Johannes Brahms: Lieder, Opp.3, 43, 47/1, 48 / Barbara Hendricks, soprano; Roland Pontinen, piano

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (4) for voice & piano, Op. 70
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 72
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 107
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 105
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (9) for voice & piano, Op. 63
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (4) for voice & piano, Op. 46
>Brahms, Johannes : Der Tod, das ist die kühle Nacht, Op. 96 no 1
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 106
>Brahms, Johannes : Sommerabend ("Geh' schlafen, Tochter"), song for voice & piano, Op. 84/1
>Brahms, Johannes : Der Kranz ("Mutter, hilf mir, armen Tochter"), song for voice & piano, Op. 84/2
>Brahms, Johannes : Liebestreu, Op. 3 no 1
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (7) for voice & piano, Op. 95
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (8) for voice & piano, Op. 57
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (7) for voice & piano, Op. 48
>Brahms, Johannes : Romances and Songs (5), Op. 84
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (8) for voice & piano, Op. 59
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (6) for voice & piano, Op. 86
>Brahms, Johannes : Feldeinsamkeit, Op. 86/2
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 49
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 47
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

For years, Barbara Hendricks has been communicating her love of Lieder, in concerts and on disc. After Schumann, Schubert, Beethoven, after Spanish songs and those of Poulenc, it is the turn of Brahms to find sublimation in this disc of the Swedish soprano, magnificently accompanied on the piano by her partner Roland Pöntinen.

"I heard Brahms's lieder sung for the first time in one of Jennie Tourel's recitals and the other interpretations that touched me were usually sung by lower voices: mezzo-sopranos, contraltos and baritones. At age 25 I longed to sing his Lieder but was impatiently waiting for my voice to become more mature in its lower range; I longed to have a larger palette of color in my timbre so that I might approach the expressive range that I felt was needed for the songs. More than 20 years ago I began gradually to add Brahms's Lieder to my repertoire and Roland Pöntinen and I toured with them for many years before deciding to go to Nybrokajen, the concert hall of the Swedish Academy to record them."

"Roland brings to Brahms' music his usual care and attention to dynamics and color, establishing a cushion of sound that enables me to speak the music of Brahms while singing the texts with all of the nuances that the score demands. Roland and I have already recorded Hugo Wolf and Robert Schumann lieder, Nordic songs and Schubert's Schöne Müllerin and this Brahms recording is a continuation of that very rich and satisfying partnership."

Contrary to what might be thought, the Lieder of Johannes Brahms were no secondary genre of composition. He did in fact compose more than 200 with surprising regularity throughout his career, though for the most part between 1851 and 1888. Unlike his teacher and friend Schumann or Wolf who both had 'Lieder years', the Lied was omnipresent in Brahms' musical production, often forming a complimentary pole with his instrumental music, and serving as a model for an atmosphere or theme he would later exploit.

In the choice of texts Brahms was generally guided by the climate or message of a poem, more than by its formal perfection; it was no doubt for this reason that he set very little Goethe to music, whose poems, he said, "are all so accomplished that music cannot be added to them". Brahms thus preferred to set more elliptical poems to music, feeling that the lied should say something that words alone could not express. And whereas for some composers the words inspired the music, Brahms used them for creating an atmosphere and often for reflecting his own experiences. His favorite theme, indeed, was, naturally enough, love, in all its forms, whether evoking joy, optimism or nostalgia, loss, resignation, memory... in short: universal love. One finds in these lieder profound symbols of the real-life feelings, of the authentic, personal experiences of Johannes Brahms. Caught between romanticism and classicism, he offered in his lieder music that is individual, unbelievably pure, and consummate.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Royal Academy Hall of Music, Stockholm, Sweden (2002-03-04_2002-03-07&2007-).



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Works Details

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (4) for voice & piano, Op. 70
  • Performers: Barbara Hendricks; Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Notes: Royal Academy Hall of Music, Stockholm, Sweden (2002-03-04_2002-03-07&2007-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1884

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 72 :: Alte Liebe, Op. 72/1
  • Performers: Barbara Hendricks; Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Notes: Royal Academy Hall of Music, Stockholm, Sweden (2002-03-04_2002-03-07&2007-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 05/1876

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 107 :: Das Mädchen spricht, Op. 107/3
  • Performers: Barbara Hendricks; Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Notes: Royal Academy Hall of Music, Stockholm, Sweden (2002-03-04_2002-03-07&2007-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 105 :: Immer leiser wird mein Schlummer, Op. 105/2
  • Performers: Barbara Hendricks; Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Notes: Royal Academy Hall of Music, Stockholm, Sweden (2002-03-04_2002-03-07&2007-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1886

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (9) for voice & piano, Op. 63 :: Junge Liebe I, Op. 63/5
  • Performers: Barbara Hendricks; Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Notes: Royal Academy Hall of Music, Stockholm, Sweden (2002-03-04_2002-03-07&2007-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (4) for voice & piano, Op. 46
  • Performers: Barbara Hendricks; Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Notes: Royal Academy Hall of Music, Stockholm, Sweden (2002-03-04_2002-03-07&2007-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1864

