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Dvorak: Zigeunerlieder, Songs & Duets / Genia Kuhmeier, mezzo-soprano, Bernarda Fink, soprano, Christoph Berner, piano

Audio Samples

  1. Dvořák — Gipsy Songs, Op. 55: I. My Song of Love $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Dvořák — Gipsy Songs, Op. 55: II. Hark How My Triangle $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Dvořák — Gipsy Songs, Op. 55: III. And the Forest Is Silent All Around $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Dvořák — Gipsy Songs, Op. 55: IV. Songs My Mother Taught Me $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Dvořák — Gipsy Songs, Op. 55: V. The Strings Are Tuned $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Dvořák — Gipsy Songs, Op. 55: VI. Wide Sleeves and Wide Trousers $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Dvořák — Gipsy Songs, Op. 55: VII. Give a Hawk a Pure Gold Cage $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Dvořák — Moravian Duets, Op. 32: I. I Will Escape You $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Dvořák — Moravian Duets, Op. 32: II. Fly, Fly, Little Bird $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Dvořák — Moravian Duets, Op. 32: III. If My Scythe Were Whetted $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Dvořák — Moravian Duets, Op. 32: IV. Friends We Were When We Met $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Dvořák — Moravian Duets, Op. 32: V. How Small the Field of Slavíkov Is $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Dvořák — Moravian Duets, Op. 32: VI. The Dove On the Maple Tree $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Dvořák — Moravian Duets, Op. 32: VII. Water and Tears $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Dvořák — Moravian Duets, Op. 32: VIII. The Modest Maiden $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Dvořák — Moravian Duets, Op. 32: IX. The Ring $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Dvořák — Moravian Duets, Op. 32: X. Grow Green, Grow Green $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Dvořák — Moravian Duets, Op. 32: XI. The Captured Maiden $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Dvořák — Moravian Duets, Op. 32: XII. Consolation $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Dvořák — Moravian Duets, Op. 32: XIII. The Wild Rose $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Dvořák — Biblical Songs, Op. 99: I. Clouds and Darkness Are Round About Him $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Dvořák — Biblical Songs, Op. 99: II. Thou Art My Defence and Shield $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Dvořák — Biblical Songs, Op. 99: III. Hear My Prayer, O God $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Dvořák — Biblical Songs, Op. 99: IV. The Lord Is My Shepherd $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Dvořák — Biblical Songs, Op. 99: V. Lord! Lord! I Will Sing a New Song $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Dvořák — Biblical Songs, Op. 99: VI. Hear My Crying, O God $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Dvořák — Biblical Songs, Op. 99: VII. By the Waters of Babylon $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Dvořák — Biblical Songs, Op. 99: VIII. Turn Thee Unto Me, and Have Mercy Upon Me $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Dvořák — Biblical Songs, Op. 99: IX. I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes Unto the Hills $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Dvořák — Biblical Songs, Op. 99: X. O Sing Unto the Lord a New Song $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Dvorak, Antonin : Zigeunermelodien (7), Op. 55
>Dvorak, Antonin : Moravian Duets (Moravske dvojzpevy) (9) for soprano, alto & piano, B. 62 (Op. 32)
>Dvorak, Antonin : Biblical Songs (Biblicke pisne) (10) for voice & orchestra, B. 189 (Op. 99)
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Notes & Reviews:

In 2004, Bernarda Fink released a recording of Dvorák songs that created a genuine sensation, winning numerous awards including a Diapason de l'Année. Now, eight years later, she returns to the music of Dvorák, this time teaming up with young soprano Genia Kühmeier for an album of solo songs and duets. Kühmeier takes the lead in the Gypsy Melodies, songs that blend a striking range of color with a subtle use of the folk idiom. A highlight of the disc is a selection of thirteen of the Moravian Duets, works that brought the young Dvorák fame far beyond his homeland. Completing this vocal portrait are Fink's solemn interpretations of the Biblical Songs, possibly Dvorák's finest effort in the genre.

The Guardian
Fink and Knhmeier sing [the Moravian duets] with great verve, avoiding the pitfalls of sentimentality and folksy cuteness that can so easily creep into this music. ...Knhmeier gives a big, passionate performance of the Op 55 Gypsy Songs, while Fink tackles the austere Biblical Songs, written while Dvorßk was homesick in the US. They suit her dark tone admirably.

Gramophone Magazine
Encouraged by Christoph Berner's zesty, colourful accompaniments, Genia Kuhmeier and Bernarda Fink give thoroughly delightful performances, combining eager characterisation...with a crucial sense of spontaneous enjoyment...Kuhmeier catches both the flaring intensity and the nostalgic tenderness of the Gypsy Songs...[Fink] reveals a more impassioned temperament than I had previously suspected.

International Record Review
What a lovely performance [Fink] gives. Almost all the songs are slow and with a less sensitive interpreter than Fink they can seem dull at times, but not here: calm, soothing, reverential, delicate but not dull...Delights a-plenty come in Moravian Duets, whatever the mood, showing how well two female voices can blend.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
Dvorak's so-called Gypsy Songs are not based on actual Gypsy melodies, but are intended to evoke the character and instrumentation of their traditional music and the proud independence of their people. Soprano Knhmeier sings them beautifully, with great sensitivity but not a trace of sentimentality. She has a voice of remarkable purity and clarity and a sinewy sense of line, especially evident in the exquisite 'And the Forest is Silent all Around' as well as the nostalgic 'Songs my Mother Taught Me'. An allegory of freedom for the Czech people is given passionate voice in 'Give a Hawk a Pure Gold Cage'.

BBC Music Magazine, November 2012
Fink has clearly thought through the expressive language of these lovely songs, and Christoph Berner is a near-ideal accompanist. The Moravian Duets...are, over all, the most enjoyable part of this issue: expressive, resonant and brimming over with good humour...The Biblical Songs are delivered with care and sincerity...these well recorded performances have much to recommend them.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Teldex Studio Berlin (04/2010).



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Works Details

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Zigeunermelodien (7), Op. 55
  • Performers: Christoph Berner (Piano); Genia Kühmeier (Voice)
  • Notes: Composition written: ?01/18/1880-02/23/1880.
  • Running Time: 13 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Moravian Duets (Moravské dvojzpevy) (9) for soprano, alto & piano, B. 62 (Op. 32)
  • Performers: Christoph Berner (Piano); Bernarda Fink; Genia Kühmeier (Voice)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Biblical Songs (Biblické písne) (10) for voice & orchestra, B. 189 (Op. 99)
  • Performers: Christoph Berner (Piano); Bernarda Fink
  • Notes: Composition written: 01/04/1895-01/08/1895.
  • Running Time: 22 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal