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Lotte Lehmann: A Sung & Spoken Tribute

by Lotte Lehmann

World class vocalists rendering homage to Lotte Lehmann and honoring the legacy of a timeless artist and teacher.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. LOTTE LEHMANN: Mendelssohn - Die Liebende Schreibt
2:17 album only
2. LOTTE LEHMANN: speaks
1:08 album only
3. GRACE BUMBRY: speaks
2:06 album only
4. GRACE BUMBRY: Wolf - Anakreons Grab
2:45 album only
2:08 album only
6. KURT OLLMANN: Schubert - Auf dem Flusse
3:24 album only
3:52 album only
8. JENNIFER LARMORE: Barber - Sure on this Shining Night
2:22 album only
9. PAUL SPERRY: speaks
1:34 album only
10. PAUL SPERRY: Pessard - Bonjour Suzon
2:16 album only
11. DALTON BALDWIN: speaks
0:58 album only
12. MARCELLA REALE: Puccini - Sole e Amore
1:47 album only
13. MILDRED MILLER: speaks
3:10 album only
14. WOLFGANG HOLZMAIR: Schubert - Der Zügenglöcklein
4:38 album only
15. LUBA TCHERESKY: speaks
2:08 album only
16. JUDITH KELLOCK: Hindemith - Stillung Mariä
2:45 album only
1:01 album only
18. NORMAN MITTLEMANN: Schumann - Die beiden Grenadiere
3:50 album only
19. MARNI NIXON: speaks
0:46 album only
20. MARNI NIXON: Schönberg - Galathea
3:08 album only
21. NATALIE STUTZMANN: Hahn - A Chloris
3:17 album only
22. CHRISTOPH PREGARDIEN: Schubert - Frühlingstraum
4:03 album only
2:29 album only
24. ALICE MARIE NELSON: Brahms - Von ewiger Liebe
4:57 album only
25. LOIS ALBA: speaks
1:57 album only
26. JULIANE BANSE: Brahms- Feldeinsamkeit
3:19 album only
0:44 album only


Album Notes
Lotte Lehmann was born in Perleberg, a small city not far from Berlin, in 1888. Her middle class father encouraged her in practical careers, but she was determined to study singing. After some disastrous experiences, she finally found a suitable teacher in Mathilde Mallinger, the first Eva in Wagner's Die Meistersinger. Thereafter she landed an apprentice-level contract with the Hamburg Opera in 1910. At first clumsy and inept, she quickly moved to important roles and in 1914 sang for the first time at the Vienna Court Opera. It was also in 1914 that Lotte Lehmann made the first of her over 500 recordings.

Lehmann began singing at the Vienna Opera full-time in 1916 and it was in Vienna that she found her true artistic home. Richard Strauss heard her sing as an understudy for the role of the Composer in his opera Ariadne auf Naxos and chose her to sing its world premiere. Thereafter she sang Strauss premieres of Intermezzo, Frau ohne Schatten as well as the Vienna premier of his Arabella and of Puccini's Suor Angelica and Turandot. Lehmann sang an astonishing ninety-three different roles during the course of her career.

During the Vienna years Lehmann began performing Lieder (German art song). Though she claimed later that she didn't do justice to this demanding art at this point of her development, she did record Lieder at the time. Despite the hackneyed orchestral accompaniments, Lehmann herself sounds natural and unaffected. Her recordings of Wagner's Die Walküre and Der Rosenkavalier by Strauss were held in high esteem by critics of her day and are still regarded as classic.

In 1914 Lehmann sang for the first time in London and was, by the time of her final performance there in 1938, considered to be one of the greatest singing actresses of all time. She also appeared regularly (1926-1937) at the Salzburg festivals conducted by Krauss, Schalk, and Toscanini. Lieder recitals there paired Lehmann with "pianist" Bruno Walter.

In 1934 Lehmann made her Metropolitan Opera debut in New York City. She sang her favorite role: Sieglinde in Die Walküre. The other roles she most enjoyed performing were the Marschallin, Fidelio, and Elisabeth in Tannhäuser. Problems with the Nazis had prevented her from singing for years in Germany, and just before Austria was annexed in 1938, Lehmann left Vienna. During this period, her opera career flourished at the Met and she began to sing and record more Lieder.

Throughout her life Lehmann wrote both fiction and books on her craft. In her later years she returned to writing, pedagogical as well as poetic. She also painted, did crafts and traveled the world giving master classes and giving radio and television interviews.

In 1947 Lehmann helped found the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California. She taught there from 1951 until 1962, at which point she continued to give private lessons in her Santa Barbara home almost until her death in 1976 at the age of 88.

Lotte Lehmann Foundation:

The Lotte Lehmann Foundation was invented in 1997 by Gary Hickling who served as its first President and single-handedly maintained it for the first six years of its existence. In January of 2003, Hickling determined to move the Foundation from its birthplace in Hawaii to New York City. Daron Hagen was invited by Gary Hickling to join the Foundation's Board of Directors; Hagen was subsequently elected President by the board. Gary Hickling retired from active service in 2005.

Since 2004, a vibrant Board of Directors consisting of professional singers, collaborative pianists, composers, arts management professionals, conductors, academics, music journalists, and executives with a passion for the arts has worked together to support, strengthen, extend, and expand the Foundation's mission. A large number of specialists in the field of classical song (composers, singers, pianists, and educators) have also been assembled to serve as Advisors whose input has been important in guiding the Foundation's programs.

The Foundation sponsors two major music competitions: CyberSing, an Internet-based international Art Song Performance Competition for singers and pianists, takes place in even-numbered years; the ASCAP / Lotte Lehmann Foundation Song Cycle Competition, a major national composition prize funded by Board Member Margo Garrett, is held in odd-numbered years.

In March of 2006 the Foundation launched VoxNova Media, a media division specializing in the publication of new vocal compositions and artists, historical re-releases, and educational materials. Media formats include: mp3, cd, dvd, pdf, and podcast. VNM will post its first new-issue of print music in September of 2006 - compositions by nearly a dozen major French composers, curated by Foundation Advisor Damien Top.

In March of 2007 the Foundation will launch a yearly series of master classes for singers in New York City. On 20 April 2007 the LLF co-sponsors its first art song recital at the Yamaha Concert Hall in New York City with the New York Singing Teachers' Association, featuring winners of both organizations' singing competitions.

Other ongoing functions of the Foundation include the bestowal each year of the World of Song Award to a notable singer, collaborative pianist, or composer of art song, the bi-annual publication of SongScape, the official newsletter of the foundation, as well as the maintenance of the Official Lotte Lehmann Website and the Song! Website.

In July of 2006, the Foundation awarded a grant to the WFMT Radio Network to help underwrite the production and distribution by the WFMT Radio Network of a two hour radio documentary on the life and music of Lotte Lehmann, produced by Jon Tolansky, with Steve Robinson, executive producer.

World famous German soprano Lotte Lehmann (1888-1976) was one of the great musical artists of the 20th Century. Her influence in the world of music was enormous. Lehmann's glorious voice and expressive interpretive talent enthralled her audiences with material ranging from opera to Lieder (classical German song).



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