Artists: Constance Heller & Gerold Huber
Title: Mignons Sehnen
Catalogue No.: SM 281
As a composer Hans Sommer emerged with songs and especially with his operas. Since, however, no opera of Sommer could hold its own in the repertoire for a long time, one overlooked easily the quality of his works and his contribution to the further development of the opera after Wagner. The much sung songs during his lifetime disappeared from the repertoire of the singers; Hans Sommer wrote the important contributions in the area of the art song at a time when his star was already sinking and he no longer had protagonists. In the last years of his life, Hans Sommer devoted himself once more primarily to song creation, and the first settings of Goethe were created. In total, there were 23 songs, which he largely instrumented and are one of the most valuable creations of Sommer.
For the first time, you can hear works on the CD that were recently discovered and provided by the great-grandson of the composer. The mezzo-soprano Constance Heller completed her vocal studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, where she graduated “with distinction” and the academic degree “Magister artium”. Heller sings parts on all major opera stages in the world.