Art Song Recordings

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Art Song Recordings

Well my turntable is in the shop as I must have shorted a cable somewhere and I'm getting the impression that the technician will take as much time as he can before fixing the problem. Its been a couple of weeks now and I don't even think he's looked at it yet. So this may be a good time to search for unknown vinyl given the fact that I no longer spend time getting up to either flip sides or change out records. That's at least an extra hour or two a week.

I got into the art song craze due to my grandmothers recordings of Schubert and Schumann on 45 rpm 7 inch mono pressings. I believe that many of these were recitals that she gave at the Cincinnati College of Music, later to merge with the Conservatory to become the College Conservatory of Music. And I ended up being the only visual artist in the family, go figure.

What I'm wanting to know is if anyone can recommend Deutsche Lieder or French Art Song recordings on mono vinyl or stereo/mono CD or SACD. I like mono vinyl but these can be hard to find in fine playable condition though I must admit, this is part of the appeal. So please, all suggestions are greatly appreciated and I'll copy and paste them onto a text edit file.

p.s Right now Sandrine Piau and Maggie Teyte are the 'thing'.

goofyfoot

French Art Song, first and a bit of Deutsche Lied.

Goofyfoot, this is a very vast subject, where plenty of suggestions may come up. From my side only for stereo CDs and SACDs.

To start with and only for the French Art song, I can suggest that you may explore the excellent series of Hyperion on the French Art Song. They have recorded about 20 CDs, covering the most important French composers, either in indicative individual recordings (Gounod, Chausson, Durey, Saint-Saens, Bizet, Severac, Hahn and Chabriet) or in complete series (Poulenc and Faure). Besides, there is also a very fine recital with J. Baker and G. Parsons with Faure songs.

A. S. von Otter has recorded some very fine recitals for Naive and D.G., while from the male voices, do not miss G. Souzay on the 4CD set reissue of old recordings of significant "Melodies Francaises", on Newton.

As for the Deutsche Lied, in the plethora of recordings, I can suggest the rather recent SACD of C. Pregardien and M. Gees brilliant account of Schubert's monumental Winterreise, on Challenge.

Australian Eloquence has reissued a great recording, back from 1990, of Schubert's Schwanengesang with P. Schreier and A. Schiff. An astonishing performance, well presented on CD.

Finally, for the moment, give a shot to a different kind of recital from a rather new but exceptional female singer named Katherine Broderick, performing lieder by R. Strauss, Berg and Schoenberg. An arresting recital with M. Martineau as the seasoned accompanying partner (on Champs Hill).

Parla

 

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Thanks!

Thanks for both recommendations. I'll be listening to a good deal of the hyperion French Song Series in about a week from now and then I'll continue from there.

Now I wish I knew more about what vinyl to track down.

goofyfoot

More on French Art Song.

Since I have abandoned the vinyl for some decades, I cannot ofer you any suggestion, goofyfoot.

However, I can add some more options in the huge field of the French Art Song: Anne Sofie von Oter has recorded certain very intriguing discs for DG, when she was younger and with a fresher voice. One of them dealt with the very rare repertory of songs by the female, almost neglected, composer called Chaminade: a very illuminating CD with some very refined performances of charming songs. Likewise, her CD on composers such as Chausson, Faure, Martin, Poulenc and Ravel, called "La Bonne Chanson". A fine compilation of significant cycles of these composers in very convincing and vocally fine performances. Recordings at the high standards of the label.

Another non-French singer who had some substantive recordings on the French Art Song has been Dame Felicity Lott. She has recorded quite a few CDs on various labels. Some notable ones: a) The songs based on poems by Baudelaire and Hugo (by various composers, on HM), b) "Felicitty Lott s'amuse", on the long defunct Forlane (it contains some entertaining and fine songs by Offenbach, Bizet, Chabriet, Duparc and some more, including some melodies by rare names such as Messager, Bernard and Yvain), c) her old recording on Hyperion, called "Voyage a Paris" (with Graham Johnson), with some of the best songs by Poulenc.

Parla

Chaminade

Thanks Parla, yes I bought the 'mots d'amour' when it was first released but I must admit that it gets little playing time these days. I really do need to be in the right mood to listen to A.S. von Otter as she sometimes sounds shrill to my ears in the higher registers. I get the impression that she narrows her throat somewhat however yes, she is a very fine singer.

Regine Crespin is a wonderful singer but it's difficult for me to find recordings by her that I can get excited about. I can say the same thing about Tina Lemnitz.

On an upbeat, there is a relatively new Irmgard Seefried 4 disc box set from d'Orfeo that I want pretty badly.

Currently I'm viewing the Felicity Lott and Graham Johnson recording of Strauss Songs.

goofyfoot

Correction

Sorry, I did mean Tiana Lemnitz. This 4 CD release looks nice however it isn't on DECCA (of course for vinyl I would look for DECCA);

Melodies Francaises / Gerard Souzay, Dalton Baldwin

goofyfoot

Hyperion Collection

Well I now have nearly every CD from the Hyperion French Song Collection as well as a Gerard Souzay box set of his early recordings from 1960 to 1968 on Newton Classics and a single Souzay disc on the Testament label which received a Gramophone award in 2004. 

The Hyperion recordings are wonderful but I'm glad I didn't overlook the Gerard Souzay recommendations. Now the question becomes; how much French Song can one person listen to before going bat crazy? Admittedly I've only listened to about 4 discs in total but estimate that I'll get through them all by September. Thanks to all who posted and who made recommendations. As of now, I no longer have the luxury of visiting the Harmonia Mundi store on Avenue de l'Opera but this forum has been very generous and helpful and for that I'm grateful.

goofyfoot

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