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Liszt: The Complete Songs, Vol. 3 / Gerald Finley, bass-baritone; Julius Drake, piano

Album Summary

>Liszt, Franz : Morgens steh' ich auf und frage, song for voice & piano (3 versions), S. 290 (LW N16)
>Liszt, Franz : Ein Fichtenbaum steht einsam, S 309
>Liszt, Franz : Anfangs wollt'ich fast verzagen, song for voice & piano (5 versions), S. 311 (LW N48)
>Liszt, Franz : Weimars Toten (Dithyrambe), song for voice & piano, S. 303 (LW N43)
>Liszt, Franz : Wer nie sein Brot mit Tränen aß, song for voice & piano (3 versions, 2 settings), S. 297 (LW N34)
>Liszt, Franz : Sonetti di Petrarca (3), song cycle for voice & piano (I & II), S. 270 (LW N12)
>Liszt, Franz : Die Fischertochter, song for voice & piano, S. 325 (LW N65)
>Liszt, Franz : Und wir dachten der Toten, song for voice & piano, S. 338 (LW N66)
>Liszt, Franz : Die Vätergruft, song for voice & piano (3 versions), S. 281 (LW N22a)
>Liszt, Franz : Gastibelza (Bolero), song for voice & piano, S. 286 (LW N27)
>Liszt, Franz : La tombe et la rose, song for voice & piano, S. 285 (LW N26)
>Liszt, Franz : Le Vieux vagabond, song for voice & piano, S. 304 (LW N44)
>Liszt, Franz : Go not, happy day, song for voice & piano, S. 335 (LW N76)
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The third volume in Hyperion's Complete Liszt Songs cycle features the highly acclaimed Canadian baritone Gerald Finley. The songs included here encompass everything from finely honed miniatures to big-boned epics of tragic import, and these compelling performances elicit from the multi-award-winning pairing of Finley and pianist Julius Drake a sense of paced drama and pathos which is rarely matched.

Gramophone Magazine, April 2015
The ever-rewarding song partnership of Gerald Finley and Julius Drake are persuasive advocates across the whole spectrum of Lisztian styles. Where theatrical panache is a sine qua non...the pair provide it in spades.

BBC Music Magazine, April 2015
The standard of the songs is impressively high...Julius Drake shines in all of them. So, too, does Finley, with his sensitivity to the fore in the fine Heine settings, bringing emotional engagement and a measure of Italianate warmth to the comparatively well known Petrarch settings...In excellent sound, the whole adds up to a delightful sequence of discoveries.

Financial Times, 7th March 2015
This third volume deserves a special recommendation - first thanks to Gerald Finley, an inspiring champion of Liszt's music, and secondly because this volume includes the exalted Three Petrarch Sonnets (in Liszt's second version), where baritones usually fear to tread. Finley, accompanied by Julius Drake, is eloquent and impassioned in them.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
Finley's voice is radiant, felicitous, winsome, and utterly captivating. With laudable vocal control across the full range of expression and finely honed interpretive skill. Whether singing here in German, French, Italian, or English, his diction, pronunciation, and enunciation are immaculate. Finley's versatility and mastery of his art continue to advance from one degree of splendor to another. Here is a consummate singer at the height of his power.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (04/22/2013-04/24/2013).



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>Liszt, Franz : Morgens steh' ich auf und frage, song for voice & piano (3 versions), S. 290 (LW N16)
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley (Bass Baritone)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (04/22/2013-04/24/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1843-1859

>Liszt, Franz : Ein Fichtenbaum steht einsam, S 309
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley (Bass Baritone)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (04/22/2013-04/24/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1845-1855

>Liszt, Franz : Anfangs wollt'ich fast verzagen, song for voice & piano (5 versions), S. 311 (LW N48)
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley (Bass Baritone)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (04/22/2013-04/24/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1848-1856

>Liszt, Franz : Weimars Toten (Dithyrambe), song for voice & piano, S. 303 (LW N43)
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley (Bass Baritone)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (04/22/2013-04/24/2013)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1848

>Liszt, Franz : Wer nie sein Brot mit Tränen aß, song for voice & piano (3 versions, 2 settings), S. 297 (LW N34)
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley (Bass Baritone)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (04/22/2013-04/24/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1843-1860

>Liszt, Franz : Sonetti di Petrarca (3), song cycle for voice & piano (I & II), S. 270 (LW N12)
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley (Bass Baritone)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (04/22/2013-04/24/2013)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1843-1864

>Liszt, Franz : Die Fischertochter, song for voice & piano, S. 325 (LW N65)
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley (Bass Baritone)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (04/22/2013-04/24/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1870-1871

>Liszt, Franz : Und wir dachten der Toten, song for voice & piano, S. 338 (LW N66)
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley (Bass Baritone)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (04/22/2013-04/24/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>Liszt, Franz : Die Vätergruft, song for voice & piano (3 versions), S. 281 (LW N22a)
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley (Bass Baritone)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (04/22/2013-04/24/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1844

>Liszt, Franz : Gastibelza (Bolero), song for voice & piano, S. 286 (LW N27)
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley (Bass Baritone)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (04/22/2013-04/24/2013)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1843

>Liszt, Franz : La tombe et la rose, song for voice & piano, S. 285 (LW N26)
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley (Bass Baritone)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (04/22/2013-04/24/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1843

>Liszt, Franz : Le Vieux vagabond, song for voice & piano, S. 304 (LW N44)
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley (Bass Baritone)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (04/22/2013-04/24/2013)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1848

>Liszt, Franz : Go not, happy day, song for voice & piano, S. 335 (LW N76)
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley (Bass Baritone)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (04/22/2013-04/24/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1879