Duet: Songs for two voices by Schumann, Mendelssohn & Cornelius | Delphian DCD34167

Duet: Songs for two voices by Schumann, Mendelssohn & Cornelius

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Label: Delphian

Cat No: DCD34167

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 19th February 2016

Contents

Works

Cornelius, Peter

Duette (3), op.6 'Drei zweistimmige Lieder'
Duette (4), op.16
Fruhling im Sommer
Zu den Bergen hebet sich ein Augenpaar

Mendelssohn, Felix

Duets (3), op.77
Duets (6), op.63
Gesange (6), op.86
» no.6 Altdeutsches Fruhlingslied 'Der trube Winter ist vorbei'

Schumann, Robert

Duets (4), op.34
» no.4 Familien-Gemalde
Duets (4), op.78
» no.4 Wiegenlied am Lager eines kranken Kindes
Liederalbum fur die Jugend, op.79
» no.16 Das Gluck
Lieder und Gesange (5), op.77
» no.5 Auftrage
Lieder und Gesange (5), op.127
» no.2 Dein Angesicht
Minnespiel, op.101
» no.3 Ich bin dein Baum

Artists

Lucy Crowe (soprano)
William Berger (baritone)
Iain Burnside (piano

Works

Cornelius, Peter

Duette (3), op.6 'Drei zweistimmige Lieder'
Duette (4), op.16
Fruhling im Sommer
Zu den Bergen hebet sich ein Augenpaar

Mendelssohn, Felix

Duets (3), op.77
Duets (6), op.63
Gesange (6), op.86
» no.6 Altdeutsches Fruhlingslied 'Der trube Winter ist vorbei'

Schumann, Robert

Duets (4), op.34
» no.4 Familien-Gemalde
Duets (4), op.78
» no.4 Wiegenlied am Lager eines kranken Kindes
Liederalbum fur die Jugend, op.79
» no.16 Das Gluck
Lieder und Gesange (5), op.77
» no.5 Auftrage
Lieder und Gesange (5), op.127
» no.2 Dein Angesicht
Minnespiel, op.101
» no.3 Ich bin dein Baum

Artists

Lucy Crowe (soprano)
William Berger (baritone)
Iain Burnside (piano

About

Duet singing reached its zenith in the Victorian age, and has since fallen out of fashion. Did artists become concerned with grander solo projects? Did audiences think duets too lowbrow?

William Berger follows up his acclaimed Delphian debut recital with Iain Burnside, in a programme of duets with the delectably voiced Lucy Crowe that resoundingly demonstrates just how musically rich the genre can be.

Published sets and individual songs by Mendelssohn, Schumann and the slightly younger Peter Cornelius span the middle decades of nineteenth-century Germany, and also represent the literary life of the country in that period. Nestled at the end of the disc, ravishingly beautiful and sad, is Schumann’s memorial to his deceased young son.

Praise for these artists:

‘I particularly appreciated Crowe’s gorgeous soft singing’ – Gramophone, May 2013

‘[Berger’s] tone is beautiful, his technique immaculate … Burnside is wonderfully responsive to his shifts in mood and style’ – The Guardian, August 2012

Reviews

Here we have little-known songs by Cornelius, Mendelssohn and Schumann, lovingly championed in the mellow and spacious acoustic of St Mary's, Haddington, in East Lothian... Lucy Crowe and William Berger are vocal soul mates, as revealed at once in the nostalgic thoughts of home of 'Heimatgedenken' and in Cornelius's setting of Schlegel's artful translation of Shakespeare's 'Come away, death' — a song certainly ready for exhumation this anniversary year... both singers relish Mendelssohn's gently oscillating setting of Robert Burns's 'O wert thou in the cauld blast!' And, best of all, Schumann... In casting, revelatory programming and true vocal chamber music making, this CD is a small miracle to be cherished. Hilary Finch
BBC Music Magazine March 2016
Crowe and Berger make for characterful, pleasing-sounding and intelligent duettists in these suave, elegant and sometimes deeply touching pieces [...] Stephen Pettitt
The Sunday Times

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