ALPHONS DIEPENBROCK (1862-1921): Complete Songs - 3 Ballades, Op. 1, 2 Gesänge nach Dichtungen von Goethe, Op. 2, 8 German Songs, 11 French Songs, 1 Latin Song, 3 Italian Songs, 7 Dutch Songs.
Catalogue Number: 02W052
Label: Brilliant Classics
Description: Diepenbrock read widely, and drew on many sources for his songs: classical antiquity, religious texts from the Middle Ages, old Dutch poems, German Romantic choruses, modern French poetry and contemporary Dutch writers. The shared theme of these very different styles in his hands was a tendency towards mysticism and spiritual rapture. Little satisfied with mundane reality and the development of society, he found himself peculiarly attracted to poems which exalted the night and her mysteries. In the song output, this attraction is delicately handled in Der Abend and then much more erotically treated in Kann ich in Musen heisse Wünsche tragen, both on album 1. Album 2 is entirely dedicated to French lyrics by the likes of Verlaine and Rimbaud, full of Debussian nocturne-like character. Album 3 gathers up the songs to Latin, Italian and Dutch lyrics, reaching a powerful climax with Bejaard, composed in 1917, as an expression of Diepenbrock's indignation towards the German invasion of Belgium in August 1914. 3 CDs. No texts. Roberta Alexander (soprano), Jard van Nes, Christa Pfeiler (mezzos), Christoph Prégardien (tenor), Robert Holl (bass-baritone), Daniël Esser (cello), Rudolf Jansen (piano). Original NM Classics recordings. 2012 Etcetera release in an eight-disc Diepenbrock box.