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Hyperion Records

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Photograph by Malcolm Crowthers.
Track(s) taken from CDJ33111
Recording details: May 2007
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: January 2009
Total duration: 6 minutes 45 seconds

'This disc goes far to vindicating some of Schumann's least-favoured late songs, not least due to Graham Johnson's eloquent advocacy, in print and in performance' (Gramophone)

'A real disc of discovery: this is Schumann as he is seldom heard. In this final volume of his revelatory Schumann Songs series, Graham Johnson perceptively writes about, accompanies and presents still more rarities, in the voices of both loyal colleagues and of younger singers whom he keenly champions … altogether touching and persuasive performances' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Every time a new instalment of Graham Johnson's complete Schumann song recording appears, I'm eager to lay my hands on it. Each one sheds new light on well-loved masterpieces and brings wonderful neglected songs back to light. The singers are shrewdly chosen to fit the character of the songs, the liner notes are a treasure-trove of learning and insight, and Johnson's wonderful playing illuminates every song' (The Daily Telegraph)

'This is the final instalment of Hyperion's complete edition of Schumann's songs, the brainchild of pianist Graham Johnson, who has overseen and prepared the series with great erudition and care … the best songs are also the most disturbing: Der Einsiedler expresses an almost Mahlerian longing for the freedom from human strife that only solitude can bring … Johnson himself is faultless, as always' (The Guardian)

Drei Gesänge, Op 95
composer
4-6 December 1849; originally conceived with harp accompaniment
author of text
1815; Hebrew Melodies; No 1: Jephtha's Daughter; No 2: Sun of the sleepless; No 3: Thy days are done
translator of text
Israelitisches Gesänge, published in 1821

Introduction  FrançaisDeutsch
Byron a été l’un des premiers amours de Schumann, de même que les poèmes des célèbres Mélodies hébraïques dont une, Aus den „Hebräischen Gesängen“, est l’un des chefs-d’œuvre de Myrthen, op. 25. Schumann, fidèle à la maison d’édition de son père à Zwickau, retourne à la même traduction de Byron qu’il avait utilisée en 1840. Ces trois chants sont conçus pour un accompagnement qui se résume à la harpe, idée bien adaptée à l’inspiration biblique manifeste du premier et du dernier poème, Die Tochter Jephthas et Dem Helden, les deux chants étant conçus pour la voix plus large. An den Mond («Soleil de l’insomniaque! Étoile mélancolique»), plus intime, a été mis en musique d’une façon plus magique par Felix Mendelssohn (en anglais) et par Hugo Wolf dans une autre traduction.

extrait des notes rédigées par Graham Johnson © 2010
Français: Marie-Stella Pâris

Other albums featuring this work
'Schumann: The Complete Songs' (CDS44441/50)
Schumann: The Complete Songs
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