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A Visit With Povla Frijsh (1953)

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 96 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

Recorded on March 7, 1953, this is an interview with Povla Frijsh, one of the finest art song interpreters of the early 20th century. Following this historical conversation, selected recorded works illustrating Ms. Frijsh’s mastery of the art song are heard, as well as a smaller selection of art songs performed by Lorri Lail. Paula Frisch (she later changed the spelling of her last name), was born in Denmark in 1881, the daughter of a physician. She first studied piano and musical theory at the Copenhagen Conservatory before going on to study singing with Jean Périer and Sarah de Lalande in Paris. She toured thought Europe and the United States and was often accompanied by pianist Alfred Cortot. Ms. Frijsh occasionally appeared on the operatic stage and during World War I she gained popularity for singing for the French soldiers. In 1940 she came to New York City where she taught at Juilliard and continued to perform and was widely recognized as a master in the art of expression and for the delicate feeling she had for style, and was particularly famous as an interpreter of French songs. As she reveals in this interview, in her conception of the art song, the singer serves the composer and the poet, and not they the singer, and that those with too opulent a voice often fail to properly interpret a composer’s work. Lorri Lail, who is heard at the end of this program, was a talented mezzo-soprano born in Oslo, Norway, to French and Irish parents. She studied in Berlin until fleeing at the start of World War II. Ms. Lail mastered a large repertory spanning seven different languages and was equally comfortable performing works from the 18th to 20th century.

