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Rita Streich

Rita Streich - Waltzes & Arias, Folk Songs & Lullabies (2CD)

Rita Streich, famed for her peerless coloratura, for her Queen of the Night and her performances of Olympia in Les contes d’Hoffmann and Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail; Rita Streich, often dubbed a ‘singing nightingale’ also took time out from a busy career to record miniatures. Several LPs, combined over two (now deleted) Deutsche Grammophon ‘Originals’ are here combined into a 2CD set, showcasing the soprano in popular opera-arias, waltz-songs, folk-songs (English, American, Russian, Japanese and Yiddish) and lullabies. The waltzes stem from the melodic treasury of the Viennese Strauss dynasty – music of yearning, enchantment and nostalgia, all abetted by Streich’s joyous coloratura. The folk songs and lullabies were recorded in Munich and in Regensburg, in 1962 and 1964.

TRACK LIST
CD 1
WALTZES & ARIAS

JOHANN STRAUSS
1 Frühlingsstimmen, Op. 410 (Voices of Spring)

CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS
2 Le rossignol et la rose (The Nightingale and the Rose)

GIUSEPPE VERDI
3 Lo spazzacamino (The Chimney Sweep)

BENJAMIN GODARD
4 Cachés dans cet asile, où Dieu nous a conduits … Oh, ne t’éveille pas encore (Berceuse, from Jocelyn)

LUIGI ARDITI
5 Parla-Walzer: ‘Qui nel dubbio non farmi penare’

FRANZ VON SUPPÉ
6 Hab’ ich nur deine Liebe, die Treue brauch’ ich nicht (from Boccaccio)

ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK
7 Měsíčku na nebi hlubokém (Song to the Moon, from Rusalka)

GIACOMO MEYERBEER
8 Ombra leggera (Shadow song, from Dinorah)

Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Kurt Gaebel

JOSEF STRAUSS
9 Dorfschwalben aus Österreich, Op. 164 (Village Swallows from Austria)

ALEXANDER ALABIEV
10 Solovey (The Nightingale) (Russian folk song)

LÉO DELIBES
11 Les filles de Cadiz (The Maids of Cadiz)

WILLY CZERNIK
12 Chi sa?

SALVATORE MARCHESI
13 La folletta

FREIDRICH VON FLOTOW
14 The Last Rose of Summer (from Martha)

EVA DELL’ACQUA
15 Villanelle

JOHANN STRAUSS
16 Draussen in Sievering

LUIGI ARDITI
17 Il bacio

RIAS Symphony Orchestra Berlin
Kurt Gaebel

CD 2
FOLK SONGS & LULLABIES
1 Du, du liegst mir im Herzen
(North German folk song)

2 O du liabs Ängeli
(Swiss folk song)

3 Frère Jacques
(French folk song)

4 L’Amour de moi
(Olf French folk song)

5 Canto delle risaiole
(Italian folk song)

6 Z’Lauterbach hab i mei Strumpf verlor’n
(German folk song)

7 Schlof sche, mein Vögele
(Jewish lullaby)

8 Drink to me only with thine eyes
(English folk song)

9 Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen
(Negro spiritual)

10 Sakura – Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) (Japanese song)
(Japanese song)

11 Tschubtschik
(Russian dance-song)

12 Spi mladenez
(Russian lullaby)

13 In mezo al mar
(Folk song from Trieste)

14 Wenn ich ein Vöglein wär
(German folk song)

15 Der Mond ist aufgegangen
(German folk song; music: Johann Abraham Peter Schultz; text: Matthias Claudius)

16 Muß i denn zum Städtele ’naus
(German folk song)

Instrumental-Vereinigung
Singgemeinschaft Rudolf Lamy
Eugen Cymbalisty, masterchorus
(1–6, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 16)
Hedwig Bilgram, harpsichord (4, 7)
Fred Artmeier, guitar (7, 11, 13)
Carl Michalski

17 Weißt Du, wieviel Sterne stehen
(German folk song, from Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

18 O wie wohl ist mir am Abend

19 Wo e kleins Hüttle steht
(Swabian folk song)

20 All mein Gedanken
(German folk song from Lochamer Liederbuch)

21 Glockenruf
(German folk song)

22 Der Bürgermeister von Wesel
(Folk song from the Lower Rhineland)

23 Der Wechsel der Jahreszeiten
(German folk song; composer: Philipp Julius Lieberkühn)

24 Schlaf, Herzenssöhnchen
(German lullaby; composer: Carl Maria von Weber; text: F.C. Hiemer)

25 Schalfe, mein Prinzchen, schlaf ein
(German folk song; music: Bernhard Fliess; text: F.W. Gotter)

26 Sandmännchen
(German lullaby; composer: Anton Wilhelm von Zuccalmaglio, after ‘Zu Bethlehem geboren’)

27 Der Kuckuck
(Westphalian folk song)

28 Schwesterlein
(German folk song; composer: Anton Wilhelm von Zuccalmaglio, after ‘Brüderchen, ach Brüderchen’)

29 Ach Modr, ick will en Ding han
(Folk song from the Rhineland)

30 In der Fruah
(Folk song from Upper Styria)

31 Abendlied
(German folk song)

32 Ave Maria, KV 554
(Canon; composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

Members of the Bavarian Radio Orchestra
(17, 19–26, 28–31)
Regensburger Domspatzen
(18, 21, 22, 27, 31, 32)
Kurt Gaebel

Rita Streich, soprano