Episode 215. Trauer und Trost

Episode 215. Trauer und Trost



Dinu Lipatti

This week’s episode offers music of both mourning and consolation performed by treasured artists, many of whom celebrate significant anniversaries this fall, and all of whom died before their time. Thus we hear singers Maria Callas, Jessye Norman, Fritz Wunderlich, Kathleen Ferrier, Judith Raskin, Arleen Augér, and Lucia Popp, and pianist Dinu Lipatti performing music of Bach, Schubert, Fauré, Bellini, and others. This episode may conform to my new streamlined format, but it packs an emotional wallop nonetheless. A bonus episode to be published later in the week will feature Tatiana Troyanos, Judy Garland, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Dusty Springfield, Renata Scotto and others in music designed, as in this episode, to console and comfort.


Traditional Spiritual: There’s a Man Going ’Round. Jessye Norman [1979]

Gabriel Fauré: Pie Jesu (Requiem, Op. 48). Lucia Popp, Andrew Davis, Philharmonia Orchestra [1978]

Franz Schubert, Matthias Claudius: Am Grabe Anselmos, D. 504. Arleen Augér, Lambert Orkis [1991]

Robert Schumann, Joseph von Eichendorff: Wehmut (Liederkreis, Op. 39/9). Judith Raskin, Rosetta Bacon [live Washington DC 28.IV.84]

Franz Schubert, Wilhelm Müller: Der Müller und der Bach (Die schöne Müllerin, D.795/19). Compilation performance featuring Fritz Wunderlich and pianists Kurt Heinz Stolze [1957] and Hubert Giesen [1966]

Vincenzo Bellini, Felice Romani: Ah, se una volta sola… Ah, non credea (La Sonnambula). Maria Callas, Georges Prêtre, Orchestre national de l’ORTF [French television broadcast 18.V.65]

George Frideric Handel, unknown text: Art Thou Troubled? (Rodelinda). Kathleen Ferrier, Malcolm Sargent, London Symphony Orchestra [1947]

Lipatti playing his final recital, Besançon, 16 September 1950

Johann Sebastian Bach, arr. Myra Hess: Jesu bleibet meine Freude [Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring]. Dinu Lipatti [1947]

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