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Rheinma¿dchen (Rhein girl): Music of Schubert, Schumann, Brahms & Wagner / Bernarda Fink, mezzo-soprano; Ensemble Pygmalion, Raphaël Pichon

Album Summary

>Wagner, Richard : Rheines
>Schumann, Robert : Wiegenlied ("Schlaf, Kindlein, schlaf"), duet for soprano, tenor & piano, Op. 78/4
>Brahms, Johannes : Ich schwing mein Horn ins Jammerthal, part song for male chorus, Op. 41/1
>Schumann, Robert : Meerfey ("Still bei Nacht fährt manches Schiff"), part song for female voices, Op. 69/5
>Schubert, Franz : Psalm 23, D 706/Op. 132
>Schumann, Robert : Romances ii, Op. 91
>Wagner, Richard : Siegfried
>Brahms, Johannes : Der Mann ("Wille wille will, der Mann ist kommen"), folk song for voice & piano (Volks-Kinderlieder)
>Schubert, Franz : Ständchen ("Zögernd, leise"), for alto, chorus & piano ("Notturno"), D. 920 (Op. posth. 135)
>Schubert, Franz : Lacrimoso son io, D 131
>Schumann, Robert : Romances I, 6 part songs for female voices, Op. 69
>Schubert, Franz : Coronach, D 836/Op. 52 no 4
>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung
>Isaac, Heinrich : Innsbruck, ich muß dich lassen (i), song for solo voice & 3 voices
>Brahms, Johannes : Canons (13) for female chorus, Op. 113
>Brahms, Johannes : Choruses (4) for female voices, 2 horns & harp, Op. 17
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Notes & Reviews:

Rheinmšdchen is a collection of works and scenes for female choir by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms and Wagner. RaphaŽl Pichon leads the Ensemble Pygmalion and internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Bernarda Fink through a program that is guaranteed to delight any fan of vocal music.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2016
It's the discipline of the delivery - whether it's the firm, resonant voices or punchy horns - that impresses most here. Both passionate and precise about their subject matter, Pygmalion have discovered watery depths to familiar composers, and have certainly not sold us down the river.

MusicWeb International, May 2016
As a potted history of the use of canon form by German romantics, the disc works very well...Moreover, the performances themselves are of high quality: the instrumentalists are beyond reproach, Fink is good, and Pygmalion's female singers are in most respects exemplary, particularly in the matter of intonation.

BBC Music Magazine, July 2016
The vocal ensemble Pygmalion, resident at the Opera de Bordeaux, are suitably seductive sirens - and even Bernarda Fink makes a cameo appearance in Schubert's D920 Grillparzer StSndchen, her serenading awash with fellow female songsters, and harp.

The Arts Desk, 28th May 2016
A desert island disc, and one of those things you'd be tempted to rush in and save from a burning house.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Temple du Saint-Esprit, Paris (07/2015).



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Works Details

>Wagner, Richard : Rheines :: Auf dem Grunde d
  • Conductor: Raphaël Pichon
  • Ensemble: Pygmalion (Chorus/Orchestra)
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853-1854

>Schumann, Robert : Wiegenlied ("Schlaf, Kindlein, schlaf"), duet for soprano, tenor & piano, Op. 78/4
  • Conductor: Raphaël Pichon
  • Ensemble: Pygmalion (Chorus/Orchestra)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849

>Brahms, Johannes : Ich schwing mein Horn ins Jammerthal, part song for male chorus, Op. 41/1
  • Conductor: Raphaël Pichon
  • Ensemble: Pygmalion (Chorus/Orchestra)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1861-1862

>Schumann, Robert : Meerfey ("Still bei Nacht fährt manches Schiff"), part song for female voices, Op. 69/5
  • Conductor: Raphaël Pichon
  • Ensemble: Pygmalion (Chorus/Orchestra)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849

>Schubert, Franz : Psalm 23, D 706/Op. 132
  • Conductor: Raphaël Pichon
  • Ensemble: Pygmalion (Chorus/Orchestra)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 12/1820

>Schumann, Robert : Romances ii, Op. 91
  • Conductor: Raphaël Pichon
  • Ensemble: Pygmalion (Chorus/Orchestra)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849

>Wagner, Richard : Siegfried :: Sonnerie de pour cor solo
  • Conductor: Raphaël Pichon
  • Ensemble: Pygmalion (Chorus/Orchestra)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1856-1871

>Brahms, Johannes : Der Mann ("Wille wille will, der Mann ist kommen"), folk song for voice & piano (Volks-Kinderlieder)
  • Conductor: Raphaël Pichon
  • Ensemble: Pygmalion (Chorus/Orchestra)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1858

>Schubert, Franz : Ständchen ("Zögernd, leise"), for alto, chorus & piano ("Notturno"), D. 920 (Op. posth. 135)
  • Conductor: Raphaël Pichon
  • Ensemble: Pygmalion (Chorus/Orchestra)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 07/1827

>Schubert, Franz : Lacrimoso son io, D 131
  • Conductor: Raphaël Pichon
  • Ensemble: Pygmalion (Chorus/Orchestra)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1815

>Schumann, Robert : Romances I, 6 part songs for female voices, Op. 69
  • Conductor: Raphaël Pichon
  • Ensemble: Pygmalion (Chorus/Orchestra)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849

>Schubert, Franz : Coronach, D 836/Op. 52 no 4
  • Conductor: Raphaël Pichon
  • Ensemble: Pygmalion (Chorus/Orchestra)
  • Running Time: 6 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1825

>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung :: Marche funèbre de Siegfried pour 4 cors
  • Conductor: Raphaël Pichon
  • Ensemble: Pygmalion (Chorus/Orchestra)
  • Running Time: 6 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1869-1874

>Isaac, Heinrich : Innsbruck, ich muß dich lassen (i), song for solo voice & 3 voices
  • Conductor: Raphaël Pichon
  • Ensemble: Pygmalion (Chorus/Orchestra)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: by 1518

>Brahms, Johannes : Canons (13) for female chorus, Op. 113
  • Conductor: Raphaël Pichon
  • Ensemble: Pygmalion (Chorus/Orchestra)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1858-1863

>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung :: Die Rheintöchter pour chour de femmes, 2 cors et harpe
  • Conductor: Raphaël Pichon
  • Ensemble: Pygmalion (Chorus/Orchestra)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1869-1874

>Brahms, Johannes : Choruses (4) for female voices, 2 horns & harp, Op. 17
  • Conductor: Raphaël Pichon
  • Ensemble: Pygmalion (Chorus/Orchestra)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1860