Notes & Reviews:
The complete Italienische Liederbuch of Hugo Wolf is a collection of song settings designed to prove to his critics that the genre of "song" is in no way secondary to symphonic or instrumental writing. These works are masterfully sung by the incomparable soprano Joan Rodgers CBE and acclaimed baritone Roderick Williams in their debut recording for Champs Hill Records.
American Record Guide, January/February 2014
Their performance is exceptionally good. Rogers has a rich voice with a mezzo quality. Roderick Williams is a wonderful lyric baritone whose exquisite shaping of phrases with skilled use of dynamics contributes to making this a first-rate reading. His is simply one of the loveliest baritone voices to be heard these days - supple and smooth as silk. In the end, your preferred recording depends on the inherent beauty and artistry of the performances. Schwarzkopf, Fischer-Dieskau, and Moore supply the benchmark. The archness of her voice is especially suited to the take-no-nonsense songs, and she comes across as a woman to be reckoned with.
Recording information: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (07/03/2012-07/06/2012).
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Works DetailsWolf, Hugo : Italienisches Liederbuch I
- Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Joan Rodgers (Soprano)
- Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (07/03/2012-07/06/2012)
- Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Written: 1891-1896