|All Artists: Aldo Protti, Alfred Poell, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini, Richard  Strauss, Noel Coward, Ivor Novello, Josef Krips, Karl Böhm, Erich Kleiber, Clemens Krauss, Alberto Erede, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Accademia di Santa Cecilia Orchestra, Stanley Black Orchestra, Friedrich Gulda, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Sena Jurinac|
Title: Prima Voce: Hilde Güden
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Label: Nimbus Records
Original Release Date: 1/1/2008
Re-Release Date: 9/9/2008
Album Type: Import
Genres: Pop, Classical
Styles: Vocal Pop, Opera & Classical Vocal, Historical Periods, Classical (c.1770-1830), Modern, 20th, & 21st Century
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPCs: 0710357795220, 710357795220
"On the singing side, the performance offered several newsworthy items, chief among them being the new Gilda--a Viennese girl named Hilde Güden who was lovely to look at and lovelier to listen to. The voice blossomed into a rich flower, every note in its place like a petal--a voice clear, true, and confident." -- New York World-Telegram and Sun, November 1951 It becomes evident from the first note that Hilde Güden possessed a truly beautiful vocal timbre. Her singing of the various arias from Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflöte, Le Nozze di Figaro, Idomeneo, Il Re Pastore, and the Exsultate jubilate perfectly mirror the style of Mozart-singing pertaining to her generation. The tone is always unforced and due consideration is given to dynamics so that score markings are scrupulously adhered to and achieved with a floating quality that is never too thin or threadbare, but full of color.
Lovely singing by the loveliest of sopranos
Steven Keller | Fairview Heights, Illinois, USA | 12/13/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Lovely! The selections on the first disc have appeared before on the Preiser label; however, to my knowledge the Strauss Brentano songs as well as the Ivor Novello and Noel Coward selections on the second disc have never appeared on compact disc. I have been eagerly anticipating the Strauss songs with piano and the Coward/Novello selections for years. This is singing of the highest caliber, and at the risk of sounding like an old codger, singing like we have not heard in years. The lovely Hilde Gueden had the ability to spin and soar her soprano voice like few singers of the 20th century. Gueden was a real musician who paid attention to the meaning of the text and the dynamics indicated in the score.
The genius at Decca who decided to feature Gueden in the soaring melodies of Novello and Coward should be paid homage here as we have some of the most beautiful renditions of these gentlemen's songs ever committed to disc. Truly, with the exception of Dame Joan's Coward disc, I'll follow my secret heart and Zigeuner have never been bettered. The Novello selections are incredible, my favorite being the rhapsodic piece from Glamorous Night. Although everything on these discs is lovely, you will be queuing up the Coward and Novello pieces over and over because of their sheer beauty and the beauty of Gueden's voice. Here I digress, but why do these delightful Novello pieces languish? It is ashamed that Dame Joan didn't record some of these pieces in her prime.
The Strauss Brentano songs have also seen the light of day, thank goodness, and the CD transfer is very good. Friedrich Gulda is the perfect match for Gueden in these loveliest of Strauss songs with piano. Keep the score in your lap as you listen and marvel at the scrupulous attention paid by both voice and piano as they realize the music that Strauss wrote.
At the risk of gilding the lily, I must say that you will not be disappointed in these discs. If you wish to be transported to a realm of imagination and beauty you need to get these discs while they are around. Thank you Hilde Gueden for these lovely recordings and thank you Nimbus for these transfers.