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ClassicsOnline Home » SCHUMANN, Elizabeth: Brahms / Mendelssohn / Schumann: Lieder (1930-1938)
The great Elisabeth Schumann began her career at the Hamburg Opera before becoming the star member of the Vienna State Opera in 1919. Schumann’s pure, silvery voice and innate gift for communicating with her audience were legendary. This Naxos re-issue brings together all of the soprano’s pre-war recordings of Lieder by Mendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms. The Mendelssohn and Schumann recordings were made when Schumann was a member of the Vienna State Opera, the happiest and, in operatic terms, the most successful time of her career. The Brahms Lieder, though dating from the summer of 1938, a particularly difficult period in her life, when Schumann knew that she could never return to Vienna, remain among the best recordings she ever made.
'The presentation of a song demands something, which can
never be attained by study, however long and conscientious, unless a natural
gift is there. It is the gift of delivery or exposition, the gift of creating
anew, by its union with music, the vision inherent in the poetry of the words:
to bring it, as nearly as that is possible, visually as well as audibly before
the hearer's sense. It would be idle to ask me any code of rules to that end; I
do not believe that any such rules exist. My view is rather that the
masterworks of song embody within themselves some secret powers; it is to the
heart of these that we must seek to penetrate if we are to grasp their full
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