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Wagner: Lieder & Sonate für Mathilde Wesendonck

Album Summary

>Wagner, Richard : Wesendonck Lieder
>Wagner, Richard : Sonata for Piano in A flat major (for M. Wesendonck), WWV 85
>Wagner, Richard : Gruß seiner Treuen an Friedrich August den Geliebten ("Im treuen Sachsenland"), for male chorus & br
>Wagner, Richard : Soupir ("Tout n'est qu'images fugitives"), song for voice & piano, WWV 58
>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre
>Wagner, Richard : Mignonne ("Mignonne, allons voir si la rose"), song for voice & piano, WWV 57
>Wagner, Richard : Attente ("Monte, écureuil, monte au grand chêne"), song for voice & piano, WWV 55
>Wagner, Richard : Les deux grenadiers
>Wagner, Richard : Der Tannenbaum
>Wagner, Richard : Kompositionen zu Goethes Faust, Op. 5 WWV 15
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Notes & Reviews:

One of the most romantic episodes in the eventful life of Richard Wagner was his 1850's romantic idyll with Mathilde Wesendonck, the wife of his young benefactor Otto Wesendonck. This very passionate friendship inspired Wagner to do something he rarely did, setting to music texts not written by himself - in this instance to poems by his beloved. The resulting Wesendonck Lieder are now regarded as one of the jewels of his oeuvre. Soprano Anne Renouprez and pianist Peter Tomek combine their talents in this recording to illuminate one of classical music's most legendary episodes.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
One rarely thinks of Wagner's music as intimate, so this piano music is most welcome. It is particularly welcome owing to the amazing sound of Tomek's piano. The Wesendonck songs and a sonata are from Wagner's Zurich period (1849-58) and the result of his infatuation with Mathilde Wesendonck, the wife of a wealthy merchant and patron. A single song from his Dresden period (1842-49) is musically related to the opera TannhSuser. As much as Wagner despised the French, it may come as a surprise that his Paris period (1839-42) was his most productive for song writing: five songs in French. 'Dors, mon enfant' quotes the 'Spinning Song' from Der Fliegende HollSnder. The harmonic and melodic influence of Hector Berlioz is apparent in 'Mignonne'. 'Les Deux Grenadiers' is more famous in Robert Schumann's German setting. This French translation of Heinrich Heine's poem is set as an operatic scena. The piano accompaniment is highly orchestral, looking forward to the 'Rome Narrative' in TannhSuser. Only two songs were composed in Wagner's earliest period, Leipzig, 1827-34. 'Gretchen am Spinnrad' is a setting from of a famous scene from Goethe's Faust. It became one of Schubert's most famous songs, yet here is Wagner at age 19 giving it a try. 'Melodram Gretchen's' is another song from Faust. Renouprez's gentle, colorful voice is in fine complement to Tomek's accompaniments.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Brussels (07/08/2012-07/11/2012).



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>Wagner, Richard : Wesendonck Lieder
  • Performers: Anne Renouprez; Peter Tomek (Piano)
  • Notes: Brussels (07/08/2012-07/11/2012)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1857-1858

>Wagner, Richard : Sonata for Piano in A flat major (for M. Wesendonck), WWV 85
  • Performers: Anne Renouprez; Peter Tomek (Piano)
  • Notes: Brussels (07/08/2012-07/11/2012)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 06/1853

>Wagner, Richard : Gruß seiner Treuen an Friedrich August den Geliebten ("Im treuen Sachsenland"), for male chorus & br
  • Performers: Anne Renouprez; Peter Tomek (Piano)
  • Notes: Brussels (07/08/2012-07/11/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1844

>Wagner, Richard : Soupir ("Tout n'est qu'images fugitives"), song for voice & piano, WWV 58
  • Performers: Anne Renouprez; Peter Tomek (Piano)
  • Notes: Brussels (07/08/2012-07/11/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1839

>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre
  • Performers: Anne Renouprez; Peter Tomek (Piano)
  • Notes: Brussels (07/08/2012-07/11/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1839

>Wagner, Richard : Mignonne ("Mignonne, allons voir si la rose"), song for voice & piano, WWV 57
  • Performers: Anne Renouprez; Peter Tomek (Piano)
  • Notes: Brussels (07/08/2012-07/11/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1840

>Wagner, Richard : Attente ("Monte, écureuil, monte au grand chêne"), song for voice & piano, WWV 55
  • Performers: Anne Renouprez; Peter Tomek (Piano)
  • Notes: Brussels (07/08/2012-07/11/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1839

>Wagner, Richard : Les deux grenadiers
  • Performers: Anne Renouprez; Peter Tomek (Piano)
  • Notes: Brussels (07/08/2012-07/11/2012)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1840

>Wagner, Richard : Der Tannenbaum
  • Performers: Anne Renouprez; Peter Tomek (Piano)
  • Notes: Brussels (07/08/2012-07/11/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838

>Wagner, Richard : Kompositionen zu Goethes Faust, Op. 5 WWV 15 :: Meine Ruh ist hin
  • Performers: Anne Renouprez; Peter Tomek (Piano)
  • Notes: Brussels (07/08/2012-07/11/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1832

>Wagner, Richard : Kompositionen zu Goethes Faust, Op. 5 WWV 15 :: Melodram Gretchens
  • Performers: Anne Renouprez; Peter Tomek (Piano)
  • Notes: Brussels (07/08/2012-07/11/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1832