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Richard Strauss: Lieder - Heimliche Aufforderung

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  • Composer: Richard Strauss
  • Audio CD (19 May 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Berlin Classics
  • ASIN: B00IDRV60A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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At Home with Strauss,Christiane Karg feels close to Richard Strauss,and not simply because they both grew up amid Bavarian landscape.Together with Mozart,the great late Romanticist now plays an ever greater part in her repertoire:she was recently acclaimed in both Antwerp and Ghent as Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier.Since Strauss has always figured in her lieder recitals,this CD of Strauss lieder comes as no surprise,especially in view of the forthcoming anniversary year,marking the composer's 150th birthday.Indeed,anyone who has followed Christiane Karg's career will see this new release as a logical consequence.You only have to listen to the timbres in her voice and the skill with which she lends them an artistic and natural touch,and you will hardly be able to avoid comparisons with the great voices of her Fach.Christiane Karg's personal choice of lieder combines the familiar with the seldomheard,lively songs with more reflective ones,and delivers a convincing range that rightly demotes such details to a secondary role.She succeeds in demonstrating as has seldom been achieved the touching manner in which Strauss's early and mature lyricism is able to transform the great themes of love and transience that were woven into his expression of the Romantic world around him.One especially charming example is the song Alphorn,written when the composer was a mere twelve years old,requiring an obbligato horn,played on this recording by Felix Klieser.Her pianist is Malcolm Martineau,an exceptional artist in his own right,who navigates virtuoso hurdles with ease while giving the vocal part a steady foundation.One only needs to hear the opening bars of Morgen,in order to capture that remarkable musical pulse.This is a real summit of achievement!

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Karg is the pick of the younger generation of light-voiced German sopranos so beloved of the big-label executives today.Her silver-tinged,creamy sound is perfect for Strauss,and here she displays her prowess in a selection of his most loved songs,including the Secret Invitation of the title track.She captures the rapt sense of resignation and wonderment in Morgen better known,perhaps,in its orchestral version and the sublime Allerseelen (All Souls Day) in their long-breathed,soaring phrases.There's conspiratorial mischief in her Ständchen (Serenade),while she handles the coloratura flourishes of Ich wollt ein Sträußlein binden (I wanted to make a little bouquet) with bright-eyed brio.The three Ophelia-Lieder are latish Strauss,making a nod to the post-Romantic idiom of Berg and Schoenberg,which Karg and Martineau deliver with (psycho-) analytical musical and verbal clarity.While Karg is not always as distinct in Strauss's lusher Romantic vein (Das Rosenband,Die Georgine),she compensates with gorgeous,imaginatively coloured tone.There's also a fine guest appearance from Klieser in the rarely heard Alphorn.In sum,one of the best Strauss Lieder recitals ever.HC --Sunday Times

Amongst my favourite new releases of the week is a recital of Strauss songs... the beautifully clear,well focussed and flexible soprano voice of Christiane Karg who for me is close to ideal for many of the songs in this recital with pianist Malcolm Martineau.The way she nurtures the text and applies her vibrato sparingly and colourfully and encompasses the emotional and dynamic range of some of the bigger songs...Das Rosenband,Ständchen,Freundliche Vision and Zueignung are wonderful with Martineau's sensitivity to every phrase the range of tone he deploys to match Karg.I think this is an outstanding Strauss recital,new from Berlin Classics. --CD Review, BBC Radio 3


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