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3 Classic Albums - Songs my Mother taught me; Lamento; French Arias / Magdalena Kozena, soprano

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Christoph : Ach, daß ich Wassers genug hätte, vocal concerto
>Cont, Francesco Bartolomeo : Languet anima mea, cantata for voice, 2 oboes & strings
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 170, "Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust" BWV 170
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 200, "Bekennen will ich seinen Namen" BWV 200
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Selma (I), secular cantata for voice, 2 flutes, strings & continuo, H. 739, Wq. 236
>Bach, Johann Christoph Friedrich : Die Amerikanerin, HW 18 no 3
>Auber, Daniel-François-Esprit : Le Domino noir
>Gounod, Charles : Cinq-Mars
>Gounod, Charles : Roméo et Juliette
>Massenet, Jules : Cléopâtre
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Don Carlos
>Berlioz, Hector : La damnation de Faust, Op. 24
>Ravel, Maurice : L'Heure espagnole
>Massenet, Jules : Don Quichotte
>Thomas, Ambroise : Mignon
>Boieldieu, François-Adrien : La Dame blanche
>Gounod, Charles : Sapho
>Offenbach, Jacques : Les Contes d'Hoffman
>Massenet, Jules : Cendrillon
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
>Traditional, Moravian : Kebych bola johadú (If I Were A Strawberry)
>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Moravian Folk Poetry in Songs
>Dvorak, Antonin : Gypsy Melodies, Op. 55
>Schulhoff, Erwin : Folksongs & Dances from the Tesínsko Region, WV 120
>Eben, Petr : Lute Songs (Písne k loutne), for voice & guitar
>Rösler, Jan Josef : An die Entfernte (To the Distant Beloved), for voice & piano
>Novák, Vitezslav : Pohádka srdce (Fairytale of the Heart), for voice & piano, Op. 8
>Dvorak, Antonin : Evening Songs, Op. 3
>Dvorak, Antonin : Moravian Duets, Op. 32
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Songs (7) on Two Pages, for voice & piano, H. 302
>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Silesian Songs from Helena Salichová's Collection
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Lamento: Although the title Lamento may suggest wailing and gnashing of teeth, this is a sublime and eclectic mixture of music by J. S. Bach, his relations and one of his Italian contemporaries. There is something about the simplicity of this music that touches and inspires Magdalena Koená and helps explain what has made her such a renowned Bach interpreter. "When you sing Bach," she says, "it should really come from somewhere inside. There can be nothing superficial about it. Bach's music can't stand any of the artificial effects that you can use for other Baroque composers." The singer found working with Reinhard Goebel a particularly rewarding experience. "He's a true specialist: all his life he's spent playing and researching this music, and so it's always extremely enlightening to hear what he thinks. He has precise ideas about how things should be done, and how the music was performed in its own time." When this album was released in 2005, The Times of London remarked on its "fascinating repertory" and affirmed that "Koená brings to this material commitment, powerful feeling and great flexibility: hers is truly a voice of many colors."

French Arias: When she started her career at the Brno opera house, Magdalena Koená had few opportunities to sing French music. That changed when she met Marc Minkowski, who, apart from his vast knowledge of the Baroque repertoire, has a deep affection for French opera and operetta (he chose Koená as the heroine of Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande for both his stage production in Leipzig and a concert performance at Paris's Opéra-Comique for the opera's 100th anniversary in 2002). Minkowski became her mentor in matters of Gallic style, so it isn't surprising that the conductor influenced the content of her French disc. The oldest music in the album is an aria from Boieldieu's La Dame blanche and the most modern is Ravel, an extract from L'Heure espagnole. Reviewing the original 2003 release - which helped Koená to win Gramophone's "Artist of the Year" award in 2004 - BBC Music Magazine exclaimed, "this is exactly what the French repertoire has been pining for," while London's Opera magazine declared that "there's a freshness about Koená's artistry that makes something telling of every item".

Songs My Mother Taught Me: Magdalena Koená has said that the title of this album is not fanciful. There are indeed songs here that her mother sang to her as a child and others which she heard in village festivals from musicians who kept alive the traditions of Czech and Moravian folk poetry and song: "Especially the Janácek. These are songs he arranged in a very particular way, and they are just the sort a mother would sing to her baby. There is a particular tradition of singing to children in our country, much stronger, I would say, than one sees any more in the West. A lot of Czech music is still very little known. My idea in this recital was to bring together songs by all these very different composers in order to show its enormously wide range. There is a very big difference, say, between the simplicity of some of the Janácek and Martinu arrangements and the much more sophisticated style of Novák, but even in those songs I can hear something very Czech, very close to all of us." Reviewing the disc in 2008, Gramophone wrote: "Koená clearly cares deeply about this repertoire and she throws herself into it. The result is a privileged sense of keying into a rich culture indeed."



