Fünf Lieder, Op 94

composer
1883/4; published in December 1884 as Fünf Lieder für eine tiefe Singstimme und Klavier

 
This opus number, united by its tonalities for low voice, and with texts that can, and should, be sung by one singer, is one of the composer’s published groupings that repays performance as a whole, or even as a kind of mini-cycle. Brahms’s friend, the surgeon Billroth, clearly perceived it is a kind of equivalent to Schubert’s Winterreise, although he saw the songs as being equally linked with autumn. Certainly, in the first song, the imagery of taking up the wanderer’s walking staff with renewed energy as the narrator makes his way to his final destination, is strongly reminiscent of the closing sentiments of Das Wirtshaus from Schubert’s great cycle.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 2012

Recordings

Brahms: The Complete Songs, Vol. 4 – Robert Holl
CDJ33124

Details

No 1: Mit vierzig Jahren
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Track 12 on CDJ33124 [3'59]
No 2: Steig auf, geliebter Schatten
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In der Südsee

Track 13 on CDJ33124 [2'33]
No 3: Mein Herz ist schwer
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Spätherbstblätter

Track 14 on CDJ33124 [2'30]
No 4: Sapphische Ode  Rosen brach ich nachts mir am dunklen Hage
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Gedichte und Übersetzungen

Track 15 on CDJ33124 [2'30]
No 5: Kein Haus, keine Heimat
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In der Südsee

Track 16 on CDJ33124 [0'39]

Track-specific metadata for CDJ33124 track 12

Mit vierzig Jahren
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-12-12412
Duration
3'59
Recording date
29 September 2010
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Brahms: The Complete Songs, Vol. 4 – Robert Holl (CDJ33124)
    Disc 1 Track 12
    Release date: September 2012