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David Denton
David's Review Corner, October 2013

Hans Pfitzner’s early years was largely spent in the theatre both as a conductor and composer, his catalogue of works in most genres included over a hundred lieder. Essentially a miniaturist in this oeuvre, many songs last little over a minute, the eight that form Alte Weisen (Ancient Airs) lasting little over thirteen minutes. Yet he was certainly a master of his craft, the disc making pleasurable listening, much of it in lighthearted mood. The intrinsically ‘young’ voice of the much experienced opera singer, Britta Stallmeister, is well suited to such perky songs…Klaus Simon’s accompaniment is responsive to both the singer and composer. © David’s Review Corner

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