LISZT The Complete Songs Volume 1. Matthew Polenzani, Julius Drake. Hyperion Records

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Liszt Complete Songs Volume 1 Polenzani Julius Drake Hyperion Records

FRANZ LISZT (1811–1886)

The Complete Songs

Volume 1

Matthew Polenzani - tenor

Julius Drake – piano

1 Kling leise, mein Lied S301 First version [6'19]

2 In Liebeslust S318 [2'20]

3 Wie singt die Lerche schön S312 Second version [1'52]

4 Die stille Wasserrose S321 [4'14]

Lieder aus Schillers Wilhelm Tell S292 First version

5 Der Fischerknabe [4'55]

6 Der Hirt [5'55]

7 Der Alpenjäger [3'49]

8 Der Glückliche S334 [1'53]

9 Angiolin dal biondo crin S269 Third version [5'22]

Tre sonetti di Petrarca S270 First version

10 Pace non trovo [6'50]

11 Benedetto sia ’l giorno [6'21]

12 I’ vidi in terra angelici costumi [6'01]

13 Bist du S277 Second version [5'10]

14 Es rauschen die Winde S294 First version [2'37]

15 Schwebe, schwebe, blaues Auge S305 Second version [3'02]

16 Im Rhein, im schönen Strome S272 First version ossia [2'33]

The start of another Hyperion Lieder series is always cause for celebration. In advance of his bicentenary in 2011, we turn to a composer whose songs, against the vast bulk of his compositions in larger genres, were considered insignificant for well over a century.

A collaborator with some of Europe’s best singers, such as the great French tenor Adolphe Nourrit and the husband–wife duo of Feodor and Rosa von Milde (the first Elsa and Telramund in Wagner’s Lohengrin), Liszt used song as a compositional laboratory in which to experiment with ‘Zukunftsmusik’, or ‘music of the future’, including some of his most finely wrought works. A cosmopolitan artist who traveled prodigiously during his years as a virtuoso performer from 1838 to 1847, he chose song texts written both by denizens of Mount Olympus (Goethe, Schiller, Heine, Hugo, Tennyson, Tolstoy, Petrarch) and amateurs, the latter often aristocrats from Liszt’s glittering social circles. From their words he created songs that changed the very definition of the genre, that are a bridge to such later masters as

Hugo Wolf, Sergei Rachmaninov and Richard Strauss.

This first volume in the series features the American tenor Matthew Polenzani who has been astounding Met opera audiences in recent years with his expressive and ardent performances. He is accompanied by the curator of the series and Hyperion regular, Julius Drake.

‘Not that many years ago voice buffs in New York who admired the American tenor Matthew Polenzani had to content themselves with hearing him in winning performances at the Metropolitan Opera … On Sunday at the Rose Theater Mr. Polenzani opened Lincoln Center’s Art of the Song series with a substantive recital, accompanied by the pianist Julius Drake. Mr. Polenzani’s work in this more intimate art form put a focus on the qualities that make his opera performances so communicative’ (Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times)

Hyperion Records CDA67782

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