Aureole etc.




Golden Age singers

Nimbus on-line




Faure songs
Charlotte de Rothschild (soprano);

  Founder: Len Mullenger
Classical Editor: Rob Barnett


CD REVIEW

Some items
to consider

 


Enjoy the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra wherever you are. App available for iOS and Android

Lyrita 4CDs £16 incl.postage

Lyrita 4CDs £16 incl.postage


Decca Phase 4 - 40CDs


Judith Bailey, George Lloyd


BAX Orchestral pieces


CASKEN Violin Concerto

Schumann Symphonies Rattle


Complete Brahms
Bargain price

 

alternatively
Crotchet

Franz LISZT (1811-1886)
Lieder
1. Die drei Zigeuner (Drei Zigeuner fand ich einmal liegen an einer Weide), S320 (1860) [5:53]
2. Du bist wie eine Blume, S287 (1842-3) [2:06]
3. Ein Fichtenbaum steht einsam, S309/1 (1855, rev. 1860) [2:41]
4. Vergiftet sind meine Lieder, S289 (1842) [1:25]
5. Die Loreley (Ich weiß nicht, was soll es bedeuten), S 273 (2nd version 1856) [2:32]
6. Ihr Glocken von Marling, S328 (1874) [2:32]
7. Die stille Wasserrose, S321 (c.1860) [3:04]
8. Blume und Duft (In Frühlings Heiligtume), S324 (1860) [2:15]
9. Es rauschen die Winde, S294/2 (1845, rev. c.1860) [3:38]
10. Ich möchte hingehn, S296 (1845) [7:32]
11. Gebet, S331 (1878) [3:31]
12. Freudvoll und leidvoll (Klärchens Lied), S280 (1844, rev. 1848, c.1860) [2:33]
13. Wandrers Nachtlied II (Über allen Gipfeln ist Ruh), S306 (1848, rev. c.1859) [4:38]
14. Wandrers Nachtlied I (Der du von dem Himmel bist), S279 (2nd version 1856) [3:25]
15. Mignons Lied (Kennst du das Land, wo die Zitronen blühn), S275 (1842, rev. 1856, 1860) [6:24]
16. Wie singt die Lerche schön, S312 (1856) [2:01]
17. Wieder möcht' ich dir begegnen, S322 (1860) [2:55]
18. Laßt mich ruhen, S317 (1858) [3:17]
19. Es muß ein Wunderbares sein, S314 (1857) [1:55]
20. Ihr Auge (Nimm einen Strahl der Sonne), S310 (1855) [0:57]
21. O lieb, solang du lieben kannst, S298 (1845) [4:46]
Ruth Ziesak (soprano)
Gerold Huber (piano)
rec. 18-22 September 2007, Kammermusiksaal Deutschlandfunk, Cologne, Germany. DDD
BERLIN CLASSICS 0016282BC
[74:02] 

 

Experience Classicsonline


His lieder with piano accompaniment should not be brushed aside as mere trivialities.”
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 

From Liszt’s vast corpus of mainly solo piano works there are, by my reckoning, some eighty or so songs. They set texts by his favourite, mainly German poets: Heinrich Heine, Johann Wolfgang Goethe and Friedrich Schiller and also other nationalities such as Nikolaus Lenau, Victor Hugo et al.

Liszt’s lieder cannot claim to be to the same elevated standard as those of his contemporaries: Schubert, Schumann and Mendelssohn but they make rewarding listening. Certainly they are more than a mere sideline to his huge compositional output. Liszt took the composition of his songs seriously and music writer Kathrin Feldmann expresses the opinion that, “Franz Liszt viewed his songs with a great deal of objectivity and a critical-constructive position.”A Through his lieder it is possible to chart the development of Liszt’s compositional style from illustrative tone-painting to a more economical form of expression for his love of literature. A check on the compositional dates reveals that the settings emanate predominantly from Liszt’s Weimar Years (1848-61).

