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'Benita Valente, Vol 2'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Benita Valente, Vol 2'

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'Benita Valente, Vol 2'

Schubert Gretchen am Spinnrade, D118. Lied der Mignon, D877 Nos 2-4. Romanze, D787 Schumann Myrthen, Op 25-No 7, Die Lotosblume; No 24, Du bist wie eine Blume. Marienwurmchen, Op 79 No 13 R Strauss Drei Lieder der Ophelia, Op 67. Acht Gedichte aus Letzte Blatter, Op 10-No 1, Zueignung; No 3, Die Nacht; No 8, Allerseelen. Heimkehr, Op 15 No 5. Standchen, Op 17 No 2. Cacilie, Op 27 No 2. Einerlei, Op 69 No 3 Wolf Er ist's. In dem Schatten meiner Locken. Mausfallenspruchlein. Verborgenheit. Die verlassene Magdlein. Verschwiegene Liebe Benita Valente sop Harold Wright cl Lydia Artymiw, Lee Luvisi, Cynthia Raim pf Bridge (F) BRIDGE9451 (62' * DDD * T/t)

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The cover of the first volume on Bridge Records devoted to performances by soprano Benita Valente contains the phrase 'Great Singers of the 20th Century'. For some reason, the second volume does not, though it should. Listen to Valente shape songs by Schubert, Schumann, Strauss and Wolf and you know you're in the presence of a supreme artist. The recordings featured on this volume were made in the 1980s, when Valente was in her prime. …

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