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Die schöne Magelone | Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto
A complete performance of the song-cycle by Johannes Brahms

date: April 30, 1996

Brahms’s cycle of Romanzen aus L.Tieck’s Magelone, Op.33, sets sections of poetry which are interpolated in the prose novel, Die schöne Magelone, by Ludwig Tieck, one of the foremost German writers of the early 19th century. The romances do not tell a continuous story; rather, they function as intermezzi in the novel, sometimes as commentary on the action, sometimes as actual songs sung by the medieval knight-errant Peter in the progress of his love for the beautiful Magelone. It is necessary, therefore, for a narration to retail the story between the songs; in our performance, this was provided by Bruce Ubukata. One of Canada’s foremost young baritones, Russell Braun, rose spendidly to the challenge of performing the fifteen romances, so varied in dramatic and vocal character.

Song Artist Composer Poet
Keinen hat es noch gereut, Op.33/1 (Die schöne Magelone) Braun, Russell, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Brahms, Johannes Tieck, Ludwig
Traun! Bogen und Pfeil, Op.33/2 (Die schöne Magelone) Braun, Russell, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Brahms, Johannes Tieck, Ludwig
Sind es Schmerzen, sind es Freuden, Op.33/3 (Die schöne Magelone) Braun, Russell, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Brahms, Johannes Tieck, Ludwig
Liebe kam aus fernen Landen, Op.33/4 (Die schöne Magelone) Braun, Russell, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Brahms, Johannes Tieck, Ludwig
So willst du des Armen, Op.33/5 (Die schöne Magelone) Braun, Russell, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Brahms, Johannes Tieck, Ludwig
Wie soll ich die Freude, Op.33/6 (Die schöne Magelone) Braun, Russell, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Brahms, Johannes Tieck, Ludwig
War es dir, dem diese Lippen bebten, Op.33/7 (Die schöne Magelone) Braun, Russell, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Brahms, Johannes Tieck, Ludwig
Wir müssen uns trennen, Op.33/8 (Die schöne Magelone) Braun, Russell, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Brahms, Johannes Tieck, Ludwig
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Ruhe, Süssliebchen, Op.33/9 (Die schöne Magelone) Braun, Russell, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Brahms, Johannes Tieck, Ludwig
Verzweiflung, Op.33/10 (Die schöne Magelone) Braun, Russell, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Brahms, Johannes Tieck, Ludwig
Wie schnell verschwindet, Op.33/11 (Die schöne Magelone) Braun, Russell, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Brahms, Johannes Tieck, Ludwig
Muss es eine Trennung geben, Op.33/12 (Die schöne Magelone) Braun, Russell, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Brahms, Johannes Tieck, Ludwig
Geliebter, wo zaudert, Op.33/13 (Die schöne Magelone) Braun, Russell, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Brahms, Johannes Tieck, Ludwig
Wie froh und frisch, Op.33/14 (Die schöne Magelone) Braun, Russell, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Brahms, Johannes Tieck, Ludwig
Treue Liebe dauert lange, Op.33/15 (Die schöne Magelone) Braun, Russell, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Brahms, Johannes Tieck, Ludwig