The German soprano Ruth Ziesak studied in Frankfurt and began her singing career as a member of the Heidelberg Municipal Theatre. By the early 1990s Ziesak had established an international career in lyric soprano operatic roles, also in lieder and in concert performances. She is an impressive lieder performer and demonstrates here her mellow timbre and enviable tuning. Her secure technique only rarely threatens to loosen under pressure, such as in the testing Wieder möcht' ich dir begegnen.

Of the many highlights I especially enjoyed the opening song, the celebrated Die drei Zigeuner with its striking piano introduction. Ziesak demonstrates a remarkably assured delivery throughout the varying moods of the challenging score. In the Vergiftet sind meine Lieder Ziesak is dramatic, soaring to the heavens and she delivers a beautifully rapturous interpretation of the famous Die Loreley

Die stille Wasserrose is buoyantly powerful and dramatic and I was highly satisfied with the passionate outpourings of both Der du von dem Himmel bist and Mignons Lied. I enjoyed Ziesak’s beautiful singing in the melancholic Es muß ein Wunderbares sein and was delighted with her confidence and boldly vigorous performance of Ihr Auge. Few could fail to be impressed with her performance of Liszt’s melodious setting O lieb, solang du lieben kannst – one that he later arranged into the famous solo piano score Liebesträume No. 3, S541. 

In the catalogue of Liszt lieder recordings one of the most enduring versions has been the 1979-80 London performances on EMI from the eminent mezzo Dame Janet Baker accompanied by the impressive Geoffrey Parsons. Dame Janet splendidly interprets a fine selection of twelve lieder on a double set on EMI Classics 5 73836-2 (c/w Schumann 12 lieder (Barenboim, piano) and Mendelssohn 16 lieder). I note that the EMI set duplicates half of the twelve songs contained on Ziesak’s disc. See the track listing in the footnotes.B 

For those wishing to explore more of Liszt’s vocal music I can also recommend a disc of a selection of Liszt’s twenty-six extant orchestral songs performed by various soloists accompanied by the Hungarian State Orchestra conducted by András Kórodi. The disc was recorded in 1985 in Budapest on Hungaroton HCD 12105. The track details are listed in the notes below.C

I was highly delighted with these assured performances from the outstanding soprano Ruth Ziesak and her impeccable accompanist Gerold Huber. Recorded in Cologne, the sound quality achieved by the Berlin Classics engineers is excellent. Although this set includes an English translation of the splendid essay we are denied an English translation of the German song texts. This is an omission that seems disrespectful of Liszt’s strenuous efforts to set texts sensitively. It’s also a lost opportunity for English speakers to assess Ziesak’s interpretive prowess. The disc is nevertheless a likely contender for one of my 2008 Records of the Year.

Michael Cookson

Footnotes: 

A Kathrin Feldmann writing in the sleeve-notes to the 2007 release of Richard Wagner and Franz Liszt Lieder performed by Konrad Jarnot (baritone) and Alexander Schmalcz (piano) on Oehms Classics OC 804.

B Lieder
Dame Janet Baker (mezzo); Geoffrey Parsons (piano)

ADD remastered, recorded at Abbey Road studios, London 1979-80 from EMI Classics 5 73836-2 (c/w Lieder Schumann & Mendelssohn): Die Loreley; Du bist wie eine Blume; S'il est un charmant gazon; Im Rhein im schönen Strome; Über allen Gipfeln ist Ruh; Der du von dem Himmel bist; Es war ein König in Thule; Freudvoll und leidvoll; Die Drei Zigeuner; Das Veilchen; Die Vätergruft; Die Fischerstochter.

