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Sonnett Für Wien

The Classical Shop
release date: April 2009

Originally recorded in 2009


William Dazeley


Arah Connolly


Iain Burnside



The Warehouse, London

18-19 Feb & 18-19 Mar 2008


John H. West


Andrew Mellor

Record Label


Vocal & Song

Total Time - 74:22
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Sonnett für Wien, Op.41


Vier Abschiedslieder, op.14

2 Sterbelied 4:16
3 Dies eine kann mein Sehnen nimmer fassen 2:29
4 Mond, so gehst du wieder auf 4:03
5 Gefasster Abschied 3:51

Drei Lieder, Op.18

6 In meine innige Nacht 4:15
7 Tu ab den Schmerz 1:40
8 Versuchung 2:27

Drei Lieder, Op.22

9 Was du mir bist? 3:13
10 Mit die zu schweigen 1:59
11 Welt ist stille eingeschlafen 3:14

Four Shakespeare Songs, Op.31

12 Desdemona's song 3:02
13 Under the Greenwood tree 2:15
14 Blow, blow, thou winter wind 2:07
15 When birds do sing 2:44

Unvergänglichkeit, Op.27

16 Unvergänglichkeit 2:34
17 Das eilende Bächlein 1:46
18 Das schlafende Kind 2:15
19 Stärker als der Tod 1:37
20 Unvergänglichkeit 2:46

Songs of the Clown, Op.29

21 Come away death 2:15
22 O Mistress Mine 1:52
23 Adieu, Good Man Devil 0:44
24 Hey Robin 0:44
25 For the rain, it raineth every day 2:53

Fünf Lieder, Op.38

26 Glückwunsch 2:39
27 Der Kranke 2:39
28 Alt-Spanisch 1:35
29 Old English Song 1:00
30 Mu Mistress' Eyes 2:14

Erich Korngold is perhaps best known as the pioneering émigré composer whose grand orchestral scores defined the sound of film during the golden age of Hollywood. As well as this though, his output for voice in the form of Lieder and Song highlighted the strong bond that Korngold forever held with his homeland and the city of Vienna, a place inextricably linked to the High-Romantic style that Korngold so ably perfected.

This collection of songs and lieder are beautifully performed by Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano) and William Dazeley (baritone), accompanied by renowned pianist and broadcaster Iain Burnside.

                                        Best Discs of 2009

"Not everyone warms to the music of Erich Wolfgang Korngold, but this excellent selection of songs from his Viennese days, with a couple of examples also dating from his Hollywood heyday, might convert even the sternest naysayer. Iain Burnside accompanies Sarah Connolly and William Dazeley in the many moods of this complicated Wunderkind."


"Korngold’s Sonnett für Wien is, as Jessica Duchen’s outstanding sleeve notes tell us, a ‘eulogy to the lost world of pre-First World War Vienna’. William Dazeley steps up manfully to this defiant tribute, written after decades in Hollywood. For a searing, bittersweet taste of old Vienna, you have to wait for the second track, a setting of Christina Rossetti’s ‘Sterbelied’, poignantly handled by Sarah Connolly and Iain Burnside. This 30-song rollercoaster includes the expressionistic Op 18 songs, the exquisite Unvergänglichkeit set, and some Shakespeare settings from the Hollywood years. No one ever writes great Shakespeare songs, but ‘For the rain, it raineth every day’ is terrific fun ,and some virtuosic dynamic control from Connolly in the sparse earthy setting of Desdemona’s song is a highlight of a disc where the English settings suffer by comparison with the German ones. But for the excellent efforts of the performers, the disparity would be greater. Signum’s other recent song release, a showcase for English countertenor Tim Travers-Brown is a valuable resource for enthusiasts of the genre. The world premier recordings of Michael Howard’s The Painted Rose, and Three English Songs, are set along side Betty Roe’s Noble Numbers and some well-judged appropriations from Warlock and Howells."


Opera Now - July 2009

“Both singers respond magnificently to Korngold’s testing vocal lines”

Matthew Rye

BBC Music Magazine

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