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Johannes Brahms

Roderick Williams

Romanzen aus Die Schöne Magelone

  • Type CD
  • Label Champs Hill
  • UPC 5060212591111
  • Catalog number CHRCD 108
  • Release date 06 October 2017
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Either I am a sucker for late-Romantic song or perhaps for histrionic fairytales of derring-do and blushing maidens, but I for one was enthralled by Brahms’s ‘Die schöne Magelone’ on first hearing. It was presented in such a way as to grip the audience from the outset: a narrator set the scene and linked the songs, all of this in an exciting, modern English précis, while the songs themselves were performed in German by a range of young singers and pianists, each one encapsulating the heightened emotion of each piece. I left the recital with the sort of heart-pounding best described by the likes of Berlioz.

When the opportunity came for me to learn these songs, I relished the chance, finding along the way that Brahms’s glorious, sweeping vocal lines really suited my voice. I revelled in the ardour of emotion in Tieck’s lyrics, channelling my inner Romantic adolescent. Pianist Roger Vignoles enlisted the wonderful Julia Somerville to narrate between the songs using Roger’s own reduction of Tieck’s story and the three of us, like troubadours of old, presented this epic fairytale in concerts around the country.

It is easy for us sophisticates in the twenty-first century to treat such material with a certain hauteur, or even ridicule. But what I noticed in concert, especially as Julia’s narration unfolded, giving me a chance slyly to observe the audience, is that people were very quickly spellbound by the tale. All of us, I observed, love to be told a story.

I am hugely grateful to Champs Hill for allowing me the privilege of recording these songs and the Vier Ernste Gesänge. When the sessions were all but finished, I begged for the indulgence of those present and asked to record Roger’s English narration, pretty much on a whim. I hoped it might help persuade some audiences, perhaps unfamiliar with these songs and especially out of their context, that this really is a most terrific and enchanting work. I hoped it might connect with the wide-eyed child in us all, anyone who cannot resist “Once upon a time...”.

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    15 Romanzen Aus Die Schone Magelone This is the story of...
     
    01:26
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    15 Romanzen Aus Die Schone Magelone i Keinen hat es noch gereut
     
    03:42
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    15 Romanzen Aus Die Schone Magelone Peter listened quietly...
     
    01:50
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    15 Romanzen Aus Die Schone Magelone ii Traun! Bogen und Pfeil sind gut fu?r den Feind
     
    01:43
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    15 Romanzen Aus Die Schone Magelone After travelling for many days...
     
    01:29
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    15 Romanzen Aus Die Schone Magelone iii Sind es Schmerzen, sind es Freuden
     
    05:35
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    15 Romanzen Aus Die Schone Magelone Peter vowed...
     
    01:47
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    15 Romanzen Aus Die Schone Magelone iv Liebe kam aus fernen Landen
     
    04:46
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    15 Romanzen Aus Die Schone Magelone Magelone was deeply moved...
     
    01:01
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    15 Romanzen Aus Die Schone Magelone v So willst du des Armen dich gna?dig erbarmen?
     
    01:39
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    15 Romanzen Aus Die Schone Magelone The following morning...
     
    01:13
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    15 Romanzen Aus Die Schone Magelone vi Wie soll ich die Freude, die Wonne denn tragen?
     
    06:33
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    15 Romanzen Aus Die Schone Magelone At last it was the hour...
     
    01:38
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    15 Romanzen Aus Die Schone Magelone vii War es dir, dem diese Lippen bebten
     
    03:21
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    15 Romanzen Aus Die Schone Magelone Now it so happened...
     
    01:39
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    15 Romanzen Aus Die Schone Magelone viii Wir mu?ssen uns trennen, geliebtes Saitenspiel
     
    04:27
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    15 Romanzen Aus Die Schone Magelone As soon as night fell...
     
    01:02
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    15 Romanzen Aus Die Schone Magelone ix Ruhe, Sussliebchen
     
    05:39
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    15 Romanzen Aus Die Schone Magelone Gazing up into the treetops...
     
    02:03
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    15 Romanzen Aus Die Schone Magelone x Verzweiflung, “So tonet denn”
     
    02:37
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    15 Romanzen Aus Die Schone Magelone Meanwhile back in the forest...
     
    01:56
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    15 Romanzen Aus Die Schone Magelone xi Wie schnell verschwindet so Licht als Glanz
     
    03:44
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    15 Romanzen Aus Die Schone Magelone Far out at sea...
     
    00:47
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    15 Romanzen Aus Die Schone Magelone xii Muss es eine Trennung geben
     
    03:13
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    15 Romanzen Aus Die Schone Magelone Now the sultan had a daughter...
     
    01:56
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    15 Romanzen Aus Die Schone Magelone xiii Sulima, “Geliebter, wo zaudert”
     
    02:08
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    15 Romanzen Aus Die Schone Magelone As Peter heard this song...
     
    00:47
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    15 Romanzen Aus Die Schone Magelone xiv Wie froh und Frisch
     
    02:35
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    15 Romanzen Aus Die Schone Magelone When day dawned...
     
    03:31
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    15 Romanzen Aus Die Schone Magelone xv Treue Liebe dauert lange
     
    04:50
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    Vier Ernste Gesange Op. 121 i Denn es gehet dem Menschen
     
    04:15
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    Vier Ernste Gesange Op. 121 ii Ich wandte mich, und sahe an Alle
     
    03:51
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    Vier Ernste Gesange Op. 121 iii O Tod, o Tod, wie bitter bist du
     
    03:25
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    Vier Ernste Gesange Op. 121 iv Wenn ich mit Menschen - und mit Engelzungen redete
     
    04:54
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    15 Romanzen Aus Die Schone Magelone i Keinen hat es noch gereut
     
    03:42
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    15 Romanzen Aus Die Schone Magelone ii Traun! Bogen und Pfeil sind gut fu?r den Feind
     
    01:43
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    15 Romanzen Aus Die Schone Magelone iii Sind es Schmerzen, sind es Freuden
     
    05:35
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    15 Romanzen Aus Die Schone Magelone iv Liebe kam aus fernen Landen
     
    04:46
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    15 Romanzen Aus Die Schone Magelone v So willst du des Armen dich gna?dig erbarmen?
     
    01:39
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    15 Romanzen Aus Die Schone Magelone vi Wie soll ich die Freude, die Wonne denn tragen?
     
    06:33
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    15 Romanzen Aus Die Schone Magelone vii War es dir, dem diese Lippen bebten
     
    03:21
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    15 Romanzen Aus Die Schone Magelone viii Wir mu?ssen uns trennen, geliebtes Saitenspiel
     
    04:27
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    15 Romanzen Aus Die Schone Magelone ix Ruhe, Su?ssliebchen
     
    05:39
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    15 Romanzen Aus Die Schone Magelone x Verzweiflung, “So tonet denn”
     
    02:37
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    15 Romanzen Aus Die Schone Magelone xi Wie schnell verschwindet so Licht als Glanz
     
    03:44
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    15 Romanzen Aus Die Schone Magelone xii Muss es eine Trennung geben
     
    03:13
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    15 Romanzen Aus Die Schone Magelone xiii Sulima,?Geliebter, wo zaudert?
     
    02:08
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    15 Romanzen Aus Die Schone Magelone xiv Wie froh und Frisch
     
    02:35
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    15 Romanzen Aus Die Schone Magelone xv Treue Liebe dauert lange
     
    04:50

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