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>Bach, Johann Christoph : Ach, daß ich Wassers genug hätte, vocal concerto
  • Performer: Magdalena Kozená (Voice)
  • Conductor: Reinhard Goebel
  • Ensemble: Musica Antiqua Köln
  • Running Time: 7 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto

>Cont, Francesco Bartolomeo : Languet anima mea, cantata for voice, 2 oboes & strings
  • Performer: Magdalena Kozená (Voice)
  • Conductor: Reinhard Goebel
  • Ensemble: Musica Antiqua Köln
  • Running Time: 12 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 170, "Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust" BWV 170
  • Performer: Magdalena Kozená (Voice)
  • Conductor: Reinhard Goebel
  • Ensemble: Musica Antiqua Köln
  • Running Time: 17 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 07/28/1726

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 200, "Bekennen will ich seinen Namen" BWV 200
  • Performer: Magdalena Kozená (Voice)
  • Conductor: Reinhard Goebel
  • Ensemble: Musica Antiqua Köln
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1742-1743

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Selma (I), secular cantata for voice, 2 flutes, strings & continuo, H. 739, Wq. 236
  • Performer: Magdalena Kozená (Voice)
  • Conductor: Reinhard Goebel
  • Ensemble: Musica Antiqua Köln
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1775

>Bach, Johann Christoph Friedrich : Die Amerikanerin, HW 18 no 3
  • Performer: Magdalena Kozená (Voice)
  • Conductor: Reinhard Goebel
  • Ensemble: Musica Antiqua Köln
  • Running Time: 10 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1776

>Auber, Daniel-François-Esprit : Le Domino noir :: Je suis sauvée enfin!... Ah! quelle nuit!... Flamme vengeresse
  • Performers: Magdalena Kozená (Voice); Jory Vinikour (Piano)
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Running Time: 6 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1837

>Gounod, Charles : Cinq-Mars :: Nuit resplendissante
  • Performers: Magdalena Kozená (Voice); Jory Vinikour (Piano)
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Running Time: 5 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1876-1877

>Gounod, Charles : Roméo et Juliette :: Depuis hier... Que fais-tu, blanche tourterelle
  • Performers: Magdalena Kozená (Voice); Jory Vinikour (Piano)
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Notes: Composition written: 1865-71.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1865-1871

>Massenet, Jules : Cléopâtre :: J'ai versé le poison
  • Performers: Magdalena Kozená (Voice); Jory Vinikour (Piano)
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Don Carlos :: Sous ce bois au feuillage immense
  • Performers: Magdalena Kozená (Voice); Jory Vinikour (Piano)
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Notes: Composition written: 1884.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Don Carlos :: Au palais des fées
  • Performers: Magdalena Kozená (Voice); Marina Lodygensky (Soprano); Jory Vinikour (Piano)
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Notes: Composition written: 1884.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>Berlioz, Hector : La damnation de Faust, Op. 24 :: Chanson gothique
  • Performers: Magdalena Kozená (Voice); Jory Vinikour (Piano)
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Running Time: 5 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 11/1845-10/1846

>Ravel, Maurice : L'Heure espagnole :: Oh! la pitoyable aventure!
  • Performers: Magdalena Kozená (Voice); Jory Vinikour (Piano)
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1907

>Massenet, Jules : Don Quichotte :: Lorsque le temps d'amour... Ne pensions qu'au plaisir d'aimer
  • Performers: Christophe Grapperon (Baritone); Jean-Christophe Keck (Tenor); Magdalena Kozená (Voice); Jory Vinikour (Piano); Jean Zvellereiter (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Running Time: 6 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Thomas, Ambroise : Mignon :: Connais-tu le pays
  • Performers: Magdalena Kozená (Voice); Jory Vinikour (Piano)
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Running Time: 5 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1866

>Boieldieu, François-Adrien : La Dame blanche :: Chut, chut!... D'ici voyez ce beau domaine
  • Performers: Magdalena Kozená (Voice); Jory Vinikour (Piano)
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1825

