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On Eternal Love: Romantic Lieder (Taryn Fiebig & Scott Davie)
A profoundly intimate recital of exquisite jewels from the Romantic song repertoire.
ABC Classic is proud to present this studio recording featuring two superb Australian artists: soprano Taryn Fiebig and pianist Scott Davie. Well-known to audiences around the country for her many roles with Opera Australia and Pinchgut Opera, as well as concert engagements with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Australian Brandenburg Ensemble and the Sydney, West Australian, Adelaide and Queensland Symphony Orchestras and appearances at the Adelaide Festival and the Huntington Estate Music Festival, Taryn Fiebig here displays her extraordinary expressive power and artistic sensitivity in a program featuring some of the finest examples of Romantic song. She is partnered by Scott Davie, an acclaimed pianist and scholar who has focused his career on the music of the Romantic era.
At the heart of the album is Schumann’s Op. 39 Liederkreis (Song Cycle), a potent and deeply moving study of love and loneliness, set in the mysterious shadows of an ancient forest. From wistful reverie to rapturous delight, voice and piano together convey every nuance of the eloquent poetry.
Also featuring on the disc are iconic lieder including Schubert’s Gretchen am Spinnrade (Gretchen at the Spinning Wheel), Brahms’ Die Mainacht (May Night) and the gentle longing of Richard Strauss’s Morgen (Tomorrow), as well as two French masterpieces: À Chloris (To Chloris), by Reynaldo Hahn, and Francis Poulenc’s delicious waltz Les Chemins de l’amour (The Paths of Love).
Soprano Taryn Fiebig is one of Australia’s most popular and versatile artists. Career highlights for Opera Australia have included the roles of Musetta (La bohème), Susanna (The Marriage of Figaro), Despina (Così fan tutte), Pamina and Papagena (The Magic Flute), Servilia (La clemenza di Tito), Oscar (A Masked Ball), Clorinda (Cenerentola), Lisa (La sonnambula), Belinda (Dido and Aeneas), Aphrodite (The Love of the Nightingale), Karolka (Jenůfa), The Woodbird and Gutrune in Wagner’s Ring cycle, a Helpmann Award-winning performance as Lucy Joy in Bliss, and over 200 performances as Eliza Dolittle in Opera Australia’s national tour of My Fair Lady.
She has also appeared with West Australian Opera in the title role of The Merry Widow, with New Zealand Opera as Esmeralda in The Bartered Bride, for the Adelaide Festival as Michal in Handel’s Saul, and with Pinchgut Opera in roles including Selinda (Farnace) and Sicle (Ormindo), as well as starring in the company’s recent film A Delicate Fire. Internationally, she has appeared in America for the LA Ear Unit and in the UK with the English Chamber Orchestra, at the Edinburgh Festival, and for BBC Radio 4.
Pianist Scott Davie is known to audiences as both a soloist and chamber musician. He has given concerts throughout Australia, and his performances and recordings have been broadcast on radio and television. The recipient of numerous awards and prizes, he later furthered his studies in London. He now teaches at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Performance highlights have included the Australian premiere of the original version of Rachmaninoff's Fourth Piano Concerto to capacity audiences at the Sydney Opera House with Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Sydney Symphony, and tours of Australia, the USA and Shanghai with Grand,a collaboration withGraeme Murphy and the Sydney Dance Company.
REYNALDO HAHN À Chloris (To Chloris)
JOHANNES BRAHMS Von ewiger Liebe (On Eternal Love), Op. 43 No. 1
Die Mainacht (May Night), Op. 43 No. 2
FRANZ SCHUBERT Gretchen am Spinnrade (Gretchen at the Spinning Wheel), D118
Der Zwerg (The Dwarf), D771
ROBERT SCHUMANN Liederkreis (Song Cycle), Op. 39
I. In der Fremde (In a Foreign Land)
III. Waldesgespräch (Forest Conversation)
IV. Die Stille (The Silence)
V. Mondnacht (Moonlit Night)
VI. Schöne Fremde (A Beautiful Foreign Land)
VII. Auf einer Burg (At the Top of a Castle)
VIII. In der Fremde (In a Foreign Land)
IX. Wehmut (Sadness)
X. Zwielicht (Twilight)
XI. Im Walde (In the Forest)
XII. Frühlingsnacht (Spring Night)
FRANCIS POULENC Les Chemins de l’amour (The Paths of Love)
RICHARD STRAUSS Morgen (Tomorrow), Op. 27 No. 4
Taryn Fiebig soprano | Scott Davie piano