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Lieder of Johannes Brahms & Robert Schumann / Ann Murray, mz; Benjamin Appl, baritone; John Mark Ainsley, tenor; Malcolm Martineau, piano

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Gedichte der Königin Maria Stuart (Mary Stuart Songs), for voice & piano, Op. 135
>Schumann, Robert : Lieder und Gesänge aus Wilhelm Meister (9) for voice & piano, Op. 98a
>Schumann, Robert : 4 Duets, Op. 78
>Schumann, Robert : Hoch, hoch sind die Berge, song for alto voice & piano (Spanische Liebeslieder), Op. 138/8
>Schumann, Robert : 4 Duets, Op. 34
>Schumann, Robert : Liebesfrühling, Op. 37
>Schumann, Robert : Ich bin dein Baum, o Gärtner, duet for alto, baritone & piano (Minnespiel), Op. 101/3
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (8) for voice & piano, Op. 59
>Brahms, Johannes : Junge Liebe I ("Meine Liebe ist grün wie der Fliederbusch"), song for voice & piano, Op. 63/5
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 19
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 106
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (4) for voice & piano, Op. 70
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 105
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 49
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Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Magazine, March 2015
Murray has the art of increasing the tension without raising the volume...And given every encouragement by Malcolm Martineau's deft pianism, she brings a coquettish charm, without winsomeness, to the song of the flighty actress Philine, first cousin to Strauss's Zerbinetta.

'Brahms & Schumann: Lieder' sees Dame Ann Murray, one of the great vocal artists of the past decades, return to the recording studio to perform a personal selection of Lieder. 'Brahms & Schumann: Lieder', Ann's first solo album in over a decade, will be her final Lieder recording and a fitting way to draw her long and distinguished recording career to a close. Still a regular fixture on the opera circuit, Ann's voice remains impressive. Following a Brahms recital at Wigmore Hall in 2014, The Times stated: 'Her still-penetrating mezzo was the highlight of the evening. Murray really sings through Brahms's cantabile lines while losing nothing in theatrical awareness.' It is difficult to imagine a singer who inspires greater affection and admiration than Ann Murray DBE. With Malcolm Martineau at the piano, this beautifully balanced programme sees Ann perform some of her favourite works by Schumann and Brahms. The recording features Malcolm Martineau (piano) Benjamin Appl (baritone), John Mark Ainsley (tenor), Johnny Langridge (tenor & Ann's son) and Hester Dickson (piano & Malcolm's mother). Ann Murray has been acclaimed for her performances at the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, the Vienna State Opera and the Salzburg Festival. A founding member of Graham Johnson's organization, The Songmaker's Almanac and a Jury member for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2009 and Song Prize, Ann Murray is a lover of song and has been acclaimed worldwide for her own performances. In the 2002 Golden Jubilee Queen's Birthday Honours Murray was appointed an honorary Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. She is an Honorary Doctor of Music at the National University of Ireland and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
When I see these names on an album cover, I expect excellence; and indeed, here it is. Murray sounds as good as ever, and Martineau is sublime. The "supporting cast" is also good. It's nice to hear Schumann's 'Wilhelm Meister' songs performed as a group. The effect is decidedly dramatic, and I hope this will inspire more performances of the songs this way. Duets and two other songs fill out the extended Schumann portion of the program. Of particular interest to me was the intimate and exquisitely performed duet 'So Wahr die Sonne Scheinet'. The Brahms songs, all sung by Murray, are simply spectacular. They are mainly "greatest hits": 'Dein Blaues Auge','Meine Liebe Ist Grnn' (here by the alternate title, 'Junge Liebe I'), and 'StSndchen' (Kugler setting), to name a few. A fabulous program and worthy addition to your lieder collection. Excellent notes by Susan Youens. Texts and translations.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Crear, Kilberry, Argyll, UK (2013-02-18_2013-02-21&2013-).



