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Der Geist Spricht / The Spirit Speaks - works by Schubert,Schumann, Brahms, Wolf, Martin / Elem Eley, baritone; J.J. Penna, piano

Album Summary

>Schubert, Franz : Harfenspieler ("Wer sich der Einsamkeit ergibt"), for voice & piano, D. 325
>Schubert, Franz : Gesange des Harfners no 2, D 480
>Schubert, Franz : Gesange des Harfners no 3, D 479
>Schumann, Robert : Wer nie sein Brot mit Tranen ass, song for voice & piano (Wilhelm Meister songs), Op. 98a/4
>Schumann, Robert : Wer sich der Einsamkeit ergibt, song for voice & piano (Wilhelm Meister songs), Op. 98a/6
>Schumann, Robert : An die Turen will Ich schleichen, song for voice & piano (Wilhelm Meister songs), Op. 98a/8
>Brahms, Johannes : Serious Songs (4), Op. 121
>Wolf, Hugo : Goethe Lieder
>Martin, Frank : Monologes (6) from Jedermann, for alto (or baritone) & piano (or orchestra)
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

American Record Guide, July/August 2014
Eley credits the line "Ja, der Geist spricht" (Revelation 14:13) that Brahms uses in the final movement of his German Requiem as his inspiration for this program. The 19 songs he has chosen are for him expressions of how the Spirit speaks. I wish I could report that the performance is as good as the program. Ely's interpretations are shaped well enough. The performance is at the level of an adequate college faculty recital. Better readings of all of these songs are readily available.

This lieder recording ranges from the end of the 18th century to the 1970s. Baritone Elem Eley performs with great sensitivity and insight.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Behr Hall, Clark Music Center, The Lawrenceville School (08/08/2011-08/10/2011).



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Works Details

>Schubert, Franz : Harfenspieler ("Wer sich der Einsamkeit ergibt"), for voice & piano, D. 325
  • Performers: Elem Eley (Baritone); J.J. Penna (Piano)
  • Notes: Behr Hall, Clark Music Center, The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, New Jersey (08/08/2011-08/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 11/13/1815

>Schubert, Franz : Gesänge des Harfners no 2, D 480
  • Performers: Elem Eley (Baritone); J.J. Penna (Piano)
  • Notes: Behr Hall, Clark Music Center, The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, New Jersey (08/08/2011-08/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 09/1816

>Schubert, Franz : Gesänge des Harfners no 3, D 479
  • Performers: Elem Eley (Baritone); J.J. Penna (Piano)
  • Notes: Behr Hall, Clark Music Center, The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, New Jersey (08/08/2011-08/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 09/1816

>Schumann, Robert : Wer nie sein Brot mit Tränen ass, song for voice & piano (Wilhelm Meister songs), Op. 98a/4
  • Performers: Elem Eley (Baritone); J.J. Penna (Piano)
  • Notes: Behr Hall, Clark Music Center, The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, New Jersey (08/08/2011-08/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849

>Schumann, Robert : Wer sich der Einsamkeit ergibt, song for voice & piano (Wilhelm Meister songs), Op. 98a/6
  • Performers: Elem Eley (Baritone); J.J. Penna (Piano)
  • Notes: Behr Hall, Clark Music Center, The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, New Jersey (08/08/2011-08/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849

>Schumann, Robert : An die Turen will Ich schleichen, song for voice & piano (Wilhelm Meister songs), Op. 98a/8
  • Performers: Elem Eley (Baritone); J.J. Penna (Piano)
  • Notes: Behr Hall, Clark Music Center, The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, New Jersey (08/08/2011-08/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849

>Brahms, Johannes : Serious Songs (4), Op. 121
  • Performers: Elem Eley (Baritone); J.J. Penna (Piano)
  • Notes: Behr Hall, Clark Music Center, The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, New Jersey (08/08/2011-08/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1896

>Wolf, Hugo : Goethe Lieder
  • Performers: Elem Eley (Baritone); J.J. Penna (Piano)
  • Notes: Behr Hall, Clark Music Center, The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, New Jersey (08/08/2011-08/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 10/27/1888

>Wolf, Hugo : Goethe Lieder
  • Performers: Elem Eley (Baritone); J.J. Penna (Piano)
  • Notes: Behr Hall, Clark Music Center, The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, New Jersey (08/08/2011-08/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 10/29/1888

>Wolf, Hugo : Goethe Lieder
  • Performers: Elem Eley (Baritone); J.J. Penna (Piano)
  • Notes: Behr Hall, Clark Music Center, The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, New Jersey (08/08/2011-08/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 10/30/1888

>Martin, Frank : Monologes (6) from Jedermann, for alto (or baritone) & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performers: Elem Eley (Baritone); J.J. Penna (Piano)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943-1944