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Songs of Erich J. Wolff (1874-1913): 'Ein neues Wunderland der Sehnsucht' / Rebecca Broberg, soprano; Rainer Klaas, piano

Album Summary

>Wolff, Erich : Lieder (10) for voice & piano, Op. 24
>Wolff, Erich : Des Knaben Wunderhorn, Op. 9
>Wolff, Erich : Zwei Gedichte, Op. 11b
>Wolff, Erich : Neun Lieder, Op. 12
>Wolff, Erich : Sechs Lieder, Op. 13
>Wolff, Erich : Jost Seyfried, Op. 19
>Wolff, Erich : Sechs Lieder, Op. 26
>Wolff, Erich : Lieder aus dem Nachlass
>Wolff, Erich : Gesänge (2) for voice & piano, WoO
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Notes & Reviews:

The Austrian-Jewish composer Erich Jacques Wolff (1874-1913), falling into oblivion after his untimely early death, is absent from both the New Grove and the Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart reference works. A fine craftsman, Wolff never ventured much beyond what Wagner had done in Tristan und Isolde. In the musical language of his Lieder, more than 150 in total, he owes a strong debt to the older Richard Strauss. American soprano Rebecca Broberg’s intensity and commitment to text fascinates audiences and critics alike. Her recordings include operas and songs of Siegfried Wagner and Ludwig Thiulle.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
Another Thorofon project with Broberg and Klaas exploring a composer who otherwise gets very little attention. Composer and pianist Erich Wolff was born in Vienna in 1874. A friend of Schoenberg and Zemlinsky, he died in New York in 1913 while on tour. He left behind an impressive output, including at least 180 songs as well as stage works, solos for piano, and a violin concerto. The songs are pretty great, varied and interesting. I particularly like the three songs from Wolff's Knaben Wunderhorn settings. 'Christkindleins Wiegenlied' has a lovely, rocking, meandering bass line that drew me right in. The music is interesting. Broberg is up to the task, and the effect is dramatic and captivating. The settings of German critic and writer Emil Faktor (1876-1942), around whose poetry the notes suggest Wolff had planned a cycle, are also broader and more dramatic. Just recently I gave a mildly enthusiastic review to the recording of music by Ludwig Thuille by the same artists (Thorofon 2616, J/A 2015). This is better; Broberg's approach is cleaner, more consistent. Klaas's playing is stable and warm, as in the other recording. I like the music; if you're looking for something new for your song library, this is worth investigating. Notes, texts, and translations.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Schüttbau Rügheim (05/12/2014-05/16/2014).



