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The Complete Songs of Johannes Brahms, Vol. 4 / Robert Holl, bass-baritone, Graham Johnson, piano

Audio Samples

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (4) for voice & piano, Op. 46
>     An die Nachtigall, Op. 46/4
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (8) for voice & piano, Op. 58
>     Schwermut, Op. 58/5
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (8) for voice & piano, Op. 59
>     Dein blaues Auge hält so still, Op. 59/8
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (9) for voice & piano, Op. 63
>     Heimweh I, Op. 63/7
>     Heimweh II, Op. 63/8
>     Heimweh III, Op. 63/9
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 72
>     Alte Liebe, Op. 72/1
>     O kühler Wald, Op. 72/3
>     Verzagen, Op. 72/4
>Brahms, Johannes : Sommerfaden ("Sommerfaden hin und wieder"), song for voice & piano, Op. 72/2
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (6) for voice & piano, Op. 86
>Brahms, Johannes : Mit vierzig Jahren ist der Berg erstiegen, song for voice & piano, Op. 94/1
>Brahms, Johannes : Steig auf, geliebter Schatten, song for voice & piano, Op. 94/2
>Brahms, Johannes : Mein Herz ist schwer, mein Auge wacht, song for voice & piano, Op. 94/3
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 94
>Brahms, Johannes : Kein Haus, keine Heimat, song for voice & piano, Op. 94/5
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (6) for voice & piano, Op. 97
>     Komm bald, Op. 97/5
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 105
>     Wie Melodien zeiht es mir leise durch den Sinn, Op. 105/1
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 106
>     Auf dem See, Op. 106/2
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 107
>     Mädchenlied, Op. 107/5
>Brahms, Johannes : Serious Songs (4), Op. 121

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (4) for voice & piano, Op. 46
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (8) for voice & piano, Op. 58
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (8) for voice & piano, Op. 59
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (9) for voice & piano, Op. 63
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 72
>Brahms, Johannes : Sommerfaden ("Sommerfaden hin und wieder"), song for voice & piano, Op. 72/2
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (6) for voice & piano, Op. 86
>Brahms, Johannes : Mit vierzig Jahren ist der Berg erstiegen, song for voice & piano, Op. 94/1
>Brahms, Johannes : Steig auf, geliebter Schatten, song for voice & piano, Op. 94/2
>Brahms, Johannes : Mein Herz ist schwer, mein Auge wacht, song for voice & piano, Op. 94/3
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 94
>Brahms, Johannes : Kein Haus, keine Heimat, song for voice & piano, Op. 94/5
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (6) for voice & piano, Op. 97
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 105
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 106
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 107
>Brahms, Johannes : Serious Songs (4), Op. 121
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

With this release, pianist Graham Johnson's latest project for Hyperion, the complete songs of Johannes Brahms, reaches its fourth volume. Brahms may be considered a giant of the Romantic era, but his songs and vocal works are far less familiar to listeners than much of his other music. However, there is so much to discover and enjoy in the beautiful, often elegiac melodies and characteristic piano writing present in his songs. The present recording features the songs of Op 94, as well as the Vier ernste Gesänge of Op 121. The singer is bassbaritone Robert Holl, who has been widely acclaimed for his live performances and recordings and is considered one of the most profound artists of the genre.

The Times (UK)
Holl's ability to embody not only the particular musical presence of each song, but also the emotional effect of every word, is unique.

BBC Music Magazine, November 2012
Holl's true bass register resonates eloquently with this programme of very serious songs...Holl has the ability to draw the listener in...For the Four Serious Songs themselves, Holl brings a deep sense of empathetic humanity to the live, deeply felt and thoughtfully reasoned inner monologues which he makes of them.

International Record Review, September 2012
Holl's voice, reminiscent of Fischer-Dieskau's but rather more of a real bass...is rich, true and resonant. He uses it simply, without self-conscious artifice, and the result is some very beautiful singing. Johnson's accompeniment is always skilled and perceptive...This disc, while the whole recital has notable integrity and quality, would be worth having for [the Four Serious Songs] alone.

The Guardian, September 2012
[Holl is] dark-toned, at times to the point of grittiness, and you might find your admiration for the emotional truth of his singing offset by moments of unwieldiness and an occasional pulse in his tone. It works best if you listen selectively...The effect is awesome, but makes for difficult listening.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
Johnson's accompaniments are, as usual, very fine. The booklet includes texts, translations, and extensive and often interesting notes for each song.

