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Richard Strauss: Lieder / Soile Isokoski, soprano; Marita Viitasalo, piano

> 8 Gedichte aus Letzte Blatter, Op. 10, TrV 141 - 8 Gedichte aus Letzte Blatter, Op. 10, TrV 141: No. 8. Allerseelen
> 6 Lieder aus Lotosblatter, Op. 19, TrV 152 - 6 Lieder aus Lotosblatter, Op. 19, TrV 152: No. 3. Schon sind, doch kalt die Himmelssterne
> 8 Gedichte aus Letzte Blatter, Op. 10, TrV 141 - 8 Gedichte aus Letzte Blatter, Op. 10, TrV 141: No. 3. Die Nacht (The Night)
> 5 Lieder, Op. 32, TrV 174 (text by K.F. Henckell) - 5 Lieder, Op. 32, TrV 174: No. 1. Ich trage meine Minne
> 8 Gedichte aus Letzte Blatter, Op. 10, TrV 141 - 8 Gedichte aus Letzte Blatter, Op. 10, TrV 141: No. 4. Die Georgine
> Schlichte Weisen, Op. 21, TrV 160 - Schlichte Weisen, Op. 21, TrV 160: No. 3. Ach Lieb, ich muss nun scheiden
> 6 Lieder, Op. 37, TrV 187 (text by G. Falke and R. Dehmel) - No. 4. Mein Auge
> 6 Lieder, Op. 37, TrV 187 (text by G. Falke and R. Dehmel) - No. 3. Meinem Kinde
> 3 Gesange alterer deutscher Dichter, Op. 43, TrV 196 (text by G.A. Burger) - 3 Gesange alterer deutscher Dichter, Op. 43, TrV 196: No. 2. Muttertandelei
> Schlichte Weisen, Op. 21, TrV 160 - Schlichte Weisen, Op. 21, TrV 160: No. 1. All' mein Gedanken, mein Herz und mein Sinn
> 6 Lieder, Op. 17, TrV 149 - 6 Lieder, Op. 17, TrV 149: No. 2. Standchen
> 8 Gedichte aus Letzte Blatter, Op. 10, TrV 141 - 8 Gedichte aus Letzte Blatter, Op. 10, TrV 141: No. 1. Zueignung
> 4 Lieder, Op. 36, TrV 186 (text by F.G. Klopstock) - 4 Lieder, Op. 36, TrV 186: No. 1. Das Rosenband
> 6 Lieder aus Lotosblatter, Op. 19, TrV 152 - 6 Lieder aus Lotosblatter, Op. 19, TrV 152: No. 4. Wie sollten wir geheim sie halten
> Schlichte Weisen, Op. 21, TrV 160 - Schlichte Weisen, Op. 21, TrV 160: No. 2. Du meines Herzens Kronelein
> 6 Lieder aus Lotosblatter, Op. 19, TrV 152 - 6 Lieder aus Lotosblatter, Op. 19, TrV 152, No. 6. Mein Herz ist stumm, mein Herz ist kalt
> 5 Lieder, Op. 39, TrV 189 (text by R. Dehmel) - 5 Lieder, Op. 39, TrV 189: No. 4. Befreit
> 4 Lieder, Op. 27, TrV 170 (text by J.H. Mackay and H. Hart) - No. 4. Morgen
> 4 Lieder, Op. 27, TrV 170 (text by J.H. Mackay and H. Hart) - No. 2. Cacilie
> 6 Lieder, Op. 67, TrV 238 (text by W. Shakespeare) - No. 1. Wie erkenn' ich mein Treulieb vor andern nun?
> 6 Lieder, Op. 67, TrV 238 (text by W. Shakespeare) - No. 2. Guten Morgen, 's ist Sankt Valentinstag
> 6 Lieder, Op. 67, TrV 238 (text by W. Shakespeare) - No. 3. Sie trugen ihn auf der Bahre bloss
> Malven (Mallows), TrV 297 - Malven (Mallows), TrV 297

