Franz Schubert: Die Gotter Griechenlands, D. 677 Iphigenia, D. 573 (Op. 98/3) Andie Leier, D. 737 (Op. 56/2) Ellens Gesang I 'Raste, Krieger! Krieg ist aus', D. 837 Fischerweise, D. 881 (Op. 96/4) Der Fluss, D. 693 Im Abendrot, D. 799 Die Winterreise, D. 911 (Op. 89/5), Der Lindenbaum Das Lied im Grunen, D. 917 (Op. 115/1) Die Forelle, D. 550 (Op. 32)
Robert Schumann: Myrthen, Op. 25 - No. 9, Lied der Suleika Lieder-Album fur die Jugend, Op. 79 - No. 26, Schneeglockchen Myrthen, Op. 25 - No. 7, Die Lotosblume Sechs Gedichte und Requiem, Op. 90 - No. 2, Meine Rose Myrthen, Op. 25 - No. 3, Der Nussbaum
Richard Strauss: Vier Lieder, Op.36 - No. 1, Das Rosenband (The Rose Garland) Acht Gedichte aus Letzte Blatter, Op. 10 - No. 8, Allerseelen Vier Lieder, Op. 27 - No. 4, Morgen! Drei Lieder, Op. 29 - No. 3, Nachtgang Funf Lieder, Op. 39 - No. 4, Befreit
Brigitte Fassbaender said: ‘Gundula Janowitz possesses one of those voices where you have only to hear a couple of notes and you immediately know who it is. Her elegant timbre and unmistakably instrumental way of forming the phrases is unique.’ Few singers have voices that approach the purity of Janowitz’s: with its very fast vibrato and ‘white’ production, the focused sound can soar, swoop and dip with astonishing ease and control, the vocal line becoming almost liquefied into a seemingly endless melisma.
Janowitz’s recorded catalogue, tends to misrepresent the focus of her career because it downplays her work as a recitalist. Of course, she did tape all of Schubert’s songs for high voice but apart from a couple of late song recitals and a disc of Hindemith’s Das Marienleben, that is all we have to remember her by as a performer of song. So this album will be a welcome addition to her discography.
For her Athens recital, Janowitz chose two composers absolutely at the centre of her song repertoire, Franz Schubert and Richard Strauss, with a third, Robert Schumann, forming a bridge between the two. Recorded at the Heroes Atticus Odeon, Athens, Greece, 16 September 1999. First release