MusicWeb International, January 2013
Holl, here approaching his mid-sixties, is still a flexible and nuanced singer with the ability to lighten the tone when appropriate. In spite of a long operatic career with often heavy roles - he has been a regular at Bayreuth since 1996 - the voice is largely unscathed and the tone noble...[Johnson] is the ever-flexible partner in what is a duo of equal merits.

Gramophone Magazine, November 2012
Holl fields a bass-baritone of slightly grizzled nobility, with impressive sonorous depth...he catches all the terrible nihilism and life-weariness of the first two songs and the opening of the third...Johnson's fastidiously textured playing, like his detailed commentaries, is always illuminating...But be prepared for a protracted Brahmsian gloomfest.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: All Saints Church, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (09/27/2010-09/29/2010).



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>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (4) for voice & piano, Op. 46 :: An die Nachtigall, Op. 46/4
  • Performers: Robert Holl (Bass Baritone); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (09/27/2010-09/29/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1864

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (8) for voice & piano, Op. 58 :: Schwermut, Op. 58/5
  • Performers: Robert Holl (Bass Baritone); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (09/27/2010-09/29/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (8) for voice & piano, Op. 59 :: Dein blaues Auge hält so still, Op. 59/8
  • Performers: Robert Holl (Bass Baritone); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (09/27/2010-09/29/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1873

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (9) for voice & piano, Op. 63 :: Heimweh I, Op. 63/7
  • Performers: Robert Holl (Bass Baritone); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (09/27/2010-09/29/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (9) for voice & piano, Op. 63 :: Heimweh II, Op. 63/8
  • Performers: Robert Holl (Bass Baritone); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (09/27/2010-09/29/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (9) for voice & piano, Op. 63 :: Heimweh III, Op. 63/9
  • Performers: Robert Holl (Bass Baritone); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (09/27/2010-09/29/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 72 :: Alte Liebe, Op. 72/1
  • Performers: Robert Holl (Bass Baritone); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (09/27/2010-09/29/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 05/1876

>Brahms, Johannes : Sommerfäden ("Sommerfäden hin und wieder"), song for voice & piano, Op. 72/2
  • Performers: Robert Holl (Bass Baritone); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (09/27/2010-09/29/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 72 :: O kühler Wald, Op. 72/3
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Robert Holl (Bass Baritone)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (09/27/2010-09/29/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1877

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 72 :: Verzagen, Op. 72/4
  • Performers: Robert Holl (Bass Baritone); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (09/27/2010-09/29/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1877

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (6) for voice & piano, Op. 86
  • Performers: Robert Holl (Bass Baritone); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (09/27/2010-09/29/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Brahms, Johannes : Mit vierzig Jahren ist der Berg erstiegen, song for voice & piano, Op. 94/1
  • Performers: Robert Holl (Bass Baritone); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (09/27/2010-09/29/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>Brahms, Johannes : Steig auf, geliebter Schatten, song for voice & piano, Op. 94/2
  • Performers: Robert Holl (Bass Baritone); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (09/27/2010-09/29/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>Brahms, Johannes : Mein Herz ist schwer, mein Auge wacht, song for voice & piano, Op. 94/3
  • Performers: Robert Holl (Bass Baritone); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (09/27/2010-09/29/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 94
  • Performers: Robert Holl (Bass Baritone); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (09/27/2010-09/29/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>Brahms, Johannes : Kein Haus, keine Heimat, song for voice & piano, Op. 94/5
  • Performers: Robert Holl (Bass Baritone); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (09/27/2010-09/29/2010)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (6) for voice & piano, Op. 97 :: Komm bald, Op. 97/5
  • Performers: Robert Holl (Bass Baritone); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (09/27/2010-09/29/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 105 :: Wie Melodien zeiht es mir leise durch den Sinn, Op. 105/1
  • Performers: Robert Holl (Bass Baritone); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (09/27/2010-09/29/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1886

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 106 :: Auf dem See, Op. 106/2
  • Performers: Robert Holl (Bass Baritone); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (09/27/2010-09/29/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 107 :: Mädchenlied, Op. 107/5
  • Performers: Robert Holl (Bass Baritone); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (09/27/2010-09/29/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Brahms, Johannes : Serious Songs (4), Op. 121
  • Performers: Robert Holl (Bass Baritone); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (09/27/2010-09/29/2010)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1896