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Strauss: The Complete Songs Vol 4 / Maltman, Miles, Vignoles

Album Summary

>Strauss, Richard : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 15 (TrV 148)
>Strauss, Richard : Stiller Gang ("Der Abend graut, Herbstfeuer brennen"), song for voice & piano (with viola ad lib), O
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (5), Op. 39
>Strauss, Richard : Lied an meinen Sohn ("Der Sturm behorcht mein Vaterhaus"), song for voice & piano, Op. 39/5 (TrV 189
>Strauss, Richard : Am Ufer ("Die Welt verstummt"), song for voice & piano, Op. 41/3 (TrV 195/3)
>Strauss, Richard : Leise Lieder ("Leise Lieder sing ich dir bei Nacht"), song for voice & piano, Op. 41/5 (TrV 195/5)
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (5), Op. 47
>Strauss, Richard : Das Lied des Steinklopfers ("Ich bin kein Minister"), song for voice & piano, Op. 49/4 (TrV 204/4)
>Strauss, Richard : Gefunden ("Ich ging im Walde so für mich hin"), song for voice & piano, Op. 56/1 (TrV 220/1)
>Strauss, Richard : Mit deinen blauen Augen, song for voice & piano, Op. 56/4 (TrV 220/4)
>Strauss, Richard : Im Spätboot ("Aus der Schiffsbank mach' ich meinen Pfühl"), song for voice & piano, Op. 56/3 (TrV 22
>Strauss, Richard : Vom künftigen Alter ("Der Frost hat mir bereifet"), song for voice & piano, Op. 87/1 (TrV 260, AV 11
>Strauss, Richard : Erschaffen und Beleben ("Hans Adam war ein Erdenkloß"), song for voice & piano, Op. 87/2 (TrV 244, A
>Strauss, Richard : Und dann nicht mehr, song for voice & piano, Op. 87/3 (TrV 258, AV 114)
>Strauss, Richard : Im Sonnenschein ("Noch eine Stunde lasst mich hier verweilen"), song for voice & piano, Op. 87/4 (Tr
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Notes & Reviews:

This fourth volume in Hyperion's Strauss Lieder series features the great British baritone Christopher Maltman. The settings of Ruckert, Dehmel, Goethe and others heard here are tinged with a dark regret which is enhanced by their low tessitura. Strauss the opera composer is evident in the epic scale of the lieder written post-Salome. Roger Vignoles provides his famous extensive booklet notes, with commentary about each individual song and scholarly discourse on the poetry.

'Maltman has the lion's share, his molasses-rich lower range and walnut-polished upper melting into the ethereal Am Ufer and finding gruff humour in Das Lied des Steinkopfers. Alastair Miles' robust, sensitive bass excelts in Im Spätboot, perfectly capturing the eerie, dark atmosphere of Strauss's weary boat passenger' (The Times)

'Strauss is so closely associated with the soprano voice that it is useful to be reminded how his rhapsodically lyrical style can be beautifully suited to baritone and bass too ... Both [Maltman and Miles] sing with great sensitivity and imaginative word-colouring' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Roger Vignoles can do no wrong in my book, his playing as adept and fresh as ever, strolling through his prime... This is a worthy issue... Strauss deserves no less' (Audiophile Audition, USA)

'There's a special refinement here that Fischer-Dieskau did not always capture ... Unexpected notes of smoky mystery, youthful defiance and solidarity with the working man characterise the settings of Richard Dehmel' (BBC Music Magazine)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
With one possible exception, these are all among Strauss's more rarely performed songs, and quite undeservedly so. Most are highly characteristic and clearly written with affection, while those that may not immediately proclaim the composer's identity ('Das Lied des Stein- klopfers' for instance) are among the most interesting.

Perhaps that sense of a structured improvisation may (as in the Rückert setting 'Und dann nicht mehr') call for a restraining hand, but more often it is such an appealing personal quality that complaint would be sourly puritanical. Indeed some of the joy arises in just those moments, such as the inspired passage between verses in 'Des Dichters Abendgang', when Strauss the pianist takes over and claims his composer's freedom.

