WALTER BRAUNFELS (1882-1954): Orchestral Songs, Vol. 1 - 2 Hölderlin Gesänge for Baritone and Orchestra, Op. 27, Auf ein Soldatengrab for Baritone and Orchestra, Op. 26, Abschied vom Walde for Tenor and Orchestra and Vorspiel und Prolog der Nachtigall for Soprano and Orchestra, Opp. 30/1 and 30/3, Don Juan for Large Orchestra, Op. 34.

Catalogue Number: 07S003

Label: Oehms Classics

Reference: OC 1846

Format: CD

Price: $19.98

Description: OK, half of this disc is taken up by the marvelous variations on the “champagne aria” from Mozart’s Don Giovanni a recording of which appeared in these pages only six months ago (01R004). But the second volume, due this fall will be all orchestral songs. What we have here are two written in 1913 after Braunfels had adapted the libretto for his Aristophanean opera The Birds. These, like the opera itself, are from the composer’s fantastic, iridescently coloful side while the other three are works of the war years (Braunfels saw the front lines and was wounded) haunted by death and the ultimate act of patriotism and are wild at times, hinting at the composer’s personal demons. German texts. Valentina Farcas (sprano), Klaus Florian Vogt (tenor), Michael Volle (baritone), Staatskapelle Weimar; Hansjörg Albrecht.

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