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'Love's Embrace'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Love's Embrace'

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'Love's Embrace' Braunfels Drei chinesische Gesange, Op 19 Korngold Sechs einfache Lieder, Op 9--No 1, Schneeglockchen; No 3, Das Standchen; No 4, Liebesbriefchen; No 6, Sommer Marx Italienisches Liederbuch--No 2, Standchen. Lieder und Gesange: Vol 1--No 17, Marienlied; No 22, Sommerlied; No 24, Und gestern hat er mir Rosen gebracht; Vol 2--No 3, Der beschiedene Schafer; Vol 3--No 2, Waldseligkeit; No 9, Selige Nacht Pfitzner Funf Lieder, Op 11 No 4, Venus mater; No 5, Gretei. Funf Lieder, Op 26--No 2, Nachts; No 4, Trauerstille. Im Volkston--Untreu und Trost Juliane Banse sop Munich Radio Orchestra / Sebastian Weigle BR-Klassik (F) 900322 (55' * DDD)

This programme brings together some of the most seductive songs of Joseph Marx, Walter Braunfels, Korngold and Pfitzner in a nicely balanced selection. All are lovingly wrapped in orchestral garb, which is a particularly attractive proposition with the Pfitzner songs--until now available on record, so far as I can see, only with piano accompaniment.

Juliane Banse first made her mark at the lighter end of the spectrum, and the voice sounds here as though it's certainly gained in heft--once a renowned Pamina, she sings the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier for the first time this season. It has also, however, lost some purity, gaining (at least as recorded by BR-Klassik) a metallic edge.

She is persuasive in the generous Marx selection, though, turning in a particularly lovely performance of the gorgeous 'Selige Nacht' and sounding suitably sensual in 'Standchen'. …

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