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The Songs of Johannes Brahms, Vol. 2 / Christine Schafer, Graham Johnson

Audio Samples

>Brahms, Johannes : Juchhe! ("Wie ist doch die Erde so schon, so schon"), song for voice & piano, Op. 6/4
>Brahms, Johannes : Wie die Wolke nach der Sonne, song for voice & piano, Op. 6/5
>Brahms, Johannes : Die Mullerin, song for voice & piano (fragment), Anh. 3/13
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 47
>     Die Liebende Schreibt, Op. 47/5
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (8) for voice & piano, Op. 57
>     Wenn du nur zuweilen lächelst, Op. 57/2
>     Es traumte mir, ich sei dir teuer, Op. 57/3
>     Ach, wende diesen Blick, Op. 57/4
>     Strahlt zuweilen auch ein mildes Licht, Op. 57/6
>     Die Schnur, die Perl an Perle, Op. 57/7
>Brahms, Johannes : Regenlied, WoO 23
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (8) for voice & piano, Op. 59
>     Regenlied, Op. 59/3
>     Nachklang, Op. 59/4
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) of Ophelia, for voice & piano, WoO posth. 22
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (9) for voice & piano, Op. 69
>     Klage I, Op. 69/1
>     Klage II, Op. 69/2
>     Abschied, Op. 69/3
>     Des Liebsten Schwur, Op. 69/4
>     Mädchenfluch, Op. 69/9
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (7) for voice & piano, Op. 95
>     Mädchenlied, Op. 95/6
>     Das Mädchen, Op. 95/1
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (6) for voice & piano, Op. 85
>     Mädchenlied, Op. 85/3
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 107
>     Mädchenlied, Op. 107/5
>     Das Mädchen spricht, Op. 107/3
>Brahms, Johannes : German folk songs (49) for voice & piano, WoO 33
>     Guten Abend, mein tausiger Schatz
>     Gunhilde
>     Nur ein Gesicht auf Erden lebt
>     Soll sich der Mond nicht heller scheinen
>     Es wohnet ein Fiedler zu Frankfurt am Main
>Brahms, Johannes : Schonster Schatz, mein Engel, folk song for voice & piano, WoO 33/20

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Juchhe! ("Wie ist doch die Erde so schon, so schon"), song for voice & piano, Op. 6/4
>Brahms, Johannes : Wie die Wolke nach der Sonne, song for voice & piano, Op. 6/5
>Brahms, Johannes : Die Mullerin, song for voice & piano (fragment), Anh. 3/13
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 47
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (8) for voice & piano, Op. 57
>Brahms, Johannes : Regenlied, WoO 23
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (8) for voice & piano, Op. 59
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) of Ophelia, for voice & piano, WoO posth. 22
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (9) for voice & piano, Op. 69
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (7) for voice & piano, Op. 95
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (6) for voice & piano, Op. 85
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 107
>Brahms, Johannes : German folk songs (49) for voice & piano, WoO 33
>Brahms, Johannes : Schonster Schatz, mein Engel, folk song for voice & piano, WoO 33/20
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Following on his iconic Hyperion projects focused on the complete songs of Schubert and Schumann, Graham Johnson's latest enterprise traverses the complete songs of Brahms. He is joined here on the second volume in the series by the wonderful soprano Christine Schäfer, whose contribution to the Schumann song series won a Gramophone Award. Each volume in the series takes us on a journey through Brahms's career, from youthful settings to songs of maturity. This volume includes a selection of delightful Mädchenlieder and concludes with a handful of Brahms's intimate folksong settings. Discerningly partnered by Graham Johnson, Christine Schäfer is in perfect voice. She sings with a pure, luminous tone, crystal clear diction and eloquent phrasing, making this a superb recital in its own right. As part of the wider survey of the complete songs of Brahms, it will take an essential place in any Lieder-lover's collection.

BBC Music Magazine
[in the Ophelia songs] Schäfer is ideally cast: she sings them very much as a singing actress would, artful in her apparent artlessness, and meticulous of diction...[the Madchenlieder's] pungent Eastern European inflections are relished by Johnson and by Schäfer who sings them in engagingly girlish tones, yet without a hint of the coy or arch.

Classic FM Magazine
A thrilling, limpid sound; clarity of diction; emotional immediacy; a fabulous technique...Christine Schäfer really has it all, and she proves a delightful and imaginative interpreter of these songs...blisteringly forthright when hurling out gypsy-like curses...and bring[ing] a touching naivety to the faux-17th century Ophelia Songs. The richness and subtlety of Graham Johnson's accompanying...gives these familiar and unfamiliar songs a superb chance.

Gramophone Magazine
Fifteen years after Christine Schäfer launched the Hyperion Schumann edition, her pellucid high soprano has lost little of its purity and ease while encompassing richer, aptly Brahmsian shades. And her response to text, mood and harmonic colour is now still more vivid...Johnson always ensures that Brahms's often intricate, contrapuntally inclined textures remain lucid.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (06/01/2010-06/03/2010).



