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Classical - Released October 7, 2014 | BR-Klassik

Distinctions 5 de Diapason - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
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Classical - Released June 8, 2018 | Alpha

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
Glenn Gould, whose talents as an agitator and showman are well known, didn't hesitate to declare himself "firmly convinced that Das Marienleben, in its original form [because there exists a revised version made around twenty years after the first - SM], was the greatest song cycle ever composed." That should be taken with a pinch of salt, of course, but one can't ignore a statement like that. Taking words by Rilke, Hindemith set to work putting them to music between June 1922 and July 1923. The dates are significant because they marked a fundamental turning point for the composer: the move from expressionism to "New Objectivity", a very Germanic movement which sought to erase the slightest trace of postromanticism by developing a pared-down and less emotive language. That said, in musical terms, it is all rather more fluid than in painting. However, throughout the seventy-odd minutes of this cycle, Hindemith moves constantly from one to the other, as its fifteen pieces were written in no particular order: the oldest are the eleventh and the fifteenth; the last ones to be written are the thirteenth and fourteenth. Knowing Hindemith, of course, one might think that he could never resist an emotional charge, even when set firmly in his rigorous counter-punctual language. Note that Juliane Banse and Martin Helmchen have chosen to record the 1922-23 version, and not the revision of 1936-48 – and so we're listening to Gould's favourite version. © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released November 3, 2017 | BR-Klassik

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
Behind a rather mundane album cover hides a wonderfully interesting record, with rare – extremely rare in fact – orchestral Lieder from Joseph Marx, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Hans Pfitzner and Walter Braunfels, four composers who all lived and worked from the very end of the 19th century to the middle of the 20th century. But don’t get confused: these are not Lieder that were initially written for piano and orchestrated later on (either by the composer himself or someone else), but rather Lieder imagined from the very beginning for the ample sound of orchestra, on which the singing sits – although some were initially written with piano notes, most likely to facilitate editing, or maybe to be more easily apprehended by new listeners. In all of these composers’ works you’ll most likely hear reminiscences of Wagner, Strauss maybe (who was their contemporary, but incredibly influent from his first maturity), Mahler of course, Puccini, or even Elgar at times (in Braunfels’ specifically), but each of these four composers possess their own personal language, their own orchestral touch, their own harmonic framework. Marx in particular was – rightly so – considered as a magician of rich harmony, so how in the world has he disappeared from radars for so long, even though during his time he was the most popular Austrian composer in his own country? Maybe because of some intrusive homonymies with a certain political agitator and a New York family comedy act? Nevertheless Juliane Banse offers us here a nice and broad selection of works we would absolutely love to hear live! © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released October 15, 2010 | ECM New Series

Distinctions 5 de Diapason
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Classical - Released January 1, 2001 | Decca

Distinctions Choc de Classica
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Opera - Released January 4, 2011 | SWR Classic

Booklet Distinctions Gramophone Record of the Month
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Classical - Released February 14, 2006 | ECM New Series

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Classical - Released May 1, 2007 | ECM New Series

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Classical - Released January 1, 1995 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released January 1, 2016 | Orfeo

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Classical - Released June 2, 2008 | Profil

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Classical - Released January 1, 2000 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released January 1, 1999 | Tudor

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Classical - Released January 1, 2000 | CPO

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Classical - Released January 5, 2001 | ECM New Series

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Classical - Released December 8, 2014 | Jecklin

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Classical - Released January 1, 2006 | Haenssler Classic

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Sacred Vocal Music - Released January 1, 2007 | Haenssler Classic