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Thomas Quasthoff - The Voice
Thomas Quasthoff - The Voice (Deutsche Grammophon 477 6159)
SKU: 10121
AU $27.22

Label: Deutsche Grammophon Cat. No.: 477 6159 Medium: CD No. Discs: 2

This CD has received a 10/10 review on
Deutsche Grammophon salutes Thomas Quasthoff with the first-ever compilation of his greatest DG hits.

One of the greatest bass-baritones in the world today, Thomas Quasthoff has made an extraordinary series of award-winning recordings for Deutsche Grammophon over the last six years. He won a third Grammy as recently as early 2006.

In The Voice a wide-ranging selection of Quasthoff's work is presented from all the CDs he has released so far, both as a solo lieder recitalist and with orchestral accompaniment. In the first disc he sings with orchestra, starting with some favourite Schubert and continuing with a range of German Romantic arias, from Weber and Lortzing to Wagner and Richard Strauss. These are followed by two great comic Mahler songs from the Grammy-winning Knaben Wunderhorn CD with Claudio Abbado. The CD is rounded off by the complete Bach cantata Ich habe genug, a favourite of Quasthoff's, first released in 2004 (and also a Grammy-winner!).

The singer himself was more than happy to collaborate with the selection of titles, suggesting arias from his wonderful album Die Stimme - Evening Star (with Christian Thielemann conducting), and approving the release of a bonus track: an additional orchestral song by Schubert, Greisengesang, released here for the first time ever.

The second CD is devoted to the lied with piano, erupting with a passionate performance of Schubert's Auf der Bruck. More Schubert favourites follow, including two from last year's release, Die schone Mullerin. It's a CD of highlights but also takes in some very attractive less-familiar Brahms lieder, three Liszt songs and Carl Loewe's frighteningly spooky ballad Herr Oluf, guaranteed to bring the house down in concert and on CD.

The full-colour 24-page CD booklet accompanying the set has an exclusive new in-depth interview with Thomas Quasthoff by journalist Jorg Konigsdorf, as well as a selection of rare photos from DG recording sessions, from Quasthoff masterclasses in Berlin and, from the Vienna State Opera production of Parsifal in 2005, a stunning portrait of the singer in the role of Amfortas.

Artists: Thomas Quasthoff (baritone), Justus Zeyen (piano).
Composers: JS Bach, Brahms, Loewe, Lortzing, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Schumann, R Strauss, Wagner, Weber.
Conductors: Claudio Abbado.
Orchestras: Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
Tracks: SCHUBERT: An die Musik D 547 / Erlkonig D 328 /Standchen D 957/4 /Greisengesang D 778
LORTZING: Funftausend Taler! Traum oder wach ich? (Der Wildschutz)
WEBER: Wo berg ich mich? - Schweigt, gluhnden Sehnens (Euryanthe)
WAGNER: Wie Todesahnung Dammrung deckt die Lande...
   - O du, mein holder Abendstern (Tannhauser)
R STRAUSS: Wie schon ist doch die Musik (Die schweigsame Frau)
MAHLER: Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt / Lob des hohen Verstandes (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)
J.S. BACH: Ich habe genug Cantata BWV 82
SCHUBERT: 1 Auf der Bruck D 853 / Heidenroslein D 257 / Die Forelle D 550
SCHUBERT: Tranenregen/ Mein! (Die schone Mullerin)
SCHUBERT: Das Fischermadchen /Die Taubenpost (Schwanengesang)
SCHUMANN: Du bist wie eine Blume (Myrten Op. 25 No. 24)
MENDELSSOHN: Auf Flugeln des Gesanges (6 Lieder Op. 34 No. 2)
BRAHMS: Verzagen Op. 72 No. 4 / Unuberwindlich Op. 72 No. 5
BRAHMS: Sapphische Ode Op. 94 No. 4
LISZT: Die Loreley/O lieb, so lang du lieben kannst S 298/Es muß ein Wunderbares sein S 314
LOEWE: Herr Oluf Op. 2 No. 2
R STRAUSS: Heimliche Aufforderung Op. 27 No. 3/ Zueignung Op. 10 No. 1 Morgen Op. 27 No. 4
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Medium: CD
No. of Discs: 2
SKU #: 10121
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Catalog #: 477 6159
Price: AU $27.22   

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