Songs Without Words

Songs Without Words

2011 | Atma

Julius Drake (piano)


Julius Drake is renowned as one of the best accompanists working today and has chosen the ATMA label to record his first solo CD. He has conceived this recording as a personal journal and performs selections from Brahms’ Intermezzi, Mendelssohn’s Lieder ohne Worte and Schubert’s Moments musicaux, among others.

Track Listing

Schumann: Album for the Young, Op. 68, Vol. 2

Album fur die Jugend (Album for the Young), Op. 68, Part II: Fur Erwachsenere: No. 35. Mignon

Schumann: Album for the Young, Op. 68, Vol. 1

Album fur die Jugend (Album for the Young), Op. 68, Part I: Fur Kleinere: No. 1. Melodie (Melody)

Excerpt  Brahms: Intermezzi (3), Op. 117

3 Intermezzos, Op. 117: No. 1 in E flat major

 Excerpt  Mendelssohn: Songs without Words, Book 2 (6), Op. 30

Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 2, Op. 30: No. 12 in F sharp minor, Op. 30, No. 6, “Venezianisches Gondellied”

 Excerpt  Mendelssohn: Songs without Words, Book 3 (6), Op. 38

Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 3, Op. 38: No. 18 in A flat major, Op. 38, No. 6, “Duetto”

 Excerpt  Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op. 15

Kinderszenen (Scenes of Childhood), Op. 15: No. 12. Kind im Einschlummern (Child Falling Asleep)

 Excerpt  Schubert: Moments Musicaux (6), D780, Op. 94

6 Moments musicaux, Op. 94, D. 780: No. 2 in A flat major: Andantino

Excerpt  Liszt: Schwanengesang – Vierzehn Lieder Von Franz Schubert, S560

Schubert – Schwanengesang, S560 / R245: No. 12. Der Doppelganger

Excerpt  Grieg: Lyric Pieces III (6), Op. 43

Lyric Pieces, Book 3, Op. 43: No. 5. Erotic

Excerpt  Debussy: Suite Bergamasque

Suite bergamasque: III. Clair de lune

Poulenc: L’histoire de Babar, le petit elephant (The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant), FP 129: Berceuse

Excerpt  Janacek: On An Overgrown Path

Pozarostlem chodnicku (On the Overgrown Path), Book 1, JW VIII / 17: IV. The Madonna of Frydek: Grave

Bartók: Mikrokosmos Book IV

No. 116. Song

No. 100. In Folk Song Style

No. 107. Melody in the Mist

No. 97. Notturno

Britten: Holiday Diary Op. 5 for solo piano

Holiday Diary, Op. 5: IV. Night


It’s a treat to hear [Drake] take centre stage…the recital evokes lullabies and moonlight, nostalgia and intimacy, all of it cushioned by Drake’s warm sound, beautiful phrasing and affectionate touch…There’s a lovely unity to it and the pieces are well ordered to complement one another.

Ironically, this solo recital may serve its most useful purpose in an accompanying role, for sophisticated background music at a small gathering or dinner party. Not that there’s anything wrong with that…