Genre(s):
Vocal
Period(s):
20th Century; Classical (1750-1830); Romantic
Label:
Orfeo
Catalogue No:
C597091B
Barcode:
4011790597126
Release Date:
03/2017
Available Format(s):
CD

Schubert - Schumann - Brahms - Wolf - Strauss - Marx

he recording conditions could hardly have been more dramatic. In the bleak mid-war winter of 1942-3, the lirico-spinto soprano Hilde Konetzni learnt a romantic song programme with Josef Krips as her accompanist and mentor (Konetzni is best known to connoisseurs as the Sieglinde in two complete recordings of the Valkyrie under Wilhelm Furtwängler). The Nazis' policies of “Aryanization” had resulted in Krips being banned from working. So his coaching activities had to be carried out “underground”, under a constant threat to his life. These private recordings were made by Hermann May, the then sound engineer of the Vienna State Opera, and can now be released on CD thanks to their careful restoration by the Eichinger recording studio in Vienna in collaboration with Gottfried Kraus. The resultant sound quality will delight more than just those interested in Josef Krips's legendary talent for carefully coaching singers - a talent that made him a model for later generations, especially as a result of the post-War Mozart performances in Vienna. One might sing Schubert and Schumann lieder with less rubato today and without the portamento usual at the time (such as we hear from Hilde Konetzni here). But all these performances are able to move us on account of the warmth and immediacy of the ensemble achieved by Konetzni and Krips. This is just as evident in the songs by lesser-known composers such as Robert Franz and Joseph Marx. And despite Konetzni's expansive timbre in all the songs, she is still able to offer a trenchant playfulness in certain of the songs by Hugo Wolf and Richard Strauss. The Gypsy Melodies by Antonín Dvorák are both the highpoint and the culmination of this recital, not just on account of the interpretative art they display, typical of the time, nor merely as a document of two artistic personalities. They are also a testament to a friendship that was sustained despite adversity, and which enjoyed a brilliant continuation in the frequent collaboration between Hilde Konetzni and Josef Krips as conductor in Viennese operatic life just after the war, when they could at last perform together in public.


Schubert, Franz

Rastlose Liebe, Op. 5, No. 1, D. 138
1.     Rastlose Liebe, Op. 5, No. 1, D. 138
01:21
Mignon I (Heiss mich nicht reden), D. 726
2.     Mignon I (Heiss mich nicht reden), D. 726
04:41
Schwanengesang, D. 957: No. 3. Fruhlingssehnsucht
3.     Schwanengesang, D. 957: No. 3. Fruhlingssehnsucht
02:40

Schumann, Robert

Myrthen, Op. 25: No. 1. Widmung
4.     Myrthen, Op. 25: No. 1. Widmung
02:10
Lieder-Album fur die Jugend, Op. 79: No. 13. Marienwurmchen
5.     Lieder-Album fur die Jugend, Op. 79: No. 13. Marienwurmchen
01:53

Brahms, Johannes

4 Lieder, Op. 46: No. 4. An die Nachtigall
6.     4 Lieder, Op. 46: No. 4. An die Nachtigall
02:58
6 Lieder, Op. 86: No. 2. Feldeinsamkeit
7.     6 Lieder, Op. 86: No. 2. Feldeinsamkeit
04:11
5 Lieder, Op. 106: No. 1. Standchen
8.     5 Lieder, Op. 106: No. 1. Standchen
01:53
4 Gesänge, Op. 43: No. 1. Von ewiger Liebe ('Dunkel, wie dunkel in Wald und in Feld!')
9.     4 Gesänge, Op. 43: No. 1. Von ewiger Liebe ('Dunkel, wie dunkel in Wald und in Feld!')
03:26

Franz, Robert

Aus Osten, 6 Gesänge, Op. 42: No. 5. Es hat die Rose sich beklagt
10.     Aus Osten, 6 Gesänge, Op. 42: No. 5. Es hat die Rose sich beklagt
01:40
6 Gesänge, Op. 17: No. 6. Im Herbst
11.     6 Gesänge, Op. 17: No. 6. Im Herbst
03:51
6 Gesänge, Op. 36: No. 1. Auf dem Meere
12.     6 Gesänge, Op. 36: No. 1. Auf dem Meere
01:26

Wolf, Hugo

Gedichte von Eduard Morike (excerpts)
13.     No. 46. Gesang Weylas
01:43
14.     No. 9. Nimmersatte Liebe
02:27
Spanisches Liederbuch: Weltliche Lieder: No. 2. In dem Schatten meiner Locken
15.     Spanisches Liederbuch: Weltliche Lieder: No. 2. In dem Schatten meiner Locken
02:27
Italienisches Liederbuch: No. 36. Wenn du, mein Liebster
16.     Italienisches Liederbuch: No. 36. Wenn du, mein Liebster
01:53
Gedichte von J.W. v. Goethe: No. 28. Frühling ubers Jahr
17.     Gedichte von J.W. v. Goethe: No. 28. Frühling ubers Jahr
01:57

Strauss, Richard

4 Lieder, Op. 27, TrV 170 (version for voice and piano) (excerpts)
18.     No. 2. Cäcilie
01:47
19.     No. 3. Heimliche 
02:55
3 Lieder, Op. 29, TrV 172: No. 2. Schlagende Herzen
20.     3 Lieder, Op. 29, TrV 172: No. 2. Schlagende Herzen
02:27
5 Lieder, Op. 32, TrV 174: No. 1. Ich trage meine Minne
21.     5 Lieder, Op. 32, TrV 174: No. 1. Ich trage meine Minne
03:12
5 Kleine Lieder, Op. 69, TrV 237: No. 5. Schlechtes Wetter (Rough Weather)
22.     5 Kleine Lieder, Op. 69, TrV 237: No. 5. Schlechtes Wetter (Rough Weather)
02:16

Marx, Joseph

Lied eines Madchens
23.     Lied eines Madchens
02:37
Lieder und Gesänge, Vol. 2: No. 3. Der bescheidene Schäfer (version for voice and piano)
24.     Lieder und Gesänge, Vol. 2: No. 3. Der bescheidene Schäfer (version for voice and piano)
02:09

Dvořák, Antonín

Zigeunermelodien, Op. 55, B. 104 (Sung in German)
25.     No. 1. Mein Lied ertont, ein Liebespsalm (I chant my lay, a hymn of love)
02:44
26.     No. 2. Ei, wie mein Triangel wunderherrlich lautet (Hark, how my triangle)
01:12
27.     No. 3. Rings ist der Wald so stumm und still (Silent and lone the woods around)
03:02
28.     No. 4. Als die alte Mutter (Songs My Mother Taught Me)
03:07
29.     No. 5. Reingestimmt die Saiten (Tune the strings, oh gipsy)
00:51
30.     No. 6. In dem weiten, breiten, luft'gen Leinenkleide (In his wide and ample, airy linen vesture)
01:22
31.     No. 7. Horstet hoch der Habicht auf den Felsenhohen (Cloudy hieghts of Tatra)
02:21

Total Playing Time: 01:14:39