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The Art Of Irmgard Seefried - Vol.7: Seefried & Friends Sing Brahms

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The Art Of Irmgard Seefried - Vol.7: Seefried & Friends Sing Brahms
The Art Of Irmgard Seefried - Vol.7: Seefried & Friends Sing Brahms


Issued over eleven single-disc volumes, Deutsche Grammophon / Eloquence pays tribute to Irmgard Seefried, bringing back to circulation several recordings that have never previously been issued on CD. The music ranges through opera and oratorio, with an especially generous offering of art song from a range of composers, including Schubert, Schumann, Wolf, Hindemith and Egk. The notes for the series have been written by that leading connoisseur of the voice, Richard Wigmore. Seefried's radiance and imaginative strength also made her a cherishable Lieder singer over an enterprisingly wide repertoire. Her spontaneous immediacy of response and emotional warmth are priceless assets in these cameos of love yearned for, love lost and love betrayed. Her trusted pianist Erik Werba too, reveals a natural feeling for Brahmsian rubato, sensing unerringly when to linger and when to urge on. Seefried's unselfconscious charm was in its element, too, in Brahms's Liebeslieder and Neue Liebeslieder waltzes, most famously in a 1952 Edinburgh Festival performance where her partners included Kathleen Ferrier and Julius Patzak. These studio recordings, with Waldemar Kmentt, Eberhard Waechter and the Finnish contralto Raili Kostia, date from a decade later, when her higher notes could grow a tad shrill. But she and her colleagues relish the lyric grace and vivacity of these delectable salon pieces, with Werba and Weissenborn ever-alert to their Viennese sway and lilt.


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  2. JOHANNES BRAHMS Tracks 1-11 Deutsche Volkslieder
  3. 12-29 Liebeslieder, Op. 52
  4. 30-44 Neue Liebeslieder, Op. 65
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