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JOHANNES BRAHMS – Liebeslieder Waltzes, Op.52 – (Love Songs)

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on February 14, 2017

Murray State University Concert Choir performs Brahms in Lovett Auditorium

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Liebeslieder Walzer, Op. 52

1. Rede, Mädchen SATB
2. Am Gesteine rauscht die Flut SATB (1:09)
3. O die Frauen TB (1:49)
4. Wie des Abends schöne Röte SA (3:01)
5. Die grüne Hopfenranke SATB (3:49)
6. Ein kleiner, hübscher Vogel SATB (5:46)
7. Wohl schön bewandt war es S (A) (8:11)
8. Wenn so lind dein Auge mir SATB (9:39)
9. Am Donaustrande SATB (11:07)
10. O wie sanft die Quelle SATB (13:16)
11. Nein, es ist nicht auszukommen SATB (14:09)
12. Schlosser auf, und mache Schlösser SATB (14:59)
13. Vögelein durchrauscht die Luft SA (15:39)
14. Sieh, wie ist die Welle klar TB (16:25)
15. Nachtigall, sie singt so schön SATB (17:17)
16. Ein dunkeler Schacht ist Liebe SATB (18:37)
17. Nicht wandle, mein Licht T (19:52)
18. Es bebet das Gesträuche SATB (21:48)

Neue Liebeslieder, Op. 65 (1869-74)

No. 1 Verzicht, o Herz, auf Rettung (23:13)
No. 2: Finstere Schatten der Nacht (23:57)
No. 3: An jeder Hand der Finger (25:28)
No. 4: Ihr schwarzen Augen (26:48)
No. 5: Wahre, wahre deinen Sohn (27:23)
No. 6: Rosen steckt mir an die Mutter (28:26)
No. 7: Vom Gebirge Well’ auf Well’ (29:22)
No. 8: Weiche Gräser im Revier (30:25)
No. 9: Nagen am Herzen (31:55)
No. 10: Ich kose süß mit der und der (33:00)
No. 11: Alles, alles in den Wind (34:04)
No. 12: Schwarzer Wald, dein Schatten ist so düster! (35:04)
No. 13: Nein, Geliebter, setze dich (37:44)
No. 14: Flammenauge, dunkles Haar (39:24)
Zum Schluß: Nun, ihr Musen, genug! (44:04)

BBC Singers conducted by Jane Glover
Catherine Edwards and John Alley, piano 4-hands

Liebeslieder Waltzes are distributed across two opus numbers: 52 and 65. The waltzes are a collection of love songs in Ländler style for voices and four hands piano. The lyrics for the Liebeslieder come from Georg Friedrich Daumer’s Polydora collection of folk songs and love poems. While there is no concrete record indicating the exact inspiration for the Waltzes, there is speculation that Brahms’ motivation for the songs was his frustrated love for pianist Clara Schumann, composer Robert Schumann’s wife

Neue Liebeslieder, Op. 65 (New Love Songs), also known as Neue Liebesliederwalzer, is a collection of Romantic pieces written for four solo voices and four hands on the piano. The Neue Liebeslieder were written during the Romantic period between 1869 and 1874. The text of the songs is adapted from folk songs of various areas of Europe including Turkey, Poland, Latvia, and Sicily. The text for songs 1 through 14 were translated and compiled by Georg Friedrich Daumer in his poem series, Polydora; the text for the fifteenth and final song, entitled Zum Schluß (In Conclusion), was written by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

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