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Robert Schumann

Martin Stegner | Tomoko Takahashi

Lieder ohne Worte

  • Type CD
  • Label phil.harmonie
  • UPC 4250317416025
  • Catalog number PHIL 06002
  • Release date 01 February 2011
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SONGS WITHOUT WORDS?

The idea came from fellow viola-player Tabea Zimmermann. Many years ago, Martin Stegner had heard a recording of her playing Franz Schubert's Winterreise song cycle and had been enchanted. Because the viola repertoire is comparatively limited, viola players are constantly on the look-out for interesting literature, so the idea of trying to do something similar to Zimmermann was not long in coming.

Stegner's piano accompanist Tomoko Takahashi, who already had some experience in lieder accompaniment and a fondness for the genre, was equally enthusiastic. The viola is often compared with the human voice, and in terms of range and timbre does indeed come rather close to it; so arranging lieder for the viola must have seemed obvious at first. But after examining the material more closely, the musicians began to ask themselves more and more questions. Should the words be recited between the songs? What should be done with songs with several verses? And how far could the originals be transposed without making the piano part sound odd? Eventually they became so plagued by doubts that the project was shelved for several years and only revived when the two musicians came across Robert Schumann's Dichterliebe. Having originally rejected this song cycle on the grounds that it was too well known, they now decided they liked it so much that they would use it after all – and suddenly a whole range of new possibilities emerged. Kaja Engel

MARTIN STEGNER His first teacher was his father, who gave him his first violin lessons when Martin Stegner was eight. After studying with Roman Nodel at the Mannheim Musikhochschule, he switched to the viola and then went for training to Neithard Resa and Wilfried Strehle in the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Orchestra Academy. His first engagement was in 1993, as principal viola of Berlin’s Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester. Three years later he moved to the Berliner Philharmoniker.
Martin Stegner performs as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe, America and Japan. He also works with the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and the Orquesta Juvenil Centroamericana and has given courses at Yale University and the Academy of Music Hanns Eisler in Berlin.
He is actively involved in expanding the viola’s repertoire. Together with the pianist Tomoko Takahashi, he has released several highly acclaimed CDs of transcriptions of lieder by Robert Schumann. His work has been documented on 18 CDs.

TOMOKO TAKAHASHI was born in Japan and took earliest lessons on the piano as a four-year- old in her homeland. In 1982 she continued her musical education at the University of the Arts in Tokyo. Starting in 1988, as a scholarship holder of the German Academic Exchange Service, she studied with Klaus Hellwig at the Berlin University of the Arts and earned a solo piano performance degree (Konzertexamen) with highest honors in 1995. Tomoko Takahashi twice won the Artur Schnabel Competition in Berlin as well as other awards.

Her CD with instrumental versions of Robert Schumann’s song cycles (viola and piano) was widely acclaimed by press and major German broadcasters.

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    Dichterliebe, Op. 48 (arr. for viola and piano) No. 1. Im wunderschonen Monat Mai
     
    01:52
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    Dichterliebe, Op. 48 (arr. for viola and piano) No. 2. Aus meinen Tranen spriessen
     
    00:56
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    Dichterliebe, Op. 48 (arr. for viola and piano) No. 3. Die Rose, die Lilie, die Taube, die Sonne
     
    00:32
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    Dichterliebe, Op. 48 (arr. for viola and piano) No. 4. Wenn ich in deine Augen seh'
     
    01:58
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    Dichterliebe, Op. 48 (arr. for viola and piano) No. 5. Ich will meine Seele tauchen
     
    00:53
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    Dichterliebe, Op. 48 (arr. for viola and piano) No. 6. Im Rhein, im heiligen Strome
     
    02:24
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    Dichterliebe, Op. 48 (arr. for viola and piano) No. 7. Ich grolle nicht
     
    01:26
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    Dichterliebe, Op. 48 (arr. for viola and piano) No. 8. Und wussten's die Blumen, die kleinen
     
    01:15
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    Dichterliebe, Op. 48 (arr. for viola and piano) No. 9. Das ist ein Floten und Geigen
     
    01:23
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    Dichterliebe, Op. 48 (arr. for viola and piano) No. 10. Hor' ich das Liedchen klingen
     
    02:12
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    Dichterliebe, Op. 48 (arr. for viola and piano) No. 11. Ein Jungling liebt ein Madchen
     
    00:59
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    Dichterliebe, Op. 48 (arr. for viola and piano) No. 12. Am leuchtenden Sommermorgen
     
    02:45
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    Dichterliebe, Op. 48 (arr. for viola and piano) No. 13. Ich hab' im Traum geweinet
     
    02:47
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    Dichterliebe, Op. 48 (arr. for viola and piano) No. 14. Allnachtlich im Traume
     
    01:23
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    Dichterliebe, Op. 48 (arr. for viola and piano) No. 15. Aus alten Marchen winkt es
     
    02:47
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    Dichterliebe, Op. 48 (arr. for viola and piano) No. 16. Die alten, bosen Lieder
     
    04:47
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    Liederkreis, Op. 39 (arr. for viola and piano) No. 1. In der Fremde
     
    01:50
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    Liederkreis, Op. 39 (arr. for viola and piano) No. 2. Intermezzo
     
    01:21
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    Liederkreis, Op. 39 (arr. for viola and piano) No. 3. Waldesgesprach
     
    02:11
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    Liederkreis, Op. 39 (arr. for viola and piano) No. 4. Die Stille
     
    01:27
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    Liederkreis, Op. 39 (arr. for viola and piano) No. 5. Mondnacht
     
    03:38
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    Liederkreis, Op. 39 (arr. for viola and piano) No. 6. Schone Fremde
     
    01:11
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    Liederkreis, Op. 39 (arr. for viola and piano) No. 7. Auf einer Burg
     
    03:18
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    Liederkreis, Op. 39 (arr. for viola and piano) No. 8. In der Fremde
     
    01:31
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    Liederkreis, Op. 39 (arr. for viola and piano) No. 9. Wehmut
     
    02:07
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    Liederkreis, Op. 39 (arr. for viola and piano) No. 10. Zwielicht
     
    02:51
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    Liederkreis, Op. 39 (arr. for viola and piano) No. 11. Im Walde
     
    01:45
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    Liederkreis, Op. 39 (arr. for viola and piano) No. 12. Fruhlingsnacht
     
    01:08

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