Saturday, 4 April 2009

Barbra Streisand - Classical Barbra

Songs and Arias sung by Barbra Streisand: Claude Debussy, Joseph Canteloube, Hugo Wolf, Gabriel Fauré, Carl Orff, Georg Friedrich Händel, Robert Schumann, Claus Ogerman.

When one of the greatest popular singers of our time records an album of classical songs, the result has to be something unique. What Barbra has done here will come as a surprise and revelation.

Barbra is one of the most versatile talents in the business, but this recording reveals that her versatility and her gifts are even greater than anyone has ever guessed.

On "Dank Sei Dir, Herr": This great religious song came to light early in this century, and although its exact source is still unknown, the style and manner of the music leave little doubt that Händel, indeed, composed it.

As in "Lascia Ch'io Pianga, there are to be found traits that characterize all that Händel wrote - greatness achieved with a minimum of melodic and harmonic complexity.

The CD was released by Sony, P 1976 C 1993 (ADD). Sony Masterworks SK 33452.

Barbra Streisand, Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Conductor/Piano: Claus Ogerman

Track List:
  1. Claude Debussy (1862-1918) - Beau Soir (2'37")
  2. Joseph Canteloube (1879-1957) - Brezairola (3'44")
  3. Hugo Wolf (1860-1903) - Verschwiegene Liebe (2'55)
  4. Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) - Pavane (Vocalise) (5'29")
  5. Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) - Après Un Reve (3'22)
  6. Carl Orff (1895 - 1982) - In Trutina (2'08")
  7. Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759) - Lascia Ch'io Pianga from Rinaldo (3'38")
  8. Robert Schumann (1810-1856) - Mondnacht (3'55")
  9. Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759) - Dank Sei Dir, Herr (3'42")
  10. Claus Ogerman (b. 1930) - I Loved You (2'16")
A big "Thank You" to Barbra Streisand for these great arias !