Tomášek: Songs (CD)

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Renata Pokupić, Roger Vignoles

Václav Jan Křtitel Tomášek wrote numerous songs and short piano pieces, genres in which his works predate those of his rather more famous near contemporary Franz Schubert by some years. Quite why they are so neglected today is a mystery as this enthralling new album from Renata Pokupić and Roger Vignoles unfolds twenty-eight songs of a rare appeal. Perhaps we should not be surprised: Tomášek was one of the very few composers of Goethe settings to meet with the great poet’s (relatively) undivided approval.

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Mailied, Op. 53 No. 3

Schafers Klagelied, Op. 56 No. 1

Rastlose Liebe, Op. 58 No. 1

Die Nacht, Op. 55 No. 5

Auf dem See

An die Entfernte, Op. 55 No. 1

Wanderers Nachtlied, Op. 58 No. 4

Erlkönig, Op. 59 No. 1


Das Geheimnis, Op. 58 No. 3

Die Sprode, Op. 54 No. 2

Die Bekehrte, Op. 54 No. 3

Sorge, Op. 57 No. 4

Am Flusse, Op. 55 No. 3

Die Spinnerin, Op. 55 No. 2

Sechs Böhmische Lieder von Václav Hanka, Op. 71

Des Greises Trauerlied, Op. 69 No. 1

Es ist so angenehm, so süss, Op. 37 No. 2

Lied eines Alpenmädchens, Op. 96 No. 3

Ständchen, Op. 107 No. 3

Drei Gesänge, Op. 92

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The Guardian

10th July 2015


“many of Tomášek’s songs are little gems in their own right, and you can hear why Goethe himself approved of settings including Heldenröslein...Pokupić’s supple, gleaming mezzo-soprano could use a notch more colour at times, but is eloquent nonetheless, and pianist Roger Vignoles makes each song sound its best.”

Gramophone Magazine

August 2015

“While Tomášek had a gift for shapely, oten plaintive melody, in an idiom somewhere between Mozart and Schubert, he never hijacks a poem to create a new musical-dramatic entity, as Schubert famously did…there is much to charm and delight here…[and] the Croatian mezzo Renata Pokupić is a persuasive Tomášek advocate.”

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