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Lynn René Bayley
Fanfare, July 2014

…all of the singers on this disc are good, both vocally and in terms of phrasing and interpretation.

…this is well worth your hearing. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, January 2014

If you are just coming to this on-going series of the complete lieder of Peter Cornelius, start with this volume where music and performances fit hand in glove. In addition to the large volume of solo songs, little is known of his music for two voices that occupy a sizable part of this release. The disc claims to be their first modern recordings, and I have certainly never come across them before. Very selective in his choice of the poets, he was much taken by the words of a former college colleague, Paul Hayes, who, together with Emil Kuh, contributes much to the disc. Both wrote in such a way that the reader is left to interpret the meaning, and here the singers look towards a happier view of the words. Certainly I would have been prepared to believe the Vier Duette was the work of a mature Schubert, the interweaving of voices and piano handled so skillfully. Most of the twenty-five tracks are cameo scores around the two minute mark, and I particularly enjoyed those for soprano and tenor, the timbre of the soprano, Christina Landshamer, and the tenor, Markus Schafer, ideally blending and complementing each. © 2014 David’s Review Corner





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