Soprano duets, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Irmgaard Seefried. Dvorak, Monteverdi, Carissimi. 1 LP. EMI

051-43240

Used - But 100% OK

Soprano duets. Elisabeth Schwarzkopf og Irmgaard Seefried in there famous recording, Arias by Antonin Dvorak, Claudio Monteverdi, Carissimi, Richard Strauss, og Engelbert Humperdinck. With Gerald Moore, Herbert von Karajan and Josef Krips.

1 LP. EMI

*** Recommendation ***

More details

In Stock

Warning: Last items in stock!

0
0/5 - 0 reviews

71,20 kr


Data sheet

MediaLP Vinyl
RecomandationRecommendation

More info

Soprano duets. Elisabeth Schwarzkopf og Irmgaard Seefried in there famous recording, Arias by Antonin Dvorak, Claudio Monteverdi, Carissimi, Richard Strauss, og Engelbert Humperdinck. With Gerald Moore, Herbert von Karajan and Josef Krips.

1 LP. EMI

Great Recordings of the Century.

*** Recommendation ***

 

1.  Madrigals, Book 7: Io son pur vezzosetta pastorella by Claudio Monteverdi 
 
Performer: Gerald Moore (Piano), Irmgard Seefried (Soprano), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1619; Italy
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
 
 
 
2.  Madrigals, Book 8: Ardo e scoprir, ahi lasso by Claudio Monteverdi 
 
Performer: Gerald Moore (Piano), Irmgard Seefried (Soprano), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1638; Italy
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
 
 
 
3.  Madrigals, Book 1: Baci, soavi e cari by Claudio Monteverdi 
 
Performer: Gerald Moore (Piano), Irmgard Seefried (Soprano), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1587; Cremona, Italy
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
 
 
 
4.  Lungi omai, deh, spiega by Giacomo Carissimi 
 
Performer: Gerald Moore (Piano), Irmgard Seefried (Soprano), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 17th Century; Italy
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
 
 
 
5.  A piè d'un verde alloro "I filosofi" by Giacomo Carissimi 
 
Performer: Gerald Moore (Piano), Irmgard Seefried (Soprano), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 17th Century; Italy
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
 
 
 
6.  Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59: Mir ist..."Rose Presentation" by Richard Strauss 
 
Performer: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano), Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1909-1910; Germany
Length: 11 Minutes 26 Secs. 
 
 
 
7.  Dialogo di ninfa e pastore by Claudio Monteverdi 
 
Performer: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano), Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Baroque
Written: Italy
Length: 4 Minutes 8 Secs. 
 
 
 
8.  Detesta la cativa sorte in amore (E pur vuole) by Giacomo Carissimi 
 
Performer: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano), Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 17th Century; Italy
Length: 4 Minutes 10 Secs. 
 
 
 
9.  Il mio core è un mar by Giacomo Carissimi 
 
Performer: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano), Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 17th Century; Italy
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 
 
 
 
10.  Moravian Duets (5), Op. 29: no 1, From thee now by Antonín Dvorák 
 
Performer: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano), Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1876; Bohemia
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
 
 
 
11.  Moravian Duets (5), Op. 29: no 2, Fly sweet songster by Antonín Dvorák 
 
Performer: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano), Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1876; Bohemia
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
 
 
 
12.  Moravian Duets (5), Op. 29: no 3, The slighted heart by Antonín Dvorák 
 
Performer: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano), Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1876; Bohemia
Length: 1 Minutes 9 Secs. 
 
 
 
13.  Moravian Duets (5), Op. 29: no 4, Parting without sorrow by Antonín Dvorák 
 
Performer: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano), Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1876; Bohemia
Length: 1 Minutes 0 Secs. 
 
 
 
14.  Moravian Duets (5), Op. 29: no 5, The pledge of love by Antonín Dvorák 
 
Performer: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano), Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1876; Bohemia
Length: 1 Minutes 4 Secs. 
 
 
 
15.  Hänsel und Gretel: Brüderchen, komm, tanz' mit mir by Engelbert Humperdinck 
 
Performer: Irmgard Seefried (Soprano), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor: Josef Krips
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1893; Germany
Length: 9 Minutes 44 Secs.

