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Songs by Wolf & Brahms / Alastair Miles, bass-baritione; Marie-Noelle Kendall, piano

Album Summary

>Wolf, Hugo : Prometheus ("Bedecke deinen Himmel, Zeus"), song for voice & piano (Goethe Lieder)
>Wolf, Hugo : Grenzen der Menscheit ("Wenn der uralte heilige Vater"), song for voice & piano (Goethe Lieder)
>Wolf, Hugo : Der Sänger ("Was hör' ich draussen vor dem Tor"), song for voice and piano (Goethe Lieder)
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (9) for voice & piano, Op. 63
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 105
>Brahms, Johannes : Feldeinsamkeit, Op. 86/2
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (9) for voice & piano, Op. 32
>Wolf, Hugo : Drei Gedichte von Michelangelo, for voice & piano
>Brahms, Johannes : Serious Songs (4), Op. 121
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Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Magazine, May 2014
Miles's oaken depth of tone and amplitude of line are impressive, and ultimately moving...This is not, perhaps, a disc to play straight through. But it's a nobly sung recital, confirming that the leading English operatic basso cantante is also a Lieder singer of intelligence and insight.

International Record Review, May 2014
From the start to the finish of this CD, Kendall works well with Miles, from the gentle to the unrestricted, and he is in very good voice, all in a clear acoustic.

Opera Now
After the 174 bars of hectic introduction to Wolf 's Prometheus, Miles's voice bursts into the first line of the song with a vengeance. And so it continues through the programme - a rich and resonant tone, even throughout its easy range, excellent diction and a strong identification with the text.

American Record Guide, July/August 2014
Everything about this recital is commendable. While his reading of Brahms's 'Feldeinsamkeit' is more muscular than Fischer- Dieskau. There are other fine recordings of Brahms's Four Serious Songs. I've long admired this artist's singing. Kendall's accompaniment is everything you could hope for. With such gifted collaboration this is extraordinarily moving music-making - and the recorded sound is first rate. The notes point out aspects of the personal relationship between Wolf and Brahms and the thematic connections between their songs.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Snape (01/24/2013-01/26/2013).



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Works Details

>Wolf, Hugo : Prometheus ("Bedecke deinen Himmel, Zeus"), song for voice & piano (Goethe Lieder)
  • Performers: Marie-Noelle Kendall (Piano); Alastair Miles
  • Notes: The Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Snape (01/24/2013-01/26/2013)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 01/02/1889

>Wolf, Hugo : Grenzen der Menscheit ("Wenn der uralte heilige Vater"), song for voice & piano (Goethe Lieder)
  • Performers: Marie-Noelle Kendall (Piano); Alastair Miles
  • Notes: The Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Snape (01/24/2013-01/26/2013)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 01/09/1889

>Wolf, Hugo : Der Sänger ("Was hör' ich draussen vor dem Tor"), song for voice and piano (Goethe Lieder)
  • Performers: Marie-Noelle Kendall (Piano); Alastair Miles
  • Notes: The Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Snape (01/24/2013-01/26/2013)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 12/14/1888

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (9) for voice & piano, Op. 63 :: Heimweh II, Op. 63/8
  • Performers: Marie-Noelle Kendall (Piano); Alastair Miles
  • Notes: The Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Snape (01/24/2013-01/26/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 105 :: Auf dem Kirchhofe, Op. 105/4
  • Performers: Marie-Noelle Kendall (Piano); Alastair Miles
  • Notes: The Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Snape (01/24/2013-01/26/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1886

>Brahms, Johannes : Feldeinsamkeit, Op. 86/2
  • Performers: Marie-Noelle Kendall (Piano); Alastair Miles
  • Notes: The Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Snape (01/24/2013-01/26/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1878

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 105 :: Verrat, Op. 105/5
  • Performers: Marie-Noelle Kendall (Piano); Alastair Miles
  • Notes: The Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Snape (01/24/2013-01/26/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1886

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (9) for voice & piano, Op. 32 :: Nicht mehr zu dir zu gehen, Op. 32/2
  • Performers: Marie-Noelle Kendall (Piano); Alastair Miles
  • Notes: The Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Snape (01/24/2013-01/26/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1864

>Wolf, Hugo : Drei Gedichte von Michelangelo, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Marie-Noelle Kendall (Piano); Alastair Miles
  • Notes: The Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Snape (01/24/2013-01/26/2013)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 03/1897

>Brahms, Johannes : Serious Songs (4), Op. 121
  • Performers: Marie-Noelle Kendall (Piano); Alastair Miles
  • Notes: The Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Snape (01/24/2013-01/26/2013)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1896