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Stimme der Sehnsucht: LIeder by Pfitzner, Strauss and Mahler / Christianne Stotijn, Joseph Breinl

Audio Samples

>Pfitzner, Hans : Stimme der Sehnsucht, song for voice & piano, Op. 19/1
>Pfitzner, Hans : Nachts, song for voice & piano, Op. 26/2
>Pfitzner, Hans : Lockung, for voice & piano, Op. 7/4
>Pfitzner, Hans : Nachtwanderer for voice & piano, Op. 7/2
>Pfitzner, Hans : Abschied, song for voice & piano, Op. 9/5
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (6), Op. 17
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (5), Op. 47
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (5), Op. 69
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (3), Op. 29
>Strauss, Richard : Schlichte Weisen (5), Op. 21
>Strauss, Richard : Befreit, Op. 39 no 4
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (8), Op. 10
>Mahler, Gustav : Kindertotenlieder, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (4), Op. 27

Album Summary

>Pfitzner, Hans : Stimme der Sehnsucht, song for voice & piano, Op. 19/1
>Pfitzner, Hans : Nachts, song for voice & piano, Op. 26/2
>Pfitzner, Hans : Lockung, for voice & piano, Op. 7/4
>Pfitzner, Hans : Nachtwanderer for voice & piano, Op. 7/2
>Pfitzner, Hans : Abschied, song for voice & piano, Op. 9/5
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (6), Op. 17
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (5), Op. 47
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (5), Op. 69
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (3), Op. 29
>Strauss, Richard : Schlichte Weisen (5), Op. 21
>Strauss, Richard : Befreit, Op. 39 no 4
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (8), Op. 10
>Mahler, Gustav : Kindertotenlieder, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (4), Op. 27
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Notes & Reviews:

Stimme der Sehnsucht, Christianne Stotijn's recital of lieder by Pfitzner, Mahler and Strauss, confronts powerful emotions - longing, loving, grief, and a desperate wish to turn the clock back to happier times. The collection is dominated by the theme of night, an exploration of dreams, restlessness and darkness. It is a thoughtful and moving program from one of the outstanding mezzos of our time, sensitively accompanied by Joseph Breinl. Stotijn's previous recordings for Onyx have received high praise, including a 2010 BBC Music Magazine Award for her disc of Tchaikovsky Romances.

"The Dutch mezzo is a formidable Mahler singer and her Kindertotenlieder here are chillingly exquisite. More surprising, and no less satisfying, are the preceding sets of songs by Pfitzner and Richard Strauss. A marvellously intelligent recital. To be heard often, with an amber glass in hand." -La Scena Musicale

"Stotijn’s thoughtful programme is themed around the "Voice of Longing” cited in the opening track – a Hans Pfitzner song based on a poem by Carl Busse. All five Pfitzner items here have a dark, expressionist hue, with "Nachtwanderer” probing the subconscious in terms reminiscent of Schubert’s "Erlkönig”. The Strauss group, including "Ständchen” and "Zueignung”, stresses the positive side of longing, while Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder is drenched in longing for how life once was. Stotijn confronts its emotions with acute sensitivity, and then leaves us with the benediction of Strauss’s "Morgen!”. A connoisseur’s recital." -The Financial Times

The Telegraph
Stotijn confronts [Kindertotenlieder's] emotions with acute sensitivity, and then leaves us with the benediction of Strauss's "Morgen!". A connoisseur's recital.

BBC Music Magazine
Stotijn's latest well-earned recital disc takes the imaginative high ground right at the start...In the booklet-notes, Stotijn eloquently explains why they travelled to Schiermonnikoog (or 'Grey Monk Island') for the shoot, and how she chose the programme. The programme matters most, of course, though all the incidentals help make this a winner. The Richard Strauss sequence has its own logic of lively versus reflective.

Gramophone Magazine
A singer whose voice and intelligence melded seamlessly with words, vocal line and whatever dramatic concert was at hand...Stotijn's vivid performances make you examine the texts anew just to appreciate her sudden burst of vocal colour ('Zueignung' goes into the Jessye Norman zone) or her onomatopoeic effects, which give the characters within the songs a near-physical presence....Stotijn is God's gift to Christa Ludwig admirers.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Reitstadel, Newmarkt, Germany (03/15/2011-03/17/2011).



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Works Details

>Pfitzner, Hans : Stimme der Sehnsucht, song for voice & piano, Op. 19/1
  • Performers: Joseph Breinl (Piano); Christianne Stotijn (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Reitstadel, Newmarkt, Germany (03/15/2011-03/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Pfitzner, Hans : Nachts, song for voice & piano, Op. 26/2
  • Performers: Joseph Breinl (Piano); Christianne Stotijn (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Reitstadel, Newmarkt, Germany (03/15/2011-03/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Pfitzner, Hans : Lockung, for voice & piano, Op. 7/4
  • Performers: Joseph Breinl (Piano); Christianne Stotijn (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Reitstadel, Newmarkt, Germany (03/15/2011-03/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Pfitzner, Hans : Nachtwanderer for voice & piano, Op. 7/2
  • Performers: Joseph Breinl (Piano); Christianne Stotijn (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Reitstadel, Newmarkt, Germany (03/15/2011-03/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Pfitzner, Hans : Abschied, song for voice & piano, Op. 9/5
  • Performers: Joseph Breinl (Piano); Christianne Stotijn (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Reitstadel, Newmarkt, Germany (03/15/2011-03/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (6), Op. 17
  • Performers: Joseph Breinl (Piano); Christianne Stotijn (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Reitstadel, Newmarkt, Germany (03/15/2011-03/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1885-1887

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (5), Op. 47
  • Performers: Joseph Breinl (Piano); Christianne Stotijn (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Reitstadel, Newmarkt, Germany (03/15/2011-03/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (5), Op. 69
  • Performers: Joseph Breinl (Piano); Christianne Stotijn (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Reitstadel, Newmarkt, Germany (03/15/2011-03/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (3), Op. 29
  • Performers: Joseph Breinl (Piano); Christianne Stotijn (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Reitstadel, Newmarkt, Germany (03/15/2011-03/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1895

>Strauss, Richard : Schlichte Weisen (5), Op. 21
  • Performers: Joseph Breinl (Piano); Christianne Stotijn (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Reitstadel, Newmarkt, Germany (03/15/2011-03/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1887-1888

>Strauss, Richard : Befreit, Op. 39 no 4
  • Performers: Christianne Stotijn (Mezzo Soprano); Joseph Breinl (Piano)
  • Notes: Reitstadel, Newmarkt, Germany (03/15/2011-03/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (8), Op. 10
  • Performers: Christianne Stotijn (Mezzo Soprano); Joseph Breinl (Piano)
  • Notes: Reitstadel, Newmarkt, Germany (03/15/2011-03/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1885

>Mahler, Gustav : Kindertotenlieder, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performers: Joseph Breinl (Piano); Christianne Stotijn (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Reitstadel, Newmarkt, Germany (03/15/2011-03/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 22 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1901-1904

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (4), Op. 27
  • Performers: Christianne Stotijn (Mezzo Soprano); Joseph Breinl (Piano)
  • Notes: Reitstadel, Newmarkt, Germany (03/15/2011-03/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894