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Die Stadt, D. 957, No. 11 [text by Heinrich Heine] (1828) (2:23) / Franz Schubert -- Gruppe Aus Dem Tartarus, D. 396 [text by Friedrich Schiller] (1816) (3:53) / Franz Schubert -- Mein Schöner Stern, Op. 101, No. 4 [text by Friedrich Rückert] (1849) (2:27) / Robert Schumann -- Schöne Fremde, Op. 39, No. 6 [text by Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff] (1840) (1:06) / Robert Schumann -- Viel Glück zur Reise, Schwalben, Op. 104, No. 2 [ text by Elisabeth Kulmann] (1851) (0:54) / Robert Schumann -- Infidélité [text by Théophile Gautier] (1891) (2:35) / Reynaldo Hahn -- Mandoline [text by Paul Verlaine] (1901) (1:58) / Gabriel Dupont -- Le Manoir de Rosemonde [text by Robert de Bonnières] (1879) (2:19) / Henri Duparc -- Dans la Forêt du Charme et de L’enchantement, Op. 36, No. 2 [text by Jean Moréas] (1898) (2:08) / Ernest Chausson -- Automne, Op. 18, No. 3 [text by Armand Silvestre] (1878) (2:42) / Gabriel Fauré --Le Secret, Op. 23, No. 3 [text by Armand Silvestre] (1881) (1:40) / Gabriel Fauré -- Nell, Op. 18, No. 1 [text by Leconte de Lisle] (1878) (1:51) / Gabriel Fauré -- Le Paon [from “Histoires Naturelles,” text by Jules Renard] (1906) (4:23) / Maurice Ravel
Performers:  Heinrich Schlusnus, baritone (Die Stadt)
Franz Rupp, piano (Die Stadt)
Povla Frijsh, soprano (all, except where noted)
Celius Dougherty, piano (Mein ; Viel ; Infidélité ; Manoir ; Dans ; Automne ; Secret ; Paon)
Genres:  Art Songs; Classical Music
Subject:  Frijsh, Povla, 1881-1960; 19th century classical; 20th century classical; Art songs; Songs ; Songs (Medium voice) with piano; Songs (High voice) with piano
People:  Federico, Americo; Frijsh, Povla, 1881-1960; Schubert, Franz, 1797-1828; Heine, Heinrich, 1797-1856 ; Schiller, Friedrich, 1759-1805; Schumann, Robert, 1810-1856; Rückert, Friedrich, 1788-1866 ; Eichendorff, Joseph, Freiherr von, 1788-1857 ; Kulmann, Elisabeth, 1808-1825 ; Kulʹman, Elisaveta, 1808-1825; Hahn, Reynaldo, 1875-1947; Gautier, Théophile, 1811-1872; Dupont, Gabriel, 1878-1914; Verlaine, Paul, 1844-1896 ; Duparc, Henri, 1848-1933; Bonnières, Robert de ; Chausson, Ernest, 1855-1899; Moréas, Jean, 1856-1910; Papadiamantopoulos, Ioannes, 1856-1910 ; Fauré, Gabriel, 1845-1924; Silvestre, Armand, 1837-1901 ; Leconte de Lisle, 1818-1894; Ravel, Maurice, 1875-1937; Renard, Jules, 1864-1910; Rupp, Franz, 1901-1992 ; Schlusnus, Heinrich, 1888-1952 ; Dougherty, Celius, 1902-1986
Recording Date:  3/7/1953
First Broadcast Date:  9/28/1953
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Der Skreg en Fugl, Op. 18, No. 5 [text by Vilhelm Krag] (1892) (1:23) / Christian Sinding -- Med en Vandlilje (”With a Waterlily”), Op 25, No. 4 [text by Henrik Ibsen] (1876) (2:07) / Edvard Grieg -- Dandsen du Mig Møder, Op. 13, No. 5 [text by Johan Ludvig Heiberg] (1881) (2:37) / Agathe Backer-Grøndahl -- Mein Lied ertönt, ein Liebespsalm, Op. 55, No. 1 [text by Adolf Heyduk] (1880) (2:41) / Antonín Dvořák -- In dem weiten, breiten, luft'gen Leinenkleide, Op. 55, No. 6 [text by Adolf Heyduk] (1880) (1:31) / Antonín Dvořák -- Darf des Falken Schwinge Tatrahoh'n umrauschen, Op. 55, No. 7 [text by Adolf Heyduk] (1880) (1:37) / Antonín Dvořák -- Vieni Che Poi Sereno [from the opera “Semiramide Riconosciuta,” libretto by Pietro Metastasio] (ca. 1748) (3:30) / Christoph Willibald Gluck -- Dans les Ruines d'une Abbaye, Op. 2, No. 1 [text by Victor Hugo] (ca. 1866) (1:55) / Gabriel Fauré -- Med en Vandlilje (”With a Waterlily”), Op 25, No. 4 [text by Henrik Ibsen] (1876) (2:07) / Edvard Grieg -- Jeg elsker Dig (”I Love but Thee”), Op. 5, No. 3 [text by Hans Christian Andersen] (1864) (1:34) / Edvard Grieg -- Liebe schwärmt auf allen Wegen, D 239, No. 6 [from “Claudine von Villa Bella,” text by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe] (ca. 1815) (1:06) / Franz Schubert -- L’Albatros Op. 14, No. 1 [text by Konstantin Bal’mont] (4:04) / Jaroslav Křička -- Der Tannenbaum [text by Georg Scheurlin] (2:40) / Richard Wagner -- Dors, Mon Enfant [text from anonymous source] (2:03) / Richard Wagner -- L’Attente [text by Victor Hugo] (2:07) / Richard Wagner -- Mignonne [text by Pierre de Ronsard] (2:36) / Richard Wagner -- Die frühen Gräber [text by Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock] (ca. 1785) (2:25) / Christoph Willibald Gluck -- Die Sommernacht [text by Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock] (ca. 1785) (2:09) / Christoph Willibald Gluck -- Der Jüngling [text by Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock] (ca. 1785) (1:32) / Christoph Willibald Gluck -- Schlachtgesang [text by Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock] (ca. 1785) (1:04) / Christoph Willibald Gluck -- Die Neigung [text by Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock] (ca. 1785) (2:44) / Christoph Willibald Gluck
Performers:  Povla Frijsh, soprano (all songs up to L’Albatros)
Daisy Bucktrout, piano ( L’Albatros)
Lorri Lail, mezzo-soprano (all songs from Der Tannenbaum)
Gerald Moore, piano (all Wagner songs)
Millicent Silver, harpsichord (all Gluck/Klopstock songs)
Genres:  Art Songs; Classical Music
Subject:  18th century classical; 19th century classical; Art songs; Songs (High voice) with piano; Songs (High voice) with harpsichord
People:  Sinding, Christian, 1856-1941; Krag, Vilhelm, 1871-1933 ; Grieg, Edvard, 1843-1907 ; Ibsen, Henrik, 1828-1906 ; Backer-Grøndahl, Agathe, 1847-1907 ; Heiberg, J. L. (Johan Ludvig), 1791-1860; Dvořák, Antonín, 1841-1904; Heyduk, Adolf, 1835-1923 ; Gluck, Christoph Willibald, Ritter von, 1714-1787; Metastasio, Pietro, 1698-1782 ; Fauré, Gabriel, 1845-1924; Hugo, Victor, 1802-1885 ; Andersen, H. C. (Hans Christian), 1805-1875; Schubert, Franz, 1797-1828; Křička, Jaroslav ; Balʹmont, Konstantin Dmitrievich, 1867-1942; Wagner, Richard, 1813-1883; Scheurlin, Georg, 1802-1872 ; Ronsard, Pierre de, 1524-1585 ; Klopstock, Friedrich Gottlieb, 1724-1803 ; Frijsh, Povla, 1881-1960; Bucktrout, Daisy; Lail, Lorri, 1904-1978 ; Moore, Gerald ; Silver, Millicent
Recording Date:  ca 1960
First Broadcast Date:  9/28/1953
 
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