 

Works Summary

Monteverdi, Claudio : Madrigals, Book 7
Monteverdi, Claudio : Madrigals, Book 8
Monteverdi, Claudio : Madrigals, Book 1
Monteverdi, Claudio : Dialogo di ninfa e pastore
Carissimi, Giacomo : Detesta la cativa sorte in amore (E pur vuole)
Carissimi, Giacomo : Lungi omai, deh, spiega
Carissimi, Giacomo : Il mio core è un mar
Carissimi, Giacomo : A piè d'un verde alloro "I filosofi"
Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Moravian Duets (Moravské dvojzpevy) (5) for soprano, alto & piano, B. 60 (Op. 29)
Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Moravian Duets (Moravské dvojzpevy) (9) for soprano, alto & piano, B. 62 (Op. 32)
Humperdinck, Engelbert : Hänsel und Gretel, opera
Strauss, Richard : Der Rosenkavalier
 

Performers

  • Gerald Moore (Piano)
  • Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
  • Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)

Conductors

  • Herbert Karajan
  • Josef Krips

Ensembles

  • Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Composers

  • Engelbert Humperdinck (Classical) (1854 - 1921)
  • Claudio Monteverdi (1567 - 1643)
  • Richard Strauss (1864 - 1949)
  • Giacomo Carissimi (1605 - 1674)
  • Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904)

 

One of the most magical moments in the world of recorded opera.
When the LP from which the greater portion of this disc derives was recorded in 1955 the so-called authentic movement, striving for historically correct performances of early music, was still in its infancy. True, August Wenzinger in Basle was an early stickler for authentic sounds - his recordings of the Brandenburg concertos were epoch-making. In his complete L’Orfeo he also insisted on authenticity as regards the instrumental parts. The singing was another matter. Good as many of the soloists are, not least the experienced Bach singer Helmut Krebs in the title role, there is still a feeling of later periods in much of it. That is also the impression one has when hearing the two superb sopranos on the present disc. They were greatly admired in their day for their Mozart singing and their Lieder interpretations – and still are. It is in this vein that they also tackle Monteverdi and Carissimi. The results are musically attractive. They are warm and nuanced and sing with careful attention to the texts. Moreover their voices match splendidly. The inauthentic piano is played by the ever-sensitive Gerald Moore with such lightness of touch that I initially thought it was a harpsichord, or at least a fortepiano. I can’t believe anyone hearing this recording for the first time, not knowing the music and with no special insight in authentic performance practice, will be anything but enthralled by the two ladies. Charm and communication were keywords in their artistic vocabulary and that is exactly what these performances radiate.

Going to representatives for the authentic camp for comparison can be instructive. However. I couldn’t find more than one item in my collection, but this was enough. It was the very first duet, Io son pur vezzosetta pastorella, in a recording from 1987 with Emma Kirkby and Evelyn Tubb. Playing the two versions in rapid succession showed clear differences. In opposition to warm and beautiful vibrato of Schwarzkopf and Seefried, Kirkby and Tubb sing with leaner voices, whiter if you like. There’s a minimum of vibrato and an even lighter touch. The effect can be startling. When the two older voices sing together the outcome can be illustrated by two sine curves intertwining, resulting in slightly muddled chords. When the straight voices meet the chords are absolutely clean. This also means that dissonance is also painfully dissonant, which listeners in Monteverdi’s time no doubt took for granted. Anthony Rooley’s lute with its frailer tone also makes a great difference. Let me just stress once more that the difference lies in approach, not quality.

The Dvořák duets are a quite different matter. Many composers in the 19th century wrote duets, notably, in the generation before Dvořák, both Schumann and Mendelssohn. That they are rarely heard has nothing to do with the quality of the music but the dearth of opportunities to perform them. Concert organizers are seldom willing to risk money on hiring two sopranos instead of one. And in the case of Dvořák this is a pity since the songs are endearing. Schwarzkopf and Seefried obviously felt that way since they lavish all their charm and interpretative skill on the duets. Heard all in a row they might be slightly monotonous – Dvorak’s fault, not that of the singers – but heard three or four at a time they are true delicatessen!

The two “fillers” are much more than that: two classics that should always be available and even those who don’t bother a brass farthing about Monteverdi, Carissimi and Dvořák should still contemplate a purchase of the disc for the sake of the Humperdinck and Strauss. Recorded in 1947 when Schwarzkopf was 32 and Seefried 28, they are here caught when they were at their freshest. Elisabeth Schwarzkopf’s voice was at that time almost soubrettish while Seefried from the outset of her career in the early 1940s had that almost mezzo-like darkish timbre. I may misuse the word but the only adjective in my vocabulary that seems suitable for the Hansel und Gretel duet is ‘endearing’, while ‘heavenly’ seems the adequate word for the presentation of the silver rose from Rosenkavalier. Both singers recorded the opera complete later on, Schwarzkopf with Karajan on HMV but then as Feldmarschallin, while Seefried remained Octavian more than a decade later on the Böhm recording for DG. Karajan is at the helm of the VPO here and the silvery string tone has a unique glow. When Schwarzkopf sails up high above the orchestra at Wie himmliche, nicht irdische, wir Rosen vom hochheiligen Paradies, this is definitely one of the most magical moments in the world of recorded opera.

The sound is impressive even in the 1947 items. As always with this admirable GROC series the documentation is impeccable with full texts and translation and an appreciation by John Steane. Go out and buy!

-- Göran Forsling, MusicWeb International
 

Reviews (0)

No customer reviews for the moment.


Add Review

30 other products in the same category: