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10 favorite song cycles
« on: November 27, 2021, 10:22:08 PM »
I don't think this has been done yet:

Britten: Les Illuminations (or Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings)
Finzi: Let Us Garlands Bring (or By Footpath and Stile)
Hashimoto: 3 Wasan
Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Martinů: Magic Nights
Rangström: Häxorna (The Witches)
Ravel: Shéhérazade
Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin
Szymanowski: Love Songs of Hafiz
Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge
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Re: 10 favorite song cycles
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2021, 10:25:53 PM »
An excellent thread idea, Kyle! I'll post my list later on...it's bed time here. :)
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Re: 10 favorite song cycles
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2021, 01:19:35 AM »
The term "cycle" is often used for collections that are comparably loose, e.g. Mahler Wunderhorn (not even published all together) vs. Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen but I will mostly ignore this.

Schubert: Winterreise, Die schöne Müllerin
Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Kindertotenlieder
Schumann: Dichterliebe, Eichendorff-Lieder op.39, Heine-Lieder op.24
Strauss: 4 letzte Lieder
Britten: Serenade for Tenor, Horn, Strings
Struck by the sounds before the sun,
I knew the night had gone.
The morning breeze like a bugle blew
Against the drums of dawn.
(Bob Dylan)

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Re: 10 favorite song cycles
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2021, 06:42:33 PM »
In no particular order:

Shostakovich, Seven Romances on Poems by Alexander Blok for soprano and piano trio, Op. 127
Shostalovich, Symphony № 14,Op. 135
Shostakovich, Suite on Poems of Michelangelo, Op. 145
Mussorgsky, Songs and Dances of Death
Schoenberg, Das Buch der Hängenden Gärten, Op. 15
Schoenberg, Pierrot lunaire, Op. 21
Weinberg, Jewish Songs after Shmuel Halkin, Op. 17
Tcherepnin, My Flowering Staff
Mahler Rückert-Lieder
Strauss, Four Last Songs,
Brahms, Vier ernste Gesänge, Op. 121



That's eleven, but I'm not dropping any of them
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Re: 10 favorite song cycles
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2021, 10:08:14 PM »
My 10 in no particular order:

Mahler: Rückert-Lieder
Strauss: Vier letzte Lieder
Debussy: Trois poèmes de Mallarmé
Ravel: Trois poèmes de Mallarmé
Shostakovich: From Jewish Folk Poetry, Op. 79
Berlioz: Les nuits d'été, Op. 7
Sibelius: Six Songs, Op. 50
Dvořák: Liebeslieder, Op. 83, B 160
Rachmaninov: Six Songs, Op. 8
Barber: Hermit Songs, Op. 29
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Re: 10 favorite song cycles
« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2021, 01:53:41 AM »
Novak: Eight Nocturnes for Voice and Orchestra
Finzi: Dies Natalis
Copland: Old American Songs
Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge
John McCabe: Notturni ed Alba
Bliss: A Song of Welcome
Canteloube: Songs of the Auvergne
Ravel: Schéhérazade
Warlock: The Curlew
Vaughan Williams: Songs of Travel
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Re: 10 favorite song cycles
« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2021, 07:31:59 AM »
Novak: Eight Nocturnes for Voice and Orchestra
Finzi: Dies Natalis
Copland: Old American Songs
Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge
John McCabe: Notturni ed Alba
Bliss: A Song of Welcome
Canteloube: Songs of the Auvergne
Ravel: Schéhérazade
Warlock: The Curlew
Vaughan Williams: Songs of Travel

Can’t believe I forgot the Canteloube  ::) one of my very favorites.
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Re: 10 favorite song cycles
« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2021, 07:33:56 AM »
My 10 in no particular order:

Mahler: Rückert-Lieder
Strauss: Vier letzte Lieder
Debussy: Trois poèmes de Mallarmé
Ravel: Trois poèmes de Mallarmé
Shostakovich: From Jewish Folk Poetry, Op. 79
Berlioz: Les nuits d'été, Op. 7
Sibelius: Six Songs, Op. 50
Dvořák: Liebeslieder, Op. 83, B 160
Rachmaninov: Six Songs, Op. 8
Barber: Hermit Songs, Op. 29

My interest is certainly piqued in the Sibelius, Dvorak, and Rachmaninoff cycles you mention! Although they are three of my favorite composers, I must confess I don’t know those works.
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Re: 10 favorite song cycles
« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2021, 08:08:14 AM »
My interest is certainly piqued in the Sibelius, Dvorak, and Rachmaninoff cycles you mention! Although they are three of my favorite composers, I must confess I don’t know those works.

