Lerchengesang (“The Lark’s Song”) from 4 Songs, Op. 70 must rate as one of Johannes Brahms’ most ethereal and atmospheric songs.
The text, by Karl August Candidus, pulls us into a floating, twilight dreamscape of passing memories amid “ethereal distant voices” and the “heavenly greetings of the larks.” Unfolding in gently-lapping arpeggios, the piano line drifts into the delicate upper registers with a sense of eternal longing and lament.
This recording, featuring Renée Fleming and pianist Hartmut Höll, comes from the newly-released Lieder album we explored last week:
- Renée Fleming: Lieder, Hartmut Höll, Christian Thielemann, Munich Philharmonic Decca Classics