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Prayer: Songs for Voice & Organ / Magdalena Kozena, soprano; Christian Schmitt, organ

Audio Samples

>Schubert, Franz : Totengräbers Heimweh ("O Menschheit, o Leben..."), song for voice & piano, D. 842
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Komm, süsser Tod, for voice & continuo (Schemelli Gesangbuch no 868), BWV 478 (BC F227)
>Wolf, Hugo : Karwoche ("O Woche! Zeugin heiliger Beschwerde"), song for voice & piano (Mörike Lieder)
>Ravel, Maurice : Kaddisch, song for voice & piano (Mélodie hébraïque no 1)
>Bizet, Georges : Agnus Dei, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
>Wolf, Hugo : Mühvoll komm' ich und beladen, song for voice and piano (Spanisches Liederbuch)
>Purcell, Henry : Tell me, some pitying angel, Z 196 "Blessed Virgin's Expostulation"
>Dvorak, Antonin : Ave Maria, for alto or baritone & organ, B. 68 (Op. 19b)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : So gibst du nun, mein Jesu, gut Nacht, sacred song for voice & continuo (Schemelli Gesangbuch no 31
>Schubert, Franz : Himmelsfunken, D 651
>Wolf, Hugo : Zum neuen Jahr ("Wie heimlicher Weise"), song for voice & piano (Mörike Lieder)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Die goldne Sonne, voll Freud und Wonne, sacred song for voice & continuo (Schemelli Gesangbuch no 1
>Schubert, Franz : Vom Mitleiden Mariä ("Als bei dem Kreuz"), song for voice & piano, D. 632
>Wolf, Hugo : Schlafendes Jesuskind ("Sohn der Jungfrau"), song for voice & piano (Mörike Lieder)
>Schubert, Franz : Litanei auf das Fest Aller Seelen, D 343
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Ave Maria
>Wolf, Hugo : Gebet ("Herr! schicke was du willt"), song for voice & piano (Mörike Lieder)
>Schubert, Franz : Der Leidende ("Nimmer trag' ich"), song for voice & piano (two versions), D. 432
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Mein Jesu! was für Seelenweh, for voice & continuo (Schemelli Gesangbuch no 283), BWV 487 (BC F237)
>Duruflé, Maurice : Notre Père (2 versions), for chorus; for male voices & organ, Op. 14
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Kommt, Seelen, dieser Tag, sacred song for voice & continuo (Schemelli Gesangbuch no 936), BWV 479

Album Summary

>Schubert, Franz : Totengräbers Heimweh ("O Menschheit, o Leben..."), song for voice & piano, D. 842
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Komm, süsser Tod, for voice & continuo (Schemelli Gesangbuch no 868), BWV 478 (BC F227)
>Wolf, Hugo : Karwoche ("O Woche! Zeugin heiliger Beschwerde"), song for voice & piano (Mörike Lieder)
>Ravel, Maurice : Kaddisch, song for voice & piano (Mélodie hébraïque no 1)
>Bizet, Georges : Agnus Dei, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
>Wolf, Hugo : Mühvoll komm' ich und beladen, song for voice and piano (Spanisches Liederbuch)
>Purcell, Henry : Tell me, some pitying angel, Z 196 "Blessed Virgin's Expostulation"
>Dvorak, Antonin : Ave Maria, for alto or baritone & organ, B. 68 (Op. 19b)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : So gibst du nun, mein Jesu, gut Nacht, sacred song for voice & continuo (Schemelli Gesangbuch no 31
>Schubert, Franz : Himmelsfunken, D 651
>Wolf, Hugo : Zum neuen Jahr ("Wie heimlicher Weise"), song for voice & piano (Mörike Lieder)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Die goldne Sonne, voll Freud und Wonne, sacred song for voice & continuo (Schemelli Gesangbuch no 1
>Schubert, Franz : Vom Mitleiden Mariä ("Als bei dem Kreuz"), song for voice & piano, D. 632
>Wolf, Hugo : Schlafendes Jesuskind ("Sohn der Jungfrau"), song for voice & piano (Mörike Lieder)
>Schubert, Franz : Litanei auf das Fest Aller Seelen, D 343
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Ave Maria
>Wolf, Hugo : Gebet ("Herr! schicke was du willt"), song for voice & piano (Mörike Lieder)
>Schubert, Franz : Der Leidende ("Nimmer trag' ich"), song for voice & piano (two versions), D. 432
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Mein Jesu! was für Seelenweh, for voice & continuo (Schemelli Gesangbuch no 283), BWV 487 (BC F237)
>Duruflé, Maurice : Notre Père (2 versions), for chorus; for male voices & organ, Op. 14
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Kommt, Seelen, dieser Tag, sacred song for voice & continuo (Schemelli Gesangbuch no 936), BWV 479
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Notes & Reviews:

The new recording from Magdalena Koená features deeply-felt interpretations of sacred songs from the Baroque to the 20th Century.

In a rare recording collaboration, she is joined by virtuoso Christian Schmitt, in music for voice and organ from the sacred traditions of Germany, Austria, France and England, as well as her native Czechoslovakia.