Roger Vignoles captures well the expansiveness and generosity of the writing for piano. He is also a sensitive accompanist in songs where the piano part is relatively simple. "Heimkehr", the last song of Op 15, is one of these, and this is also the exception to the songs' general unfamiliarity.

It is well sung, with finely controlled high pianissimi, by Christopher Maltman, who has all but the last five songs (mostly Op 81), which are written specifically for bass. It must be said that with the first sound of Alastair Miles, one is immediately aware of a change, not merely in the quality and nature of the voice, but in its production too. Maltman is a valuable artist in many respects, but recording exposes an unevenness of emission which his art is usually able to render inconspicuous 'in the flesh'. Miles impresses deeply, down indeed to the depths of his low D flat.



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>Strauss, Richard : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 15 (TrV 148)
  • Performers: Christopher Maltman (Baritone); Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (01/14/2008-01/16/2008)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1884-1886

>Strauss, Richard : Stiller Gang ("Der Abend graut, Herbstfeuer brennen"), song for voice & piano (with viola ad lib), O
  • Performers: Christopher Maltman (Baritone); Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (01/14/2008-01/16/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1895

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (5), Op. 39
  • Performers: Christopher Maltman (Baritone); Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (01/14/2008-01/16/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898

>Strauss, Richard : Lied an meinen Sohn ("Der Sturm behorcht mein Vaterhaus"), song for voice & piano, Op. 39/5 (TrV 189
  • Performers: Christopher Maltman (Baritone); Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (01/14/2008-01/16/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898

>Strauss, Richard : Am Ufer ("Die Welt verstummt"), song for voice & piano, Op. 41/3 (TrV 195/3)
  • Performers: Christopher Maltman (Baritone); Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (01/14/2008-01/16/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1899

>Strauss, Richard : Leise Lieder ("Leise Lieder sing ich dir bei Nacht"), song for voice & piano, Op. 41/5 (TrV 195/5)
  • Performers: Christopher Maltman (Baritone); Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (01/14/2008-01/16/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1889

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (5), Op. 47
  • Performers: Christopher Maltman (Baritone); Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (01/14/2008-01/16/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900

>Strauss, Richard : Das Lied des Steinklopfers ("Ich bin kein Minister"), song for voice & piano, Op. 49/4 (TrV 204/4)
  • Performers: Christopher Maltman (Baritone); Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (01/14/2008-01/16/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1901

>Strauss, Richard : Gefunden ("Ich ging im Walde so für mich hin"), song for voice & piano, Op. 56/1 (TrV 220/1)
  • Performers: Christopher Maltman (Baritone); Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (01/14/2008-01/16/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903

>Strauss, Richard : Mit deinen blauen Augen, song for voice & piano, Op. 56/4 (TrV 220/4)
  • Performers: Christopher Maltman (Baritone); Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (01/14/2008-01/16/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903-1906

>Strauss, Richard : Im Spätboot ("Aus der Schiffsbank mach' ich meinen Pfühl"), song for voice & piano, Op. 56/3 (TrV 22
  • Performers: Alastair Miles; Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (01/10/2008-01/11/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903-1906

>Strauss, Richard : Vom künftigen Alter ("Der Frost hat mir bereifet"), song for voice & piano, Op. 87/1 (TrV 260, AV 11
  • Performers: Alastair Miles; Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (01/10/2008-01/11/2008)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1929

>Strauss, Richard : Erschaffen und Beleben ("Hans Adam war ein Erdenkloß"), song for voice & piano, Op. 87/2 (TrV 244, A
  • Performers: Alastair Miles; Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (01/10/2008-01/11/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1922

>Strauss, Richard : Und dann nicht mehr, song for voice & piano, Op. 87/3 (TrV 258, AV 114)
  • Performers: Alastair Miles; Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (01/10/2008-01/11/2008)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1929

>Strauss, Richard : Im Sonnenschein ("Noch eine Stunde lasst mich hier verweilen"), song for voice & piano, Op. 87/4 (Tr
  • Performers: Alastair Miles; Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (01/10/2008-01/11/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1935