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Barbara Bonney: While I Dream

Barbara Bonney Audio CD
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  • Composer: Robert Schumann
  • Audio CD (5 Oct 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Classics
  • ASIN: B00005Y268
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 330,684 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Franz Liszt: "Oh, quand je dors" S 282 4:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Franz Liszt: Comment, disaient-ils 1:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Franz Liszt: S'il est un charmant gazon 2:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Franz Liszt: Enfant, si j'étais roi 2:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Franz Liszt: Der Fischerknabe 3:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Franz Liszt: Mignons Lied - Kennst du das Land 6:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Franz Liszt: Freudvoll und Leidvoll 2:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Franz Liszt: Der du von dem Himmel bist 4:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Franz Liszt: Über allen Gipfeln ist Ruh 3:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Franz Liszt: Im Rhein, im schönen Strome (2nd version) 2:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Franz Liszt: Die Loreley (2nd Version 1854/59) 5:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Liszt: "Oh, quand je dors" S 282 - German text "O komm im Traum": Peter Cornelius 5:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Robert Schumann: Dichterliebe, Op.48 - 1. Im wunderschönen Monat Mai 1:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Robert Schumann: Dichterliebe, Op.48 - 2. Aus meinen Tränen sprießen0:56£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Robert Schumann: Dichterliebe, Op.48 - 3. Die Rose, die Lilie, die Taube, die Sonne0:37£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Robert Schumann: Dichterliebe, Op.48 - 4. Wenn ich in deine Augen seh' 1:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Robert Schumann: Dichterliebe, Op.48 - 5. Ich will meine Seele tauchen0:55£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Robert Schumann: Dichterliebe, Op.48 - 6. Im Rhein, im heiligen Strome 1:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Robert Schumann: Dichterliebe, Op.48 - 7. Ich grolle nicht 1:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Robert Schumann: Dichterliebe, Op.48 - 8. Und wüßten's die Blumen, die kleinen 1:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Robert Schumann: Dichterliebe, Op.48 - 9. Das ist ein Flöten und Geigen 1:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Robert Schumann: Dichterliebe, Op.48 - 10. Hör' ich das Liedchen klingen 1:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Robert Schumann: Dichterliebe, Op.48 - 11. Ein Jüngling liebt ein Mädchen 1:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Robert Schumann: Dichterliebe, Op.48 - 12. Am leuchtenden Sommermorgen 2:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Robert Schumann: Dichterliebe, Op.48 - 13. Ich hab' im Traum geweinet 2:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Robert Schumann: Dichterliebe, Op.48 - 14. Allnächtlich im Traume seh' ich dich 1:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Robert Schumann: Dichterliebe, Op.48 - 15. Aus alten Märchen winkt es 2:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen28. Robert Schumann: Dichterliebe, Op.48 - 16 Die alten, bösen Lieder 4:25£0.79  Buy MP3 

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Schumann's song-cycle Dichterliebe, settings of poems by Heinrich Heine, describes the course of an ill-fated love from the perspective of the jilted male lover. Barbara Bonney stakes out her claim to this territory by affirming her right to break old boundaries, interpreting the songs as the woman's retelling of her old lover's painful tale. That leads to interpretive decisions such as draining the edgy anger from "Ich grolle nicht", singing it as "an introverted, self-deprecating love song". In context, this approach works thanks to Bonney's sensitive phrasing and lovely voice, though there's no getting around the ultimate distortion of the composer's intent or the continued superiority of male singers in this cycle. No such objections apply in some of the non-gender-specific songs, like "Im wunderschönen Monat Mai", in which the poet sings of the blossoming of buds on trees and love in his heart. Bonney captures the verdant feeling beautifully and even in "Ich grolle nicht", where a barking baritone makes more sense of the meaning, her approach convinces while you're listening. The Liszt songs are nicely done as well: she sings them with great inwardness, paying attention to the verbal nuances but never at the expense of the musical line. Pappano's accompaniments are admirable, contributing to a fascinating and different recital. --Dan Davis

