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Auf Flugeln des Gesanges - Romantic songs and transcriptions

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Auf Flugeln des Gesanges - Romantic songs and transcriptions
Auf Flugeln des Gesanges - Romantic songs and transcriptions


Two highly regarded artists of the current classical scene, Christoph Pregardien and Cyprien Katsaris, join together for a unique project: A simple and effective programme which intertwines Lieder and piano transcriptions. The album smoothly flows through a variety of moods and atmospheres creating a hugely pleasurable listening experience and features pieces by Schubert, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann, Wagner, Wolf, Brahms and Richard Strauss.

Precise vocal control, clear diction, intelligent musicality and an ability to get to the heart of everything he sings ensures Christoph Prégardien's place among the world's foremost lyric tenors. Especially revered as a Lieder singer, he can be heard this season at the Phiharmonie de Paris, the Palace of Arts Budapest, and the Wigmore Hall in London, as well as in Zurich, Lucerne, Kyoto, Tokyo and Bogotá. He will also perform at the Oxford Lieder Festival, the Chopin Festival in Warsaw, the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg Hohenems, as well as part of the "Schubert!" concert series with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Cyprien Katsaris, the French-Cypriot pianist and composer, is a graduate of the Paris Conservatoire where he studied piano with Aline van Barentzen and Monique de la Bruchollerie (piano First Prize, 1969), as well as chamber music with René Leroy and Jean Hubeau (First Prize, 1970), he won the International Young Interpreters Rostrum-UNESCO (Bratislava 1977), the First Prize in the International Cziffra Competition (Versailles 1974) and he was the only western-European prize-winner at the 1972 Queen Elisabeth of Belgium International Competition. He was also awarded the Albert Roussel Foundation Prize (Paris 1970) and the Alex de Vries Foundation Prize (Antwerp 1972).

"Following our first encounter on 7th June 2015 in Hamburg on the occasion of our concert with the Winterreise of Schubert, which proved to be a wonderful experience, and considering our perfect mutual understanding, I wondered whether Christoph Pregardien would be interested in a CD project. But what repertoire? Usually the Lieder aficionados are not interested in piano and pianophiles do not seem to be Lieder fans... Then I thought, how about bringing together those two categories of the human species? Suddenly... EURÊKA! (Thank you, Archimedes!) The concept would be a combination of German Lieder, each of them followed by a piano transcription. Christoph Pregardien immediately agreed." Cyprien Katsaris


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  2. Schubert: Die Forelle, Op. 32, D. 530
  3. Liszt: 6 Melodien von Franz Schubert, S. 563 No. 6: Die Forelle (1st version)
  4. Schubert: Schwanengesang, D. 957 No. 1: Liebesbotschaft
  5. Godowsky: Transcription of Liebesbotschaft
  6. Mendelssohn: 6 Gesange, Op. 34 No. 2: Auf Flugeln des Gesanges
  7. Mendelssohn: Lieder, S. 547 No. 1: Auf Flugeln des Gesanges
  8. R Schumann: Liederkreis, Op. 39 No. 12: Fruhlingsnacht
  9. C Schumann: 30 Lieder und Gesange von Robert Schumann No. 28: Fruhlingsnacht
  10. C Schumann: 6 Lieder, Op. 23 No. 3: Geheimes Flustern hier und dort
  11. Liszt: Lieder von Robert und Clara Schumann, S. 569 No. 10: Geheimes Flustern hier und dort
  12. Liszt: Im Rhein, im schonen Strome (2nd version), S. 272
  13. Liszt: Buch der Lieder I, S. 531 No. 2: Im Rhein, im schonen Strome
  14. Wagner: 5 Gedichte fur eine Frauenstimme (Wesendonck-Lieder), WWV 91 No. 5: Traume
  15. Stradal: Transcription of Traume
  16. Wolf: Anakreons Grab
  17. Hinze-Reinhold: 10 Piano Pieces after Hugo Wolf Lieder No. 6: Idylle after Anakreons Grab
  18. Strauss: 5 Lieder, Op. 48 No. 1: Freundliche Vision
  19. Gieseking: Free arrangement of Freundliche Vision
  20. Kirchner: 10 Lieder, Op. 1 No. 4: Fruhlingslied
  21. Kirchner: 10 Klavierstucke nach eigenen Liedern, Op. 19 No. 10: Fruhlingslied (In dem Walde spriesst und grunt es)
  22. Brahms: 8 Lieder und Gesange, Op. 59 No. 5: Agnes
  23. Kirchner: Transcription of Agnes
  24. Brahms: 5 Romanzen und Lieder, Op. 84 No. 4: Vergebliches Standchen
  25. Schutt: Paraphrase of Vergebliches Standchen
  26. Brahms: 5 Lieder, Op. 49 No. 4: Wiegenlied
  27. Moore: Transcription of Wiegenlied
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