The first of four 2-CD “Flagstad Recitals” features Flagstad, Kirsten in Brahms and Schubert on CD1 as well as CD premieres of songs by Schumann (including her previously unpublished “Zum Schluss”), Strauss, Wolf and Sinding on CD2. Her great power and control placed her among those with the natural capacity for success in the ‘big’ songs with its special thrill, but there is no want of gentleness in the quieter ones. The American critic, Virgil Thomson, probably spoke for the whole audience when he wrote on Flagstad’s return to the United States in 1947: ‘Never in this writer’s concert-going lifetime has there been available any other vocal artistry of such sumptuous natural acoustics, such perfect technical control and such sound musicianship’.
"Throughout, one is stirred by the sheer beauty of the sound." Gramophone
“deeply felt … wonderfully radiant tone … very touching” [Brahms] “the operatic drama of Der Erlkönig is as memorable as the gently ravishing cantilena of Am Grabe Anselmos” The Penguin Guide to Bargain Compact Discs
"…worth having for the Wolf group alone." Gramophone
The Flagstad Recitals Volume 1Schubert, Brahms, Schumann, Wolf & Strauss - LiederBrahms: Vier ernste Gesänge, Op. 121Treue Liebe, Op. 7, No. 1Am Sonntag Morgen Op. 49 No. 1Auf dem Kirchhofe, Op. 105 No. 4Wie Melodien zieht es mir, Op. 105 No. 1Alte Liebe, Op. 72 No. 1Bei dir sind meine Gedanken (No. 2 from Sieben Lieder, Op. 95)Wir wandelten, wir zwei zusammen Op. 96/2Dein blaues Auge, (No. 8 from Acht Lieder und Gesänge, Op. 59)Schubert: Dem Unendlichen, D291 (Klopstock)Erlkönig, D328Am Grabe Anselmo\'s D504Des Mädchens Klage D191bAve Maria, D839Schumann: Der Nussbaum, Op. 25 No. 3Die Soldatenbraut Op. 64 No. 1Meine Rose, Op. 90 No. 2Liebeslied, Op. 51 No. 5Die Lotosblume, Op. 25 No. 7Widmung, Op. 25 No. 1Lust der Sturmnacht, Op. 35 No. 1In der Fremde (No. 1 from Liederkreis, Op. 39)Zum Schluß, Op. 25 No. 26Previously UnpublishedSinding: Leit etter livet og liv det! Op. 55, No. 5Sylvelin, Op. 55, No. 1Der skreg en fugl, Op. 18, No. 5Den Jomfru gik i valmu-Vang? Op. 50, No. 5Strauss, R: Befreit, Op. 39 No. 4Mit deinen blauen Augen, Op. 56 No. 4Lob des Leidens, Op. 15 No. 3Ich trage meine Minne, Op. 32 No. 1Ständchen, Op. 17 No. 2Geduld Op. 10 No. 5Wolf, H: Gesang Weylas (No. 46 from Mörike-Lieder)Gebet (No. 28 from Mörike-Lieder)Über Nacht Lieder aus der JugendzeitDer Freund (No. 1 from Eichendorff-Lieder)Heb’ auf dein blondes Haupt (No. 18 from Italienisches Liederbuch)Anakreons Grab (No. 29 from Goethe-Lieder)MorgenstimmungZur Ruh, zur Ruh!