Friday, June 24, 2011

Anna Prohaska Sings Schubert's "Des Fischers Liebesglück"

Opera Fresh announced the exclusive contract Anna Prohaska signed with Deutsche Grammophon and now we have more information from her debut release that was discussed previously on the site. Here is a video for one of the tracks on the album. Check out her official page for Siréne. A full track listing for the album and biographical information on Anna is after the jump. NOTE: This album is only being released in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Anna Prohaska – Sirène

Gustav Mahler (1860–1911)
1.    Phantasie    2:05
Text: Ludwig Braunfels, after Tirso de Molina’s Don Juan

Claude Debussy (1862–1918)
2.    La Mer est plus belle    2:10
from Trois Mélodies
Text: Paul Verlaine 

Henry Lawes (c.1595–1662)
3.    Slide soft, you silver floods    2:05
Text: unknown

John Dowland (1563–1626)
4.     My heart and tongue were twins     2:08
from A Pilgrime’s Solace

Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)
5.    The Mermaid’s Song Hob. XXVIa:25     3:32
Text: Anne Hunter 

Franz Schubert (1797–1828)
6.     Der Fischer D 225     2:09
Text: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

7.   Am See D 746    1:59
Text: Franz von Bruchmann

Georges Bizet (1838–1875)
8.    La Sirène     2:42
from Seize mélodies
Text: Catulle Mendès

Karol Szymanowski (1882–1937)
Pieśni księżniczki z baśni op. 31
Songs of a Fairy Princess · Lieder der Märchenprinzessin
Chants de la princesse des contes de fée
Text: Zofia Szymanowska

9.     1. Samotny księżyc    3:47
10.    3. Złote trzewiczki    2:19
11.    5. Pieśń o fali     3:08

Robert Schumann (1810–1856)
12.    Loreley    1:08
no. 2 from Romanzen und Balladen op. 53
Text: Wilhelmine Lorenz

13.    Der Himmel hat eine Träne geweint    2:11
no. 1 from Liebesfrühling op. 37
Text: Friedrich Rückert

14.    Die Meerfee    1:09
no. 1 from Fünf heitere Gesänge op. 125
Text: Julius Buddeus

Franz Schubert
15.    Des Fischers Liebesglück D 933    7:58
Text: Carl Gottfried Ritter von Leitner

Gabriel Fauré (1845–1924)
16.     La Fleur qui va sur l’eau op. 85 no. 2    2:06
Text: Catulle Mendès

Hugo Wolf (1860–1903)
Gedichte von Eduard Mörike
Poems by Eduard Mörike · Poèmes d’Eduard Mörike
17.    Die Geister am Mummelsee   3:52
18.    Erstes Liebeslied eines Mädchens    1:32
19.    Nixe Binsefuß    2:20

Arthur Honegger (1892–1955)
Trois Chansons de la petite sirène
Three Songs of the Little Mermaid · Drei Lieder der kleinen Meerjungfrau
Text: René Morax, after Hans Christian Andersen

20.    1. Chanson des sirènes    1:31
21.    2. Berceuse de la sirène    1:09

Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847)
22.    Schilflied    2:59
no. 4 from Sechs Lieder op. 71
Text: Nikolaus Lenau 

Henry Purcell (1659–1695)
23.    Two daughters of this aged stream     2:10
Duet from King Arthur, Act IV
Libretto: John Dryden
Both parts sung by Anna Prohaska

John Dowland (1563–1626)
24. Sorrow, stay!    2:59
no. 3 from The Second Booke of Songes or Ayres

Antonín Dvořák (1841–1904)
25. Měsíčku na nebi hlubokém     4:57
Song to the Moon · Lied an den Mond · Chant à la lune
from Rusalka, Act I
Libretto: Jaroslav Kvapil

Gregorian Hymn
26. Ave, maris stella    2:09
Text: Ambrosius Autpertus

Anna Prohaska was born in 1983 and began her musical training with the conductor Eberhard Kloke at the age of 14. Later she studied singing with Brenda Mitchell at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik in Berlin and made her highly successful debut in 2002 in Britten’s Turn of the Screw at the Komische Oper. In 2006 she won the hearts of Berlin Staatsoper audiences as Frasquita in a production ofCarmen conducted by Daniel Barenboim. Since the 2006/07 season she has been a company member of the venerable opera house on Unter den Linden and has already appeared in a wide range of roles: under Philippe Jordan she sang Blonde in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Oscar in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera, with René Jacobs on the podium she portrayed Poppea in Handel’s Agrippina, and under the musical direction of Ingo Metzmacher recently she was an enchanting Anne Trulove in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress. Anna Prohaska, who has also been making her name as a recitalist, has been repeatedly invited to sing with conductors including Claudio Abbado, Sir Simon Rattle, Mariss Jansons and Daniel Harding, and she is a regular guest at concerts of the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Salzburg Festival. The singer’s repertoire extends from the Renaissance to music of the 20th century. For her first solo album, she has taken inspiration from Andersen’s famous fairytale The Little Mermaid. Joined by pianist Eric Schneider and lutenist Simon Martyn-Ellis, she has programmed songs ranging from the English old masters Dowland and Purcell, by way of Haydn, Mendelssohn, Schubert and Schumann and turn-of-the-century composers Fauré, Mahler and Wolf, to the early-modern works of Debussy, Szymanowski and Honegger.

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