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Songs by Strauss, Fauré, Debussy, Poulenc, Wolf & Berg / Christiane Karg, soprano; Malcolm Martineau, piano

Album Summary

>Strauss, Richard : Die erwachte Rose ("Die Knospe träumte von Sonnenschein"), song for voice & piano, o.Op. 66 (TrV 90,
>Strauss, Richard : Rote Rosen ("Weisst Du die Rose, die Du mir gegeben?"), song for voice & piano, o.Op. 76 (TrV 119, A
>Strauss, Richard : Mädchenblumen, songs (4) for voice & piano, Op. 22 (TrV 153)
>Fauré, Gabriel : Nell, Op. 18 no 1
>Fauré, Gabriel : Les roses d'Ispahan, Op. 39 no 4
>Fauré, Gabriel : La rose, Op. 51 no 4
>Debussy, Claude : Ariettes oubliées (6), song cycle for voice & piano, L. 60
>Poulenc, Francis : Fleurs ("Fleurs promises, fleurs tenues..."), song for voice & piano (Fiançailles pour rire), FP 101
>Strauss, Richard : Die Nacht, Op. 10 no 3
>Strauss, Richard : Traum durch die Dämmerung ("Weite Wiesen im Dämmergrau"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op.
>Strauss, Richard : Weisser Jasmin ("Bleiche Blüte, Blüte der Liebe"), song for voice & piano, Op. 31/3 (TrV 173/3)
>Wolf, Hugo : Verschwiegene Liebe ("Über Wipfel und Saaten"), song for voice & piano (Eichendorff Lieder)
>Wolf, Hugo : Die Nacht ("Nacht ist wie ein stilles Meer"), song for voice & piano (Eichendorff Lieder)
>Wolf, Hugo : Lieder von Eichendorff
>Wolf, Hugo : Nachtzauber ("Hörst du nicht die Quellen rauschen"), for voice & piano (Eichendorff Lieder, 8)
>Berg, Alban : Early Songs (7)
>Word, Spoken : Spoken introduction to Wolf's Bedeckt mich mit Blumen
>Wolf, Hugo : Bedeckt mich mit Blumen (no 26 of Spanischen Liederbuch)
>Word, Spoken : Spoken introduction to Schumann's Du bist wie eine Blumen
>Schumann, Robert : Myrthen, Op. 25
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Notes & Reviews:

American Record Guide, July/August 2014
This debut recital of German soprano Christiane Karg was recorded in concert at Wigmore Hall. Karg and Martineau perform with great musicality; Karg's silvery voice is even, bright, and clear, and Martineau plays with his usual sophistication. The French songs, especially the Fauré, are wonderfully straightforward; and the climax of 'Spleen' is appropriately dramatic. 'Unfall' is clever. Karg sustains a warm legato despite the difficult twists and turns in the rapturous Berg cycle; and Martineau's playing is full, warm, clear, and dare I say, orchestral.

Recorded live at Wigmore Hall, London, on 19 July 2012

The Wigmore Hall debut of young Bavarian soprano Christiane Karg in July 2012 proved a glistening highlight of the summer's song recital series.

A regular guest at the world's leading opera houses, singing roles from Musetta (La boheme) to Poppea (L'incoronazione di Poppea), she is also renowned throughout the world for her enchanting performances on the concert platform.

Her recital featured two themes to link the program: botanical in the first half, nocturnal in the second.

Exploring celebrated jewels of the art song repertoire alongside lesser-known, but equally charming, discoveries, the program moves from rarely heard floral songs from Strauss's teens, through dreamy settings by Faure, Debussy and Poulenc, mysterious and nocturnal Lieder of Wolf to Berg's Sieben fruhe Lieder.

BBC Music Magazine, January 2014
[Karg] has a natural ease with tempo, underpinned, of course, by Martineau as the ever-perfect foil at the piano...[the voice] is fresh and clear. She is certainly not lacking in honeyed warmth in the Strauss songs...a thoroughly enjoyable recital.

Gramophone Magazine, December 2013
Some of the most natural, straightforward Wolf performances I've encountered. So deeply has she embodied the material that she seems to live the songs rather than projecting them as an outside entity. A minor miracle?

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Wigmore Hall, London (07/19/2012).



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>Strauss, Richard : Die erwachte Rose ("Die Knospe träumte von Sonnenschein"), song for voice & piano, o.Op. 66 (TrV 90,
  • Performers: Christiane Karg (Soprano); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1880

>Strauss, Richard : Rote Rosen ("Weisst Du die Rose, die Du mir gegeben?"), song for voice & piano, o.Op. 76 (TrV 119, A
  • Performers: Christiane Karg (Soprano); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1883

>Strauss, Richard : Mädchenblumen, songs (4) for voice & piano, Op. 22 (TrV 153)
  • Performers: Christiane Karg (Soprano); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1886-1888

>Fauré, Gabriel : Nell, Op. 18 no 1
  • Performers: Christiane Karg (Soprano); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Fauré, Gabriel : Les roses d'Ispahan, Op. 39 no 4
  • Performers: Christiane Karg (Soprano); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1884

>Fauré, Gabriel : La rose, Op. 51 no 4
  • Performers: Christiane Karg (Soprano); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890

>Debussy, Claude : Ariettes oubliées (6), song cycle for voice & piano, L. 60
  • Performers: Christiane Karg (Soprano); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1885-1887

>Poulenc, Francis : Fleurs ("Fleurs promises, fleurs tenues..."), song for voice & piano (Fiançailles pour rire), FP 101
  • Performers: Christiane Karg (Soprano); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1939

>Strauss, Richard : Die Nacht, Op. 10 no 3
  • Performers: Christiane Karg (Soprano); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1885

>Strauss, Richard : Traum durch die Dämmerung ("Weite Wiesen im Dämmergrau"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op.
  • Performers: Christiane Karg (Soprano); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1895

>Strauss, Richard : Weisser Jasmin ("Bleiche Blüte, Blüte der Liebe"), song for voice & piano, Op. 31/3 (TrV 173/3)
  • Performers: Christiane Karg (Soprano); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1895

>Wolf, Hugo : Verschwiegene Liebe ("Über Wipfel und Saaten"), song for voice & piano (Eichendorff Lieder)
  • Performers: Christiane Karg (Soprano); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 08/31/1888

>Wolf, Hugo : Die Nacht ("Nacht ist wie ein stilles Meer"), song for voice & piano (Eichendorff Lieder)
  • Performers: Christiane Karg (Soprano); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 02/03/1880

>Wolf, Hugo : Lieder von Eichendorff
  • Performers: Christiane Karg (Soprano); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 09/25/1888

>Wolf, Hugo : Nachtzauber ("Hörst du nicht die Quellen rauschen"), for voice & piano (Eichendorff Lieder, 8)
  • Performers: Christiane Karg (Soprano); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 05/24/1887

>Berg, Alban : Early Songs (7)
  • Performers: Christiane Karg (Soprano); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1905-1908

>Word, Spoken : Spoken introduction to Wolf's Bedeckt mich mit Blumen
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Wolf, Hugo : Bedeckt mich mit Blumen (no 26 of Spanischen Liederbuch)
  • Performers: Christiane Karg (Soprano); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 11/10/1889

>Word, Spoken : Spoken introduction to Schumann's Du bist wie eine Blumen
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Schumann, Robert : Myrthen, Op. 25
  • Performers: Christiane Karg (Soprano); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1840