C Orchestral Songs

Ilona Tokody (soprano); Tamara Takács (mezzo-soprano); Klára Takács (mezzo-soprano); András Molnár (tenor) & Sándor Sólyom-Nagy (baritone) with Zoltán Dõry (violin). Hungarian State Orchestra conducted by András Kórodi. DDD, recorded 1985 on Hungaroton HCD 12105: Die Loreley, S369 (Heinrich Heine); Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher, S373 (Alexandre Dumas Sr.); Mignons Lied, S370 (Johann Wolfgang Goethe); Three Songs from Wilhelm Tell, S372 (Friedrich Schiller): a) Der Fischerknabe; b) Der Hirt & c) Der Alpenjäger; Die drei Zigeuner, S374 (Nikolaus Lenau).

General:

As part of the International Music Score Library Project, Wikipedia (the free on-line encyclopedia) hold a detailed and helpful ‘List of Compositions by Franz Liszt’ that evidently contains additions to Humphrey Searle’s 1966 list made by Sharon Winklhofer and Leslie Howard. In two sections the list of Searle numbers (S) run from S.1-S.350 and S.351-S.999. This list proves to be valuable tool for Lisztians.

 


 


Gerard Hoffnung CDs

Advertising on
Musicweb


Donate and get a free CD

New Releases

Naxos Classical

Hyperion

Musicweb sells the following labels
Acte Préalable
Alto
Arcodiva
Atoll
CDAccord
Cameo Classics
Centaur
Hallé
Hortus
Lyrita
Nimbus
Northern Flowers
Redcliffe
Sheva
Talent
Toccata Classics


Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing
sample
 


EXPLORE MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL

Making a Donation to MusicWeb

Writing CD reviews for MWI

About MWI
Who we are, where we have come from and how we do it.

Site Map

How to find a review

How to find articles on MusicWeb
Listed in date order

Review Indexes
   By Label
      Select a label and all reviews are listed in Catalogue order
   By Masterwork
            Links from composer names (eg Sibelius) are to resource pages with links to the review indexes for the individual works as well as other resources.

Themed Review pages

Jazz reviews

 

Discographies
   Composer
      Composer surveys
   National
      Unique to MusicWeb -
a comprehensive listing of all LP and CD recordings of given works
.
Prepared by Michael Herman

The Collector’s Guide to Gramophone Company Record Labels 1898 - 1925
Howard Friedman

Book Reviews

Complete Books
We have a number of out of print complete books on-line

Interviews
With Composers, Conductors, Singers, Instumentalists and others
Includes those on the Seen and Heard site

Nostalgia

Nostalgia CD reviews

Records Of The Year
Each reviewer is given the opportunity to select the best of the releases

Monthly Best Buys
Recordings of the Month and Bargains of the Month

Comment
Arthur Butterworth Writes

An occasional column

Phil Scowcroft's Garlands
British Light Music articles

Classical blogs
A listing of Classical Music Blogs external to MusicWeb International

Reviewers Logs
What they have been listening to for pleasure

Announcements

 

Community
Bulletin Board

Give your opinions or seek answers

Reviewers
Pat and present

Helpers invited!

Resources
How Did I Miss That?

Currently suspended but there are a lot there with sound clips


Composer Resources

British Composers

British Light Music Composers

Other composers

Film Music (Archive)
Film Music on the Web (Closed in December 2006)

Programme Notes
For concert organizers

External sites
British Music Society
The BBC Proms
Orchestra Sites
Recording Companies & Retailers
Online Music
Agents & Marketing
Publishers
Other links
Newsgroups
Web News sites etc

PotPourri
A pot-pourri of articles

MW Listening Room
MW Office

Advice to Windows Vista users  
Questionnaire    
Site History  
What they say about us
What we say about us!
Where to get help on the Internet
CD orders By Special Request
Graphics archive
Currency Converter
Dictionary
Magazines
Newsfeed  
Web Ring
Translation Service

Rules for potential reviewers :-)
Do Not Go Here!
April Fools




Return to Review Index

Untitled Document


Reviews from previous months
Join the mailing list and receive a hyperlinked weekly update on the discs reviewed. details
We welcome feedback on our reviews. Please use the Bulletin Board
Please paste in the first line of your comments the URL of the review to which you refer.