Lehmann Complete 1947 and 1949 Recordings

From RCA Victor originals A rewarding and highly memorable record of Lotte Lehmann at 60 – the voice has aged but is still resilient, and the spirit is undiminished

Record and Artist Details

Composer or Director: Johannes Brahms, James Lynam Molloy, Franz Schubert, (Marie Eugène) Henri Duparc, Reynaldo Hahn, Traditional, Robert Schumann, Richard Strauss, Emil Paladilhe, Irving Berlin

Label: Romophone

Media Format: CD or Download

Catalogue Number: 81033-2

Tracks:

Composition Artist Credit
(11) Zigeunerlieder Johannes Brahms Composer
Paul Ulanowsky
Lotte Lehmann
Kerry dance James Lynam Molloy Composer
Robert Armbruster
Lotte Lehmann
RCA Victor Chamber Orchestra
(6) Lieder Paul Ulanowsky
Johannes Brahms Composer
Lotte Lehmann
(Der) Jüngling an der Quelle Lotte Lehmann
Paul Ulanowsky
Franz Schubert Composer
An die Nachtigall Franz Schubert Composer
Paul Ulanowsky
Lotte Lehmann
(La) Vie antérieure Lotte Lehmann
Paul Ulanowsky
(Marie Eugène) Henri Duparc Composer
Erlkönig Lotte Lehmann
Franz Schubert Composer
Paul Ulanowsky
(11) Zigeunerlieder Paul Ulanowsky
Lotte Lehmann
Johannes Brahms Composer
An den Mond Lotte Lehmann
Paul Ulanowsky
Franz Schubert Composer
(11) Zigeunerlieder Johannes Brahms Composer
Lotte Lehmann
Paul Ulanowsky
(L') Enamourée Lotte Lehmann
Reynaldo Hahn Composer
Paul Ulanowsky
Stille Nacht, 'Silent Night' Traditional Composer
Lotte Lehmann
Richard Lert
RCA Victor Chamber Orchestra
(11) Zigeunerlieder Paul Ulanowsky
Johannes Brahms Composer
Lotte Lehmann
(11) Zigeunerlieder Johannes Brahms Composer
Paul Ulanowsky
Lotte Lehmann
An die Musik Paul Ulanowsky
Lotte Lehmann
Franz Schubert Composer
Nacht und Träume Paul Ulanowsky
Lotte Lehmann
Franz Schubert Composer
Kinderszenen RCA Victor Chamber Orchestra
Robert Schumann Composer
Robert Armbruster
Lotte Lehmann
(5) Lieder und Romanzen Paul Ulanowsky
Johannes Brahms Composer
Lotte Lehmann
(8) Lieder aus Letzte Blätter Richard Strauss Composer
Paul Ulanowsky
Lotte Lehmann
(11) Zigeunerlieder Paul Ulanowsky
Johannes Brahms Composer
Lotte Lehmann
Infidélité Lotte Lehmann
Paul Ulanowsky
Reynaldo Hahn Composer
(11) Zigeunerlieder Paul Ulanowsky
Johannes Brahms Composer
Lotte Lehmann
O come, all ye faithful, 'Adeste fideles' RCA Victor Chamber Orchestra
Richard Lert
Lotte Lehmann
Traditional Composer
Schlichte Weisen Lotte Lehmann
Richard Strauss Composer
Paul Ulanowsky
(11) Zigeunerlieder Lotte Lehmann
Paul Ulanowsky
Johannes Brahms Composer
(5) Lieder Paul Ulanowsky
Lotte Lehmann
Johannes Brahms Composer
Psyché Paul Ulanowsky
Emil Paladilhe Composer
Lotte Lehmann
(5) Lieder Lotte Lehmann
RCA Victor Chamber Orchestra
Robert Armbruster
Johannes Brahms Composer
Schwanengesang, 'Swan Song' Lotte Lehmann
Paul Ulanowsky
Franz Schubert Composer
(4) Refrainlieder Paul Ulanowsky
Lotte Lehmann
Franz Schubert Composer
(6) Lieder aus Lotusblättern Paul Ulanowsky
Richard Strauss Composer
Lotte Lehmann
God Bless America Robert Armbruster
Lotte Lehmann
Irving Berlin Composer
RCA Victor Chamber Orchestra
It is well to remember Lehmann’s age from the start (she was 60 in 1948), and it can then be progressively forgotten. The first impression, in Schubert’s ‘Standchen’, is that in these late recordings we not only meet with the vividly communicative artist we expected, but also with a voice more evidently aged than we may have been prepared for. Then in Brahms’s Zigeunerlieder, she gives herself with such fullness of heart and energy that for a while the contrast between the ever-youthful spirit and the physical limitations (very audibly snatched breaths and some wear on the tone) makes listening something of a regretful pleasure.
But towards the end of the cycle, with ‘Kommt dir manchmal in den Sinn’, either the strength of her personality has made us forget, or she really has come through to vocal form. It is as though the years have dropped away and, with a touch of inspired emotion in the broad melody (‘Tausch mich nicht, verlass mich nicht’), the voice regains its radiance. Then she returns to Schubert with a heavenly lightness in An den Mond and back to Brahms with a joyfully clangorous Der Schmied.
That was all one day’s work: 14 songs on June 26, 1947. The collection then takes in some oddities, including Christmas carols, Irving Berlin’s God Bless America and Molloy’s Kerry Dance. Best of them is Schumann’s ‘Traumerei’ arranged as a vocalise, sung with fine responsiveness to the developing melody and harmonies; it also shows the groundwork of her singing, her well- preserved legato. There is more Schubert, too – an enchanting Der Jungling an der Quelle and a harrowing Erlkonig. Best of all, perhaps, are some surprises from the 1949 session, the two gentle songs by Reynaldo Hahn.
This is one of those records that revolve in the mind long after it has stopped playing. And, talking of playing, a further salute is owed to Paul Ulanowsky, whose accompaniments have skill, spirit and insight matching the singer’s own.'

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