Gundula Janowitz / Irwin Gage

Schubert: Lieder

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You can hear why Herbert von Karajan loved soprano Gundula Janowitz: the rich, ripe tone with the generous vibrato; the extraordinary emotional range; the operatic intensity of every phrase building to climaxes of rapturous ecstasy. In songs like Gretchen am Spinnrade, D. 118; and Suleika I, D. 720; or Die junge Nonne, D. 828, Janowitz's theatrical interpretations are justified by the material and in her ghostly and ghastly Schwestergruss, D. 762, they are a mad-scene in miniature. If her Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, D. 965, is surely a virtuoso showpiece to rival Rossini, it is still filled with infectious enthusiasm and unfettered vocal joy. If her Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), D. 839, is perhaps a touch sentimentalizing, it is still thrilling with its achingly long legato lines. If her Du bist der Ruh, D. 776, is more secular than sacred, more sensual than serene, and finally more rapturous than radiant, well, one can hear what Karajan loved in that, too.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 04:05
2 03:05
3 03:53
4 02:56
5 02:00
6 04:44
7 04:17
8 04:04
9 05:59
10 03:00
11 05:22
12 05:45
13 12:19
14 04:55
15 03:30
16 03:35

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 07:21
2 03:03
3 07:46
4 04:24
5 02:20
6 05:46
7 03:45
8 03:36
9 03:29
10 05:37
11 03:22
12 04:35
13 04:48
14 12:03
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