Song - A 'Project Climax' Subcategory - 11 CDs

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Song - A 'Project Climax' Subcategory - 11 CDs

Chamber Music
In classical music, a song (lied in German; chanson in French) is a setting of poetry for a solo singer with piano or orchestral accompaniment. Unlike choral music, which usually draws on religious texts, songs are usually based on secular poetry. The composer's goal in writing a song is to use music to illustrate and enhance the meaning and emotions of the text. Sometimes this can be achieved through direct musical effects, such as having the singer sing high notes to climb up a mountain or reach up to god, but more often it is achieved through contrast, dynamics, and harmonic coloring. A great song takes the listener on an emotional journey culminating in joy or catharsis or (as is often the case) despair.

In the eighteenth century songs usually consisted of a vocal melody with simple piano accompaniment, but in the nineteenth century the piano had risen to equal status with the singer, as the two worked together in partnership to illustrate the text. In the Romantic era the German lied for voice and piano achieved a special status as the vehicle for the composer to express his sensitivity to poetry, a traid valued highly at the time. The greatest composers of lieder were Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, and Hugo Wolf. Later in the nineteenth century composers began to set songs for voice and orchestra, making use of the increased possibilities for color that the full orchestra provided; the supreme masters of the orchestral song were Brahms, Gustav Mahler, and Richard Strauss. In the twentieth century the crown of song writing moved from German-speaking lands to English- and French-speaking ones. Twentieth century song composers include Claude Debussy in France, Benjamin Britten in England, and Samuel Barber in the United States.

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Song - A 'Project Climax' Subcategory - 11 CDs
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01 - Schubert; Winterreise - Peter Pears, Benjamin Britten (Decca 2000)

02 - Gustav Mahler; Das Lied von der Erde, 3 Rückert-Lieder - Walter & WPO (Decca 2000)

03 - Schumann; Dichterliebe Op. 48 - Schubert & Beethoven; Lieder - Wunderlich, Giesen (DG 1997)

04 - Fauré, Debussy, Poulenc; Nuit d'etoiles 'Melodies Francaises' - Gens, Vignoles (Virgin 2000)

05 - Hugo Wolf; Spanisches Liederbuch - Gerald Moore & Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (DG 1998) 2 CDs

06 - Bach; Cantata No. 82, Brahms; Vier erneste Gesänge - Bernard, Moore (EMI 2004)

07 - Barber; Knoxville Summer of 1915 - Dawn Upshaw, David Zinman (Nonesuch 1990)

08 - Richard Strauss; Four Last Songs & 12 Orchestral Songs - Schwarzkopf, Szell & LSO (EMI 1997)

09 - Mozart; Complete Mozart Edition Vol 24 - Lieder & Notturni (Philips 1990) 2 CDs

10 - Schubert; 21 Lieder - Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Gerald Moore (EMI 1990)

11 - Mozart; Benjamin Britten; Serenade, Les Illuminations, Nocturne - Britten, Pears, (Polygram 1993)