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Art Songs - Released January 6, 2017 | BIS

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Liszt wrote songs during most phases of his career and plainly found them important, revising some of them more than once. American tenor Timothy Fallon touches on several gems here and gives them their due. It's hard to say why the Liszt songs as a group aren't better known. Perhaps it's that they served various purposes and aren't closely tied to a single creative impulse the way those of Schubert and even Schumann are. The ones on this album are in Italian, German, French, and even English, and they're entirely disparate in mood. Fallon handles the variety well, with a quiet, elegant top that would have been quite appropriate in a 19th-century recital room. The songs are evocative of various Lisztian concerns, and a multimedia recital with them might well be absorbing. The Tre Sonetti di Petrarca at the beginning come from Liszt's extended road trip with the Countess Marie d'Agoult and are 19th-century reflections on the heritage of romantic love, heated up by a pair that was experiencing it at the time. The other triptych, the Drei Lieder aus Schillers Wilhelm Tell, evokes Liszt the revolutionary who found things touch and go around the time of the 1848 revolutions. Sample perhaps Go Not, Happy Day, to a text by Tennyson; composed in 1879 and Liszt's only song in English, it's a great and not especially well-known example of Liszt's late style, with unexpected silences and unorthodox harmonic progressions. The songs are linked together by, among other things, the fact that most of them give the piano plenty to do (unsurprisingly enough), and collectively they offer a fresh lens into Liszt's career. Highly recommended. © TiVo

Art Songs - Released August 12, 2016 | audite Musikproduktion

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Art Songs - Released November 14, 2014 | CAvi-music

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Art Songs - Released February 14, 2014 | Sony Classical

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A superstar of opera, Jonas Kaufmann is somewhat less renowned for his interpretations of art songs, though this 2014 Sony release of Franz Schubert's Winterreise is his second disc in the genre, following his 2009 recording of Die schöne Müllerin for Decca. Even though it's more recognizable in the context of his Wagner and Verdi roles, Kaufmann's fluid and strongly supported tenor voice is well-suited to Schubert's arching lines and lyrical expressions, and its warm tone and rich timbres convey a variety of moods and emotions with minimal effort and no strain. Kaufmann and his longtime accompanist Helmut Deutsch have performed this song cycle in recital many times, and this performance reflects an ease and familiarity with the material and each other's timing that seem quite natural and spontaneous. Sony's recording does justice to the vocal part and the accompaniment by evenly balancing them in the mix, rather than recessing the piano to favor the singer. © TiVo

Art Songs - Released July 3, 2012 | CPO


Art Songs - Released November 19, 2009 | harmonia mundi

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Art Songs - Released April 21, 2009 | harmonia mundi

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Art Songs - Released October 14, 2008 | harmonia mundi

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