Of course, the album includes music by J.S. Bach - a composer with whom Magdalena Koená has long been associated - with sacred aspects of German song represented by Hugo Wolf and Schubert.

The French tradition is heard in the music of Bizet, Ravel and the great Parisian organist Maurice Duruflé.

Bizet's Agnus Dei and Verdi's Ave Maria reveal less familiar aspects of composers more often associated with opera houses than churches, whilst Henry Purcell's setting of The Blessed Virgin's Expostulation showcases Magdalena Koená's extraordinary ability to inhabit musical drama.

Her continuing commitment to the music of her Czech homeland sees the inclusion of music by both Dvorák and Janácek. For this recording, Christian Schmitt plays the 2009 Goll organ of the University for Catholic Music & Teaching, Regensburg.

Opera News
The Czech mezzo . . . produces one of the loveliest sounds to be heard on the world's stages - a flowing, spring-water-like tone that evokes the term 'luminous.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2014
Her Wolf is particularly luscious - never overworked but always emotionally direct, establishing the same flexible intimacy with the organ that we'd expect with a piano...KoPenß sings superbly here, proving herself as flexible stylistically as she is vocally.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Hochschule für katholische Kirchenmusik und Musikpädago (09/2013).



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Works Details

>Schubert, Franz : Totengräbers Heimweh ("O Menschheit, o Leben..."), song for voice & piano, D. 842
  • Performers: Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano); Christian Schmitt (Organ)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 04/1825

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Komm, süsser Tod, for voice & continuo (Schemelli Gesangbuch no 868), BWV 478 (BC F227)
  • Performers: Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano); Christian Schmitt (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1736

>Wolf, Hugo : Karwoche ("O Woche! Zeugin heiliger Beschwerde"), song for voice & piano (Mörike Lieder)
  • Performers: Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano); Christian Schmitt (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 10/08/1888

>Ravel, Maurice : Kaddisch, song for voice & piano (Mélodie hébraïque no 1)
  • Performers: Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano); Christian Schmitt (Organ)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1914.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1914

>Bizet, Georges : Agnus Dei, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performers: Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano); Christian Schmitt (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1872

>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
  • Performers: Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano); Christian Schmitt (Organ)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1825

>Wolf, Hugo : Mühvoll komm' ich und beladen, song for voice and piano (Spanisches Liederbuch)
  • Performers: Christian Schmitt (Organ); Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 01/10/1890

>Purcell, Henry : Tell me, some pitying angel, Z 196 "Blessed Virgin's Expostulation"
  • Performers: Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano); Christian Schmitt (Organ)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1693

>Dvorak, Antonin : Ave Maria, for alto or baritone & organ, B. 68 (Op. 19b)
  • Performers: Christian Schmitt (Organ); Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 07/04/1877

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : So gibst du nun, mein Jesu, gut Nacht, sacred song for voice & continuo (Schemelli Gesangbuch no 31
  • Performers: Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano); Christian Schmitt (Organ)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1736

>Schubert, Franz : Himmelsfunken, D 651
  • Performers: Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano); Christian Schmitt (Organ)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 02/1819

>Wolf, Hugo : Zum neuen Jahr ("Wie heimlicher Weise"), song for voice & piano (Mörike Lieder)
  • Performers: Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano); Christian Schmitt (Organ)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 10/05/1888

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Die goldne Sonne, voll Freud und Wonne, sacred song for voice & continuo (Schemelli Gesangbuch no 1
  • Performers: Christian Schmitt (Organ); Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1736

>Schubert, Franz : Vom Mitleiden Mariä ("Als bei dem Kreuz"), song for voice & piano, D. 632
  • Performers: Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano); Christian Schmitt (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 12/1818

>Wolf, Hugo : Schlafendes Jesuskind ("Sohn der Jungfrau"), song for voice & piano (Mörike Lieder)
  • Performers: Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano); Christian Schmitt (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 10/06/1888

>Schubert, Franz : Litanei auf das Fest Aller Seelen, D 343
  • Performers: Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano); Christian Schmitt (Organ)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1816

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Ave Maria
  • Performers: Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano); Christian Schmitt (Organ)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1880

>Wolf, Hugo : Gebet ("Herr! schicke was du willt"), song for voice & piano (Mörike Lieder)
  • Performers: Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano); Christian Schmitt (Organ)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 03/13/1888

>Schubert, Franz : Der Leidende ("Nimmer trag' ich"), song for voice & piano (two versions), D. 432
  • Performers: Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano); Christian Schmitt (Organ)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 05/1816

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Mein Jesu! was für Seelenweh, for voice & continuo (Schemelli Gesangbuch no 283), BWV 487 (BC F237)
  • Performers: Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano); Christian Schmitt (Organ)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1736

>Duruflé, Maurice : Notre Père (2 versions), for chorus; for male voices & organ, Op. 14
  • Performers: Christian Schmitt (Organ); Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1976

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Kommt, Seelen, dieser Tag, sacred song for voice & continuo (Schemelli Gesangbuch no 936), BWV 479
  • Performers: Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano); Christian Schmitt (Organ)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1736