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HR 054

Hugo Wolf - Italienisches Liederbuch

The Classical Shop
release date: April 2013

Originally recorded in 2012

Artists:

Roderick Williams

- (baritone)

Roger Vignoles

- (piano)

Joan Rodgers

- (soprano)

Venue:

Music Room at Champs Hill, West Sussex, England

3-6 July 2012

Producer:

Chris Craker



Engineer:

Dave Rowell



Record Label
Champs Hill

Genre:

Vocal & Song


Piano

Total Time - 77:01
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1 Auch kleine Dinge können uns entzücken 2:05
2 Was für ein Lied soll dir gesungen werden 1:42
3 Gesegnet sei, durch den die Welt entstund 1:27
4 Gesegnet sei das Grün 1:34
5 Und steht Ihr früh am Morgen auf 2:44
6 Mein Liebster ist so klein 1:34
7 Ihr jungen Leute 1:16
8 Ich esse nun mein Brot nicht trocken mehr 1:41
9 Schon streckt' ich aus im Bett die müden Glieder 1:50
10 Mein Liebster singt 1:29
11 Ein Ständchen Euch zu bringen 1:18
12 Geselle, woll'n wir uns in Kutten hüllen 2:14
13 Wie lange schon war immer mein Verlangen 2:25
14 Und willst du deinen Liebsten sterben sehen 2:08
15 Du denkst mit einem Fädchen mich zu fangen 1:04
16 Hoffärtig seid Ihr, schönes Kind 0:44
17 Du sagst mir, daß ich keine Fürstin sei 1:10
18 Nein, junger Herr 0:46
19 Der Mond hat eine schwere Klag' erhoben 2:00
20 O wär dein Haus durchsichtig wie ein Glas 1:35
21 Sterb'ich, so hüllt in Blumen meine Glieder 2:36
22 Wie soll ich fröhlich sein 1:38
23 Wenn du mich mit den Augen streifst 1:44
24 Wohl kenn' ich Euren Stand 1:56
25 Laß sie nur gehn 1:24
26 Heb' auf dein blondes Haupt 1:50
27 Mir ward gesagt, du reisest in die Ferne 1:47
28 Ihr seid die Allerschönste 1:41
29 Dass doch gemalt all'deine Reize wären 2:00
30 Wenn du, mein Liebster, steigst zum Himmel auf 1:42
31 Man sagt mir, deine Mutter woll es nicht 0:59
32 Heut Nacht erhob ich mich 1:49
33 Benedeit die sel'ge Mutter 3:50
34 Mein Liebster hat zu Tische mich geladen 0:55
35 Ich ließ mir sagen 1:58
36 Wer rief dich denn? 1:07
37 Was soll der Zorn, mein Schatz 1:28
38 Nun lass uns Frieden schliessen 1:51
39 Nicht länger kann ich singen 1:14
40 Schweig einmal still 1:01
41 O wüsstest du, wie viel ich deinetwegen 1:19
42 Verschling' der Abgrund meines Liebstern Hütte 1:23
43 Selig ihr Blinden 2:02
44 Wir haben Beide lange Zeit geschwiegen 2:14
45 Wie viele Zeit verlor ich 1:43
46 Ich hab in Penna einen Liebsten wohnen 1:04
   

Champs Hill HR 054

Wolf: Italienisches Liederbuch – Joan Rogers, Roderick Williams, Roger Vignoles

The soprano Joan Rogers, winner of a Royal Philharmonic Society Award, is joined for Wolf’s ‘Italian Songbook’ by the acclaimed baritone Roderick Williams and the pianist Roger Vignoles.

This new recording for Champs Hill Records was made shortly after a recital which the performers gave at the Wigmore Hall, broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, in April 2012.

‘Each of the three brought sensitivity and experience to the poetry at their command, the end result being a performance of much beauty, feeling, and – most welcomely for this repertoire – joy.’

Opera Britannia

Self-critical of being master of ‘only a small-scale genre’ Hugo Wolf made carefully structured collections of his songs, each a tiny drama in music. It means that his Songbooks are much more than random collections and, as in the case of Italienisches Liederbuch, they represent his attempt to make something more substantial, to tell a bigger story, to create a kind of ‘compressed opera’.

Wolf, who died in 1903 following a period of insanity brought on by syphilis, described Italienisches Liederbuch – his last major work – as ‘the most original and perfect of my compositions’.

Wolf sets his Italian texts, in German translation, with extraordinary wit and perception – in ‘Mein Liebster hat zu Tische mich geladen’ (My sweetheart invited me to dinner), the piano accompaniment reflects the very poor meal, right down to the accents representing the chopping of very stale bread. ‘Mein Liebster singt’ (My sweetheart is singing) incorporates the lover’s serenade in the piano part – music that sounds like a mazurka by Chopin.



"...Wolf’s piano writing does as much to convey the wittiness of the songs as the singers, and no one handles it better than Vignoles. His skillful and illuminating playing cannot be praised enough... you really can’t go wrong with this one from Champs Hill."

Robert Moore - American Record Guide - January/February 2014


"... Rodgers and Williams form a persuasive duo ... With his easy, mellow baritone and unaffected directness, Williams is profoundly moving in Wolf’s most eloquent love songs. For consistent illunination, not least from Vignoles, this new recording is as satisfyig as any."

Richard Wigmore - Gramophone magazine - November 2013


                     Performance ****       Recording *****

"...Williams’s command of these acerbic mini-dramas is superb but the most impressive aspect is the expressivity and clarity of Vignoles’s playing, from the pellucid beauty of ’Auch kleine Dinge’ to the queasy trills in Ich liess mir Selig ihr Blinden’."

Anna Picard - BBC Music magazine - Otober 2013




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