Korngold: Sämtliche Lieder Vol. 1

4. April 2011

Der außerordentlich begabte Erich Wolfgang Korngold, der schon früh als Wunderkind gegolten hatte, trat mit seinen Kompositionen in die Fußstapfen der großen Spätromantiker wie Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler oder Hans Pfitzner. Doch gerade diese Vorliebe für hinreißende Melodien und formale Kohärenz brachte ihm in der Zeit der aufkommenden modernistischen Avantgarde den Ruf eines Reaktionärs ein. Andererseits sind es eben diese stilistischen Merkmale in der Musik Korngolds, die das nun wieder immens wachsende Interesse an seinen Werken erklären, zu denen auch diese intimen und einfallsreichen Lieder dieser CD gehören. Es ist an der Zeit, dass Korngolds Lieder, neben denen von Schubert, Schumann, Brahms und Wolf, endlich ihren Weg ins Repertoire finden.

InhaltErich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957)
Drei Lieder op. 22 (Eleonore van der Straten, Karl Kobald), 1928-29
Unvergänglichkeit op. 27 (Eleonore van der Straten), 1933
Songs of the Clown op. 29 (William Shakespeare), 1937-41
Vier Lieder op. 31 (William Shakespeare), 1937-41
Zwölf Lieder „op. 5“ (Joseph von Eichendorff), 1910-11
Sechs einfache Lieder op. 9 (Edith Honold, Heinrich Kipper, Siegfried Trebitsch), 1910-11
Vier Lieder aus dem Nachlass (Joseph von Eichendorff), 1910-11
MitwirkendeBritta Stallmeister Sopran
Uwe Schenker-Primus Bariton
Klaus Simon Klavier

ProduktionFelix Dreher Tonmeister
Cornelius Bauer Booklettext
HörbeispieleDrei Lieder op.22
Songs of the Clown op. 29
Vier Lieder op.31
12 Lieder

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„The attractive young voices of soprano Britta Stallmeister and baritone Uwe Schenker-Primus fall easily on the ear and their interpretations offer many perceptive and poetic insights, as do the deft piano parts that are much more than mere adornments. [...] It’s a real pleasure to hear the youthful baritone of Schenker-Primus in the Eichendorff settings, an astonishing achievement from the young Korngold. His singing is characterised by a smooth, even tone throughout the range and he interprets the changing moods in these adventuresome settings with great dexterity.“ Adrian Edwards

Record Review

Juli 2011

„You can listen only in awe of the talent of one so young; at the sophistication of 'Waldeinsamkeit', particularly in the piano part, and the self-assurance with which the young Korngold sets the texts. The baritone Uwe Schenker-Primus makes the most of his walk through this late-Romantic wood.“

MusicWeb International

Juni 2011

„Schenker-Primus, who sings these early songs, has a most attractive timbre, his diction well-nigh perfect, so too is his control and sculpting of the contours of these songs coupled with a high expressive art. There is so much to admire here. [...] Britta Stallmeister sings with enthusiasm and animation the later songs in this collection. There is the romantic bliss of ‘The World Has Gone to Sleep’ – “my love, I think of you ... I seek you in the stars;” from Op. 22. There is the gorgeous melody that is ‘Immortality’; the strongly pictorial piano part of ‘The Rushing Little Stream’, the endearing simplicity of ‘The Sleeping Child’ and the darkly dramatic ‘Stronger than Death’ mitigated only at the final lines “the power of love is stronger even than death” – all from Op. 27. Stallmeister’s command of English is impressive in the nine Shakespearean songs. She relishes the opportunities to colour her voice to the five Clown songs from Twelfth Night. The cheekiness of ‘O mistress mine’ is delivered knowingly - film fans will remember Olivia de Havilland singing this tauntingly to Bette Davis as the ageing Queen in Elizabeth and Essex. She invests taunting irony in ‘For the rain, it raineth every day’. Of the Four Songs, ‘Desdemona’s Song’ features another of Korngold’s beautifully poignant melodies and is sung very affectingly here. By contrast, ‘Under the Greenwood Tree’ and ‘When birds do sing’ are sunny, joyful and tuneful celebrations. Klaus Simon provides consistently non-intrusive but illuminating accompaniments and Cornelius Bauer’s helpful notes complete a very attractive programme. The whisper is that the second CD in this series is even better. A delightful programme comprising the lesser-known Korngold songs delivered to perfection.“ Ian Lace