Album Summary

>Strauss, Richard : Allerseelen, Op. 10 no 8
>Strauss, Richard : Schön sind, doch kalt die Himmelssterne, song for voice & piano, Op. 19/3 (TrV 152/3)
>Strauss, Richard : Die Nacht, Op. 10 no 3
>Strauss, Richard : Ich trage meine Minne, song for voice & piano, Op. 32/1 (TrV 174/1)
>Strauss, Richard : Die Georgine ("Warum so spät erst, Georgine?"), song for voice & piano, Op. 10/4 (TrV 141/4)
>Strauss, Richard : Schlichte Weisen (5), Op. 21
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (6), Op. 37
>Strauss, Richard : Meinem Kinde ("Du schläfst und sachte neig' ich mich"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 3
>Strauss, Richard : Muttertändelei ("Seht mir doch mein schönes Kind"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 43/2
>Strauss, Richard : Ständchen ("Mach' auf, mach' auf, doch leise, mein Kind"), song for voice & piano, Op. 17/2 (TrV 149
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (8), Op. 10
>Strauss, Richard : Das Rosenband ("Im Frühlingsschatten fand ich sie"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 36/1
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder aus Lotusblattern (6), Op. 19
>Strauss, Richard : Du meines Herzens Krönelein, song for voice & piano, Op. 21/2 (TrV 160/2)
>Strauss, Richard : Befreit, Op. 39 no 4
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (4), Op. 27
>Strauss, Richard : Cäcilie ("Wenn du es wüsstest"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 27/2 (TrV 170/2)
>Strauss, Richard : Songs (3) for voice & piano (after Shakespeare's "Hamlet;" "Ophelia Lieder"), Op. 67/1-3 (TrV 238/1-
>Strauss, Richard : Malven ("Aus Rosen, Phlox [und] Zin[n]ienflor"), fragment for voice & piano (TrV 297, AV 304)
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This CD features Finnish star soprano Soile Isokoski and her longstanding duo partner Marita Viitasalo, piano, with a selection of Lieder by Richard Strauss. Soile Isokoski is hailed as one of the finest singers in the world whose recordings have been praised as top-choice and garnered the highest distinctions at the BBC Music Magazine Awards, Gramophone Awards and MIDEM Classical Awards.

Daily Telegraph
this recital by Finnish soprano Soile Isokoski offers a rare treat in terms of vocalism. Seldom today does one hear a singer offering such pure tone and stylistic poise, articulating the text with unaffected clarity and blooming in the silvery top register that Strauss exploits so lovingly.

Miami Classica
Isokoski maintains freshness and clarity of a voice ideally Strauss, with a lyricism that conquest from the start and simplicity far removed from any affectation.

Gramophone Magazine
As always with Isokoski, one either finds a certain humanity in her less-than-rounded tones - or not. Such positive qualities burn from within during songs such as 'Zueignung' and 'Morgen!'...and especially in the lesser-known 'Befreit', a performance whose subtle empathy is a summation of what has always made Isokoski such an endearing figure on the operatic landscape.

MusicWeb International
A wonderful soprano in beautiful songs, captured at her very best.

International Record Review, May 2012
A feat of some of Strauss's greatest solo songs, all sung with high intelligence, in impeccable German, in beautiful sound (the piano especially sympathetic, well-rounded), with accompaniments from Marita Viitasalo impeccably groomed, seldom obtrusive let alone assertive, and perhaps all the better for that...Isokoski does not always seek to cultivate the voice beautiful...She is adept at picking up every nuance.

Sunday Times, 24th June 2012
The intense, silvered beauty of her tone - less peachy and voluptuous than Fleming's - and the unmannered clarity of her diction are unique in this music today...The strange Ophelia set, rarely programmed, can never have been more sumptuously sung.

BBC Music Magazine, June 2012
Isokoski begins with disarming lightness of touch...It's easy to forget that, at its core, this is a rich, almost heroic voice, modulating its way with seeming effortlessness through the bigger numbers at the heart of the recital...Isokoski's technique has stood the test of time...Viitasalo is clearly supportive...but more of an accompanist than an equal partner.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Järvenpää Hall, Finland (07/30/2011-08/02/2011).



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Works Details

>Strauss, Richard : Allerseelen, Op. 10 no 8
  • Performers: Marita Viitasalo (Piano); Soile Isokoski (Soprano)
  • Notes: Järvenpää Hall, Finland (07/30/2011-08/02/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1885

>Strauss, Richard : Schön sind, doch kalt die Himmelssterne, song for voice & piano, Op. 19/3 (TrV 152/3)
  • Performers: Soile Isokoski (Soprano); Marita Viitasalo (Piano)
  • Notes: Järvenpää Hall, Finland (07/30/2011-08/02/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1885-1888

>Strauss, Richard : Die Nacht, Op. 10 no 3
  • Performers: Soile Isokoski (Soprano); Marita Viitasalo (Piano)
  • Notes: Järvenpää Hall, Finland (07/30/2011-08/02/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1885

>Strauss, Richard : Ich trage meine Minne, song for voice & piano, Op. 32/1 (TrV 174/1)
  • Performers: Soile Isokoski (Soprano); Marita Viitasalo (Piano)
  • Notes: Järvenpää Hall, Finland (07/30/2011-08/02/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1896

