Franz Liszt

Oh! quand je dors (I), song for voice & piano, S. 282i (LW N11/1)

    Description by Rovi Staff

    Written in 1842 and revised the following decade, "Oh! quand je dors" ("Oh! when I sleep") was the first of seven poems of Victor Hugo that Liszt would set between 1842 and 1849. By far the best-known of his handful of French songs, it contains some of his most memorable melodic writing and showcases the ease with which the cosmopolitan Liszt moved between languages and national styles; his French mélodies (as is the case with his handful of Italian songs) feel as idiomatic and grounded in their native culture as do his much-more-numerous German lieder. As a body of works, Liszt's songs have fallen into general neglect, but "Oh! quand je dors"' haunting melody and subtle intensity--not to mention its piano accompaniment, which is considerable more manageable than those of many other Liszt songs--have helped to secure a place for it, along with a few other favorites, in the repertory. The first version of "Oh! quand je dors" was published in Berlin in 1844, along with two other Hugo settings, Enfants, si j'étais roi and S'il est un charmant gazon; the three were again published together in their second versions in 1859.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2018 Decca 4831000
    2018 Hyperion CDA 68179
    2018 Decca
    2018 Decca 4830929
    2018 Stone Records 5060192780734
    2016 Decca 4789679
    2016 Sony Classical 88875183412
    2016 Solo Musica SM 239
    2016 Sony Classical / Sony Music Distribution 88875032272
    2016 Harmonia Mundi HMA 1951997
    2015 Centaur Records CRC 3391
    2015 Centaur Records CRC 3386
    2014 Orchid Classics ORC 100044
    2014 Delos DE 3450
    2014 Opus Arte OACD 9020D
    2014 Decca
    2013 Deutsche Grammophon 002894791780
    2013 MDG
    2012 Signum Classics SIGCD 303
    2012 Onyx ONYX 4103
    2012 Newton Classics 8802125
    2012 Preiser Records PR 90801
    2012 Delphian DCD 34116
    2012 Anima Records ANM 51000001
    2012 Teldec 2564672094
    2011 TimeArt® Recordings 10911
    2011 Decca
    2011 Deutsche Grammophon
    2011 Decca
    2011 Deutsche Grammophon
    2011 Deutsche Grammophon 002894779525
    2010 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099962936
    2010 Preiser Records 89729
    2010 Hungaroton HCD32568
    2010 Deutsche Grammophon
    2010 Deutsche Grammophon 4778101
    2009 Denon Records
    2009 Signum UK 155
    2008 Harmonia Mundi 901997
    2007 Orfeo 749071
    2007 Oehms Classics 804
    2006 VMS Records 150
    2006 Nimbus 5761
    2005 Decca 4762446
    2005 Claves 502412
    2004 Guild Historical GHCD2281/4
    2003 Philips / Philips 4706202
    2003 Peggy Lee Brown
    2003 Peggy Lee Brown / (Independently by Label) peggyleebrown
    2003 BBC Legends / BBC Music 41322
    2002 EMI Music Distribution 575187
    2002 Decca 289467907
    2002 Ambroisie 9921
    2002 Decca 470289
    2001 EMI Music Distribution 572037
    2001 Testament 1207
    2000 Pamplin Music 2095
    2000 Deutsche Grammophon 463500
    2000 Gala Records 100533
    2000 Harmonia Mundi 1951138
    1999 Pearl 9299
    1999 Deutsche Grammophon 4475082
    1998 Sony Classical 60576
    1998 Dutton Vocalion 7031
    1998 EMI Music Distribution 56457
    1998 Orfeo 440981
    1998 London 458360
    1998 VAI Audio 1163
    1998 Arabesque 6716
    1998 Ondine 890
    1997 Teldec 15687
    1997 Bluebell 021
    1997 Vox 5126
    1997 ASV CDQS6209
    1996 Pearl 9172
    1995 Romophone 81002
    1995 Preiser Records 89033
    1994 EMI Music Distribution 55047
    1994 Ultraphone
    1993 Hyperion 66248
    1992 Deutsche Grammophon 435440
    1992 Harmonia Mundi 1901138
    Samsung Classics 025
    Symposium 1356
    Symposium 1366
    Legato Classics 196
    Marquis Classics 81295
    Newport Classic 60028
    Wendy Waller 13967
    Denon Records 1254
    Melodiya 1000035
    London 425820
    Pro-Arte Records 231
    BNL Productions 112797
    Blue Saphir 1024
    Frederica Von Stade 35127
    Ultraphone 112132