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LEHMANN, Lotte: Lieder Recordings, Vol. 4 (1941)

Composer(s):
Artist(s) Ulanowsky, Paul, piano • Lehmann, Lotte, soprano
Period(s) 20th CenturyRomantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Vocal
Catalogue 8.111095
Label Naxos Historical
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Volume 4 of Lotte Lehmann’s Lieder recordings made in America focuses on three composers, Brahms, Wagner and Wolf, all particularly suited to the soprano’s velvet and sensuous tone. In her book More than Singing (1945) Lehmann makes revelatory comments about much of the repertoire to be heard in the treasurable performances on this disc, recorded four years earlier. Of Brahms’ Auf dem Kirchhofe, she rightly points out the amazing change of mood from thoughts about the transitory nature of life at the beginning, to be sung “with great force and an expression of helpless despair”, to the expression of calm and resignation that fills the final section in the major. Of Wolf’s Gesang Weylas Lehmann writes: “In singing this whole song you should be moved by deep

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Review By David Denton,Naxos,June 2007

Lotte Lehmann was 53 by the time she recorded this series of lieder recordings, her famed opera performances now almost a thing of the past, yet in her new American home in Santa Barbara you sense a feeling of contentment in her performances, far from the turmoil of war sweeping her European homeland. Maybe the golden glow on her upper register has faded, but the lower end has a gorgeous quality. Add the innate feel she has for the music that mirrors her own statement that "you must yourself feel deeply what you are singing" while she brings meaning to every word, the sadness at the appropriate points coming without a hint of sentimentality? The one drawback is a general tonal quality that has to serve all of the composers, Wagner

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