>Strauss, Richard : Die Georgine ("Warum so spät erst, Georgine?"), song for voice & piano, Op. 10/4 (TrV 141/4)
  • Performers: Soile Isokoski (Soprano); Marita Viitasalo (Piano)
  • Notes: Järvenpää Hall, Finland (07/30/2011-08/02/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1885

>Strauss, Richard : Schlichte Weisen (5), Op. 21
  • Performers: Soile Isokoski (Soprano); Marita Viitasalo (Piano)
  • Notes: Järvenpää Hall, Finland (07/30/2011-08/02/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1887-1888

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (6), Op. 37
  • Performers: Soile Isokoski (Soprano); Marita Viitasalo (Piano)
  • Notes: Järvenpää Hall, Finland (07/30/2011-08/02/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898

>Strauss, Richard : Meinem Kinde ("Du schläfst und sachte neig' ich mich"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 3
  • Performers: Soile Isokoski (Soprano); Marita Viitasalo (Piano)
  • Notes: Järvenpää Hall, Finland (07/30/2011-08/02/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1897

>Strauss, Richard : Muttertändelei ("Seht mir doch mein schönes Kind"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 43/2
  • Performers: Soile Isokoski (Soprano); Marita Viitasalo (Piano)
  • Notes: Järvenpää Hall, Finland (07/30/2011-08/02/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1899

>Strauss, Richard : Schlichte Weisen (5), Op. 21
  • Performers: Soile Isokoski (Soprano); Marita Viitasalo (Piano)
  • Notes: Järvenpää Hall, Finland (07/30/2011-08/02/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1887-1888

>Strauss, Richard : Ständchen ("Mach' auf, mach' auf, doch leise, mein Kind"), song for voice & piano, Op. 17/2 (TrV 149
  • Performers: Soile Isokoski (Soprano); Marita Viitasalo (Piano)
  • Notes: Järvenpää Hall, Finland (07/30/2011-08/02/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1885-1887

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (8), Op. 10
  • Performers: Soile Isokoski (Soprano); Marita Viitasalo (Piano)
  • Notes: Järvenpää Hall, Finland (07/30/2011-08/02/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1885

>Strauss, Richard : Das Rosenband ("Im Frühlingsschatten fand ich sie"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 36/1
  • Performers: Marita Viitasalo (Piano); Soile Isokoski (Soprano)
  • Notes: Järvenpää Hall, Finland (07/30/2011-08/02/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1897

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder aus Lotusblättern (6), Op. 19
  • Performers: Soile Isokoski (Soprano); Marita Viitasalo (Piano)
  • Notes: Järvenpää Hall, Finland (07/30/2011-08/02/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1885-1888

>Strauss, Richard : Du meines Herzens Krönelein, song for voice & piano, Op. 21/2 (TrV 160/2)
  • Performers: Soile Isokoski (Soprano); Marita Viitasalo (Piano)
  • Notes: Järvenpää Hall, Finland (07/30/2011-08/02/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1887-1888

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder aus Lotusblättern (6), Op. 19
  • Performers: Soile Isokoski (Soprano); Marita Viitasalo (Piano)
  • Notes: Järvenpää Hall, Finland (07/30/2011-08/02/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1885-1888

>Strauss, Richard : Befreit, Op. 39 no 4
  • Performers: Soile Isokoski (Soprano); Marita Viitasalo (Piano)
  • Notes: Järvenpää Hall, Finland (07/30/2011-08/02/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (4), Op. 27
  • Performers: Soile Isokoski (Soprano); Marita Viitasalo (Piano)
  • Notes: Järvenpää Hall, Finland (07/30/2011-08/02/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Strauss, Richard : Cäcilie ("Wenn du es wüsstest"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 27/2 (TrV 170/2)
  • Performers: Soile Isokoski (Soprano); Marita Viitasalo (Piano)
  • Notes: Järvenpää Hall, Finland (07/30/2011-08/02/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Strauss, Richard : Songs (3) for voice & piano (after Shakespeare's "Hamlet;" "Ophelia Lieder"), Op. 67/1-3 (TrV 238/1-
  • Performers: Soile Isokoski (Soprano); Marita Viitasalo (Piano)
  • Notes: Järvenpää Hall, Finland (07/30/2011-08/02/2011)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1918

>Strauss, Richard : Malven ("Aus Rosen, Phlox [und] Zin[n]ienflor"), fragment for voice & piano (TrV 297, AV 304)
  • Performers: Soile Isokoski (Soprano); Marita Viitasalo (Piano)
  • Notes: Järvenpää Hall, Finland (07/30/2011-08/02/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1948