>Gounod, Charles : Sapho :: Où suis-je?... O ma lyre immortelle
  • Performers: Magdalena Kozená (Voice); Jory Vinikour (Piano)
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Running Time: 7 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1850-1851

>Offenbach, Jacques : Les Contes d'Hoffman :: Une guitare... O rêve de joie... Voyez-la sous son éventail
  • Performers: Jean-Christophe Keck (Tenor); Magdalena Kozená (Voice); Jory Vinikour (Piano)
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Massenet, Jules : Cendrillon :: Ah! que mes sours... Reste au foyer, petit grillon
  • Performers: Magdalena Kozená (Voice); Jory Vinikour (Piano)
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Running Time: 9 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: Les tringles des sistres
  • Performers: Claire Delgado-Boge (Soprano); Magdalena Kozená (Voice); Edwige Parat (Voice); Jory Vinikour (Piano)
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Traditional, Moravian : Kebych bola johadú (If I Were A Strawberry)
  • Performer: Magdalena Kozená (Voice)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 6 sec.

>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Moravian Folk Poetry in Songs :: 37. Lavecka (The Little Bench)
  • Performers: Magdalena Kozená (Voice); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1892-1901

>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Moravian Folk Poetry in Songs :: 12. Jabúcko (Little Apple)
  • Performers: Magdalena Kozená (Voice); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1892-1901

>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Moravian Folk Poetry in Songs :: 50. Muzikanti (Musicians)
  • Performers: Magdalena Kozená (Voice); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1892-1901

>Dvorak, Antonin : Gypsy Melodies, Op. 55 :: 4. Kdyz mne stará matka (Songs My Mother Taught Me)
  • Performers: Magdalena Kozená (Voice); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: ?01/18/1880-02/23/1880.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Dvorak, Antonin : Gypsy Melodies, Op. 55 :: 5. Struna Naladena (The strings are tuned)
  • Performers: Magdalena Kozená (Voice); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: ?01/18/1880-02/23/1880.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Dvorak, Antonin : Gypsy Melodies, Op. 55 :: 3. A les je tichy kolem kol (And the wood is quiet all around)
  • Performers: Magdalena Kozená (Voice); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: ?01/18/1880-02/23/1880.
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Schulhoff, Erwin : Folksongs & Dances from the Tesínsko Region, WV 120 :: 3. Pasala volky (She was grazing her oxen)
  • Performers: Magdalena Kozená (Voice); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Schulhoff, Erwin : Folksongs & Dances from the Tesínsko Region, WV 120 :: 15. Kdyz sem byla mamince na kline (When I was
  • Performers: Magdalena Kozená (Voice); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Schulhoff, Erwin : Folksongs & Dances from the Tesínsko Region, WV 120 :: 4. Sidej na vuz (Come and sit in my trap)
  • Performers: Magdalena Kozená (Voice); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Eben, Petr : Lute Songs (Písne k loutne), for voice & guitar
  • Performers: Michael Freimuth (Guitar); Magdalena Kozená (Voice)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Rösler, Jan Josef : An die Entfernte (To the Distant Beloved), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Magdalena Kozená (Voice); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Novák, Vitezslav : Pohádka srdce (Fairytale of the Heart), for voice & piano, Op. 8
  • Performers: Magdalena Kozená (Voice); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Dvorak, Antonin : Evening Songs, Op. 3 :: 2. Mne zdálo se, zes umrela (I dreamt you were dead)
  • Performers: Magdalena Kozená (Voice); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: Circa 06/1876-07/1876.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 06/1876-07/1

>Dvorak, Antonin : Moravian Duets, Op. 32 :: 9. Prsten (The Ring)
  • Performers: Magdalena Kozená (Voice); Malcolm Martineau (Piano); Dorothea Röschmann (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Dvorak, Antonin : Moravian Duets, Op. 32 :: 11. Zajatá (A Captive)
  • Performers: Magdalena Kozená (Voice); Malcolm Martineau (Piano); Dorothea Röschmann (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Songs (7) on Two Pages, for voice & piano, H. 302
  • Performers: Magdalena Kozená (Voice); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 10/1944

>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Silesian Songs from Helena Salichová's Collection :: 7. Aj co to je za slavicek (Hey, what nightingale
  • Performers: Magdalena Kozená (Voice); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918

>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Silesian Songs from Helena Salichová's Collection :: 10. V cernym lese (In the black wood)
  • Performers: Magdalena Kozená (Voice); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918