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Strauss, Wagner: Lieder / Adrianne Pieczonka, soprano; Brian Zeger, piano

Album Summary

>Strauss, Richard : Rote Rosen ("Weisst Du die Rose, die Du mir gegeben?"), song for voice & piano, o.Op. 76 (TrV 119, A
>Strauss, Richard : Begegnung, AV 72
>Strauss, Richard : Die Nacht, Op. 10 no 3
>Strauss, Richard : Einerlei ("Ihr Mund ist stets derselbe"), song for voice & piano, Op. 69/3 (TrV 237/3)
>Strauss, Richard : Befreit, Op. 39 no 4
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (8), Op. 10
>Wagner, Richard : Wesendonck Lieder
>Strauss, Richard : Du meines Herzens Krönelein, song for voice & piano, Op. 21/2 (TrV 160/2)
>Strauss, Richard : Ruhe, meine Seele ("Nicht ein Lüftchen regt sich leise"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op.
>Strauss, Richard : Traum durch die Dämmerung ("Weite Wiesen im Dämmergrau"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op.
>Strauss, Richard : Meinem Kinde ("Du schläfst und sachte neig' ich mich"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 3
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (4), Op. 27
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Notes & Reviews:

Praised for her “impeccably pure and iridescent voice” (Financial Times), soprano Adrianne Pieczonka is primarily known for her vocally opulent and interpretively intense Richard Strauss and Richard Wagner opera performances– though her vocal and stylistic versatility enables her to be at home in dramatic operatic roles by Verdi, Puccini and others. Her first Delos release is constituted of a varied program of Richard Strauss and Wagner songs. Strauss created 158 lieder for soprano voice in total; many of the dozen heard here are among his true masterpieces. The opera specialist Wagner, on the other hand, wrote far fewer songs than Strauss. Best-known among them are the five ecstatically romantic Wesendonck-Lieder, a masterpiece among Lieder cycles. Accompanying Ms. Pieczonka is Brian Zeger, a pianist whose technical finesse and interpretive sensitivity mark him as one of the great collaborators of our time.

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
A fine recording of songs by Strauss and Wagner by the golden soprano Adrianne Pieczonka and excellent pianist Brian Zeger. The performances are so good. Pieczonka has a milky smooth vibrato in every piece, and Zeger's playing is full of color. The songs are great, mainly the most popular songs of Richard Strauss with Wagner's lush Wesendonck- Lieder. It's a great recording of Strauss songs we've heard many times. Program notes by Susan Youens, texts and translations.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto, Canada (08/2014).



Reviews

Lovely performances of Strauss Songs and Wagner’s Wesendonck-Lieder!
This CD is a combination of six songs by Richard Strauss, Richard Wagner’s Wesendonck-Lieder (WWV 91), and 6 additional short songs by Richard Strauss. The first of them, “Rote Rosen” sets the tone for what is to come – lovely accompaniment from Brian Zeger (pf) and rich warm heartfelt vocals from Adrianne Pieczonka’s soprano for the next six songs that are clearly evocative of love and the feelings of love. Her voice is certainly not the one filled with coloratura, but it is extremely well suited to the Strauss and Wagner pieces featured here. The fourth track (“Einerlei”) is just delightful and playful sounding, and when Ms. Pieczonka’s soaring vocals come in after the intro it is a thing of beauty. It is difficult to resist the urge to just turn this up – it is wonderful.

Next comes the Wesendonck-Lieder, and these are also songs inspired by love, and “Der Engel” communicates this very clearly. Wagner was clearly in love (which ruined his marriage when his wife found out!), and the music is just gorgeous and full of life. “Im Treibhaus” is filled with sorrow and grief, and both Mr. Zeger and Ms. Pieczonka bring the emotion here to life powerfully and gently at the same time. I found myself captivated by this track, and listened to it several times in succession. And if the sixth song of the Wesendonck-Leider (“Traume”) strikes the listener as very familiar to a love song in “Tristan and Isolde”, then that is because it most definitely is – and particularly stunning it is indeed.

The remaining six songs from Strauss also have a feeling of sincerity both in their melodic composition and in the performance given herein. Unbelievably captivating is the last of them (“Morgen”) – this piece breathes, soars, and is just simply breathtaking. The liner notes describe it as “heart-stopping”, and that is indeed an accurate description.
The liner notes are well written, informative, and also provide translations from German to English. As for the two performers, they make an impressive and formidable team, and are a wonderful pair to bring this music to life. This is music for the heart, and it soars. Very highly recommended!

Submitted on 10/07/15 by KlingonOpera 
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>Strauss, Richard : Rote Rosen ("Weisst Du die Rose, die Du mir gegeben?"), song for voice & piano, o.Op. 76 (TrV 119, A
  • Performers: Adrianne Pieczonka (Soprano); Brian Zeger (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1883

>Strauss, Richard : Begegnung, AV 72
  • Performers: Adrianne Pieczonka (Soprano); Brian Zeger (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1880

>Strauss, Richard : Die Nacht, Op. 10 no 3
  • Performers: Adrianne Pieczonka (Soprano); Brian Zeger (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1885

>Strauss, Richard : Einerlei ("Ihr Mund ist stets derselbe"), song for voice & piano, Op. 69/3 (TrV 237/3)
  • Performers: Adrianne Pieczonka (Soprano); Brian Zeger (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918

>Strauss, Richard : Befreit, Op. 39 no 4
  • Performers: Adrianne Pieczonka (Soprano); Brian Zeger (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (8), Op. 10
  • Performers: Adrianne Pieczonka (Soprano); Brian Zeger (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1885

>Wagner, Richard : Wesendonck Lieder
  • Performers: Adrianne Pieczonka (Soprano); Brian Zeger (Piano)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1857-1858

>Strauss, Richard : Du meines Herzens Krönelein, song for voice & piano, Op. 21/2 (TrV 160/2)
  • Performers: Adrianne Pieczonka (Soprano); Brian Zeger (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1887-88.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1887-1888

>Strauss, Richard : Ruhe, meine Seele ("Nicht ein Lüftchen regt sich leise"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op.
  • Performers: Adrianne Pieczonka (Soprano); Brian Zeger (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Strauss, Richard : Traum durch die Dämmerung ("Weite Wiesen im Dämmergrau"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op.
  • Performers: Adrianne Pieczonka (Soprano); Brian Zeger (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1895

>Strauss, Richard : Meinem Kinde ("Du schläfst und sachte neig' ich mich"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 3
  • Performers: Adrianne Pieczonka (Soprano); Brian Zeger (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1897.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1897

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (8), Op. 10
  • Performers: Adrianne Pieczonka (Soprano); Brian Zeger (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1885

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (4), Op. 27
  • Performers: Adrianne Pieczonka (Soprano); Brian Zeger (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894