Mit Myrten Und Rosen - Songs To Poems By Heinrich Heine

Werner Van Mechelen, Sylvie Decramer

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Cat No: KTC1818

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Release Date:  03 May 2024

Label:  Etcetera

Packaging Type:  Digipak

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  8711801018188

Genres:  Classical  Vocal  

  • Description

    Heinrich Heine, the unromantic Romantic - The greatest success of the century. "A young man loved a girl who loved another man; this other man loved yet another girl and married her. The first girl, out of spite, then married the next good man who came along."

    So runs the beginning of a sorrowful love poem written by the German poet Heinrich Heine (1797-1856) in 1822. It is his own story. 'Ein Jungling liebt ein Madchen' is one of many poems that was inspired by his unrequited love for his cousin Amalie. As we begin to read his poetry, we are struck by the way he describes events: he tells the story as a matter-of-fact account without using Romantic metaphors. Heine reveals with much irony how he dealt with the situation, as he never indulged in excessive pathos in his poetry. His style was very different: he wished to puncture the Romantic illusion, so at times he exaggerated and at others he wrote down the opposite of what he meant. Heine was very much aware that it was precisely this that made his poems so attractive for composers searching for song texts; it was for this reason that he described his Buch der Lieder, his most important collection of poems written between 1817 to 1827, as "Humorous songs in folk style".

    The contents of the Buch der Lieder, however, are anything but humorous. Indeed, the collection's Prologue describes love as a dream, whilst reality itself is much bleaker. Although the majority of the poems in the Buch der Lieder are about Heine's love for Amalie, the emphasis on love itself gradually shifts to feelings of fear and pain as can be seen in 'Die Lotosblume angstigt sich vor der Sonne Pracht' (The Lotus Flower Fears The Sun's Splendour).

    Werner Van Mechelen studied at the Lemmens Institute in Leuven with Roland Bufkens and attended master classes with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Robert Holl, Mitsuko Shirai, Hartmut Holl and Malcolm King. He won several international prizes in major competitions including the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, the IVC in 's-Hertogenbosch and the Concours international du chant in Toulouse, the Concurso Internacional de Canto Francisco Vinas in Barcelona and the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.

    "a deeply romantic program […]. [van Mechelen's] fine-grained voice … is very communicative, which, with a few exceptions, takes you deep into the sound world of Schumann, Mendelssohn and Schubert." – Pizzicato ****

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. Robert Schumann: Dichterliebe, Op. 48: I. Im wunderschonen Monat Mai
      • 2. II. Aus meinen Tranen spriessen
      • 3. III. Die Rose, die Lilie
      • 4. IV. Wenn ich in deine Augen she
      • 5. V. Ich will meine Seele tauchen
      • 6. VI. Im Rhein, im heiligen Strome
      • 7. VII. Ich grolle nich
      • 8. VIII. Und wussten's die Blumen, die kleinen
      • 9. IX. Das ist ein Floten und Geigen
      • 10. X. Hor' ich das Liedchen klingen
      • 11. XI. Ein Jungling liebt ein Madchen
      • 12. XII. Am leuchtenden Sommermorgen
      • 13. XIII. Ich hab' im Traum geweinet
      • 14. XIV. Allnachtlich im Traume
      • 15. XV. Aus alten Marchen
      • 16. XVI. Die alten, bosen Lieder
      • 17. Felix Mendelssohn: Auf Flugeln des Gesanges
      • 18. Robert Schumann: Dein Angesicht
      • 19. Die Lotusblume
      • 20. Du bist wie eine Blume
      • 21. Mein Wagen rollet langsam
      • 22. Clara Schumann: Sie liebten sich Beide
      • 23. Ich stand in dunkeln Traumen
      • 24. Franz Schubert: Der Atlas
      • 25. Ihr Bild
      • 26. Das Fischermadchen
      • 27. Die Stadt
      • 28. Am Meer
      • 29. Der Doppelganger
      • 30. Robert Schumann: Mit Myrten und Rosen

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