Heinz Rehfuss - Heinz Rehfuss - The Decca Recitals (CD ALBUM)

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In several valuable and newly remastered releases under 'The Decca Recitals' banner, Eloquence has compiled tributes to several fine singers of the 1950s whose vocal personality particularly fitted the demands of art song: among them Jacques Jansen, Irma Kolassi and Olga Slobodskaya.

They are now joined by an 82-minute, single-CD issue of the song recordings made for Decca by the Swiss baritone Heinz Rehfuss. Rehfuss was an authoritative and keenly sympathetic presence on sets of Pelléas et Melisande and the St. Matthew Passion (with Hermann Scherchen) which have attained the status of classics. However, his crystal-clear enunciation of text and cultivated technique were especially suited to German art songs which he performed and recorded in a long partnership with his fellow Swiss Frank Martin. Several of the Schubert Lieder on this 1955 recording – including Der Wanderer, Auf dem Donau and Gruppe aus dem Tartarus, all now acknowledged as masterpieces – were receiving first recordings: a testament to the baritone's ambition and imagination. Martin's own masterpiece in the genre is the Six Monologues from Jedermann.

In several valuable and newly remastered releases under 'The Decca Recitals' banner, Eloquence has compiled tributes to several fine singers of the 1950s whose vocal personality particularly fitted the demands of art song: among them Jacques Jansen, Irma Kolassi and Olga Slobodskaya.

They are now joined by an 82-minute, single-CD issue of the song recordings made for Decca by the Swiss baritone Heinz Rehfuss. Rehfuss was an authoritative and keenly sympathetic presence on sets of Pelléas et Melisande and the St. Matthew Passion (with Hermann Scherchen) which have attained the status of classics. However, his crystal-clear enunciation of text and cultivated technique were especially suited to German art songs which he performed and recorded in a long partnership with his fellow Swiss Frank Martin. Several of the Schubert Lieder on this 1955 recording – including Der Wanderer, Auf dem Donau and Gruppe aus dem Tartarus, all now acknowledged as masterpieces – were receiving first recordings: a testament to the baritone's ambition and imagination. Martin's own masterpiece in the genre is the Six Monologues from Jedermann.

Another regular recital partner of Rehfuss was Hans Willi Häusslein, founding director of the International Opera Studio at the Zürich Opera. When they recorded a French translation of the Songs and Dances of Death by Mussorgsky in June 1953, this cycle was also rarely taken on by non-native singers, but throughout his career Rehfuss showed a determination to put his art at the service of unfamiliar and progressive music including the premiere of Nono's politically motivated opera Intolleranza 1960. Above all, as John Steane remarked in The Grand Tradition, in these recitals may be appreciated 'A beautiful voice, trained to sing beautifully, and a brain and heart to guide it – but the beauty comes first'.


Tracklisting:
MODEST MUSSORGSKY
Songs and Dances of Death (sung in French)

HUGO WOLF
Michelangelo-Lieder
3 Eichendorff-Lieder
2 Mörike-Lieder

FRANZ SCHUBERT
Der Strom, D.565
Der Wanderer, D.649
Totengräbers Heimweh, D.842
Auf der Donau, D.553
Fischerweise, D.881
Der zürnende Barde, D.785
Gruppe aus dem Tartarus, D.583

FRANK MARTIN
Sechs Monologe aus 'Jedermann'

Heinz Rehfuss, baritone
Hans Willi Häusslein, piano (Mussorgsky, Wolf)
Frank Martin, piano (Schubert, Martin)

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UPC 0028948246076
Release Date 16 Jun 2017
Artist Heinz Rehfuss
Title Heinz Rehfuss - The Decca Recitals
Format CD ALBUM
Packaging -
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