>Brahms, Johannes : Der Tod, das ist die kühle Nacht, Op. 96 no 1
  • Performers: Barbara Hendricks; Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Notes: Royal Academy Hall of Music, Stockholm, Sweden (2002-03-04_2002-03-07&2007-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 106 :: Ständchen, Op. 106/1
  • Performers: Barbara Hendricks; Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Notes: Royal Academy Hall of Music, Stockholm, Sweden (2002-03-04_2002-03-07&2007-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 107 :: Mädchenlied, Op. 107/5
  • Performers: Barbara Hendricks; Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Notes: Royal Academy Hall of Music, Stockholm, Sweden (2002-03-04_2002-03-07&2007-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Brahms, Johannes : Sommerabend ("Geh' schlafen, Tochter"), song for voice & piano, Op. 84/1
  • Performers: Barbara Hendricks; Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Notes: Royal Academy Hall of Music, Stockholm, Sweden (2002-03-04_2002-03-07&2007-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Brahms, Johannes : Der Kranz ("Mutter, hilf mir, armen Tochter"), song for voice & piano, Op. 84/2
  • Performers: Barbara Hendricks; Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Notes: Royal Academy Hall of Music, Stockholm, Sweden (2002-03-04_2002-03-07&2007-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Brahms, Johannes : Liebestreu, Op. 3 no 1
  • Performers: Barbara Hendricks; Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Notes: Royal Academy Hall of Music, Stockholm, Sweden (2002-03-04_2002-03-07&2007-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1852-1853

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (7) for voice & piano, Op. 95 :: Der Jäger, Op. 95/4
  • Performers: Barbara Hendricks; Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Notes: Royal Academy Hall of Music, Stockholm, Sweden (2002-03-04_2002-03-07&2007-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (8) for voice & piano, Op. 57 :: Von waldbekränzter Höhe, Op. 57/1
  • Performers: Barbara Hendricks; Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Notes: Royal Academy Hall of Music, Stockholm, Sweden (2002-03-04_2002-03-07&2007-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1871

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (8) for voice & piano, Op. 57 :: Wenn du nur zuweilen lächelst, Op. 57/2
  • Performers: Barbara Hendricks; Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Notes: Royal Academy Hall of Music, Stockholm, Sweden (2002-03-04_2002-03-07&2007-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (8) for voice & piano, Op. 57 :: Es traumte mir, ich sei dir teuer, Op. 57/3
  • Performers: Barbara Hendricks; Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Notes: Royal Academy Hall of Music, Stockholm, Sweden (2002-03-04_2002-03-07&2007-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1871

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (8) for voice & piano, Op. 57 :: Ach, wende diesen Blick, Op. 57/4
  • Performers: Barbara Hendricks; Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Notes: Royal Academy Hall of Music, Stockholm, Sweden (2002-03-04_2002-03-07&2007-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1871

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (8) for voice & piano, Op. 57 :: Unbewegte laue Luft, Op. 57/8
  • Performers: Barbara Hendricks; Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Notes: Royal Academy Hall of Music, Stockholm, Sweden (2002-03-04_2002-03-07&2007-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1871

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (7) for voice & piano, Op. 48
  • Performers: Barbara Hendricks; Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Notes: Royal Academy Hall of Music, Stockholm, Sweden (2002-03-04_2002-03-07&2007-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1869

>Brahms, Johannes : Romances and Songs (5), Op. 84
  • Performers: Barbara Hendricks; Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Notes: Royal Academy Hall of Music, Stockholm, Sweden (2002-03-04_2002-03-07&2007-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1882

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 105 :: Wie Melodien zeiht es mir leise durch den Sinn, Op. 105/1
  • Performers: Barbara Hendricks; Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Notes: Royal Academy Hall of Music, Stockholm, Sweden (2002-03-04_2002-03-07&2007-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1886

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 107 :: Salamander, Op. 107/2
  • Performers: Barbara Hendricks; Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Notes: Royal Academy Hall of Music, Stockholm, Sweden (2002-03-04_2002-03-07&2007-)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (8) for voice & piano, Op. 59 :: Agnes, Op. 59/5
  • Performers: Barbara Hendricks; Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Notes: Royal Academy Hall of Music, Stockholm, Sweden (2002-03-04_2002-03-07&2007-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (6) for voice & piano, Op. 86
  • Performers: Barbara Hendricks; Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Notes: Royal Academy Hall of Music, Stockholm, Sweden (2002-03-04_2002-03-07&2007-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Brahms, Johannes : Feldeinsamkeit, Op. 86/2
  • Performers: Barbara Hendricks; Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Notes: Royal Academy Hall of Music, Stockholm, Sweden (2002-03-04_2002-03-07&2007-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1878

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 49 :: Wiegenlied, Op. 49/4
  • Performers: Barbara Hendricks; Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Notes: Royal Academy Hall of Music, Stockholm, Sweden (2002-03-04_2002-03-07&2007-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1868

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 47 :: Botschaft, Op. 47/1
  • Performers: Barbara Hendricks; Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Notes: Royal Academy Hall of Music, Stockholm, Sweden (2002-03-04_2002-03-07&2007-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 06/1868