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3.0 out of 5 stars Liszt good, Schumann .. well ........ 22 Jun 2010
By Mr. Ian A. Macfarlane TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Maybe it's a little odd for a reviewer to review another review - but I'd like to start by saying that Kicek&Brys's review of this CD, currently the only one that has been written, is outstanding in its depth, detail and perception. Like her, I was puzzled and disappointed by 'Dichterliebe'. When the voice opens out, as at the end of 'Ich Grolle Nicht' it is absolutely glorious, but far too often Bonney adopts a kind of plaintive, flat half-voice which I suppose is an attempt to mirror the 'deadness' of the persona's desolation, but which I found monotonous and not really attractive. Interestingly, I heard BBC3's comparative review of Dichterliebe on CD very recently and Bonney (in 'Ich Grolle Nicht' in fact - it starts limply and self-pityingly) was used as an example of a misconceived approach. Pappano's playing is fine, but the whole approach seems wrong. The Liszt songs are lovely and well worth hearing, but, very sadly, wonderful singer as she is, the Schumann does not convince.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Dichterliebe" retold... but does it need it? 11 Mar 2002
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Is this the same Barbara Bonney who gave us some of the finest female Lieder recitals in the past decades? My main problem with this recital is Schumann's "Dichterliebe": as much as I can understand Bonney's desire to perform it (in the booklet, she claims to be jealous of all the tenors and baritones who have sung this music), I can't quite appreciate her approach to this cycle. I just dug out my Lotte Lehmann set, recorded in 1941; I was never convinced that it was necessary for female singers to appropriate this and other 'male' Lieder cycles (and just to ward off any suspicion of sexism on my part, I should add that I am a woman myself), but there was so much to enjoy in Lehmann's disc that in a way it became irrelevant what kind of voice sung those songs (I have similar impressions while listening to Brigitte Fassbaender's recordings of "Die schoene Muellerin" and "Winterreise").
I don't know if Lehmann, who was as tireless a performer as she was a writer, ever explained the reason for recording Schumann's "Dichterliebe"; in her book, "More than singing", she just analyzes the songs as if they were sung by a man. Barbara Bonney gives us a 'retelling' of the story behind the Heine poems: "Although the poems are told by a specific man about his love for a woman, the human emotions are universal - love, sorrow, disappointment - and delving into these poems gives a woman a chance to explore her male side and to understand what goes on in the thoughts of the other half. I imagined I was the woman to whom the poems were addressed, retelling the story of the man who had loved her, and the torture and pain he went through...". Phew! Listeners will decide if this 'retelling' works for them; it didn't work for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A dream of delight - Barbara Bonney takes on Dichterliebe 27 July 2006
By Ingrid Heyn - Published on Amazon.com
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Given that the Dichterliebe were intended for a male voice, we could rail against the transposition enabling a soprano voice to sing them. But transposition of music is so frequently done that it's not really the big no-no that many believe it to be. I'll add a caveat - to transpose an opera aria within an opera is indeed something that should not be done. A role is written for a particular type of voice in context, and its musical challenges are written for a particular type of voice in context. To distort this is to distort the composer's intentions. (Imagine, for instance, a contralto "Der Hoelle Rache" - Queen of the Night!)

But to transpose Lieder is indubitably done many times, and was done during the time of the composers. Granted, I believe that the composer's best intention for this cycle is achieved when a male voice sings it, but certainly hearing a soprano tackle it is exciting and different... and strangely attractive.

I loved the WAY in which Barbara Bonney approached this music. She is a sensitive and intelligent singer, and it shows in her performances. The voice itself is simply glorious, and it flows into the phrases and words like water from the heart of a stream.

There's nothing but praise for the Liszt songs on this album. From the exquisitely detailed "Oh quand je dors!" onwards, the listener knows he/she is going to hear delight after delight. This is the sort of repertoire that Barbara Bonney makes her own, and it's why she is one of the few sopranos today who can be called a genuine Lieder singer. Artsong singing is not as easy as it seems... It requires an ability to shine and capture the intrinsic heart of a song in miniature rather than on a grand scale.

This is a gem of an album.
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure voice 16 Jan 2014
By shannonO - Published on Amazon.com
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I listened to about a dozen samples online, looking for a great voice and she has it. The others were either too weak or nasally, or they didn't hold the notes good enough. Barbara Bonney has a superb voice, very strong and pure. I am very pleased with this CD. Even my husband thinks she is great and he doesn't listen to this type of music.
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excetional Collection! 30 Aug 2012
By Linncrow - Published on Amazon.com
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Barbara Bonney should be more widely known! She is kind of the Beverly Sills of her day. She is pure, bell-like and radiant, yet she is very technically precise in pitch and agility. Her voice would appeal to those who think they don't like opera singers, since it is not too dark or covered to be very listenable to the average music lover.
The collection of Liszt and Schumann that she sings are just absolutely beautiful songs, and she sings them with ease and sensitivity. All are in German, which is like a second tongue to American-born Ms. Bonney, who resides in Munich. Schumann's "Dichterliebe" is one piece that provides drama, beautiful lyric melodies and interesting technical challenges for both singer and pianist. It is one of those works that all vocal music lovers should be familiar with. Barbara Bonney takes it on and is one of the few females to record it. Brava!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fresh approach to these works 14 Oct 2003
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I was hesitant to buy this cd as I couldn't figure how a woman, even one as talented as Barbara Bonney, could do justice to "Dichterliebe", written for the male voice. "What is she thinking", I thought. Well, curiosity got the best of me and I bought a copy. A very pleasant surprise, it works!
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