Opera Arias & Songs

Opera Arias & Songs

by Alexander Kipnis

CD

Overview

Alexander Kipnis' "Opera Arias & Songs" is one of the most beautiful compilations of vocal recordings ever assembled on one disc. That all but one of the 21 recordings comes from the 1920s may dismay some listeners, but as in the rest of Sony's Masterworks Heritage series, the sound is as clear and clean as humanly possible and could be an impediment only to the most aurally challenged listeners. That the singer is a bass may dismay other listeners, who believe that male vocal beauty can come from tenors and the occasional baritone, but not from a bass. But the vocal beauty of Kipnis' voice, the sheer cream and velvet tone of his voice, is the equal of the best tenors and baritones, and only the most intolerant listener would be dissuaded. Any track randomly chosen is amazing and moving, and listeners should try his "Der Lindenbaum" of Schubert: heartrending and so natural that it sounds like a folk song. Or his "Mondnacht" of Schumann: as light and graceful as the phenomena it describes. His arias from Handel are robust and virile, but supple and flexible; his "Feldeinsamkeit" by Brahms is sweetly lyrical with a seamless legato; his "Doppelgänger" by Schubert is maybe the scariest performance of the song ever recorded. Then try his opera arias: his maniacally cackling "Faust" arias, his regal Wagner arias, and the exquisite cantilena of his Sarastro's aria from "Die Zauberflöte." One of the all-time great bass recitals.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/14/1997
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646235423
catalogNumber: 62354

Tracks

  1. Ariodante, opera, HWV 33: Al senti stringo e parto

    1. Al senti stringo e parto  (04:20)
  2. Berenice, Regina d'Egitto, opera, HWV 38: Si, tra i ceppi e le ritorte

    1. Si, tra i ceppi e le ritorte  (04:14)
  3. Schwanengesang (Swan Song), song cycle for voice & piano, D. 957: Aufenthalt

    1. Aufenthalt  (03:42)
  4. Schwanengesang (Swan Song), song cycle for voice & piano, D. 957: Am Meer

    1. Am Meer  (04:45)
  5. Winterreise, song cycle for voice & piano, D. 911 (Op. 89): Der Lindenbaum

    1. Der Lindenbaum  (04:37)
  6. Schwanengesang (Swan Song), song cycle for voice & piano, D. 957: Der Doppelgänger

    1. Der Doppelgänger  (04:14)
  7. Der Wanderer ("Ich komme vom Gebirge her"), song for voice & piano (two versions, D. 489b/c), D. 493 (Op. 4/1)  (04:38)
  8. Winterreise, song cycle for voice & piano, D. 911 (Op. 89): Der Wegweiser

    1. Der Wegweiser  (04:02)
  9. Wanderlied ("Wohlauf! noch getrunken den funkelnden Wein!"), song for voice & piano, Op. 35/3  (03:29)
  10. Liederkreis, 12 songs for voice & piano, Op. 39: Mondnacht

    1. Mondnacht  (03:17)
  11. Sapphische Ode ("Rosen brach ich Nachts mir am dunklen Hage"), song for voice & piano, Op. 94/4  (02:46)
  12. Auf dem Kirchhofe ("Der Tag ging regenschwer"), song for voice & piano, Op. 105/4  (02:57)
  13. Immer leiser wird mein Schlummer, song for voice & piano, Op. 105/2  (03:47)
  14. Feldeinsamkeit ("Ich ruhe still im hohen grünen Gras"), song for voice & piano, Op. 86/2  (03:48)
  15. Traum durch die Dämmerung ("Weite Wiesen im Dämmergrau"), song for voice & piano, Op. 29/1 (TrV 172/1)  (02:59)
  16. Zueignung ("Ja, du weisst es, teur Seele"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 10/1 (TrV 141/1)  (02:08)
  17. Faust, opera: Le veau d'or...

    1. Le veau d'or...  (02:08)
  18. Faust, opera: Vous qui faites l'endormie

    1. Vous qui faites l'endormie  (03:04)
  19. Tannhäuser, opera, WWV 70: O du mein holder Abendstern

    1. O du mein holder Abendstern  (04:23)
  20. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Mein Herr und Gott

    1. Mein Herr und Gott  (03:00)
  21. Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: In diesen heil'gen Hallen

    1. In diesen heil'gen Hallen  (04:28)

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