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Schumann - Wagner

katsaris 250
Dichterliebe Op. 48
Lenau-Lieder und Requiem Op. 90
Wesendonck Lieder

Challenge Classics


Christoph Prégardien, Tenor
Michael Gees, Klavier

Erscheinungsdatum: 6. September 2019
Spieldauer: 63 ' 36''
Katalognummer: CC 72788, 1 CD

Aufnahmeort: Galaxy Studio’s, Mol, Belgien
Aufnahmedatum: 15.-17. Juni 2018

Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Richard Wagner (1813-1883)


Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856)
Dichterliebe, Op.48
01. Im wunderschönen Monat Mai
02. Aus meinen Tränen sprießen
03. Die Rose, die Lilie
04. Wenn ich in deine Augen seh'
05. Ich will meine Seele tauchen
06. Im Rhein, im heiligen Strome
07. Ich grolle nicht
08. Und wüssten's die Blumen
09. Das ist ein Flöten und Geigen
10. Hör' ich das Liedchen klingen
11. Ein Jüngling liebt ein Mädchen
12. Am leuchtenden Sommermorgen
13. Ich hab' im Traum geweinet
14. Allnächtlich im Traume
15. Aus alten Märchen winkt es
16. Die alten, bösen Lieder
Richard Wagner
5 Gedichte für eine Frauenstimme, WWV 91 (Wesendonck-Lieder)
17. Der Engel
18. Stehe still!
19. Im Treibhaus
20. Schmerzen
21. Träume
Robert Schumann
6 Gedichte von N. Lenau und Requiem, Op.90
22. Lied eines Schmiedes
23. Meine Rose
24. Kommen und Scheiden
25. Die Sennin
26. Einsamkeit
27. Der schwere Abend
28. Requiem

About the album

Robert Schumann was the most confessional of composers. And many of the songs from his great Liederjahr of 1840 were in essence love songs to Clara Wieck. In them he could express overtly what had been merely implicit in his piano music: his fears and longing, his passion and devotion, his pain at their separation, his vision of sexual and spiritual fulfilment, and his recurrent fears of losing her.

In Dichterliebe (‘Poet’s Love’) Op.48, he turns again to the pithy verses of Heinrich Heine’s Buch der Lieder.
On one level, Dichterliebe can be heard as his most piercing recreation of the fluctuating emotions he had experienced during his long courtship of Clara.

Characteristically of Schumann, it is the piano that controls the musical narrative in Dichterliebe.
Characteristic, too, of Schumann’s 1840 songs is the piano postlude that encapsulates and deepens a song’s meaning. Dichterliebe takes this to the furthest extreme.

Schumann’s late Lieder have too often been dismissed as the products of an increasingly tired, sick mind. True, they tend to be more elusive than the songs of 1840, with piano parts that are often self-effacing and/or tortuously chromatic. But there are more than enough fine songs among them to challenge the cliché that Schumann’s genius declined irredeemably after the early 1840s. If the songs of 1849-52 are sometimes less ‘melodious and direct’ than their predecessors, that does not automatically make them inferior.
In August 1850, Schumann set six poems by the unstable and ultimately insane Austrian poet Nikolaus Lenau (1802-1850), whom he had briefly met in Vienna in 1839. Like Schumann and Wolf, Lenau spent his last years in an asylum, his mind destroyed by syphilis. Schumann was ill and dejected at the time, and his mood is reflected in these poems of satiety, oppressiveness and transience.

As a tribute to the dying poet (who he initially believed had already died), Schumann appended to the Lenau group one of his rare religious songs: Requiem, a setting of Héloïse’s lament for Peter Abelard. For this quasi-operatic music of solemn grandeur and mounting exaltation, Schumann devised a swirling keyboard accompaniment that takes its cue from the poem’s image of angelic harps.

During the autumn of 1857 Wagner began a set of five songs to poems by Mathilde Wesendonck, written in evident imitation of Wagner’s hothouse Tristan manner – one of the very rare occasions when he set words other than his own. The Wesendonck Lieder, as they are now known, were revised and completed in 1858, and first performed as a cycle in July 1862 at a country house belonging to the publisher Franz Schott.

Each of the songs shares with Tristan the concept of ‘endless melody’, a saturated, dissolving chromaticism – the musical emblem of unstilled desire – and a feverish, oppressive atmosphere.

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