Christiane Karg sings Brahms and Schumann

Later this month, a new recording will be issued by one of my favorite sopranos, Christiane Karg. I love her performances because they are filled with passion, strong emotions, and great expressiveness that is sure to please all the composers represented on her CD.


We get to hear the following works:


Von ewiger Liebe, Op. 43 No. 1
Auf dem See (No. 2 from Acht Lieder und Gesänge, Op. 59)
Meine Liebe ist grün, Op. 63 No. 5
O kühler Wald, Op. 72 No. 3
Lerchengesang Op. 70 No. 2
Wir wandelten, wir zwei zusammen Op. 96/2
Feldeinsamkeit, Op. 86 No. 2
Mondnacht, WoO 21

Robert Schumann:

Widmung, Op. 25 No. 1
Frauenliebe und -leben, Op. 42
Die Löwenbraut, Op. 31 No. 1

Clara Schumann:

Er ist gekommen in Sturm und Regen, Op. 12 No. 2 (Text: Friedrich Rückert)
Liebeszauber, Op. 13 No. 3
Sie liebten sich beide, Op. 13 No. 2 (Text: Heinrich Heine)
Liebst du um Schönheit, Op. 12 No. 4 (text: Friedrich Rückert)

All music is performed by Christiane Karg (soprano) and Malcolm Martineau (piano)

This recital explores the unique relationship between the two Schumanns and Johannes Brahms. After Robert’s death Brahms’ passion for Clara grew but it was reciprocated only with a protective motherly care. They remained close friends but Brahms never truly recovered. This program presents love in many different guises from the stirring ‘Widmung’, to the heartfelt ‘Liebst du um Schönheit’ and the love-drunk passion of ‘Meine Liebe ist grün’.

Here is Christiane Karg in the song by Richard Strauss titled “Morgen”

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