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A Summer Night (1890) by Albert Joseph Moore (1841-1893)
© Walker Art Gallery, National Museums Liverpool / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67844
Recording details: January 2012
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: November 2012
Total duration: 3 minutes 29 seconds

'Vignoles plays the often extended introductions and postludes … quite magically, to say nothing of the extended interludes … my pleasure in this latest volume is without any reservations. Elizabeth Watts sings gloriously, rising fluently to the high tessitura of Strauss's melodic lines (immediately obvious in the first few songs included in the recital). Her beautiful voice, sensitive phrasing and response to word-meanings are consistently rewarding and her partnership with Roger Vignoles could hardly be more beautifully balanced' (Gramophone)

'Watts takes flight in this repertoire, her warm, generous soprano broadening into a luscious, creamy-toned wonder. Tonal glamour? You bet' (The Guardian)

'Watts has the full measure of the drama … she reveals herself as an accomplished Straussian throughout this recital and nowhere more so than in the very last song that the composer wrote, Malven, written for soprano Maria Jeritza in 1948 after he had finished the Vier letzte Lieder. A gift from one great artist to another and a fitting end to this admirable recording' (International Record Review)

Die erwachte Rose, TrV90
First line:
Die Knospe träumte von Sonnenschein
composer
1880; WoO66; rediscovered in 1958; first performed in 1959 by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Gerald Moore
author of text

Introduction  EnglishDeutsch
An earlier composition than Rote Rosen, Die erwachte Rose is set to a rippling accompaniment in the style of Schumann or Mendelssohn. The melody is charming enough for its subject but there are places where one senses that the words are fitted to the melody rather than vice versa. Even so the recitative-like final page brings more variety and a sort of wide-eyed wonder, while the image of the awakening flower suggests why Strauss included the song in his gift to Lotti.

from notes by Roger Vignoles © 2012

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'Hyperion monthly sampler – November 2012' (HYP201211)
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