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Strauss: The Complete Songs Vol 1 / Brewer, Vignoles

Album Summary

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (8), Op. 10
>Strauss, Richard : Die Georgine ("Warum so spät erst, Georgine?"), song for voice & piano, Op. 10/4 (TrV 141/4)
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder aus Lotusblättern (6), Op. 19
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder aus Lotusblattern (6), Op. 19
>Strauss, Richard : Glückes genug ("Wenn sanft du mir im Arme schliefst"), song for voice & piano, Op. 37/1 (TrV 187/1)
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (6), Op. 37
>Strauss, Richard : Hochzeitlich Lied ("Lass Akaziendüfte schaukeln"), song for voice & piano, Op. 37/6 (TrV 187/6)
>Strauss, Richard : Leises Lied ("In einem stillen Garten"), song for voice & piano, Op. 39/1 (TrV 189/1)
>Strauss, Richard : Befreit, Op. 39 no 4
>Strauss, Richard : Wiegenlied ("Träume, träume, du mein süsses Leben"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 41/1
>Strauss, Richard : In der Campagna ("Ich grüsse die Sonne"), song for voice & piano, Op. 41/2 (TrV 195/2)
>Strauss, Richard : Frühlingsfeier ("Das ist des Frühlings traurige Lust!"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op.
>Strauss, Richard : Die heil'gen drei Kön'ge aus Morgenland, song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 56/6 (TrV 220/6)
>Strauss, Richard : Songs of the Orient (Gesänge des Orients), song cycle for voice & piano, Op. 77 (TrV 257)
>Strauss, Richard : Allerseelen, Op. 10 no 8
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Notes & Reviews:

This is the first of an eventual nine volumes which will comprise Hyperion's new series featuring the complete songs of Richard Strauss. Although Strauss wrote over two hundred songs, barely a dozen are well known to the public at large and not more than perhaps thirty feature with any regularity in concert programs. Roger Vignoles and Christine Brewer perform this recital which combines such favorites as 'Wiegenlied', 'Zueignung' and 'Allerseelen' with a host of lesser-known songs.

'Could there be a more enticing title stamped across a CD than Strauss: The Complete Songs - 1? Richard Strauss the man may be widely resistible; but it would take someone extraordinarily hard-hearted not to take any delight in his luxuriant imagination and succulent harmonies ... Each planned CD in the series will be shaped around the talents of different singers, and Brewer's disc marks a tremendous start' (The Times)

'Hyperion's encylopaedic collection of Schubert songs was one of the great recording projects of the Nineties. Now the beleaguered company hopes to do the same for Richard Strauss ... The series launches in style with the soprano Christine Brewer, accompanied by Roger Vignoles, whose booklet notes are as perceptive and stylishly executed as his piano playing' (The Evening Standard)

'Hyperion is following its massive surveys of Schubert and Schumman by kicking off a retrospective of Strauss's complete lieder with a recital by Christine Brewer and pianist Roger Vignoles. If this is anything to go by, the series should be at once scholarly and thrilling' (The Guardian)

'Christine Brewer in magisterial voice ... a major project, beautifully performed and presented' (The Independant)

'Christine Brewer ... combine opulent, blazing tone, fearless top notes and surprising agility' (Daily Telegraph)

'At all times Brewer and Vignoles work together hand in glove ... This is a properly equal partnership that bodes very well indeed for this admirable project. Brewer and Vignoles set high standards for anyone who would record Strauss now and for future collaborations on Hyperion too!' (International Record Review)

'there seems to be no challenge that Christine Brewer and Roger Vignoles can't meet in these opulent songs. Brewer's soaring voice offers a fabulous range of colour and dynamics, and Vignoles matches her with a truly orchestral palette at the keyboard' (Classic FM Magazine)

'Christine Brewer is a fine choice for this first disc in what is expected to be a total of eight or nine CDs ... one is already impatient for the arrival of Volume 2. Full texts with translations are given, of course, and concise but informative notes from Vignoles. This recital is a gift not to be missed' (Fanfare, USA)

'The CD, itself as masterfully composed as the songs on it, begins, appropriately, with 'Zueignung' and ends, touchingly but without sentimentality, with the last song from that same Op. 10, 'Allerseelen' ... Brewer is blessed with what legendary record producer Walter Legge called the sine qua non of the great singer; a distinctive, immediately identifiable sound. Her remarkably supple voice, Rubenesque in size and voluptuosness, has just enough acid to allow her to etch each song with highly detailed word painting and her personal stamp ... the insight Brewer brings to the less familiar songs brings deep satisfactions' (Bay Area Reporter)



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Works Details

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (8), Op. 10
  • Performers: Christine Brewer (Soprano); Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (03/22/2004-03/24/2004)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1885

>Strauss, Richard : Die Georgine ("Warum so spät erst, Georgine?"), song for voice & piano, Op. 10/4 (TrV 141/4)
  • Performers: Christine Brewer (Soprano); Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (03/22/2004-03/24/2004)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1885

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder aus Lotusblättern (6), Op. 19
  • Performers: Christine Brewer (Soprano); Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (03/22/2004-03/24/2004)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1885-1888

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder aus Lotusblättern (6), Op. 19
  • Performers: Christine Brewer (Soprano); Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (03/22/2004-03/24/2004)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1885-1888

>Strauss, Richard : Glückes genug ("Wenn sanft du mir im Arme schliefst"), song for voice & piano, Op. 37/1 (TrV 187/1)
  • Performers: Christine Brewer (Soprano); Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (03/22/2004-03/24/2004)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (6), Op. 37
  • Performers: Christine Brewer (Soprano); Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (03/22/2004-03/24/2004)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898

>Strauss, Richard : Hochzeitlich Lied ("Lass Akaziendüfte schaukeln"), song for voice & piano, Op. 37/6 (TrV 187/6)
  • Performers: Christine Brewer (Soprano); Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (03/22/2004-03/24/2004)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898

>Strauss, Richard : Leises Lied ("In einem stillen Garten"), song for voice & piano, Op. 39/1 (TrV 189/1)
  • Performers: Christine Brewer (Soprano); Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (03/22/2004-03/24/2004)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898

>Strauss, Richard : Befreit, Op. 39 no 4
  • Performers: Christine Brewer (Soprano); Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (03/22/2004-03/24/2004)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898

>Strauss, Richard : Wiegenlied ("Träume, träume, du mein süsses Leben"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 41/1
  • Performers: Christine Brewer (Soprano); Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (03/22/2004-03/24/2004)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1899

>Strauss, Richard : In der Campagna ("Ich grüsse die Sonne"), song for voice & piano, Op. 41/2 (TrV 195/2)
  • Performers: Christine Brewer (Soprano); Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (03/22/2004-03/24/2004)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1899

>Strauss, Richard : Frühlingsfeier ("Das ist des Frühlings traurige Lust!"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op.
  • Performers: Christine Brewer (Soprano); Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (03/22/2004-03/24/2004)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903-1906

>Strauss, Richard : Die heil'gen drei Kön'ge aus Morgenland, song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 56/6 (TrV 220/6)
  • Performers: Christine Brewer (Soprano); Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (03/22/2004-03/24/2004)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903-1906

>Strauss, Richard : Songs of the Orient (Gesänge des Orients), song cycle for voice & piano, Op. 77 (TrV 257)
  • Performers: Christine Brewer (Soprano); Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (03/22/2004-03/24/2004)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1928

>Strauss, Richard : Allerseelen, Op. 10 no 8
  • Performers: Christine Brewer (Soprano); Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (03/22/2004-03/24/2004)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1885