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LEHMANN, Lotte: Lieder Recordings, Vol. 3 (1941)

Composer(s):Schubert, FranzSchumann, Robert
Artist(s) Walter, Bruno, piano • Ulanowsky, Paul, piano • Lehmann, Lotte, soprano
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Vocal
Catalogue 8.111244
Label Naxos Historical
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By 1941, in her fifties, Lotte Lehmann was gradually winding down her illustrious operatic career. Noted for following her own musical and interpretative inclinations rather than obeying stylistic fashions, the long-serving soprano was still very active in the field of Lieder, particularly with Bruno Walter as her accompanist. With her impassioned delivery, warm tone, telling word-painting and occasional use of portamento, Lehmann makes her own very personal yet utterly compelling case for Schumann’s Frauenliebe und -Leben and Dichterliebe. In the excerpts from Winterreise, for many years the province of male singers, she offers a bold, romantic reading that identifies both with the bleak setting and the protagonist’s awful



Review By David Denton,Naxos,April 2007

Born in Germany in 1888, Lotte Lehmann was only twenty-two when the Hamburg State Opera placed under contract. Thrown headlong into the big dramatic roles she was only twenty-four when she gave her Wagner premier singing Else in Lohengrin. A particular favourite with Richard Strauss, for whom she gave several first performances, Lehmann was a big success at New York's Metropolitan Opera, making he debut there in 1934 and staying with the company through the Second World War singing a wide range of roles from Tosca to Sieglinde. By the time this recording was made she was already in her fifties, and though still singing opera, she was changing her attention to song recitals. Artistically able to hide much of the ravages time had brought to her voice, she had recently changed her


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