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>Schumann, Robert : Gedichte der Königin Maria Stuart (Mary Stuart Songs), for voice & piano, Op. 135
  • Performers: John Ainsley (Tenor); Benjamin Appl; Hester Dickson (Piano); Jonathan Langridge; Malcolm Martineau (Piano); Ann Murray (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Crear, Kilberry, Argyll, UK (2013-02-18_2013-02-21&2013-)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1852

>Schumann, Robert : Lieder und Gesänge aus Wilhelm Meister (9) for voice & piano, Op. 98a
  • Performers: John Ainsley (Tenor); Benjamin Appl; Hester Dickson (Piano); Jonathan Langridge; Malcolm Martineau (Piano); Ann Murray (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Crear, Kilberry, Argyll, UK (2013-02-18_2013-02-21&2013-)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849

>Schumann, Robert : 4 Duets, Op. 78 :: no 3 ich denke Dein
  • Performers: John Ainsley (Tenor); Benjamin Appl; Hester Dickson (Piano); Jonathan Langridge; Malcolm Martineau (Piano); Ann Murray (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Crear, Kilberry, Argyll, UK (2013-02-18_2013-02-21&2013-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849

>Schumann, Robert : Hoch, hoch sind die Berge, song for alto voice & piano (Spanische Liebeslieder), Op. 138/8
  • Performers: John Ainsley (Tenor); Benjamin Appl; Hester Dickson (Piano); Jonathan Langridge; Malcolm Martineau (Piano); Ann Murray (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Crear, Kilberry, Argyll, UK (2013-02-18_2013-02-21&2013-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849

>Schumann, Robert : 4 Duets, Op. 34 :: no 4 Familien-Gemälde
  • Performers: John Ainsley (Tenor); Benjamin Appl; Hester Dickson (Piano); Jonathan Langridge; Malcolm Martineau (Piano); Ann Murray (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Crear, Kilberry, Argyll, UK (2013-02-18_2013-02-21&2013-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1840

>Schumann, Robert : Liebesfrühling, Op. 37 :: Gedichte
  • Performers: John Ainsley (Tenor); Benjamin Appl; Hester Dickson (Piano); Jonathan Langridge; Malcolm Martineau (Piano); Ann Murray (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Crear, Kilberry, Argyll, UK (2013-02-18_2013-02-21&2013-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1840

>Schumann, Robert : Ich bin dein Baum, o Gärtner, duet for alto, baritone & piano (Minnespiel), Op. 101/3
  • Performers: John Ainsley (Tenor); Benjamin Appl; Hester Dickson (Piano); Jonathan Langridge; Malcolm Martineau (Piano); Ann Murray (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Crear, Kilberry, Argyll, UK (2013-02-18_2013-02-21&2013-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (8) for voice & piano, Op. 59 :: Dein blaues Auge hält so still, Op. 59/8
  • Performers: John Ainsley (Tenor); Benjamin Appl; Hester Dickson (Piano); Jonathan Langridge; Malcolm Martineau (Piano); Ann Murray (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Crear, Kilberry, Argyll, UK (2013-02-18_2013-02-21&2013-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1873

>Brahms, Johannes : Junge Liebe I ("Meine Liebe ist grün wie der Fliederbusch"), song for voice & piano, Op. 63/5
  • Performers: John Ainsley (Tenor); Benjamin Appl; Hester Dickson (Piano); Jonathan Langridge; Malcolm Martineau (Piano); Ann Murray (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Crear, Kilberry, Argyll, UK (2013-02-18_2013-02-21&2013-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 19 :: Der Schmied, Op. 19/4
  • Performers: John Ainsley (Tenor); Benjamin Appl; Hester Dickson (Piano); Jonathan Langridge; Malcolm Martineau (Piano); Ann Murray (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Crear, Kilberry, Argyll, UK (2013-02-18_2013-02-21&2013-)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1858-1859

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 106 :: Ständchen, Op. 106/1
  • Performers: John Ainsley (Tenor); Benjamin Appl; Hester Dickson (Piano); Jonathan Langridge; Malcolm Martineau (Piano); Ann Murray (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Crear, Kilberry, Argyll, UK (2013-02-18_2013-02-21&2013-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (4) for voice & piano, Op. 70
  • Performers: John Ainsley (Tenor); Benjamin Appl; Hester Dickson (Piano); Jonathan Langridge; Malcolm Martineau (Piano); Ann Murray (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Crear, Kilberry, Argyll, UK (2013-02-18_2013-02-21&2013-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1884

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 105 :: Wie Melodien zeiht es mir leise durch den Sinn, Op. 105/1
  • Performers: John Ainsley (Tenor); Benjamin Appl; Hester Dickson (Piano); Jonathan Langridge; Malcolm Martineau (Piano); Ann Murray (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Crear, Kilberry, Argyll, UK (2013-02-18_2013-02-21&2013-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1886

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 49 :: Wiegenlied, Op. 49/4
  • Performers: John Ainsley (Tenor); Benjamin Appl; Hester Dickson (Piano); Jonathan Langridge; Malcolm Martineau (Piano); Ann Murray (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Crear, Kilberry, Argyll, UK (2013-02-18_2013-02-21&2013-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1868