Rudolf Serkin – Chamber Music From Marlboro (180g LP)

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The waltz was perhaps the most important thing that the rather level-headed and conservative Johannes Brahms from Hamburg brought back with him from his sojourn in Vienna. In addition to his purely instrumental waltzes for the piano, he also composed the “Liebeslieder Waltzes” uniquely folk like and highly original vocal joyfulness in ¾ time. The lyrics are taken from real life and tell of love, longing, desire, and suffering but also of anger and derision.

Just how ideally this music fits in with the workshop atmosphere of the Marlboro Summer Music Festival is fully evident here. The musicians gathered around Rudolf Serkin sing the very finest Brahms joyous, inspired yet completely relaxed and reflect light upon all aspects of earthly existence. An excellent choice to complement these emotions is Schubert’s penultimate composition “The Shepherd On The Rock” D 965. This great and far-too-seldom performed lied is based on three poems, which are performed impressively and with brilliant musicality by the soloist Benita Valente. And last but not least, the addition of the clarinet, which functions both as a soloist as well as imitating the voice, lends the work its particular charm.

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  • 180g Virgin Vinyl
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  • Pure Analogue Audiophile Mastering
  • Cut By Kevin Gray From Original Master Tapes

ID: Columbia Masterworks – ML 5636

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Rudolf Serkin

Piano, Director

Leon Fleisher

Piano

Harold Wright

Clarinet

Benita Valente

Soprano

Marlena Kleinman

Alto

Wayne Conner

Tenor

Martial Singher

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Brahms: Liebeslieder Walzer, Op. 52Composed By – Johannes Brahms
A1Rede, Madchen, Allzu, Liebes (Tell Me, Most Beloved Maiden)
A2Am Gesteine Rauscht Die Flut (Waves Break High Upon The Rock)
A3O Die Frauen (Ah, The Women)
A4Wie Des Abends Schone Rote (Like The Evening's Glowing Crimson)
A5Die Grune Hopfenranke (The Green Ivy)
A6Ein Kleiner, Hubscher Vogel (A Pretty Little Birdling Once)
A7Wohl Schon Bewandt War Es (All Was Well With Me Before)
A8Wenn So Lind Dein Auge Mir (When You Glanced So Tenderly)
A9Am Donaustrande (On The Banks Of The Danube)
A10O Wie Sanft Die Quelle (On How Gentle The Murmuring Stream)
A11Nein, Es Ist Nicht Auszukommen (No, It's More Than Flesh Can Bear)
A12Schlosser Aug, Und Mache Schlosser (Locksmith Up And Make Me Padlocks)
B1Vogelein Durchrauscht Die Luft (Birds Are Winging Through The Air)
B2Sieh, Wi Ist Die Welle Klar (See How Brightly Gleams The Wave)
B3Nachtigall, Sie Singt So Schon (Nightengail, You Sing So Sweetly)
B4Ein Dunkeler Schact Is Liebe (Love Is A Pit Of Darkness)
B5Nicht Wandel, Mein Licht (Light of My Life, Do Not Depart)
B6Es Bebet Das Gestrauche (The Branches Rustle Gently)
B7The Shepherd On The Rock, Op. 129Composed By – Franz Schubert
Recording: August 1960 at Marlboro School of Music, Vermont (USA), by Fred Plaut
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