Franz Poenitz: Songs and Hymns with Harp / Laura Vinciguerra & Susanna Bertuccioli, harp Iⅈ Sophie Marilley mezzo-soprano

> Fantasia in G-Flat Major, Op. 65 - Fantasia in G-Flat Major, Op. 65
> Psalm David, Op. 30, "Herr, wie lange willst Du" - Psalm David, Op. 30, "Herr, wie lange willst Du"
> Spukhafte Gavotte, Op. 75 - Spukhafte Gavotte, Op. 75
> Der fischer, Op. 28 - Der fischer, Op. 28
> Intermezzo - Intermezzo
> Friede in Jesus, Op. 22 - Friede in Jesus, Op. 22
> Weihnachtslied, Op. 60 - Weihnachtslied, Op. 60
> Wikingerfahrt, Op. 80 - Wikingerfahrt, Op. 80

Album Summary

>Poenitz, Franz : Fantasia for harp in G flat major, Op. 65
>Poenitz, Franz : Thirteenth Psalm of David, for mezzo-soprano & harp, Op. 30
>Poenitz, Franz : Spukhafte Gavotte, for 2 harps, Op. 75
>Poenitz, Franz : Der Fischer, for soprano (or tenor) & harp, Op. 28
>Poenitz, Franz : Intermezzo for 2 harps
>Poenitz, Franz : Friede in Jesus, for mezzo-soprano, harp & harmonium, Op. 22
>Poenitz, Franz : Weihnachtslied, for mezzo-soprano, harp & harmonium, Op. 60
>Poenitz, Franz : Wikingerfahrt, for 2 harps, Op. 80
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This world premiere recording is the second installment of the Poenitz cycle on Brilliant Classics presents works for solo voice, accompanied by harp(s) and harmonium. Franz Poenitz was not only a virtuoso on the harp (as is clearly evident in the rich and complex writing for his instrument in this music) but also an accomplished painter, one of his creations adorns the cover of the CD.

American Record Guide, November/December 2012
A setting of Psalm 13 for mezzo-soprano and harp, from 1892, is reminiscent of Schntzin its spareness, its unobtrusive but affecting harmonies, and its skillful voice leading. For poignancy and understated drama, Poenitz's setting of Goethe's poem 'Der Fischer' (The Fisherman) might rival better-known versions for voice and piano, while it makes use of the harp's unique ability to depict the ripple and flow of water. 'Friede in Jesus' (Peace in Jesus) is a gentle, deeply-felt hymn, and 'Weihnachtslied' (Christmas Song) gives the harmonium a musette-like drone beneath the angelic harp to suggest the shepherds in the field. The vocal works are interspersed with three substantial and evocative pieces for two harps, full of richly varied colors and textures. Mezzo-soprano Sophie Marilley sings with sensitivity and admirable clarity, though the acoustic has so much reverberation it is sometimes hard to discern the actual voice; the harp playing is lovely, supple and compelling. In all, this is delightful and fascinating.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Complesso Musicale di S. Croce, Umbertide - Perugia, It (10/05/2011-10/10/2011).



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Works Details

>Poenitz, Franz : Fantasia for harp in G flat major, Op. 65
  • Performer: Laura Vinciguerra (Harp)
  • Notes: Complesso Musicale di S. Croce, Umbertide - Perugia, Italy (10/05/2011-10/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902

>Poenitz, Franz : Thirteenth Psalm of David, for mezzo-soprano & harp, Op. 30
  • Performers: Sophie Marilley (Mezzo Soprano); Laura Vinciguerra (Harp)
  • Notes: Complesso Musicale di S. Croce, Umbertide - Perugia, Italy (10/05/2011-10/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Poenitz, Franz : Spukhafte Gavotte, for 2 harps, Op. 75
  • Performers: Laura Vinciguerra (Harp); Susanna Bertuccioli (Harp)
  • Notes: Complesso Musicale di S. Croce, Umbertide - Perugia, Italy (10/05/2011-10/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Poenitz, Franz : Der Fischer, for soprano (or tenor) & harp, Op. 28
  • Performers: Sophie Marilley (Mezzo Soprano); Laura Vinciguerra (Harp)
  • Notes: Complesso Musicale di S. Croce, Umbertide - Perugia, Italy (10/05/2011-10/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1891

>Poenitz, Franz : Intermezzo for 2 harps
  • Performers: Laura Vinciguerra (Harp); Susanna Bertuccioli (Harp)
  • Notes: Complesso Musicale di S. Croce, Umbertide - Perugia, Italy (10/05/2011-10/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Poenitz, Franz : Friede in Jesus, for mezzo-soprano, harp & harmonium, Op. 22
  • Performers: Sophie Marilley (Mezzo Soprano); Claudio Brizi (Harmonium); Laura Vinciguerra (Harp)
  • Notes: Complesso Musicale di S. Croce, Umbertide - Perugia, Italy (10/05/2011-10/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1899

>Poenitz, Franz : Weihnachtslied, for mezzo-soprano, harp & harmonium, Op. 60
  • Performers: Laura Vinciguerra (Harp); Sophie Marilley (Mezzo Soprano); Claudio Brizi (Harmonium)
  • Notes: Complesso Musicale di S. Croce, Umbertide - Perugia, Italy (10/05/2011-10/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1900

>Poenitz, Franz : Wikingerfahrt, for 2 harps, Op. 80
  • Performers: Laura Vinciguerra (Harp); Susanna Bertuccioli (Harp)
  • Notes: Complesso Musicale di S. Croce, Umbertide - Perugia, Italy (10/05/2011-10/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic