Magazine article Gramophone

Wigmore's Live Label Issues a Vocal Highlight from 2012

Magazine article Gramophone

Wigmore's Live Label Issues a Vocal Highlight from 2012

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Christiane Karg Berg Sieben fruhe Lieder Debussy Ariettes oubliees--Green; Spleen Faure Nell, Op 18 No 1. La rose, Op 51 No 4. Les roses d'lspahan. Op 39 No 4 Poulenc Fiancailles pour rire--Fleurs Schumann Du bist wie eine Blume, Op 25 No 24 R Strauss Die erwachte Rose, WoO66. Madchenblumen, Op 22. Die Nacht, Op 10 No 3. Rote Rosen, WoO76. Traum durch die Dammerung, Op 29 No 1. Weisser Jasmin, Op 31 No 3 Wolf Bedeckt mit Blumen. Die Nacht. Nachtzauber. Unfall. Verschwiegene Liebe Christiane Karg sop Malcolm Martineau pf Wigmore Hall Live [M] WHLIVE0062 (72' x DDD x T/t) Recorded live, July 19.2012

One of the beauties of Wigmore Hall Live is how accomplished, young-ish singers are given a platform for song recitals--and ones that might not get past a furrow-browed recording executive but get to the heart of a singer's art. Here, Christiane Karg and Malcolm Martineau have assembled a programme of flower songs by Strauss, Faure, Debussy and others, rhapsodising about both about their literal and their metaphorical beauty.

Not all the composers are at their best: Richard Strauss, for one, represented by youthful, somewhat superficial compositions. …

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