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Hugo Wolf

Hugo Wolf

Together with Gustav Mahler, Hugo Wolf can be considered as one of the greatest composers of Late Romantic lieder. Both of them followed the tradition of Schubert and Schumann, but intensified the gerne with Wagner's techniques of text declamation and harmonic development. What makes Wolf's song cycles special, is the fact that often they are devoted to a single poet, like in his Mörike-Lieder (1889), Eichendorff-Lieder (1889) en Goethe-Lieder (1890). For each cycle, he spent a considerable time studying the text to create the best matching music. His accomodation of musical structure, harmonic subteties and pianistic texture are all inseperable from the lyrics. Partly due to his psychological sophistication his songs can be heard as miniature operas.

Even though he did start writing on several full-fledged operas, it never became a true succes. Only his opera Der Corregidor (1896) was completed. Things went downhill from there. In 1897, Wolf had a nervous breakdown as a consequence of a syphilis infection he had since his teens. After a failed suicide attempt, he was admitted to a clinic in Vienna. The somber Michelangelo-Lieder (1898) would become his last completed composition. Wolf died in 1903, three weeks before his 43st birthday. 

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Auf Flügeln des Gesanges - Romantic songs and transcriptions

Auf Flügeln des Gesanges - Romantic songs and transcriptions

Cyprien Katsaris | Christoph Prégardien

Franz Schubert, Franz Liszt, Franz Schubert, Leopold Godowsky, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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In Jest – Comic Art Songs

In Jest – Comic Art Songs

Julia Kogan

Lee Henry Hoiby,Johannes Brahms,Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,Leonard Bernstein,Henry Purcell,Maks Goldins,Francis Poulenc,George Gershwin,Georges Bizet,Camille Saint-saëns,Maurice Ravel,Franz Schubert,Hugo Wolf,Erik Satie,Isabelle Aboulker,Claude Debussy,William Bolcom,Frank Bridge
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Works for Alto, Viola & Piano

Works for Alto, Viola & Piano

Cecile Eloir

Johannes Brahms, Hugo Wolf, Charles Martin Loeffler, Laurent Petitgirard
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Lieder

Lieder

Andrè Schuen / Daniel Heide

Robert Schumann, Frank Martin, Hugo Wolf
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