Das Himmlische Leben - Songs by Liszt & Mahler / Anne Schwanewilms, soprano; Charles Spencer, piano

Album Summary

>Liszt, Franz : Der Fischerknabe (I & II), song for voice & piano (Wilhelm Tell no 1), S. 292/1-2/1 (LW N32/1-2/1)
>Liszt, Franz : Der Hirt (I & II), song for voice & piano (Wilhelm Tell no 2), S. 292/1-2/2 (LW N32/1-2/2)
>Liszt, Franz : Der Alpenjager (I & II), song for voice & piano (Wilhelm Tell no 3), S. 291/1-2/3 (LW N32/1-2/3)
>Mahler, Gustav : Des Knaben Wunderhorn
>Mahler, Gustav : Lieder und Gesänge, vol 2
>Mahler, Gustav : Lieder und Gesange, vol 3
>Mahler, Gustav : Nicht wiedersehen!, song for voice & piano in C minor (Aus der Jugendzeit Vol. 3, no 4)
>Liszt, Franz : Buch der Lieder, Volume 2
>Liszt, Franz : Die Loreley
>Mahler, Gustav : Das himmlische Leben, song for voice & piano (or orchestra)
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The great German dramatic soprano Anne Schwanewilms makes her début on Onyx with a recital of lieder by Liszt and Mahler. Schwanewilms is renowned internationally for her interpretations of Strauss and Wagner. An eminent lieder singer, Schwanewilms works closely with leading lieder accompanists of our time - Charles Spencer, Roger Vignoles and Malcolm Martineau - with whom she has appeared in concert halls around the world. Her recording of songs by Richard Strauss was nominated by BBC Music Magazine as Vocal Recording of the Year 2008. On this disc, joined by Charles Spencer, Schwanewilms offers a selection of fourteen songs by two of the finest lieder composers of the late Romantic period.

BBC Radio 3
One of the most electrifying singers of our time.

International Record Review, February 2013
Schwanewilms's voice is an acquired taste; those who crave full-bodied Italianate lushness of tone will not 'get' the singing of this gifted German jugendlich dramatisch soprano...The words invariably come across in a refreshingly direct, unfussy manner...this is a highly pleasurable programme that can be warmly welcomed by those who crave beautifully vocalized, unusually thoughtful Lieder performances.

Gramophone Magazine, March 2013
Evidence of her artistry is everywhere apparent. Her phrasing is seamless, with none of the audible words-versus-music negotiations noticeable even in fine singers. Her vocal quality is not merely pure but powerful, though in her case that powers stays mostly in reserve until summoned by the music...Schwanewilms coaxes the listener into her realm with the subtlety of a whisper.

BBC Music Magazine, May 2013
Schwanewilms's interpretations are regularly imaginative, her singing musicianly, though not all of her vocalism matches her good intentions. There's sometimes...an edge to her tone that combines with a lack of vocal substance higher up...Elsewhere her wide-ranging instrument is used with artistic insight...she brings depth and command to Mahler's 'Das himmlische Leben', nicely capturing its blend of innocence and sophistication.

MusicWeb International, 12th June 2013
[Schwanewilms's] voice encompasses all the requirements for intimate lyrical songs as well the big dramatic outbursts and her tone is certainly among the most beautiful to be heard today. She has a pliable accompanist in the experienced Charles Spencer and the recording is excellent.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Tonal Audiophile Productions, Wien (02/21/2012-02/25/2012).



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>Liszt, Franz : Der Fischerknabe (I & II), song for voice & piano (Wilhelm Tell no 1), S. 292/1-2/1 (LW N32/1-2/1)
  • Performers: Anne Schwanewilms (Soprano); Charles Spencer (Piano)
  • Notes: Tonal Audiophile Productions, Wien (02/21/2012-02/25/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1845/1859

>Liszt, Franz : Der Hirt (I & II), song for voice & piano (Wilhelm Tell no 2), S. 292/1-2/2 (LW N32/1-2/2)
  • Performers: Anne Schwanewilms (Soprano); Charles Spencer (Piano)
  • Notes: Tonal Audiophile Productions, Wien (02/21/2012-02/25/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1845-1859

>Liszt, Franz : Der Alpenjäger (I & II), song for voice & piano (Wilhelm Tell no 3), S. 291/1-2/3 (LW N32/1-2/3)
  • Performers: Anne Schwanewilms (Soprano); Charles Spencer (Piano)
  • Notes: Tonal Audiophile Productions, Wien (02/21/2012-02/25/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1845/1859

>Mahler, Gustav : Des Knaben Wunderhorn
  • Performers: Anne Schwanewilms (Soprano); Charles Spencer (Piano)
  • Notes: Tonal Audiophile Productions, Wien (02/21/2012-02/25/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Mahler, Gustav : Des Knaben Wunderhorn
  • Performers: Anne Schwanewilms (Soprano); Charles Spencer (Piano)
  • Notes: Tonal Audiophile Productions, Wien (02/21/2012-02/25/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 08/09/1893

>Mahler, Gustav : Lieder und Gesänge, vol 2
  • Performers: Anne Schwanewilms (Soprano); Charles Spencer (Piano)
  • Notes: Tonal Audiophile Productions, Wien (02/21/2012-02/25/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1887-1890

>Mahler, Gustav : Des Knaben Wunderhorn
  • Performers: Anne Schwanewilms (Soprano); Charles Spencer (Piano)
  • Notes: Tonal Audiophile Productions, Wien (02/21/2012-02/25/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 02/01/1892

>Mahler, Gustav : Des Knaben Wunderhorn
  • Performers: Anne Schwanewilms (Soprano); Charles Spencer (Piano)
  • Notes: Tonal Audiophile Productions, Wien (02/21/2012-02/25/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1887-1890

>Mahler, Gustav : Lieder und Gesänge, vol 3
  • Performers: Anne Schwanewilms (Soprano); Charles Spencer (Piano)
  • Notes: Tonal Audiophile Productions, Wien (02/21/2012-02/25/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1887-1890

>Mahler, Gustav : Des Knaben Wunderhorn
  • Performers: Anne Schwanewilms (Soprano); Charles Spencer (Piano)
  • Notes: Tonal Audiophile Productions, Wien (02/21/2012-02/25/2012)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 07/1898

>Mahler, Gustav : Nicht wiedersehen!, song for voice & piano in C minor (Aus der Jugendzeit Vol. 3, no 4)
  • Performers: Anne Schwanewilms (Soprano); Charles Spencer (Piano)
  • Notes: Tonal Audiophile Productions, Wien (02/21/2012-02/25/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1887-1890

>Liszt, Franz : Buch der Lieder, Volume 2
  • Performers: Anne Schwanewilms (Soprano); Charles Spencer (Piano)
  • Notes: Tonal Audiophile Productions, Wien (02/21/2012-02/25/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1842

>Liszt, Franz : Die Loreley
  • Performers: Anne Schwanewilms (Soprano); Charles Spencer (Piano)
  • Notes: Tonal Audiophile Productions, Wien (02/21/2012-02/25/2012)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1841-1859

>Mahler, Gustav : Das himmlische Leben, song for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performers: Anne Schwanewilms (Soprano); Charles Spencer (Piano)
  • Notes: Tonal Audiophile Productions, Wien (02/21/2012-02/25/2012)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 02/10/1892