Elisabeth Schwarzkopf - Schwarzkopf Edition

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf - Schwarzkopf Edition
Artist: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
Duration: 06:29:54
Album: Schwarzkopf Edition
Genre: Classical
Styles: Vocal Music
Release Date: 1990

What was it that made Elisabeth Schwarzkopf such a fabulous singer? The answer is supplied by this five-disc set EMI released after her death in 2006. With a disc of songs by Schubert, Schumann, and Strauss; a disc of arias by Mozart, Puccini, and Strauss; a disc of encores by Debussy, Hahn, and Tchaikovsky as well as Wagner, Brahms, and Mahler; a disc of bigger works including Bach's Cantata Mein Herze Schwimmt im Blut and Strauss' Vier letze Lieder; and, the prize of the set, a full disc given to 24 songs by Hugo Wolf, this set generously covers the roles and repertoire for which Schwarzkopf was best known.So what was it that made Schwarzkopf such a fabulous singer? It's her technique -- effortless and utterly elegant -- her intonation -- pure and right on the sweet spot -- and her tone -- clear, bright, and filled with light. And it's her interpretations -- fully considered from the least inhalation of breath to the deepest meaning of the fusion of words and music yet always fresh, warm, and uniquely her own. Like a great actor of the old school, Schwarzkopf inhabited the part, got inside the aching pain of Wolf's Mignon, inside the searing fury of Schubert's Gretchen, inside the bittersweet love of Strauss' Feldmarschallin, but at the same time, she always stood slightly back from the part, expressing pain, fury, and love through her artistry and thereby transforming them from individual emotion to universal art.Mention should be made of Schwarzkopf's superlative accompanists from redoubtable pianists Gerald Moore and Geoffrey Parsons to formidable conductors Wilhelm Furtwängler and Herbert von Karajan. And mention should likewise be made of the magnificent production of Walter Legge, who contrived to put his wife's voice center stage with a separate spotlight microphone without in any way distorting or diminishing the balance of the whole. But in the end, it's Schwarzkopf's artistry that will make this set mandatory listening for fans of great singers of the twentieth century.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Elfenlied ("Bei Nacht im Dorf der Wächter reif"), song for voice & piano (Mörike Lieder)Elisabeth Schwarzkopf1:59
Die Spröde ("An dem reinsten Frühlingsmorgen"), song for voice & piano (Goethe Lieder)Elisabeth Schwarzkopf2:01
Die Bekehrte ("Bei dem Glanz der Abendröte"), song for voice & piano (Goethe Lieder)Elisabeth Schwarzkopf2:53
Mignon I ("Heiß mich nicht reden"), song for voice & piano (Goethe Lieder)Elisabeth Schwarzkopf3:58
Mignon II ("Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt"), song for voice & piano (Goethe Lieder)Elisabeth Schwarzkopf2:19
Mignon III ("So lasst mich scheinen"), song for voice & piano (Goethe Lieder)Elisabeth Schwarzkopf4:09
Philine ("Singet nicht in Trauertönen"), song for voice & piano (Goethe Lieder)Elisabeth Schwarzkopf3:18
Mignon ("Kennst du das Land"), song for voice & piano (Goethe Lieder)Elisabeth Schwarzkopf6:58
Ganymed ("Wie im Morgenglanze"), song for voice & piano (Goethe Lieder)Elisabeth Schwarzkopf5:11
Morgentau ("Der Frühhauch hat gefächelt"), song for voice & piano (Lieder für eine Frauenstimme)Elisabeth Schwarzkopf1:40
Das Voglein ("Vöglein vom Zweig"), song for voice & piano (Lieder für eine Frauenstimme)Elisabeth Schwarzkopf1:31
Die Spinnerin ("O süsse Mutter"), song for voice & piano (Lieder für eine Frauenstimme)Elisabeth Schwarzkopf2:50
Wiegenlied im Sommer ("Vom Berg hinabgestiegen"), for voice & piano (Lieder für eine Frauenstimme)Elisabeth Schwarzkopf3:21
Wiegenlied Im Winter ("Schlaf ein, schlaf ein"), song for voice and piano (Lieder für eine Frauenstimme)Elisabeth Schwarzkopf3:40
Mausfallen-Sprüchlein ("Kleine Gäst, kleines Haus"), song for voice & piano (Lieder für eine Frauenstimme)Elisabeth Schwarzkopf1:16
Wie glänzt der helle Mond, song for voice & piano (Alte Weisen)Elisabeth Schwarzkopf3:28
Wenn du zu den Blumen gehst, song for voice & piano (Spanisches Liederbuch)Elisabeth Schwarzkopf2:48
Die Zigeunerin ("Am Kreuzweg, da lausche ich"), song for voice & piano (Eichendorff Lieder)Elisabeth Schwarzkopf3:02
Im Frühling ("Hier lieg ich"), song for voice & piano (Mörike Lieder)Elisabeth Schwarzkopf5:09
Auf einer Wanderung ("In ein freudliches Städtchen"), song for voice & piano (Mörike Lieder)Elisabeth Schwarzkopf3:40
Begegnung ("Was doch heut Nacht ein Sturm"), song for voice & piano (Mörike Lieder)Elisabeth Schwarzkopf1:44
Denk' es, o Seele! ("Ein Tännlein grünet wo"), song for voice & piano (Mörike Lieder)Elisabeth Schwarzkopf3:22
Sonne der Schlummerlosen, song for voice & piano (Vier Gedichte)Elisabeth Schwarzkopf2:39
An eine Äolsharfe ("Angelehnt an die Efeuwand"), song for voice & piano (Mörike Lieder)Elisabeth Schwarzkopf6:01

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