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Brahms: Lieder / Julia Brian, contralto; Noel Lee, piano

> 5 Lieder, Op. 94 (text by H. Schmidt) - 5 Lieder, Op. 94: No. 4. Sapphische Ode
> 11 Zigeunerlieder (Gypsy-Songs), Op. 103 - No. 1. He! Zigeuner
> 11 Zigeunerlieder (Gypsy-Songs), Op. 103 - No. 2. Hochgeturmte Rimaflut
> 11 Zigeunerlieder (Gypsy-Songs), Op. 103 - No. 3. Wisst ihr, wann mein Kindchen
> 11 Zigeunerlieder (Gypsy-Songs), Op. 103 - No. 4. Lieber Gott, du weisst
> 11 Zigeunerlieder (Gypsy-Songs), Op. 103 - No. 5. Brauner Bursche fuhrt zum Tanze
> 11 Zigeunerlieder (Gypsy-Songs), Op. 103 - No. 6. Roslein dreie in der Reihe
> 11 Zigeunerlieder (Gypsy-Songs), Op. 103 - No. 7. Kommt dir manchmal in den Sinn
> 11 Zigeunerlieder (Gypsy-Songs), Op. 103 - No. 8. Rote Abendwolken
> 4 Ernste Gesange, Op. 121 - No. 1. Denn es gehet dem Menschen wie dem Vieh
> 4 Ernste Gesange, Op. 121 - No. 2. Ich wandte mich …
> 4 Ernste Gesange, Op. 121 - No. 3. O Tod, wie bitter bist du
> 4 Ernste Gesange, Op. 121 - No. 4. Wenn ich mit Menschen-und mit Engelzungen redete
> 4 Gesange, Op. 43 (Traditional lyricist) - 4 Gesange, Op. 43: No. 1. Von ewiger Liebe
> 2 Gesange, Op. 91 - No. 1. Gestillte Sehnsucht (Longing Eased)
> 2 Gesange, Op. 91 - No. 2. Geistliches Wiegenlied (Sacred Lullaby)
> 4 Lieder, Op. 96 (text by H. Heine) - 4 Lieder, Op. 96: No. 4. Meerfahrt
> 4 Gesange, Op. 70 - 4 Gesange, Op. 70: No. 2. Lerchengesang
> 4 Lieder, Op. 96 (text by H. Heine) - 4 Lieder, Op. 96: No. 1. Der Tod, das ist die kuhle Nacht
> 5 Gesange, Op. 72 (text by C. Lemcke) - 5 Gesange, Op. 72: No. 4. Verzagen
> 4 Lieder, Op. 96 (text by H. Heine) - 4 Lieder, Op. 96: No. 3. Es schauen die Blumen
> 5 Lieder, Op. 49 (text by F. von Schack) - 5 Lieder, Op. 49: No. 5. Abenddammerung
> 5 Gesange, Op. 72 (text by J.W. Von Goethe) - 5 Gesange, Op. 72: No. 5. Unuberwindlich

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 94
>Brahms, Johannes : Zigeunerlieder (11) for vocal quartet & piano, Op. 103
>Brahms, Johannes : Serious Songs (4), Op. 121
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (4) for voice & piano, Op. 46
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (2) for Alto, Viola and Piano, Op. 91
>Brahms, Johannes : Meerfahrt ("Mein Liebchen, wir sassen beisammen"), song for voice & piano, Op. 96/4
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (4) for voice & piano, Op. 70
>Brahms, Johannes : Der Tod, das ist die kühle Nacht, Op. 96 no 1
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 72
>Brahms, Johannes : Es schauen die Blumen, Op. 96/3
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 49
>Brahms, Johannes : Unuberwindlich ("Hab ich tausendmal geschworen"), song for voice & piano, Op. 72/5
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Julia Brian's warm and generous contralto timbre enables her to perform the works of numerous German and Russian composers including Brahms, Schubert, Schumann, Mahler, Moussorgsky, Rachmaninov and Sviridov.

American Record Guide, January/February 2014
This contralto has a lovely, rich quality that matches Brahms's songs quite well. She sounds very dark and full. Her range leads her naturally to the viola songs and the Four Serious Songs. All in all this is a fine recording. The viola songs sound great; Estournet's sound is clearer. The recital is nicely varied by the Gypsy Songs, and the Serious Songs are nicely done. The pianist is also excellent; for proof listen to the first of the Serious Songs, where the passage work is as fine as I've ever heard.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: 2004.



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Works Details

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 94
  • Performer: Noël Lee (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>Brahms, Johannes : Zigeunerlieder (11) for vocal quartet & piano, Op. 103
  • Performer: Noël Lee (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1886.
  • Running Time: 10 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Brahms, Johannes : Serious Songs (4), Op. 121
  • Performer: Noël Lee (Piano)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1896

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (4) for voice & piano, Op. 46
  • Performer: Noël Lee (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1864.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1864

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (2) for Alto, Viola and Piano, Op. 91
  • Performers: Jean Estournet (Viola); Noël Lee (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1864-84.
  • Running Time: 10 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1864-1884

>Brahms, Johannes : Meerfahrt ("Mein Liebchen, wir sassen beisammen"), song for voice & piano, Op. 96/4
  • Performer: Noël Lee (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (4) for voice & piano, Op. 70 :: Lerchengesang, Op. 70/2
  • Performer: Noël Lee (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 02/1877.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 02/1877

>Brahms, Johannes : Der Tod, das ist die kühle Nacht, Op. 96 no 1
  • Performer: Noël Lee (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 72 :: Verzagen, Op. 72/4
  • Performer: Noël Lee (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1877

>Brahms, Johannes : Es schauen die Blumen, Op. 96/3
  • Performer: Noël Lee (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 49 :: Abenddämmerung, Op. 49/5
  • Performer: Noël Lee (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Brahms, Johannes : Unüberwindlich ("Hab ich tausendmal geschworen"), song for voice & piano, Op. 72/5
  • Performer: Noël Lee (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 05/1876