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Portraits – songs by Clara and Robert Schumann

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Catalogue numberBIS-SACD-1834
Release date2011-08-24
Discs1
Orig. sample rate88200Hz

Clara and Robert. These two began their relationship as young lovers facing parental disapproval, marrying just before Clara’s 21st birthday in 1840. During their years together they both pursued careers in music as well as raising seven children, all of this ending in 1854 when Robert entered an asylum for the insane, dying there two years later. The year of their wedding is often called Schumann’s Liederjahr; during this ‘year of song’ he composed more than 150 songs, and his wedding gift to Clara was in fact a song cycle, Myrthen, Op. 25. Sixteen songs dated 1840 can be found here, including the Frauenliebe und Leben cycle, the crowning achievement of the year. But Robert also encouraged Clara to write songs and in 1841 they jointly published a collection entitled The Spring of Love. Clara had composed three of the songs (the 3 Lieder, Op. 3) and Robert the remaining nine, including Der Himmel hat eine Träne geweint, but at the first publication the authorship of the individual songs was left unspecified. As Clara would become aware, however, it was far more acceptable for a woman to perform music than to write it. At the age of 34 she stopped composing, but not before she had written further songs. Four of these can be found here, as can Robert’s final song cycle, composed in 1852 and focussing on the life and tragic end of Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots.

Animating these varied and various portraits, Miah Persson is increasingly in demand as a recitalist, parallel to her highly successful career in opera. Performing regularly with Joseph Breinl, she gives recitals in venues such as Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall and the Concertgebouw. For BIS she has previously recorded a collection of Mozart arias which caused reviewers to praise her voice (‘has a silvery purity that does not preclude sensuality and warmth’, Sunday Times) as well as her approach (‘Here nothing is contrived; it is sung with one ear listening to the heart…’ Diapason).
 
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  Composer: Schumann, Robert
  from Myrthen, Op.25 12:59
01 1. Widmung. Innig, lebhaft 02:03 $ 0.49 USD
02 3. Der Nussbaum. Allegretto 03:01 $ 0.72 USD
03 7. Die Lotusblume. Ziemlich langsam 01:44 $ 0.42 USD
04 9. Lied der Suleika. Ziemlich langsam 02:29 $ 0.60 USD
05 11. Lied der Braut Nr.1. Sehr innig 02:28 $ 0.59 USD
06 12. Lied der Braut Nr.2. Larghetto 01:14 $ 0.30 USD
 
 
  Composer: Schumann, Clara
  from 6 Lieder, Op.13 05:57
07 1. Ich stand in dunklen Träumen. Ziemlich langsam 02:11 $ 0.52 USD
08 3. Liebeszauber. Bewegt 01:53 $ 0.45 USD
09 5. Ich hab’ in deinem Auge. Langsam 01:53 $ 0.45 USD
 
 
  Composer: Schumann, Clara
  Lorelei
10 Schnell 02:10 $ 0.52 USD
 
 
  Composer: Schumann, Robert
  Gedichte der Königin Maria Stuart, Op.135 08:18
11 1. Abschied von Frankreich. Ziemlich langsam 01:34 $ 0.38 USD
12 2. Nach der Geburt ihres Sohnes. Langsam 01:27 $ 0.35 USD
13 3. An die Königin Elisabeth. Leidenschaftlich 01:26 $ 0.34 USD
14 4. Abschied von der Welt. Langsam 02:26 $ 0.58 USD
15 5. Gebet. 01:25 $ 0.34 USD
 
 
  Composer: Schumann, Robert
  Volksliedchen, Op.51 No.2
16 Einfach 01:02 $ 0.25 USD
 
 
  Composer: Schumann, Robert
  Der Himmel hat eine Träne geweint, Op.37 No.1
17 Einfach 01:45 $ 0.42 USD
 
 
  Composer: Schumann, Clara
  3 Lieder, Op.12 06:33
18 Er ist gekommen in Sturm und Regen. Leidenschaftlich 02:14 $ 0.54 USD
19 Warum willst du and’re fragen. Andante 02:10 $ 0.52 USD
20 Liebst du um Schönheit. Nicht zu langsam 02:09 $ 0.52 USD
 
 
  Composer: Schumann, Robert
  Frauenliebe und Leben, Op.42 20:09
21 1. Seit ich ihn gesehen. Larghetto 02:15 $ 0.54 USD
22 2. Er, der Herrlichste von allen. Innig, lebhaft 02:45 $ 0.66 USD
23 3. Ich kann’s nicht fassen, nicht glauben. Mit
Leidenschaft
01:43 $ 0.41 USD
24 4. Du Ring an meinem Finger. Innig 02:36 $ 0.62 USD
25 5. Helft mir, ihr Schwestern. Ziemlich schnell 01:42 $ 0.41 USD
26 6. Süßer Freund, du blickest. Langsam, mit innigen
Ausdruck
03:55 $ 0.94 USD
27 7. An meinem Herzen, an meiner Brust. Fröhlich, innig 01:19 $ 0.32 USD
28 8. Nun hast du mir den ersten Schmerz getan. Adagio 03:54 $ 0.94 USD
 
  Album total 58:53
ComposerSchumann, Clara
Schumann, Robert
SopranoPersson, Miah
PianoBreinl, Joseph

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