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When they have sung their songs

For a change of pace, “Trove Thursday” presents three recent vocal (but non-operatic) selections—Elina Garanca cavorting through Berio’s marvelous Folk Songs, “man of the hour” Jonas Kaufmann singing a chamber version of Mahler’s haunting Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen,  and the little-known Finnish soprano Anu Komsi delving into Sibelius’s thrillingly mysterious Luonnotar.  

This week’s trio, last week’s Lucio Silla from Harnoncourt and Gruberova, along with all previous “Trove Thursday” offerings are available for download from iTunes or via any RSS reader.

  • who is Better at Mahler, Thomas Hampson or Jonas KauKau…? per me, Hampson is much better, he sings from the heart….thank you la Cieca for providing examples.

  • Rosemont

    For Mahler, neither Hampson nor Kaufmann compares to Christian Gerhaher.

    • oh, who is he? I better check him out.

    • Lohengrin

      On my taste Gerharer is to much DFD-like; very distant and Schöngesang. Hampson and Kaufmann sing much more “engaged”, with a sort of passion and suffering which touches me. Remember the reason why Mahler wrote Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen: he was young, unlucky in love to the Soprano Johanna Richter!

  • Rosemont

    Personal taste, but Gerhaher captures a wistful interpretation of these songs that I like very much.

  • Hippolyte

    LOVE the Sibelius piece! It’s one of the few things in which I really enjoy Schwarzkopf.

    • Big Finn

      To me, Soile Isokoski is at her and Sibelius’ best in Luonnotar of the 2007 Ondine recording of Sibelius Orchestral songs, with Segerstam conducting the Helsinki PO. Fabulous stuff, and a superb CD in its artistic and technical qualities.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rtUecMwQnA

  • Pia Ngere-Liu
    • armerjacquino

      It’s very dusty in here all of a sudden *wipes eyes*

      Thanks so much for posting this.

    • That is a transfixing performance. Thank you for posting the link.

    • olliedawg

      Pia, can’t thank you enough for this video. I’d never heard of Ms. Connell, and now I cannot forget her. Heartbreakingly beautiful singing from someone who seems to be living in the song.

  • Leonora di Vargas

    Thank you for these every Thursday. I really enjoy them, AND it’s easy to use ITunes to download these.
    Now I just automatically get it since I subscribed via ITunes!

  • olliedawg

    Anu Komsi — had never heard of her before — wonderfully distinctive timbre and dead-on intonation. There’s something in the water up there in Suomi — such a great singing tradition. Even their acapella groups are unbelievable; e.e, Rajaton (“Boundless”):
    or Club for Five:
    or if you prefer a whole buncha boyz (and who doesn’t?) Ylioppilaskunnan laulajat:

    • armerjacquino

      Thanks, both, for the steer on Komsi. I’m now listening to a very exciting Les Illuminations on Google Play.