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Strauss: The Complete Songs, Vol. 5 / Kiera Duffy, Roger Vignoles

Album Summary

>Strauss, Richard : Madchenblumen, songs (4) for voice & piano, Op. 22 (TrV 153)
>Strauss, Richard : Fruhlingsgedrange ("Fruhlingskinder im bunten Gedrange"), song for voice & piano, Op. 26/1 (TrV 166/
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (4), Op. 27
>Strauss, Richard : Hat gesagt - bleibt's nicht dabei, Op. 36/3 (from Des Knaben Wunderhorn)
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (6), Op. 37
>Strauss, Richard : Herr Lenz ("Herr Lenz springt heute durch die Stadt"), song for voice 7 piano, Op. 37/5 (TrV 187/5)
>Strauss, Richard : Jung Hexenlied ("Als nachts ich uberm Gebrige ritt"), song for voice & piano, Op. 39/2 (TrV 189/2)
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (3), Op. 43
>Strauss, Richard : Einkehr ("Bei einem Wirte wundermild"), song for voice & piano, Op. 47/4 (TrV 200/4)
>Strauss, Richard : Ich schwebe (R. Strauss)
>Strauss, Richard : Kling! ("Kling!...Meine Seele gibt reinen ton"), song for voice & piano, Op. 48/3 (TrV 202/3)
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (6), Op. 68
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Notes & Reviews:

The latest installment of this major Hyperion project introduces the American soprano Kiera Duffy, whose performances in the concert hall and on the opera stage have received the highest praise. The majority of the music in this recital was composed between 1888 and 1900, with the exception of the glorious Brentano-Lieder, which owe their richness and fluency to the composer's experience of opera composition. Duffy's performances reveal a deep understanding of the complexity of the music. The disc features perceptive booklet notes from pianist and series mastermind Roger Vignoles in addition to full texts and translations.

"Duffy's is a light, bright soprano with a stylish sense of phrasing and some rapturous top Bs in her armoury...Two stand out: the harmonically wayward 'Junghexenlied', where Duffy has the right abrasive edge and hint of witchy malice, and the radiant 'Als mir dein Lied erklang" -BBC

"The main work here is the Brentano Lieder of 1918, and it is often said that no single soprano can perform the whole cycle adequately. Duffy manages better than most, partly because there is a cutting edge in her tone...Vignoles, the Strauss pianist par excellence, is infinitely supportive and keeps the volume down to a sensible level." -The Guardian

"The technically accomplished and conscientious American Kiera Duffy has the clean, bright tone required for the more upbeat numbers such as Kling, but her Morgen doesn’t float through the ether and elsewhere she can sound a little hard-edged." -The Daily Telegraph

Gramophone Magazine
She certainly gives a strong interpretation of the six Brentano Lieder, Op. 68, with Vignoles's powerful closing 'Lied der Frauen' a highlight...and both artists are equally impressive in the strongly characterised 'Junghexenlied'...Duffy is also appealing in the gentler songs, such as the tender 'Meinem Kinde', but elsewhere at times one wishes for more varied tonal colour and less climactic passion.

International Record Review
If the songs of Op. 68 are the most immediately compelling Lieder here, there are other treasures too... after an impeccable entry [in 'Morgen!'], Duffy embraces one of Strauss's most heartfelt melodies before darkening her silvery tone to huge effect in the final lines.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (2010-11-24_2010-11-25&2010-).



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Works Details

>Strauss, Richard : Mädchenblumen, songs (4) for voice & piano, Op. 22 (TrV 153)
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Kiera Duffy
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (2010-11-24_2010-11-25&2010-)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1886-1888

>Strauss, Richard : Frühlingsgedränge ("Frühlingskinder im bunten Gedränge"), song for voice & piano, Op. 26/1 (TrV 166/
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Kiera Duffy
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (2010-11-24_2010-11-25&2010-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1891

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (4), Op. 27
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Kiera Duffy
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (2010-11-24_2010-11-25&2010-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Strauss, Richard : Hat gesagt - bleibt's nicht dabei, Op. 36/3 (from Des Knaben Wunderhorn)
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Kiera Duffy
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (2010-11-24_2010-11-25&2010-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (6), Op. 37
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Kiera Duffy
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (2010-11-24_2010-11-25&2010-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1897

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (6), Op. 37
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Kiera Duffy
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (2010-11-24_2010-11-25&2010-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898

>Strauss, Richard : Herr Lenz ("Herr Lenz springt heute durch die Stadt"), song for voice 7 piano, Op. 37/5 (TrV 187/5)
  • Performers: Kiera Duffy; Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (2010-11-24_2010-11-25&2010-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1896

>Strauss, Richard : Jung Hexenlied ("Als nachts ich überm Gebrige ritt"), song for voice & piano, Op. 39/2 (TrV 189/2)
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Kiera Duffy
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (2010-11-24_2010-11-25&2010-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (3), Op. 43
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Kiera Duffy
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (2010-11-24_2010-11-25&2010-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1899

>Strauss, Richard : Einkehr ("Bei einem Wirte wundermild"), song for voice & piano, Op. 47/4 (TrV 200/4)
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Kiera Duffy
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (2010-11-24_2010-11-25&2010-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900

>Strauss, Richard : Ich schwebe (R. Strauss)
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Kiera Duffy
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (2010-11-24_2010-11-25&2010-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900

>Strauss, Richard : Kling! ("Kling!...Meine Seele gibt reinen ton"), song for voice & piano, Op. 48/3 (TrV 202/3)
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Kiera Duffy
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (2010-11-24_2010-11-25&2010-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (6), Op. 68
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Kiera Duffy
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (2010-11-24_2010-11-25&2010-)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918