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MAGDALENA KOŽENÁ – A BIOGRAPHICAL TIMELINE
“With her dazzling looks, Magdalena Kožená is surely one of the most glamorous women on the operatic stage. That's even before she opens her mouth. And when she does – well, you can't argue with that voice . . . Kožená has got everything . . .”
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1. Totengräbers Heimweh, D 842
2. Komm, süßer Tod, komm, sel'ge Ruh!, BWV 478
3. Karwoche
4. Kaddisch
5. Agnus Dei
6. Ellens Gesang III (Hymne an die Jungfrau), D 839
7. Mühvoll komm ich und beladen
8. Tell Me, Some Pitying Angel (The Blessed Virgin's Expostulation), Z 196
9. Ave Maria, Op.19b
10. So gibst du nun, mein Jesu, gute Nacht!, BWV 501
11. Himmelsfunken, D 651
12. Zum neuen Jahr
13. Die güldne Sonne, BWV 451
14. Vom Mitleiden Mariä, D 632
15. Schlafendes Jesukind
16. Litanei auf das Fest Allerseelen, D 343
17. Ave Maria
18. Gebet
19. Der Leidende, D 432
20. Mein Jesu, was für Seelenweh, BWV 487
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DGG 4792067; DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON - Germania; Classica vocale sacra

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
*** 1/2 Kozena's voice is in great shape, but the interpretations are often flat 9 April 2014
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Just as water finds it's own level, the fan of Magdalena Kozena will gravitate to this album of sacred songs. Holy schmaltz touches a soft spot in most of us, but Kozena adds dignity to the proceedings by singing with an organ - just the two of them. Presumably it's a smallish or chamber organ, played quite delicately; even so, she spends too much time singing at mezzo forte or louder, I suppose to compete with the organ's rich sonority. Thanks to the microphone, she's successful - much of the time she's actually louder than the accompaniment - and her voice is in great shape, as firm and beautiful as I've ever heard it.

But Kozena, despite her undeniable presence on stage, has rarely moved me with her interpretations. She makes too little effort here to do more than sing the texts in a professional manner. Of reverence there is precious little, which may appeal to listeners who don't want religious sentimentality. Even so, one gets the feeling that Kozena is singing through a P.A. system, so impersonal is er sound. The best thing here is the variety of songs, and although I would never have expected Schubert and Wolf lieder to translate into the duo of voice and organ, they are pretty successful musically, and Kozena rises to her best with the doleful mood of Schubert's Totengrabers and Wolf's agonized Muhvoll Komm Ich und Beladen. Another strength are the Bach arias, which fit the most naturally into a setting with organ - we've become used to "authentic" Baroque singing that is less expressive than pure, a style Kozena only partially succumbs to, thank goodness.

Despite my low overall score, there are eight or ten quite successful numbers here, which I'd rate considerably higher.

Bach, J S:
Komm süsser Tod, BWV478
So gibst du nun, mein Jesu, gute Nacht, BWV501
Die goldne Sonne, voll Freud' und Wonne, BWV451
Mein Jesu! was fuer Seelenweh, BWV487
Kommt, Seelen, dieser Tag, BWV479
Bizet:
Agnus Dei
Duruflé:
Notre Père, Op. 14
Dvorak:
Ave Maria, Op. 19b
Purcell:
Tell me, some pitying angel (The Blessed Virgin's Expostulation), Z196
Ravel:
Deux mélodies hébraïques: Kaddisch
Schubert:
Totengräbers Heimwehe D842 (Craigher)
Ave Maria, D839
Himmelsfunken, D651
Vom Mitleiden Maria D632 (Schlegel)
Litanei auf das Fest Allerseelen, D343
Der Leidende D432 (poet unknown)
Verdi:
Ave Maria, for voice & strings or piano
Wolf, H:
Karwoche (No. 26 from Mörike-Lieder)
Mühvoll komm ich und beladen (No. 7 from Spanisches Liederbuch: Geistliche Lieder)
Zum neuen Jahr (No. 27 from Mörike-Lieder)
Schlafendes Jesuskind (No. 25 from Mörike-Lieder)
Gebet (No. 28 from Mörike-Lieder)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Not Moved by the Album 24 Sept. 2014
By DMesserPRR - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have other albums by Magdalena Kozena, which I enjoy, and I had eagerly awaited the release of this one. Sadly, I was disappointed. The album booklet describes this as "a recital of ineffable beauty and deep spirituality." I found neither to be true - the singing seems to lack commitment either in musical or spiritual terms. Most of the repertoire does not call for drama, but by comparison with a couple of overlapping numbers in the recent release "Meditation," by Elina Garanca, there is no comparison. I was notably unmoved.
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