Brahms & Schumann: Lieder
Ann Murray (mezzo-soprano) with Malcolm Martineau, Hester Dickson, Benjamin Appl, John Mark Ainsley & Johnny Langridge
Murray has announced that this wil be her final Lieder recording. If indeed it proves to be so, she will be going out on a high. Her voice is obviously mature, but still in good trim. 4/5 BBC Music Magazine
Brahms & Schumann: Lieder sees Dame Ann Murray, one of the great vocal artists of the past decades, return to the recording studio to perform a personal selection of Lieder.
Brahms & Schumann: Lieder, Ann’s first solo album in over a decade, will be her final Lieder recording and a fitting way to draw her long and distinguished recording career to a close.
Still a regular fixture on the opera circuit, Ann’s voice remains impressive. Following a Brahms recital at Wigmore Hall earlier this year, The Times stated: ‘Her still-penetrating mezzo was the highlight of the evening. Murray really sings through Brahms’s cantabile lines while losing nothing in theatrical awareness.’
It is difficult to imagine a singer who inspires greater affection and admiration than Ann Murray DBE. With Malcolm Martineau at the piano, this beautifully balanced programme sees Ann perform some of her favourite works by Schumann and Brahms.
The recording features Malcolm Martineau (piano) Benjamin Appl (baritone), John Mark Ainsley (tenor), Johnny Langridge (tenor & Ann’s son) and Hester Dickson (piano & Malcolm’s mother).
Ann Murray performs regularly with the Glyndebourne Festival, English National Opera, the Royal Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, New York and has been a regular guest at the BBC Proms.
A founding member of Graham Johnson’s organization, The Songmaker’s Almanac and a Jury member for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2009 and Song Prize, Ann Murray is a lover of song and has been acclaimed worldwide for her own performances.
In the 2002 Golden Jubilee Queen's Birthday Honours Murray was appointed an honorary Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. She is an Honorary Doctor of Music at the National University of Ireland and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music.
Brahms, Johannes (1833-97)
Schumann, Robert (1810-56)
Brahms: Dein blaues Auge, (No. 8 from Acht Lieder und Gesänge, Op. 59)
Brahms: Der Schmied Op. 19/4
Brahms: Gedichte, Op. 19, Nos. 1-5
Brahms: Lieder (4), Op. 96
Brahms: Lieder (5), Op. 105
Brahms: Lieder (5), Op. 106
Brahms: Lieder (5), Op. 49
Brahms: Lieder und Gesänge (8), Op. 59
Brahms: Lieder und Gesänge, Op. 63, Nos. 1-9
Brahms: Meine Liebe ist grün, Op. 63 No. 5
Brahms: Ständchen, Op. 106 No. 1
Brahms: Wie Melodien zieht es mir, Op. 105 No. 1
Brahms: Wiegenlied, Op. 49 No. 4 (Lullaby)
Brahms: Wir wandelten, wir zwei zusammen Op. 96/2
Schumann: Familien-Gemälde, Op. 34 No. 4
Schumann: Gedichte der Königin Maria Stuart, Op. 135
Schumann: Hoch, hoch sind die Berge, Op. 138, No. 8 (from Spanische Liebeslieder)
Schumann: Ich bin dein Baum, Op. 101 No. 3
Schumann: Ich denke dein, Op. 78, No. 3
Schumann: Lieder und Gesänge aus Goethes Wilhelm Meister, Op. 98a
Schumann: Minnespiel, Op. 101
Schumann: So wahr die Sonne scheinet, Op. 37, No. 12
Schumann: Spanische Liebeslieder Op. 138
Schumann: Zwölf Gedichte aus Liebesfrühling Op. 37