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Der Himmlische Leben - Anne Schwanewilms

Anne Schwanewilms , Charles Spencer , Liszt , Mahler , . Audio CD
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  • Conductor: .
  • Composer: Liszt, Mahler
  • Audio CD (24 Sep 2012)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Onyx
  • ASIN: B008V4H5JQ
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 273,429 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Der FischerknabeAnne Schwanewilms, Charles Spencer 3:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Der HirtAnne Schwanewilms, Charles Spencer 3:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Der AlpenjägerAnne Schwanewilms, Charles Spencer 2:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. UrlichtAnne Schwanewilms, Charles Spencer 4:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. RheinlegendchenAnne Schwanewilms, Charles Spencer 3:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Um schlimme Kinder artig zu machenAnne Schwanewilms, Charles Spencer 2:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Verlorne Müh!Anne Schwanewilms, Charles Spencer 3:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Ich ging mit Lust durch einen grünen WaldAnne Schwanewilms, Charles Spencer 5:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Ablösung im SommerAnne Schwanewilms, Charles Spencer 2:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Wo die schönen Trompeten blasenAnne Schwanewilms, Charles Spencer 7:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Nicht wiedersehen!Anne Schwanewilms, Charles Spencer 5:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Oh! quand je dorsAnne Schwanewilms, Charles Spencer 4:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Die LoreleyAnne Schwanewilms, Charles Spencer 6:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Das himmlische LebenAnne Schwanewilms, Charles Spencer10:12Album Only

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Der Fischerknabe, Der Hirt, Der Alpenjäger, Urlicht, Rheinlegendchen, Um schlimme Kinder artig zu machen, Verlor ne Müh , Ich ging mit Lust durch einen grünen Wald, Ablösung im Sommer, Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen, Nicht wiedersehen! Oh, quand je dors, Die Lorelei, Das himmlische Leben The great German dramatic soprano Anne Schwanewilms makes her debut on ONYX with a recital of lieder by Liszt and Mahler. Schwanewilms is renowned internationally for her interpretations of Strauss and Wagner. An eminent lieder singer, Anne Schwanewilms works closely with leading lieder accompanists of our time Charles Spencer, Roger Vignoles and Malcolm Martineau with whom she has appeared in international concert halls in Barcelona (Gran Teatro del Liceu), Strasbourg, Madrid, Amsterdam, London (Wigmore Hall) and Washington (Kennedy Center). With Roger Vignoles, she has recorded a selection of songs by Richard Strauss, which was nominated by BBC Music Magazine as Vocal Recording of the Year 2008.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely disc 29 April 2013
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Schwanewilms sings with power and beauty with a hautingly beautiful selection of lieder. She is wonderfully partnered by her accompanist, Charles Spencer. Just listen to the way he modulates his delicate playing to every nuance of the text and voice. Clearly the singer and pianist have worked together for some considerable time to bring out the very best in this music. Recommended, even for those who are just discovering the joy of lieder.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A bit stolid, and the pianist has several thumbs, but Schwanewilms' singing is strikingly beautiful 29 Jan 2013
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Framing nine familiar Mahler songs with five considerably less familiar ones by Liszt makes for a pleasing program from Anne Schwanewilms, a German soprano not really known in america but well regarded at home. Although listed in Onyx's blurb as a dramatic soprano, she sings Guturne and the Marschallin, and the limpid timbre of her voice reminds me almost as much of a lyric soprano. It's beautifully suited to lieder, I must say; for sheer beauty there aren't many rivals right now. Schwanewilms also displays a natural flair for the appropriate style of Romantic song. She's not as sophisticated as, say, Schwarzkopf, but each of these readings has a wonderful inner glow.

The fly in the ointment is Charles Spencer's wooden piano playing, and the somewhat brittle nature of the instrument itself, as recorded here. The Fanfare reviewer complained of slow tempi, but Schwanewilms sings with so much attention to the text that she can carry them off. Most of the time she is successful in rising above her pianist's literalness. Some may complain that the folk-song side of Mahler's Wunderhorn songs requires more rusticity and drollery; certainly Schwanewilms sings this material straight, but then, critics used to complain that Schwarzkopf cooed her way through the same songs and inserted too many winks and nods. This album won't make history, but in the present dearth of high-quality lieder singing, it's a refreshing change.
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