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Alphons Diepenbrock : Intégrale des mélodies. Alexander, Van Nes, Pfeiler, Prégardien, Holl, Jansen.
Format : 3 CD
Total Time : 02:35:04

Recording : 1994-1995
Location : Amsterdam
Country : Pays-Bas
Sound : Eglise / Stereo

Label : Brilliant
Catalog No. : BRIL96103
EAN : 5028421961033
Price Code : DM013A

Publishing Year : 2021
Release Date : 10/03/2021

Genre : Classical
Alphons Diepenbrock (1862-1921)
Trois Ballades, op. 1
Der fischer
Der Aend kommt gezogen
Deux Mélodies d'après des poèmes de Goethe, op. 2
Der König in Thule
Die Liebende schreibt
Hinüber wall’ich
Es war ein alter König
Lied der Spinnerin
Der Abend
Kann ich im Busen heisse Wünsche tragen?
Mélodies françaises
Les chats
L’invitation au voyage
En sourdine
Claire de lune
Écoutez la chanson bien douce
Puisque l’aube grandit
La Chanson de l’Hypertrophique
Ave Maria
Simeon’s Lofzang
Mélodies Italiennes
Preghiera alla Madonna
Come raggio di sol
Mélodies Néerlandaises
De klare dag
Ik ben eenzaamheid niet meer alleen
Zij sluimert

Roberta Alexander, soprano
Jard van Nes, mezzo-soprano
Christa Pfeiler, mezzo-soprano
Christoph Prégardien, ténor
Robert Holl, basse-baryton
Daniël Esser, violoncelle
Rudolf Jansen, piano

An all-star vocal line-up draws every nuance from the lush harmonies and word-setting of this late-Romantic Dutch master: the first time that his complete songs have been released in a single set. Now best known for his ‘symphonic songs’ such as the Hymne an die Nacht, Alphons Diepenbrock won the admiration of his contemporaries Mahler and Strauss for the confident, post-Wagnerian handling of large orchestral forces in support of vocal lines soaked in passion and grief. Unlike them, however, he was chiefly inspired by poetry, and his output is dominated by vocal works, which are particularly fine in atmospheric evocation. Even when writing for the sparer medium of voice and piano, Diepenbrock laid his songs out expansively, underscored with yearning Wagnerian harmonies, and any listener in search of repertoire beyond the songs of Mahler and Strauss is in for a treat. Diepenbrock read widely, and drew on many sources for his songs: classical antiquity, religious texts from the Middle Ages, old Dutch poems, German Romantic choruses, modern French poetry and contemporary Dutch writers. The shared theme of these very different styles in his hands was a tendency towards mysticism and spiritual rapture. Little satisfied with mundane reality and the development of society, he found himself peculiarly attracted to poems which exalted the night and her mysteries. In the song output, this attraction is delicately handled in Der Abend and then much more erotically treated in Kann ich in Musen heisse Wünsche tragen, both on CD1. CD2 is entirely dedicated to French lyrics by the likes of Verlaine and Rimbaud, full of Debussyan nocturne-like character. CD3 gathers up the songs to Latin, Italian and Dutch lyrics, reaching a powerful climax with Bejaard, composed in 1917, as an expression of Diepenbrock's indignation towards the German invasion of Belgium in August 1914.

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