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Hyperion Records

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Photograph of Angelika Kirchschlager by Sim Canetty-Clarke (b?)
Track(s) taken from CDA67934
Recording details: October 2011
Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Produced by Simon Kiln
Engineered by Arne Akselberg
Release date: July 2012
Total duration: 2 minutes 47 seconds

'Finding a wide palette of colours within her naturally warm mezzo, Kirchschlager is in her element … this recital should open many ears to the richness and variety of Liszt's songs. Recording and presentation are first-class' (Gramophone)

'The more one hears of Liszt's songs, the more one wonders why they have been so rarely performed … Kirchschlager's rich, resonant mezzo finds beauties everywhere on this disc, from heights of drama to intimacies of reflection, and at every turn Drake is with her' (BBC Music Magazine)

'This is a fascinating and rewarding recital, which explores Liszt’s oeuvre from the 1840s to 1870s … the grainy and distinctive timbre of Kirchschlager’s vivid mezzo-soprano is well suited to this highly charged emotional world, and Drake’s playing is eloquently impassioned without sinking to fortissimo ham' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Hyperion's retrospective of Liszt's complete songs [is] one of the most important recording projects of recent years … Kirchschlager is exquisite and intensely dramatic by turns … Drake is outstanding throughout' (The Guardian)

'The high expectations roused by Volume 1 of Hyperion's compete Liszt songs … are more than met with this second instalment … the programme is excellently chosen to showcase Liszt's versatility as a master of Romantic song … Kirchschlager's extraordinary dramatic gifts are displayed in the two longest songs here, Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher and Die drei Zigeuner … rich new levels of meaning are revealed … Kirchschlager and Drake deliver performances that set the beauty and inventiveness of each song in high relief … not to be missed' (International Record Review)

Und sprich, S329
First line:
Sieh auf dem Meer den Glanz
composer
1875, revised 1878/9; LW N70
author of text

Introduction  EnglishDeutsch
Scattered amidst the settings of great poets in the roster of Liszt’s songs are those to texts by contemporaries now largely unknown. Und sprich sets a small poem by Rüdiger von Biegeleben, son of the diplomat Baron Ludwig von Biegeleben, a statesman who opposed Otto Bismarck and advocated for Austrian leadership in the German Confederation. Here, the poetic persona exhorts someone—his or her own inner self?—to look at the play of light and shadow on the sea and draw lessons about sorrow, fortune and God from the sight. This meditative setting from the mid-1870s is a perfect example of the late Liszt’s exercises in economy without ever sacrificing his lifelong genius at creating arresting harmonic progressions. The accompaniment is shot through with silences that allow the singer’s sacral admonitions to come through clearly.

from notes by Susan Youens 2012

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