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Spanisches Liederspiel and Liebeslieder Walzer

Sunday Classics

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Spanisches Liederspiel Op. 74 was composed by Robert Schumann in 1849 and the texts are found in Emanuel Geibel’s collection but they are mostly translations of anonymous Spanish poems. The songs come together in a kind of “Song-Musical” or a mix of Liederkreis and Singspiel but the songs are sung as solos, duets, or quartets. Schumann’s famous lyricism is evident in the songs but elements of traditional Spanish music can also be heard.

Liebeslieder Walzer or Love-song Waltzes Op. 52 by Johannes Brahms (1868) are 18 short songs for four voices and piano quatre mains. The songs are composed in a so called Ländler style, but Ländler is a traditional dance in ¾ time, originated in Austria, Switzerland and South Germany. The poems come from Georg Friedrich Daumer’s collection Polydora, and they are are love poems and folk poems.

Hrafnhildur Árnadóttir Hafstað, soprano
Hanna Dóra Sturludóttir, mezzo-soprano
Þorsteinn Freyr Sigurðsson, tenor
Fjölnir Ólafsson, baritone
Hrönn Þráinsdóttir, piano
Matthildur Anna Gísladóttir, piano