Wolf, Strauss: Songs / Kirchschlager

Audio Samples

>Wolf, Hugo : Auf einer Wanderung
>Wolf, Hugo : Im Frühling
>Wolf, Hugo : Morike Lieder
>Wolf, Hugo : Begegnung
>Wolf, Hugo : Lieder von Mörike
>Wolf, Hugo : Er ists
>Wolf, Hugo : Alte Weisen (6)
>Wolf, Hugo : Singt mein Schatz wie ein Fink, song for voice & piano (Alte Weisen)
>Wolf, Hugo : Du milchjunger Knabe, song for voice & piano (Alte Weisen)
>Wolf, Hugo : Wandl ich in dem Morgentau, song for voice & piano (Alte Weisen)
>Wolf, Hugo : Das Kohlerweib ist trunken, song for voice & piano (Alte Weisen)
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (4), Op. 27
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder aus Lotusblattern (6), Op. 19
>Strauss, Richard : Schlichte Weisen (5), Op. 21
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (6), Op. 37
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (3), Op. 43
>Strauss, Richard : Fur funfzehn Pfennige ("Das Magdlein will ein' Freier hab'n"), song for voice & piano, Op. 36/2 (TrV
>Strauss, Richard : Cäcilie
>Word, Spoken : Announcement
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (8), Op. 10

Album Summary

>Wolf, Hugo : Auf einer Wanderung
>Wolf, Hugo : Im Frühling
>Wolf, Hugo : Morike Lieder
>Wolf, Hugo : Begegnung
>Wolf, Hugo : Lieder von Mörike
>Wolf, Hugo : Er ists
>Wolf, Hugo : Alte Weisen (6)
>Wolf, Hugo : Singt mein Schatz wie ein Fink, song for voice & piano (Alte Weisen)
>Wolf, Hugo : Du milchjunger Knabe, song for voice & piano (Alte Weisen)
>Wolf, Hugo : Wandl ich in dem Morgentau, song for voice & piano (Alte Weisen)
>Wolf, Hugo : Das Kohlerweib ist trunken, song for voice & piano (Alte Weisen)
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (4), Op. 27
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder aus Lotusblattern (6), Op. 19
>Strauss, Richard : Schlichte Weisen (5), Op. 21
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (6), Op. 37
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (3), Op. 43
>Strauss, Richard : Fur funfzehn Pfennige ("Das Magdlein will ein' Freier hab'n"), song for voice & piano, Op. 36/2 (TrV
>Strauss, Richard : Cäcilie
>Word, Spoken : Announcement
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (8), Op. 10
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Notes & Reviews:

In this collection Kirchschlager and Vignoles collaborate to perform nine Strauss songs as well as Wolf's lieder to texts by Eduard Mörike and Gottfried Keller.

Kirchschlager delights in the opportunity to convey this with glorious coloring of phrases which are fittingly matched by the piano. The recording provides encores of music from each composer, including Strauss's triumphant 'Nichts,' a fitting end to a compelling program.

Born in Salzburg, Angelika Kirchschlager studied at the Mozarteum and at the Vienna Music Academy, where her teachers included Gerhard Kahry and Walter Berry. She enjoys an international career as one of the most important artists of today, dividing her time between recitals and opera in Europe, North America and the Far East.

She is acclaimed as one of the foremost interpreters of Strauss and Mozart and for the title roles of operas such as Pelléas et Mélisande and Sophie's Choice. This season she appears at the Metropolitan Opera, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Bavarian State Opera and at the Vienna State Opera, and in concert and recitals throughout Europe and North America. She has won numerous awards including a Grammy. In 2007 she was made a Kammersängerin (Chamber Singer) of the Vienna State Opera by the Austrian Government, and in 2009 was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music.

Roger Vignoles is internationally recognized as one of the world's most distinguished accompanists and musicians of today. He regularly partners the finest singers in major venues around the world and is regarded as a leading authority on the song repertoire, both as an art and execution.

