Genre(s):
Vocal
Period(s):
20th Century; Classical (1750-1830); Romantic
Label:
Orfeo
Catalogue No:
C776082B
Barcode:
4011790776224
Release Date:
09/2018
Available Format(s):
CD

Schubert: Lieder nach Goethe / Brahms: Zwei Gesange / Mussorgsky: Kinderstube

One of the most versatile representatives of the classical art of singing during the last twenty years has undoubtedly been the Slovenian mezzo-soprano Marjana Lipovšek, a singer who has shone both on the concert platform and in international opera houses in a repertory extending from early music to contemporary works. At her 1987 Salzburg Festival recital, conversely, she concentrated on 19th-century works, straying beyond those self-imposed confines only for her encores. But what a range of expressive vocal colours she brought to bear on these songs! Her pianist was Elisabeth Leonskaja, an accompanist entirely her equal in terms of her musicality and creative input. They began with a group of Schubert’s settings of Goethe, the Mignon songs proving particularly successful by virtue of their transcendent simplicity. Then came a group of Brahms lieder. For the two op. 91 songs, soprano and pianist were joined by the warm-toned viola of Thomas Riebl, after which Lipovšek and Leonskaja delighted their audience with a spirited reading of the same composer’s Zigeunerlieder. In the second half of the programme, the singer was able to draw on her stage experience, effortlessly and playfully bringing to these songs the intensity of an operatic characterization. Adopting a naïvely childlike tone, she performed Mussorgsky’s The Nursery in German, transporting her listeners directly into the nursery of the title, while for a group of Tchaikovsky songs she chose the original Russian, their largely melancholic basic mood conjured up by Elisabeth Leonskaja with her exceptional touch and range of colour. Their encores comprised Richard Strauss’s Die Nacht, another song by Brahms, an adaptation of a Slovenian folksong by the singer’s father, Marijan Lipovšek, and, finally, Schubert’s setting of Hölty’s Seligkeit (Bliss) – a suitable description of the atmosphere that had developed between artists and audience over the course of the evening. It is an atmosphere that comes across in this live recording, the vitality of which is further underlined by Marjana Lipovšek’s lively introductions to her encores.


Schubert, Franz

Suleika I, Op. 14, No. 1, D. 720, "Was bedeutet die Bewegung"
1.     Suleika I, Op. 14, No. 1, D. 720, "Was bedeutet die Bewegung"
05:25
Suleika II (Ach um deine feuchten Schwingen), Op. 31, D. 717
2.     Suleika II (Ach um deine feuchten Schwingen), Op. 31, D. 717
04:26
Mignon I (Heiss mich nicht reden), D. 726
3.     Mignon I (Heiss mich nicht reden), D. 726
03:34
Sehnsucht (Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt), D. 310b
4.     Sehnsucht (Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt), D. 310b (2nd version)
03:24
Mignon II (So lasst mich scheinen), D. 727
5.     Mignon II (So lasst mich scheinen), D. 727
03:16
Mignon (Kennst du das Land?), D. 321
6.     Mignon (Kennst du das Land?), D. 321
05:06

Brahms, Johannes

2 Gesänge, Op. 91
7.     No. 1. Gestillte Sehnsucht (Longing Eased)
05:48
8.     No. 2. Geistliches Wiegenlied (Sacred Lullaby)
06:26
11 Zigeunerlieder (Gypsy-Songs), Op. 103 (excerpts)
9.     No. 1. He! Zigeuner
01:07
10.     No. 2. Hochgetürmte Rimaflut
01:20
11.     No. 3. Wisst ihr, wann mein Kindchen
01:23
12.     No. 4. Lieber Gott, du weisst
01:27
13.     No. 5. Brauner Bursche führt zum Tanze
01:43
14.     No. 6. Röslein dreie in der Reihe
01:31
15.     No. 7. Kommt dir manchmal in den Sinn
02:22
16.     No. 11. Rote Abendwolken
02:04

Disc 2

Mussorgsky, Modest Petrovich

Detskaya (The Nursery) (Sung in German) (excerpts)
1.     No. 1. Mit der Njanja (With Nurse)
02:19
2.     No. 2. Im Winkel (In the Corner)
01:45
3.     No. 3. Der Käfer (The Beetle)
02:41
4.     No. 4. Mit der Puppe (With the Doll)
02:16
5.     No. 5. Abendgebet (Going to Sleep)
02:27
6.     No. 7. Steckenpferdreiter (On the Hobbyhorse)
04:11

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich

6 Romances, Op. 28 (text by L.A. Mey and A.N. Apukhtin)
7.     No. 3. Warum?
03:02
8.     No. 4. So bald vergessen
02:52
6 Romances, Op. 63: No. 6. Serenada (O ditya, pod okoshkom tvoim)
9.     6 Romances, Op. 63: No. 6. Serenada (O ditya, pod okoshkom tvoim)
03:34
6 Romances, Op. 25: No. 2. Kak nad goryacheyu zoloy (As Over Burning Embers)
10.     6 Romances, Op. 25: No. 2. Kak nad goryacheyu zoloy (As Over Burning Embers)
01:41
6 Romances, Op. 6: No. 6. Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt (None but the Lonely Heart)
11.     6 Romances, Op. 6: No. 6. Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt (None but the Lonely Heart)
03:02
7 Romances, Op. 47: No. 6. Den' li tsarit? (Does the day reign?)
12.     7 Romances, Op. 47: No. 6. Den' li tsarit? (Does the day reign?)
04:03

Strauss, Richard

8 Gedichte aus Letzte Blätter, Op. 10, TrV 141: No. 3. Die Nacht (The Night)
13.     8 Gedichte aus Letzte Blätter, Op. 10, TrV 141: No. 3. Die Nacht (The Night)
03:43

Brahms, Johannes

9 Lieder und Gesänge, Op. 63: No. 5. Meine Liebe ist grun
14.     9 Lieder und Gesänge, Op. 63: No. 5. Meine Liebe ist grun
02:05
Slowenisches Volkslied (arr. M. Lipovšek for voice and piano)
15.     Slowenisches Volkslied (arr. M. Lipovšek for voice and piano)
02:54

Schubert, Franz

Seligkeit, D. 433
16.     Seligkeit, D. 433
02:44

Total Playing Time: 01:35:41