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Works Details

>Wolff, Erich : Lieder (10) for voice & piano, Op. 24
  • Performers: Rebecca Broberg (Soprano); Rainer Maria Klaas (Piano)
  • Notes: Schüttbau Rügheim (05/12/2014-05/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 22 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Wolff, Erich : Des Knaben Wunderhorn, Op. 9 :: Sechs Gedichte
  • Performers: Rebecca Broberg (Soprano); Rainer Maria Klaas (Piano)
  • Notes: Schüttbau Rügheim (05/12/2014-05/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Wolff, Erich : Des Knaben Wunderhorn, Op. 9 :: Sechs Gedichte
  • Performers: Rebecca Broberg (Soprano); Rainer Maria Klaas (Piano)
  • Notes: Schüttbau Rügheim (05/12/2014-05/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Wolff, Erich : Des Knaben Wunderhorn, Op. 9 :: Sechs Gedichte
  • Performers: Rebecca Broberg (Soprano); Rainer Maria Klaas (Piano)
  • Notes: Schüttbau Rügheim (05/12/2014-05/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Wolff, Erich : Des Knaben Wunderhorn, Op. 9 :: Sechs Gedichte
  • Performers: Rebecca Broberg (Soprano); Rainer Maria Klaas (Piano)
  • Notes: Schüttbau Rügheim (05/12/2014-05/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Wolff, Erich : Zwei Gedichte, Op. 11b :: Trinklied
  • Performers: Rebecca Broberg (Soprano); Rainer Maria Klaas (Piano)
  • Notes: Schüttbau Rügheim (05/12/2014-05/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Wolff, Erich : Neun Lieder, Op. 12 :: Spaziergang
  • Performers: Rebecca Broberg (Soprano); Rainer Maria Klaas (Piano)
  • Notes: Schüttbau Rügheim (05/12/2014-05/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Wolff, Erich : Neun Lieder, Op. 12 :: Das mitleidige Mädel
  • Performers: Rebecca Broberg (Soprano); Rainer Maria Klaas (Piano)
  • Notes: Schüttbau Rügheim (05/12/2014-05/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Wolff, Erich : Neun Lieder, Op. 12 :: Im Kahn
  • Performers: Rebecca Broberg (Soprano); Rainer Maria Klaas (Piano)
  • Notes: Schüttbau Rügheim (05/12/2014-05/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Wolff, Erich : Neun Lieder, Op. 12 :: Traurige Mär
  • Performers: Rebecca Broberg (Soprano); Rainer Maria Klaas (Piano)
  • Notes: Schüttbau Rügheim (05/12/2014-05/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Wolff, Erich : Sechs Lieder, Op. 13 :: Fäden
  • Performers: Rebecca Broberg (Soprano); Rainer Maria Klaas (Piano)
  • Notes: Schüttbau Rügheim (05/12/2014-05/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Wolff, Erich : Jost Seyfried, Op. 19 :: Neun Gedichte
  • Performers: Rebecca Broberg (Soprano); Rainer Maria Klaas (Piano)
  • Notes: Schüttbau Rügheim (05/12/2014-05/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Wolff, Erich : Jost Seyfried, Op. 19 :: Neun Gedichte
  • Performers: Rebecca Broberg (Soprano); Rainer Maria Klaas (Piano)
  • Notes: Schüttbau Rügheim (05/12/2014-05/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Wolff, Erich : Jost Seyfried, Op. 19 :: Neun Gedichte
  • Performers: Rebecca Broberg (Soprano); Rainer Maria Klaas (Piano)
  • Notes: Schüttbau Rügheim (05/12/2014-05/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Wolff, Erich : Jost Seyfried, Op. 19 :: Neun Gedichte
  • Performers: Rebecca Broberg (Soprano); Rainer Maria Klaas (Piano)
  • Notes: Schüttbau Rügheim (05/12/2014-05/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Wolff, Erich : Sechs Lieder, Op. 26 :: Ewig
  • Performers: Rebecca Broberg (Soprano); Rainer Maria Klaas (Piano)
  • Notes: Schüttbau Rügheim (05/12/2014-05/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Wolff, Erich : Lieder aus dem Nachlass :: Im Entschlafen
  • Performers: Rebecca Broberg (Soprano); Rainer Maria Klaas (Piano)
  • Notes: Schüttbau Rügheim (05/12/2014-05/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Wolff, Erich : Lieder aus dem Nachlass :: Bekenntnis
  • Performers: Rebecca Broberg (Soprano); Rainer Maria Klaas (Piano)
  • Notes: Schüttbau Rügheim (05/12/2014-05/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Wolff, Erich : Lieder aus dem Nachlass :: Der Wanderer
  • Performers: Rebecca Broberg (Soprano); Rainer Maria Klaas (Piano)
  • Notes: Schüttbau Rügheim (05/12/2014-05/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Wolff, Erich : Lieder aus dem Nachlass :: Wüsst' ich nur
  • Performers: Rebecca Broberg (Soprano); Rainer Maria Klaas (Piano)
  • Notes: Schüttbau Rügheim (05/12/2014-05/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Wolff, Erich : Gesänge (2) for voice & piano, WoO
  • Performers: Rebecca Broberg (Soprano); Rainer Maria Klaas (Piano)
  • Notes: Schüttbau Rügheim (05/12/2014-05/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern