Marian Anderson - Lebendige Vergangenheit: Marian Anderson, Vol. 2

Marian Anderson - Lebendige Vergangenheit: Marian Anderson, Vol. 2
Lebendige Vergangenheit: Marian Anderson, Vol. 2
Vocal Music
Release Date:
May 8, 2007

Lebendige Vergangenheit's second release devoted to Marian Anderson includes German and Austrian music from the Romantic and post-Romantic periods. The recordings were made in 1947 and 1951 and are of varying sound quality, but none are scratchy or hissy enough to make them unlistenable, and a less than ideal recording is more than compensated for by Anderson's remarkable performances. Her huge range and the spectrum of colors with which she was able to inflect her voice are most prominent in the set of Schubert songs. In "Erlkönig" and "Der Tod und das Mädchen," the power and drama and beauty of her lower register are genuinely astonishing -- it's nearly impossible to believe that a woman could produce such low notes so convincingly. The latter song is followed on the CD by "Die Forelle," which Anderson sings with the lightness of a lyric soprano.

Her reading of Schubert's "Ave Maria" is notable for the urgency and devotion she brings to a song whose overexposure can make it easy to dismiss; her shaping of the phrases is breathtaking.

In Kindertotenlieder, accompanied by the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra led by Pierre Monteux, her vibrato is a little broader than is currently fashionable, but she sings with great sensitivity and poignancy. The CD should be of strong interest to Anderson fans and to anyone who loves great singing in the service of a powerful interpretive personality.

Alto Rhapsody, for alto, male chorus & orchestra, Op. 53Marian Anderson14:23
Kindertotenlieder, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra)
Nun will die Sonn' so hell aufgeh'nMarian Anderson4:43
Nun seh' ich wohl, warum so dunkle FlammenMarian Anderson4:02
Wenn dein Mütterlein tritt zur Tür hereinMarian Anderson4:19
Oft denk' ich, sie sind nur ausgegangenMarian Anderson3:08
In diesem Wetter, in diesem BrausMarian Anderson6:08
Liebesbotschaft ("Rauschendes Bächlein"), song for voice & piano (Schwanengesang), D. 957/1Marian Anderson2:48
Erlkönig ("Wer reitet so spät"), song for voice & piano, D. 328 (Op. 1)Marian Anderson4:05
Ständchen ("Horch, horch, die Lerche"), song for voice & piano, D. 889Marian Anderson3:57
Gretchen am Spinnrade ("Meine Ruh'..."), song for voice & piano, D. 118 (Op. 2)Marian Anderson3:30
Der Tod und das Mädchen ("Vorüber, ach vorüber"), song for voice & piano, D. 531 (Op. 7/3)Marian Anderson2:51
Die Forelle ("In einem Bächlein helle"), song for voice & piano, D. 550 (Op. 32)Marian Anderson2:11
Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), song for voice & piano, D. 839 (Op. 52/6)Marian Anderson5:31
Der Doppelgänger ("Still ist die Nacht"), song for voice & piano (Schwanengesang), D. 957/13Marian Anderson3:56
Der Jüngling und der Tod ("Die Sonne sinkt"), song for voice & piano (two versions), D. 545Marian Anderson4:06
Morgenblätter (Morning Papers), waltz for orchestra, Op. 279 (RV 279)Marian Anderson3:25
Befreit ("Du wirst nicht weinen"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 39/4 (TrV 189/4)Marian Anderson4:37

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