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Franz Liszt: The Complete Songs, Vol. 4 / Sasha Cooke, mz; Julius Drake, piano

Album Summary

>Liszt, Franz : Des Tages laute Stimmen schweigen, song for voice & piano, S. 337 (LW N78)
>Liszt, Franz : Lasst mich ruhen, song for voice & piano, S. 317 (LW N55)
>Liszt, Franz : Was Liebe sei?, S. 288
>Liszt, Franz : Verlassen, for voice & piano, S. 336 (LW N77)
>Liszt, Franz : Einst, song for voice & piano, S. 332 (LW N73)
>Liszt, Franz : Ich scheide (I & II), song for voice & piano, S. 319 (LW N58)
>Liszt, Franz : Die Loreley
>Liszt, Franz : Wer nie sein Brot mit Tränen aß, song for voice & piano (3 versions, 2 settings), S. 297 (LW N34)
>Liszt, Franz : Buch der Lieder, Vol 1, S 531
>Liszt, Franz : Sei still, song for voice & piano, S. 330 (LW N71)
>Liszt, Franz : Wieder möcht ich dir begegnen, song for voice & piano, S. 322 (LW N60)
>Liszt, Franz : Blume und Duft, S 324
>Liszt, Franz : Die tote Nachtigall, S. 291
>Liszt, Franz : Il m'aimait tant, song for voice & piano, S. 271 (LW N4)
>Liszt, Franz : Gebet, S 331
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This fourth volume in Hyperion's scholarly compendium once more charts Liszt's life through song. It includes three settings, spanning as many decades, of a portentous love-letter the composer received in 1841. Series maestro Julius Drake welcomes the talented mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke to Hyperion for this installment.

BBC Music Magazine, June 2016
[Sasha Cooke's] even, expressive voice is equal to all technical demands and rises to tremendous intensity for 'Wer nie sein Brot mit TrSnen ass' while offering a deeply considered account of 'Sei still'.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2016
The later songs, echoing the stripped back idiom of Liszt's late piano works, hover in territory between melody and recitative, their often hushed vocal lines barely supported by the sparest of accompaniments. Cooke is very much alive to their introversion and sadness. The way she encompasses small gradations in volume over a relatively narrow dynamic range impresses, while Drake makes every chord and phrase shiver with meaning.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (12/04/2014-12/06/2014).



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>Liszt, Franz : Des Tages laute Stimmen schweigen, song for voice & piano, S. 337 (LW N78)
  • Performers: Sasha Cooke; Julius Drake (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (12/04/2014-12/06/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1880

>Liszt, Franz : Lasst mich ruhen, song for voice & piano, S. 317 (LW N55)
  • Performers: Sasha Cooke; Julius Drake (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (12/04/2014-12/06/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1858

>Liszt, Franz : Was Liebe sei?, S. 288
  • Performers: Sasha Cooke; Julius Drake (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (12/04/2014-12/06/2014)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1843/1879

>Liszt, Franz : Verlassen, for voice & piano, S. 336 (LW N77)
  • Performers: Sasha Cooke; Julius Drake (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (12/04/2014-12/06/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1880

>Liszt, Franz : Einst, song for voice & piano, S. 332 (LW N73)
  • Performers: Sasha Cooke; Julius Drake (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (12/04/2014-12/06/2014)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Liszt, Franz : Ich scheide (I & II), song for voice & piano, S. 319 (LW N58)
  • Performers: Sasha Cooke; Julius Drake (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (12/04/2014-12/06/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1854-1860

>Liszt, Franz : Was Liebe sei?, S. 288
  • Performers: Sasha Cooke; Julius Drake (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (12/04/2014-12/06/2014)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1843/1879

>Liszt, Franz : Die Loreley
  • Performers: Sasha Cooke; Julius Drake (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (12/04/2014-12/06/2014)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1841-1859

>Liszt, Franz : Wer nie sein Brot mit Tränen aß, song for voice & piano (3 versions, 2 settings), S. 297 (LW N34)
  • Performers: Sasha Cooke; Julius Drake (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (12/04/2014-12/06/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1843-1860

>Liszt, Franz : Was Liebe sei?, S. 288
  • Performers: Sasha Cooke; Julius Drake (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (12/04/2014-12/06/2014)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1843/1879

>Liszt, Franz : Buch der Lieder, Vol 1, S 531 :: Kennst du das Land, song for voice & piano (3 versions), S. 275 (LW N8)
  • Performers: Sasha Cooke; Julius Drake (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (12/04/2014-12/06/2014)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1842-1860

>Liszt, Franz : Sei still, song for voice & piano, S. 330 (LW N71)
  • Performers: Sasha Cooke; Julius Drake (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (12/04/2014-12/06/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1877

>Liszt, Franz : Wieder möcht ich dir begegnen, song for voice & piano, S. 322 (LW N60)
  • Performers: Sasha Cooke; Julius Drake (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (12/04/2014-12/06/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1860

>Liszt, Franz : Blume und Duft, S 324
  • Performers: Sasha Cooke; Julius Drake (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (12/04/2014-12/06/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1854-1860

>Liszt, Franz : Die tote Nachtigall, S. 291
  • Performers: Sasha Cooke; Julius Drake (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (12/04/2014-12/06/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1843/1878

>Liszt, Franz : Il m'aimait tant, song for voice & piano, S. 271 (LW N4)
  • Performers: Sasha Cooke; Julius Drake (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (12/04/2014-12/06/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1840

>Liszt, Franz : Gebet, S 331
  • Performers: Sasha Cooke; Julius Drake (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (12/04/2014-12/06/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878