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Cornelius * Mendelssohn * Schumann: 'Duet'

Magazine article Gramophone

Cornelius * Mendelssohn * Schumann: 'Duet'

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Cornelius * Mendelssohn * Schumann 'Duet' Cornelius Duette, Op 16. Fruhling im Sommer. Drei zweistimmige Lieder, Op 6. Zu den Bergen hebet sich ein Augenpaar Mendelssohn Sechs Duette, Op 63. Altdeutsches Fruhlingslied, Op 86 No 6. Drei Lieder fur zwei Singstimmen, Op 77 Schumann Dein Angesicht, Op 127 No 2. Familien-Gemalde, Op 34 No 4. Das Gluck, Op 79 No 16. Ich bin dein Baum, Op 101 No 3. Auftrage, Op 77 No 5. Wiegenlied, Op 78 No 4 Lucy Crowe sop William Berger bar lain Burnside pf Delphian [F] DCD34167 (60' * DDD * T/t)

In the latest of his programmes for Delphian, Iain Burnside has looked to mid-19th-century Germany for a recital of (mostly) duets by Schumann, Mendelssohn and Cornelius. The disc is an invitation to enter a Biedermeier drawing room, where middle-class families would gather for evenings around the piano. Vocal duets were a popular part of the entertainment--nothing too difficult or challenging, comfortably melodious songs preferred.

Mendelssohn's Six Duets, Op 63, are typical of the territory. The early-Romantic style blends appealing melodies with largely unadventurous harmonies, the two voices moving in harmonious tenths or gently overlapping with answering phrases. …

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