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>Brahms, Johannes : Juchhe! ("Wie ist doch die Erde so schön, so schön"), song for voice & piano, Op. 6/4
  • Performers: Christine Schäfer (Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (06/01/2010-06/03/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1852-1853

>Brahms, Johannes : Wie die Wolke nach der Sonne, song for voice & piano, Op. 6/5
  • Performers: Christine Schäfer (Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (06/01/2010-06/03/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1852-1853

>Brahms, Johannes : Die Müllerin, song for voice & piano (fragment), Anh. 3/13
  • Performers: Christine Schäfer (Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (06/01/2010-06/03/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1850-1855

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 47 :: Die Liebende Schreibt, Op. 47/5
  • Performers: Christine Schäfer (Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (06/01/2010-06/03/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (8) for voice & piano, Op. 57 :: Wenn du nur zuweilen lächelst, Op. 57/2
  • Performers: Christine Schäfer (Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (06/01/2010-06/03/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (8) for voice & piano, Op. 57 :: Es traumte mir, ich sei dir teuer, Op. 57/3
  • Performers: Christine Schäfer (Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (06/01/2010-06/03/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1871

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (8) for voice & piano, Op. 57 :: Ach, wende diesen Blick, Op. 57/4
  • Performers: Christine Schäfer (Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (06/01/2010-06/03/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1871

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (8) for voice & piano, Op. 57 :: Strahlt zuweilen auch ein mildes Licht, Op. 57/6
  • Performers: Christine Schäfer (Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (06/01/2010-06/03/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (8) for voice & piano, Op. 57 :: Die Schnur, die Perl an Perle, Op. 57/7
  • Performers: Christine Schäfer (Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (06/01/2010-06/03/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1871

>Brahms, Johannes : Regenlied, WoO 23
  • Performers: Christine Schäfer (Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (06/01/2010-06/03/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1866

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (8) for voice & piano, Op. 59 :: Regenlied, Op. 59/3
  • Performers: Christine Schäfer (Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (06/01/2010-06/03/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (8) for voice & piano, Op. 59 :: Nachklang, Op. 59/4
  • Performers: Christine Schäfer (Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (06/01/2010-06/03/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) of Ophelia, for voice & piano, WoO posth. 22
  • Performers: Christine Schäfer (Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (06/01/2010-06/03/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (9) for voice & piano, Op. 69 :: Klage I, Op. 69/1
  • Performers: Christine Schäfer (Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (06/01/2010-06/03/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (9) for voice & piano, Op. 69 :: Klage II, Op. 69/2
  • Performers: Christine Schäfer (Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (06/01/2010-06/03/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (9) for voice & piano, Op. 69 :: Abschied, Op. 69/3
  • Performers: Christine Schäfer (Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (06/01/2010-06/03/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (9) for voice & piano, Op. 69 :: Des Liebsten Schwur, Op. 69/4
  • Performers: Christine Schäfer (Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (06/01/2010-06/03/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 03/1877

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (7) for voice & piano, Op. 95 :: Mädchenlied, Op. 95/6
  • Performers: Christine Schäfer (Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (06/01/2010-06/03/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (6) for voice & piano, Op. 85 :: Mädchenlied, Op. 85/3
  • Performers: Christine Schäfer (Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (06/01/2010-06/03/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 107 :: Mädchenlied, Op. 107/5
  • Performers: Christine Schäfer (Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (06/01/2010-06/03/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 107 :: Das Mädchen spricht, Op. 107/3
  • Performers: Christine Schäfer (Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (06/01/2010-06/03/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (9) for voice & piano, Op. 69 :: Mädchenfluch, Op. 69/9
  • Performers: Christine Schäfer (Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (06/01/2010-06/03/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 03/1877

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (7) for voice & piano, Op. 95 :: Das Mädchen, Op. 95/1
  • Performers: Christine Schäfer (Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (06/01/2010-06/03/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>Brahms, Johannes : German folk songs (49) for voice & piano, WoO 33 :: Guten Abend, mein tausiger Schatz
  • Performers: Christine Schäfer (Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (06/01/2010-06/03/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Brahms, Johannes : German folk songs (49) for voice & piano, WoO 33 :: Gunhilde
  • Performers: Christine Schäfer (Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (06/01/2010-06/03/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1894

>Brahms, Johannes : German folk songs (49) for voice & piano, WoO 33 :: Nur ein Gesicht auf Erden lebt
  • Performers: Christine Schäfer (Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (06/01/2010-06/03/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1894

>Brahms, Johannes : Schönster Schatz, mein Engel, folk song for voice & piano, WoO 33/20
  • Performers: Christine Schäfer (Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (06/01/2010-06/03/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Brahms, Johannes : German folk songs (49) for voice & piano, WoO 33 :: Soll sich der Mond nicht heller scheinen
  • Performers: Christine Schäfer (Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (06/01/2010-06/03/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Brahms, Johannes : German folk songs (49) for voice & piano, WoO 33 :: Es wohnet ein Fiedler zu Frankfurt am Main
  • Performers: Christine Schäfer (Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (06/01/2010-06/03/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1894