All Music Guide - V. Vasan
The unassuming cover of this album, with the Viennese mezzo-soprano casually posed on the cover, belies the passion, nuanced musicianship, and artistry within. This live recording of Angelika Kirchschlager in recital with Roger Vignoles is a very worthy addition to any opera lover's collection and a gem for those who seriously know their lieder. It is commonly said among opera singers that the true test of one's talent is the ability to sing lieder in recital, and by that definition, Kirchschlager has talent in spades. The first set of songs by Hugo Wolf, with texts by Eduard Mörike, features a close relationship between the piano and voice, with Vignoles' touch always delicate and beautiful, even in dramatic or heavy moments. Sometimes the balance of the voice is a little bit soft in the recording, which is otherwise very high quality, and puts the listener right in the concert hall.

Kirchschlager's voice has a crisp, clear timbre, which is also full without getting dark or murky -- a somewhat uncommon quality among mezzo-sopranos -- and there are echoes of legendary artists Frederica von Stade and the late Lucia Popp in her sighing, heartfelt phrasing with a fast vibrato. Er ist's brings the set to a passionate climax, with meticulous diction and phrasing. Perhaps the highlight on this album is the second set of Hugo Wolf songs, 6 Gedichte von Alte Wiesen, which are even more enjoyable as they are more emotional and impassioned than the first set. Kirchschlager draws the listener in with her warm, personal style. The third set of songs on the album, the Richard Strauss lieder, begins powerfully with Vignoles' power and passion accompanying the mezzo-soprano. Kirchschlager performs this group of lieder in keys lower than the originals (sometimes a fourth lower), which could be potentially a bit puzzling to the experienced listener, as many of the songs in their original keys do not go very high. However, it is Kirchschlager's right as the artist to choose what she feels will best fit with the timbre of her voice. She is at her most exciting when singing highly emotional, passioned pieces on this album, and one anticipates the deep expression of her feelings through her careful emphasis of words, such as in Für fünfzehn Pfennige. Morgen! is perhaps the most disappointing of the set, as the balance between the piano and voice is not so even and the interpretation lacks the vocal spin and tension Strauss requires for the shaping of each of his carefully composed phrases. However, the whole album is full of true artistry, and Kirchschlager and Vignoles make each piece truly a joy to listen to. Highly recommended.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Wigmore Hall, London (02/25/2010).



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Works Details

>Wolf, Hugo : Auf einer Wanderung
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo-Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 03/1888

>Wolf, Hugo : Im Frühling
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo-Soprano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 05/08/1888

>Wolf, Hugo : Mörike Lieder
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo-Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 04/14/1888

>Wolf, Hugo : Begegnung
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo-Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 03/22/1888

>Wolf, Hugo : Lieder von Mörike
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo-Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 03/24/1888

>Wolf, Hugo : Er ists
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo-Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 05/05/1888

>Wolf, Hugo : Alte Weisen (6)
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo-Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 05/25/1890

>Wolf, Hugo : Singt mein Schatz wie ein Fink, song for voice & piano (Alte Weisen)
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo-Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 06/02/1890

>Wolf, Hugo : Du milchjunger Knabe, song for voice & piano (Alte Weisen)
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo-Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 06/16/1890

>Wolf, Hugo : Wandl ich in dem Morgentau, song for voice & piano (Alte Weisen)
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo-Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 06/1890

>Wolf, Hugo : Das Köhlerweib ist trunken, song for voice & piano (Alte Weisen)
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo-Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 06/1890

>Wolf, Hugo : Alte Weisen (6)
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo-Soprano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 06/1890

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (4), Op. 27
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo-Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder aus Lotusblättern (6), Op. 19
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo-Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1885-1888

>Strauss, Richard : Schlichte Weisen (5), Op. 21
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo-Soprano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1887-88.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1887-1888

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (6), Op. 37
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo-Soprano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1897.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1897

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (3), Op. 43
  • Performers: Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo-Soprano); Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1899.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1899

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (4), Op. 27
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo-Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Strauss, Richard : Für fünfzehn Pfennige ("Das Mägdlein will ein' Freier hab'n"), song for voice & piano, Op. 36/2 (TrV
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo-Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1897

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (4), Op. 27
  • Performers: Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo-Soprano); Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Strauss, Richard : Cäcilie
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo-Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Word, Spoken : Announcement
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo-Soprano)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Wolf, Hugo : Lieder von Mörike
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo-Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 02/24/1888

>Word, Spoken : Announcement
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo-Soprano)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (8), Op. 10
  • Performers: Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo-Soprano); Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1885