Mendelssohn; Schumann; Wolf Eichendorff Lieder

This well-matched pair provide another generously filled, thoughtful offering

Record and Artist Details

Composer or Director: Felix Mendelssohn, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Robert Franz, Hans (Erich) Pfitzner, Aribert Reimann, Alexander von Zemlinsky, Othmar Schoeck, Hugo (Filipp Jakob) Wolf, Robert Schumann

Genre:

Vocal

Label: Philips

Media Format: CD or Download

Mastering:

Stereo
DDD

Catalogue Number: 464 991-2PH

Tracks:

Composition Artist Credit
(Das) Waldschloss Felix Mendelssohn, Composer
Felix Mendelssohn, Composer
Imogen Cooper, Piano
Wolfgang Holzmair, Baritone
Pagenlied Felix Mendelssohn, Composer
Felix Mendelssohn, Composer
Imogen Cooper, Piano
Wolfgang Holzmair, Baritone
(6) Lieder, Movement: No. 6, Nachtlied (wds. Eichendorff) Felix Mendelssohn, Composer
Felix Mendelssohn, Composer
Imogen Cooper, Piano
Wolfgang Holzmair, Baritone
(6) Lieder, Movement: No. 6, Wanderlied (wds. Eichendorff) Felix Mendelssohn, Composer
Felix Mendelssohn, Composer
Imogen Cooper, Piano
Wolfgang Holzmair, Baritone
(12) Lieder, Movement: Gute Nacht (wds. Eichendorff) Robert Franz, Composer
Imogen Cooper, Piano
Robert Franz, Composer
Wolfgang Holzmair, Baritone
(12) Lieder, Movement: Jagdlied (wds. Eichendorff) Robert Franz, Composer
Imogen Cooper, Piano
Robert Franz, Composer
Wolfgang Holzmair, Baritone
Liederkreis Robert Schumann, Composer
Imogen Cooper, Piano
Robert Schumann, Composer
Wolfgang Holzmair, Baritone
Eichendorff Lieder, Movement: Der Musikant Hugo (Filipp Jakob) Wolf, Composer
Hugo (Filipp Jakob) Wolf, Composer
Imogen Cooper, Piano
Wolfgang Holzmair, Baritone
Eichendorff Lieder, Movement: Verschwiegene Liebe Hugo (Filipp Jakob) Wolf, Composer
Hugo (Filipp Jakob) Wolf, Composer
Imogen Cooper, Piano
Wolfgang Holzmair, Baritone
Eichendorff Lieder, Movement: Das Ständchen Hugo (Filipp Jakob) Wolf, Composer
Hugo (Filipp Jakob) Wolf, Composer
Imogen Cooper, Piano
Wolfgang Holzmair, Baritone
Eichendorff Lieder, Movement: Lieber Alles Hugo (Filipp Jakob) Wolf, Composer
Hugo (Filipp Jakob) Wolf, Composer
Imogen Cooper, Piano
Wolfgang Holzmair, Baritone
Eichendorff Lieder, Movement: Heimweh Hugo (Filipp Jakob) Wolf, Composer
Hugo (Filipp Jakob) Wolf, Composer
Imogen Cooper, Piano
Wolfgang Holzmair, Baritone
Eichendorff Lieder, Movement: Der verzweifelte Liebhaber Hugo (Filipp Jakob) Wolf, Composer
Hugo (Filipp Jakob) Wolf, Composer
Imogen Cooper, Piano
Wolfgang Holzmair, Baritone
Eichendorff Lieder, Movement: Liebesglück Hugo (Filipp Jakob) Wolf, Composer
Hugo (Filipp Jakob) Wolf, Composer
Imogen Cooper, Piano
Wolfgang Holzmair, Baritone
Eichendorff Lieder, Movement: Seemanns Abschied Hugo (Filipp Jakob) Wolf, Composer
Hugo (Filipp Jakob) Wolf, Composer
Imogen Cooper, Piano
Wolfgang Holzmair, Baritone
Eichendorff Lieder, Movement: Die Nacht Hugo (Filipp Jakob) Wolf, Composer
Hugo (Filipp Jakob) Wolf, Composer
Imogen Cooper, Piano
Wolfgang Holzmair, Baritone
Nachtstück Aribert Reimann, Composer
Aribert Reimann, Composer
Imogen Cooper, Piano
Wolfgang Holzmair, Baritone
Lieder, Movement: No. 7, Vor der Stadt (wds. Eichendorff) Alexander von Zemlinsky, Composer
Alexander von Zemlinsky, Composer
Imogen Cooper, Piano
Wolfgang Holzmair, Baritone
(6) Einfache Lieder, Movement: No. 2, Nachtwander (wds. von Eichendorff) Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Composer
Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Composer
Imogen Cooper, Piano
Wolfgang Holzmair, Baritone
(5) Lieder, Movement: Im Herbst Hans (Erich) Pfitzner, Composer
Hans (Erich) Pfitzner, Composer
Imogen Cooper, Piano
Wolfgang Holzmair, Baritone
(5) Lieder, Movement: Lockung (wds Eichendorff) Hans (Erich) Pfitzner, Composer
Hans (Erich) Pfitzner, Composer
Imogen Cooper, Piano
Wolfgang Holzmair, Baritone
Zum Abschied meiner Tochter Hans (Erich) Pfitzner, Composer
Hans (Erich) Pfitzner, Composer
Imogen Cooper, Piano
Wolfgang Holzmair, Baritone
(14) Lieder, Movement: Nachruf (wds. Eichendorff) Othmar Schoeck, Composer
Imogen Cooper, Piano
Othmar Schoeck, Composer
Wolfgang Holzmair, Baritone
In this, the duo’s latest CD (actually recorded more than three years ago), they tackle a long and fascinating programme of Eichendorff settings. Its centrepiece is Schumann’s Op 39 Liederkreis settings. Around that undoubted masterpiece, they place an eclectic choice running from two of Schumann’s near-contemporaries through to today’s representative, Aribert Reimann. The settings encompass every facet of the poet’s very varied styles and moods, and the music itself is almost as wide-ranging.

As ever, Wolfgang Holzmair and Imogen Cooper, unified in musical thought, bring alert minds and innate musicality to everything from the relatively simple manner of Mendelssohn, Franz, Korngold (a delightful song written when he was 14!) and Zemlinsky (the charming ‘Vor der Stadt’) right up to the etiolated yet complex world of Reimann.

Pfitzner’s relatively penny-plain settings pale beside those of his immediate predecessor, Hugo Wolf, who deliberately eschewed the Romantic side of the poet in favour of the quizzical, though Wolf couldn’t resist the sensuality of ‘Verschwiegene Liebe’, and set it in an utterly memorable way, one of those love songs once heard never forgotten. Its inspiration draws from the pair an exquisitely intimate reading. Schoeck’s ‘Nachruf’, which closes the disc, is almost in the same class, a welcome discovery.

Indeed intimacy is the talisman of most of their performances, a manner well-tailored to home listening. Everything is poised, natural and thought-through. There are other, more penetrating versions of the Schumann, but in the context of this programme, their approach works well enough, Holzmair’s plangent, typically Viennese timbre as ever aptly set off by Cooper’s discerningly apt playing, full of intelligent subtleties. The clear, keenly balanced recording is worthy of the participants’ achievement.

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