Magazine article Opera Canada

Italienisches Liederbuch

Magazine article Opera Canada

Italienisches Liederbuch

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ITALIENISCHES LIEDERBUCH

WOLF

Catherine Rabbin, Daniel Lichti, Leslie De'ath Analekta: 2 9956

Written in two creative outbursts and published in two volumes, Wolf's collection of 46 exquisite songs, many of which are no longer than 20 measures in length, deal with various aspects of male-female relationships. Although published under one title, they were never intended to be performed as a cycle or, indeed, as a complete set. There is no narrative thread to hold them together. While many songs are clearly intended for cither a female or male voice, about a third can be sung by either. Here Rob-bin and Lichti, who have sung together for decades, have settled on an order and distribution favored by Irm-gard Seefried and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau for a recital they gave at the Salzburg Festival in 1958.

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Although the two much-admired Canadian singers were both 58 when this disc was recorded in June 2009, the passage of time has been kind. …

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