Hyperion's Strauss song series comes with a tenor riding the chromatic waves. Kennedy's young voice still has some growing to do in lieder, but his flexible tones and avoidance of the Precious Beautiful Voice give lots of pleasure. Roger Vignoles's piano accompaniments are superb' (The Times)

'There's no doubt about it now. For anyone who cares about lieder and the music of Richard Strauss this is one of the most significant recording projects in the current catalogue. Thanks to Roger Vignoles it's also shaping up to be one of the best ... How good it is to hear a male voice singing 'Ständchen' with youthful ardour and warm, rounded tone ... Kennedy has that rare gift among singers of making a song unfold almost conversationally. Not that he eschews the grand manner when it's required ... As for Vignoles, just listen to the final bars of 'Winterweihe'. It's a taste of heaven - literally so and pianistically. How I long for the next instalment of this noble project' (International Record Review)

'Kennedy's offering is welcome indeed ... His range, in terms of pitch and expression, sounds terrific and the quality of his enthusiasm is infectious. The songs themselves are a joy and Vignoles's accompaniment nearly creates the illusion of an entire orchestra' (Classic FM Magazine)

'Here at last is a tenor for Richard Strauss ... Andrew Kennedy is an eager, bright-eyed lover: the bloom and the tenderness of the middle range of his voice, in particular, know just how to bring a luxuriant, Straussian intimacy t a song such as 'Seitdem dein Aug' in meines Schaute'. Kennedy seems to bond particularly well, too, with Strauss's songs of sadness: the indeterminate harmonies and half-lights of 'Aus den Liedern der Trauer' and the stark ardour of 'Sehnsucht' are impressive ... This recital shows glimpses of a future operatic Straussian to watch for' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Andrew Kennedy ... gives consistent pleasure with his sweet, sappy tone, free-ringing high notes and keen characterisation. Roger Vignoles's playing is as colourful and eloquent as his booklet notes' (Daily Telegraph)

'Kennedy's... singing is fervent and he breathes life into these songs without overwhelming them... Kennedy's bottom is secure and his middle range is warm and lustrous... when he employs his soft upper range head voice, the tenderness of his singing is sublime... Vignoles again proves to be the worthy collaborator' (American Record Guide)

'Andrew Kennedy's tenor is a wonderfully mellifluous, lightly timbred (not lightweight) voice... very accomplished singing' (Fanfare, USA)

The third instalment in Hyperion's edition of Lieder by Richard Strauss is the first to employ a male singer and, in tenor Andrew Kennedy, Roger Vignoles has picked one of Britain's finest young singers ... A fine achievement and an essential addition to any Straussian's or song-lover's collection. Throughout this disc, as with the previous ones, I was reminded simply of how abundant Strauss's melodic gift was; if in this personal and subjective genre he occasionally let himself get carried away, there's so much fine music that it's difficult not to get swept along' (Musicweb.com)



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Works Details

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (8), Op. 10
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Andrew Vocal] (Tenor)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (07/24/2007-07/26/2007)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1885

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (8), Op. 10
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Andrew Vocal] (Tenor)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (07/24/2007-07/26/2007)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1885

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (8), Op. 49
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Andrew Vocal] (Tenor)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (07/24/2007-07/26/2007)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1885

>Strauss, Richard : Songs (6) for voice & piano, Op. 17 (TrV 149)
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Andrew Vocal] (Tenor)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (07/24/2007-07/26/2007)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1885-1887

>Strauss, Richard : Wozu noch, Mächden, soll es frommen, song for voice & piano, Op. 19/1 (TrV 152/1)
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Andrew Vocal] (Tenor)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (07/24/2007-07/26/2007)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1885-1888

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder aus Lotusblättern (6), Op. 19
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Andrew Vocal] (Tenor)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (07/24/2007-07/26/2007)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1885-1888

>Strauss, Richard : Hoffen und wieder verzagen, song for voice & piano, Op. 19/5 (TrV 152/5)
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Andrew Vocal] (Tenor)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (07/24/2007-07/26/2007)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1885-1888

>Strauss, Richard : Ach, weh mir unglückhaftern Mann, song for voice & piano, Op. 21/4 (TrV 160/4)
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Andrew Vocal] (Tenor)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (07/24/2007-07/26/2007)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1887-1888

>Strauss, Richard : Die Frauen sind oft fromm und still, song for voice & piano, Op. 21/5 (TrV 160/5)
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Andrew Vocal] (Tenor)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (07/24/2007-07/26/2007)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1887-1888

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (4), Op. 27
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Andrew Vocal] (Tenor)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (07/24/2007-07/26/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Strauss, Richard : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 32 (TrV 174)
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Andrew Vocal] (Tenor)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (07/24/2007-07/26/2007)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1896

>Strauss, Richard : Für fünfzehn Pfennige ("Das Mägdlein will ein' Freier hab'n"), song for voice & piano, Op. 36/2 (TrV
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Andrew Vocal] (Tenor)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (07/24/2007-07/26/2007)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1897

>Strauss, Richard : Anbetung ("Die Liebste steht mir vor den Gedanken"), song for voice & piano, Op. 36/4 (TrV 186/4)
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Andrew Vocal] (Tenor)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (07/24/2007-07/26/2007)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (5), Op. 48
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Andrew Vocal] (Tenor)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (07/24/2007-07/26/2007)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1900

>Strauss, Richard : Winterliebe ("Der Sonne entgeten in Liebesgluten"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 48/5
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Andrew Vocal] (Tenor)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (07/24/2007-07/26/2007)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1900

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (5), Op. 48
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Andrew Vocal] (Tenor)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (07/24/2007-07/26/2007)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900