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Leise Flehen Meine Lieder [Import]

Bo Skovhus Audio CD
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  • Composer: Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann
  • Audio CD (20 Jan 2009)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony Classical UK
  • ASIN: B001NB7XM8
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 185,288 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Danish Delight. A prize winner 28 Feb 2009
Format:Audio CD
I like this CD very much indeed. Danish born Baritone Bo Skovhus is a well known opera singer and a respected interpreter of Lieder. Instead of the usual piano accompaniment, for this recording The Danish National Symphony Orchestra was chosen- and it works beautifully.
Sung in German with the exceptionally clear diction for which Skovhus is renowned, this CD contains 15 Lieder. The last 6 are World Premiere recordings of excellent orchestrations by Karl Aage Rasmussen.
Conducted by Stefan Vladar (who has accompanied Skovhus many times on the piano), the orchestra produces a sensitive and dramatic background, conveying moods from love to urgency and fear.
Skovhus has a strong voice, even more so nowadays, so the orchestra is not overwhelming but adds another harmonic -and I feel more modern- dimension which is both complementary and interesting.
Recorded on the Sony label over 4 days in May 2006 it is a pity it has taken nearly 3 years to see the light of day! I bought my copy from Germany a month before it was released in UK hence the speedy review.
I see that Amazon have not listed the contents so here they are:
1. Staendchen
2. Im Abendrot
3. An die Musik
4. Die Forelle
5. Ihr Bild
6. Memnon
7. An Schwager Kronos
8. Prometheus
9. Erlkoenig (1-9 all Schubert)
10. Maersveilchen
11. Muttertraum
12. Der Soldat
13. Der Speilmann
14. Verratene Liebe (10-14 all Schumann)
15. Der Taucher (Schubert)

A booklet with the words in both German and in English is included. This CD should be a much deserved prize winner.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So novel and so wonderful! 21 Jan 2011
By Abert - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
'Leise flehen meine Lieder', the Serenade from Franz Schubert's 'Swansong' Cycle, forms the title of this wonderful lieder album.
As indeed, the songs are all flowingly sung by Danish baritone Boje Skovhus with an orchestral accompaniment.
This orchestral arrangement requires a certain bit of patience for seasoned listeners of the songs, of which the traditional way of performances is for the solo voice and pianoforte.
The transcribed versions are very fine - the orchestrations add much 'drama' to the musical backdrop. Skovhus's lyrical yet rich baritone voice is being shown to best advantage with this luxuriant accompaniment.
The songs are mostly well known pieces, ranging from the beautifully lyrical Serenade to the lilting Trout and the flighty Erl King, with a few songs by Robert Schumann. All the songs receive orchestrations in their accompaniment, mostly to very good effect. The Schumann songs in these new arrangements are being recorded here for the first time.
The major work, encompassing more than 20 minutes, is Schubert's Ballade 'The Diver'. While I am unfamiliar with this large-scale vocal composition, I am immediately captured by Skovhus's highly effective interpretation. This mode of composition really foreshadows Wagner's operatic style.
Throughout the album, Skovhus consistently paints fascinating vocal colours in the different pieces. It is a truly masterful performance.
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