Yes, you must give them a listen, Kyle. I think you'll enjoy them.
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Re: 10 favorite song cycles
« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2021, 08:56:36 AM »
Must admit, I don't often (at least as of late) listen to song cycles, but here goes:

Berlioz - Les Nuits d'Été
Finzi - Let Us Garlands Bring
Vaughan Williams - On Wenlock Edge
Strauss - 4 Last songs
Schubert - Winterreise
Schubert - Die Schone Müllerin

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Re: 10 favorite song cycles
« Reply #10 on: December 01, 2021, 08:58:30 AM »
Must admit, I don't often (at least as of late) listen to song cycles, but here goes:

Berlioz - Les Nuits d'Été
Finzi - Let Us Garlands Bring
Vaughan Williams - On Wenlock Edge
Strauss - 4 Last songs
Schubert - Winterreise
Schubert - Die Schone Müllerin

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Finally, someone else chose the Berlioz. 8)
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Re: 10 favorite song cycles
« Reply #11 on: December 01, 2021, 09:03:44 AM »
Finally, someone else chose the Berlioz. 8)
:laugh:  :)  Yes, it really is a lovely cycle.  One of my favorite recordings of it is with Susan Graham (who I also was lucky enough to see her perform it a number of years ago).



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Re: 10 favorite song cycles
« Reply #12 on: December 01, 2021, 09:09:34 AM »
Two per composer (sorta)

Schubert Winterreise, Müllerin
Schumann Dichterliebe, Kerner-Lieder
Mahler Lied von der Erde / Grisey Quatre chants
Shostakovich Michelangelo, Blok
Kurtág Kafka-Fragmente, Messages

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Re: 10 favorite song cycles
« Reply #13 on: December 01, 2021, 10:40:26 AM »
Must admit, I don't often (at least as of late) listen to song cycles, but here goes:

Berlioz - Les Nuits d'Été
Finzi - Let Us Garlands Bring
Vaughan Williams - On Wenlock Edge
Strauss - 4 Last songs
Schubert - Winterreise
Schubert - Die Schone Müllerin

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Love the Berlioz! Fine list!
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Re: 10 favorite song cycles
« Reply #14 on: December 01, 2021, 11:37:25 AM »
:laugh:  :)  Yes, it really is a lovely cycle.  One of my favorite recordings of it is with Susan Graham (who I also was lucky enough to see her perform it a number of years ago).



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Very nice. I don't know that performance, but I'll have to check and see if I own it. If not, I'll be acquiring it I'm sure. :)
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« Reply #15 on: December 01, 2021, 11:43:36 AM »
Very nice. I don't know that performance, but I'll have to check and see if I own it. If not, I'll be acquiring it I'm sure. :)
:laugh: Cute!  ;)

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« Reply #16 on: December 01, 2021, 11:47:59 AM »
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« Reply #17 on: December 01, 2021, 11:52:12 AM »
Thanks... :-[ I guess. :D
Have you heard her sing before (either live, over radio/tv, or any of her recordings) John?  Just curious.  :)

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« Reply #18 on: December 01, 2021, 12:00:17 PM »
Have you heard her sing before (either live, over radio/tv, or any of her recordings) John?  Just curious.  :)

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I probably have, but I just don't remember her voice. I've heard so many fine vocalists that it's difficult to keep track of who I've heard and haven't heard.
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« Reply #19 on: December 01, 2021, 12:06:22 PM »
I probably have, but I just don't remember her voice. I've heard so many fine vocalists that it's difficult to keep track of who I've heard and haven't heard.
I suspect that you might have either seen or purchased the recording to this:

Silly ole Amazon, image is blocked.  It was of the opera Dead Man Walking. The earliest one with Graham.

I watched it on t.v. and later purchased the opera.

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