Soirée captures the atmosphere of informal, domestic music making. Czech star mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená offers an intimate and highly personal collection of international songs together with an outstanding group of musical friends, including Sir Simon Rattle, who makes his recording debut as a pianist.
The German lied is represented by Brahms (Two Songs, Op. 91 and Five Ophelia Songs, WoO 22) and Strauss (Morgen!), the French chanson by Chausson (Chanson perpétuelle) and Ravel (Chansons madécasses), and 20th-century avant-gardism with Stravinsky’s Three Songs from William Shakespeare.
Soirée is the second release of Magdalena Kožená’s exclusive collaboration with PENTATONE, after having presented the baroque cantatas recital album Il giardino dei sospiri in 2019.
Magdalena Kožená (mezzo), Sir Simon Rattle (piano), Rahel Rilling (violin), Wolfram Brandl (violin), Yulia Deyneka (viola), David Adorjan (cello), Andrew Marriner (clarinet)
Brahms: Ophelia-Lieder (5), WoO posth. 22
Brahms: Two songs for contralto with viola obbligato, Op. 91
Chausson: Chanson perpétuelle, Op. 37
Dvořák: Me srdce casto v bolesti, B11 No. 11
Dvořák: Širokými rukávy (Wide sleeves)
Dvořák: Songs My Mother Taught Me, Op. 55 No. 4
Dvořák: Struna naladena (Rein gestimmt die Saiten), Op. 55, No. 5
Dvořák: Zalo dievca, zalo travu (When a Maiden Was a-Mowing), Op. 73 No. 2
Janáček: Rikadla (Nonsense Nursery Rhymes)
Ravel: Trois chansons madécasses
Strauss, R: Morgen, Op. 27 No. 4
Stravinsky: Three Songs from William Shakespeare