Wolf & Reger: Orchestral Songs (2CD)

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Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Munchner Rundfunkorchester, Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg, St. Michaelis-Chor Hamburg, Monteverdi-Chor Hamburg, Stefan Soltesz, Gerd Albrecht

Hardly any other singer was more associated with and devoted to the nigh 300 songs by the Austrian composer Hugo Wolf than Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. Utterly convinced by the richness of Wolf’s oeuvre, Fischer-Dieskau took Wolf’s previously hardly heeded songs to many stages throughout the world. Reger was frowned upon as an ‘awkward traditionalist’ and ‘piece worker’, but Reger’s songs show a completely different, moving and profound side of the composer, who takes a significant position in the song composition of the turn of the century. Even Fischer-Dieskau did not devote himself to Reger exactly frequently, unlike his downright encyclopaedic approach in other fields. In his recording of a number of particularly fine gems among Reger’s orchestral songs, he was supported by Gerd Albrecht. The outcome is an artistic symbiosis of the highest quality, testifying to a passion and ardency that can be found seldom: a veritable sound document!

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HUGO WOLF (1860–1903)
Gedichte von J.W. v. Goethe (excerpts)

  1. No. 49. Prometheus
  2. No. 29. Anakreons Grab
  3. No. 1. Harfenspieler I
  4. No. 2. Harfenspieler II
  5. No. 3. Harfenspieler III


MAX REGER (1873–1916)

  1. Der Einsiedler, Op. 144a
  2. Hymnus der Lieber, Op. 136
  3. An die Hoffnung, Op. 124
  4. Requiem, Op. 144b

The Classical Music Collector

"It is rare to hear orchestral songs by Hugo Wolf, let alone Max Reger; to hear them sung by the greatest baritone of his generation is a treat indeed. This set from Orfeo devotes a disc to each composer, and Fischer-Dieskau is accompanied by the Munich Radio Orchestra under Stefan Soltesz for the Wolf, and the Staatsorchester Hamburg with Gerd Albrecht for the Reger. This music will not be to everybody’s taste, but its concentrated expressivity will doubtless find an audience." - Chris Dench