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    Technically, the Morike lieder are not a song cycle, by which I mean that there is no 'story' or single theme that runs through the poems. There are also 53 of them, which would make for a long performance :-)

    But I completely agree, this is the best of Wolf in the originality, freshness, diversity and beauty of the settings, certainly the best place to start for anyone interested in getting to know his songs.

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    Technically, the Morike lieder are not a song cycle, by which I mean that there is no 'story' or single theme that runs through the poems. There are also 53 of them, which would make for a long performance

    But I completely agree, this is the best of Wolf in the originality, freshness, diversity and beauty of the settings, certainly the best place to start for anyone interested in getting to know his songs.

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    Hugo Wolf is my favorite Lieder composer, he sublimated the genre, after Schubert and Schumann cooked it up.
    I have no strong preferred cycle or song, I like the Morike Lieder, Goethe Lieder and The Italian songbook. There is a refreshingly small number of recordings. Of the old school singers, I prefer Schreier. he recorded all of the above and in a great style. DFD and Schwarzkopf are not my favourites, allthough DFD recorded the Morike Lieder with Richter, which is a very nice recording. Of the new recordings, I like Werner Gura and the Erdmann/Gerhaber duo

    Just a hint for a first impression would be to listen to the first fragile song of the Italian songbook by Schwarzkopf and than by Mojca Erdmann: 'Auch kleine Dinge koennen uns entzuecken'. You will find out right away which style you prefer.

    Wolf's work is a subtle treasure chest, after the heavy romantic Schubert and Schumann cycles, but probably not for everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NLAdriaan View Post

    Just a hint for a first impression would be to listen to the first fragile song of the Italian songbook by Schwarzkopf and than by Mojca Erdmann: 'Auch kleine Dinge koennen uns entzuecken'. You will find out right away which style you prefer.
    For me it's Schwarzkopf all the way. She probaby recorded and performed more Wolf than any other singer except possibly Fischer-Dieskau and she brings out so many subtle shades of meaning. Erdmann is just a lovely voice singing a pretty tune, but Wolf is so much more than that and I prefer Schwarzkopf's greater range of colour and expression.
    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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    I'd add Lisa della Casa her too. I simply love her voice and the way she phrases musical sentences. Pure genius. I simply get carried away.

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    Vincula

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    I'm making my way through some of Wolf's music and the complete (and I think ongoing) series of his complete lieder by Stone Records, a volume of which was posted above. I listened to the string quartet -which I really liked- and the italienische Serenade, that didn't grab me much. Now I'm on the italienisches Liederbuch and then I'll continue with other cycles. I'm liking it so far, but what I'm wondering is what does this forum think about his opera Der Corregidor. I haven't found a complete recording neither on Spotify nor on Youtube.

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    I go hot and cold on Wolf - but generally enjoy his lieder. But not as much as Othmar Schoeck. What I really enjoy with Schoeck are his song cycles with more than piano accompaniment: Notturno (string quartet), Elegie (chamber ensemble).

    And I wish Wolf would have done similar things. His one string quartet is pretty good, and I would have liked to hear his songs done with some variety of instrumental texture.

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