The song of the butterfly

Song of the week: Die Sylphide (C. Loewe) - M. Petersen, C. Radicke

This week, we also commemorate an anniversary after having recalled Berlioz last week. In fact, the 150th anniversary of the death of another composer, Carl Loewe, also known as "the king of the ballad". He was one of our first composers here on Liederabend, we listened to one of his songs in August 2012. Back then I told a few notes about him; he was born in Löbejün (north of Germany) a few weeks before Schubert was born in Vienna, both in similar family circumstances. Both enjoyed an excellent musical training thanks to their achievements as choir boys, but the parallelism between their lives ends here.[...]

Ophelia and Berlioz

Song of the week: La mort d'Ophélie (H. Berlioz) - S. Graham, M. Martineau
Mort d'Ophélie - Jean Baptiste Bertrand

The 2019 marks 150 years since the death of Hector Berlioz, he's one of the composers we celebrate this year. Let us face facts: songs are not the best known of Berlioz's work; The most performed are those included in Les nuits d'étè, and I thought that this cycle would be often programmed during this season, but I was wrong. In any case, we are interested in Berlioz's songs, and I suggest that we listen to a really beautiful one, which gives us the opportunity to meet Ophelia again.

For I saw you in my dreams

Song of the week: Ich grolle nicht (R. Schumann) - S. Keenlyside, M. Martineau
Die Sünde - Frank von Stock

Today, the wunderschönen Monat Mai begins; It's a good day to listen to Dichterliebe, at least from those first notes that are a balm for the soul until the seventh song, which is ours today. To talk in order about the songs in this cycle allows us to follow what happens to the poet. He talked to us about a love that begins in May, about tears that are offerings, about his beloved, more beautiful than the sun, about a kiss that cures all ills or about the memories of that kiss. He sent us some contradictory messages (he cries bitterly when she says "I love you"), but the last song we listened, Im Rhein, im heiligen Strome, doesn't [...]

Time of roses

Song of the week: Zur Rosenzeit (E. Grieg) - W. Domgraf-Fassbaender, M. Raucheisen
Two roses - Édouard Manet

Today is Saint George's Day! And Tuesday; I'm posting one day in advance so that I can give you my musical rose, as usual. So far, a different composer has brought the rose every year; this time we welcome again a Nordic composer, after Sibelius and his wonderful Svarta Rosor of last year. Edvard Grieg visits us with one of his best-known songs, Zur Rosenzeit, with a poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

Living wounds

Song of the week: Wunden trägst du, mein Geliebter (H. Wolf) - M. Selinger, W. Holzmair i R. Ryan
Fredrick Holland Day - The Seven Words

We have a shorter post his week, as usual in Holy Week. In fact, it's a continuation of last week's post. By chance, the first part of Wolf's Spanisches Liederbuch, the Geistliche Lieder (Sacred songs) is most appropriate for these dates.

Que por mayo era, por mayo

Song of the week:: Im Maien war's (H. Wolf) - M. Farnsworth, S.Kynoch
Escena de prisión - F. de Goya

After having written in a year and a half the fifty-three Mörike-Lieder, the thirteen Eichendorff-Lieder that completed his collection and almost all the Goethe-Lieder, Hugo Wolf was anxious. Which poet would be his next one? The answer came through a friend of a friend of his, who lent him a volume of poetry that seemed suitable. He was really right: just a week after writing the 51st and last song by Goethe, Die Spröde, on October 28, 1889 Wolf wrote Wer sein holdes Lieb', the first Lied of Spanisches Liederbuch (Spanish Songbook), a series of forty-four that he ended on April 27, 1890.

Schubertíada 2019. Programme

Song of the week: Alle gingen, Herz, zur Ruh (H. Wolf) - W. Holzmair, R. Ryan
Schubertíada Vilabertran

This week, I delayed the post until today because I wanted to talk about the Schubertíada, the 27th season has just been announced. Five of the concerts were announced in December and one more some days ago, and now, we know the whole season. We'll have great artists and great programmes!

Momento musical (VII)

Song of the week: Am Fenster (F. Schubert) - T. Wija, D. Santos
Am Fenster

The Schubertíada will be presented next Friday; we already know some of the concerts, but there is still many other to be discovered and I would like to explain every detail to you that very day; that's why today we have a new momento musical. While Friday arrives, I suggest that we listen to one of the songs we'll listen in Vilabertran, a kind of “music on hold”.


Series: the 10 saddest songs

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Series: the 10 happiest songs

liederabend - cançons feliçes

Series: 10 buggy songs

liederabend - sèrie cuques

Series: Wilhelm Meister's Songs

liederabend - cançons de Wilhelm Meister

Series: Lied goes pop

liederabend - sèrie lied goes pop

Series: Liederabend's alphabet

liederabend - sèrie abecedari

Series: The ESMUC Master's Degree in Lied visits us

liederabend - sèrie abecedari

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