Gunther Groissbock & Gerold Huber – Herz-Tod (2018) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Günther Groissböck & Gerold Huber – Herz-Tod (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:02:59 minutes | 1,01 GB | Genre: Classical
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The Austrian bassist Günther Groissböck calls his new album project a “kind of artistic creed”. The album is a very personal selection of four song cycles by Brahms, Wagner, Wolf and Mahler, including the “Wesendonck Lieder” sung for the first time by a bass voice, summarized under the drastically striking title Herz-Tod, which at first reminds one of the cause of death rather than of highly romantic music. The four song cycles unite the thematic brackets of love, death, transience and fragility, both in the real and in the emotional sense.

With his Arnold Schwarzenegger physique, bass singer Günther Groissbock – himself an Austrian – has major stage presence, as Sarastro, Fafner, Hunding, Boris Godounov and many other of the huge roles for his voice. And he has been present on the stages of Berlin, Geneva, Vienna, Munich, Chicago, Bayreuth, Amsterdam, New York, Paris and much of the rest of the lyrical world. And yet, it’s in the most intimate of repertoires that he is performing here alongside pianist Gerold Huber: the Four Serious Songs by Brahms (transposed into a much more sombre, almost scenic, tone, it’s true); Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder; Wolf’s Michelangelo-Lieder; and the Wesendonck-Lieder by Wagner. It’s a range in which his vast voice can retain immense reserves of breath so as to only provide just as much power as is needed (which is a lot!). The listener will surely get the feeling that they are rediscovering certain works, some of which are often voiced by a woman – or seen as the private preserve of certain mezzos – as if the composers had re-written them for Groissbock’s benefit, after his May 2018 triumph at the Opéra Bastille, in Philippe Jordan’s production of Parsifal.

01. Vier ernste Gesänge Op. 121 : 1. Denn es gehet dem Menschen 04:22
02. Vier ernste Gesänge Op. 121 : 2. Ich wandte mich und sahe an 03:59
03. Vier ernste Gesänge Op. 121 : 3. O Tod, wie bitter bist du 03:35
04. Vier ernste Gesänge Op. 121 : 4. Wenn ich mit Menschen und mit Engelzungen redete 04:45
05. Wesendonck Lieder, WWV 91 : 1. Der Engel 02:40
06. Wesendonck Lieder, WWV 91 : 2. Stehe still! 03:31
07. Wesendonck Lieder, WWV 91 : 3. Im Treibhaus 05:01
08. Wesendonck Lieder, WWV 91 : 4. Schmerzen 02:17
09. Wesendonck Lieder, WWV 91 : 5. Träume 04:37
10. Michelangelo-Lieder : 1. Wohl denk ich oft an mein vergangnes Leben 02:00
11. Michelangelo-Lieder : 2. Alles endet, was entstehet 04:04
12. Michelangelo-Lieder : 3. Fühlt meine Seele das ersehnte Licht 03:41
13. Rückert-Lieder, Op.44 : 1. Ich atmet’ einen linden Duft 02:24
14. Rückert-Lieder, Op.44 : 3. Blicke mir nicht in die Lieder! 01:24
15. Rückert-Lieder, Op.44 : 2. Liebst du um Schönheit 02:19
16. Rückert-Lieder, Op.44 : 5. Um Mitternacht 06:04
17. Rückert-Lieder, Op.44 : 4. Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen 06:16