Soprano Duets

Soprano Duets

by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Irmgard Seefried
     
 
The rather odd sequence of events on this historical reissue results from the joining of several different performances from different times and places (although all were under the impresarioship of EMI executive Walter Legge). The Monteverdi, Carissimi, and Dvorák

Overview

The rather odd sequence of events on this historical reissue results from the joining of several different performances from different times and places (although all were under the impresarioship of EMI executive Walter Legge). The Monteverdi, Carissimi, and Dvorák selections are taken from a recording made directly after a 1955 London recital, while the Engelbert Humperdinck and Richard Strauss duets, taken from 78s of several years earlier and showcasing a younger, lighter-voiced Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, are in the nature of an epilogue. The 1955 performances are justifiably famous, for they caught two stars at the height of their powers and musically in sync with one another. It's not quite fair to judge the opening Monteverdi and Carissimi performances by today's standards, even though Schwarzkopf in later life disparaged the efforts of the early music singers she called "Miss Kirkby and whoever." They're accompanied by piano (by none other than the great Gerald Moore), and although they're sung in a heavy vibrato that weighs the music down, the precision of Schwarzkopf and Irmgard Seefried in their duet work results in lively, alluring performances. The real highlight of the disc is the set of Dvorák "Moravian Duets, Op. 32" -- small masterworks of charm in a language artfully enriched to suggest some of the hidden aspects of the folk texts involved. Throughout, the blend of the two voices is the product of a rare meeting of talents and minds, and the disc is a good place to start if you remember your grandparents getting misty-eyed about either Schwarzkopf or Seefried and want to understand why.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/18/2007
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
0094639205622
catalogNumber:
92056

Tracks

  1. Io son pur vezzosetta pastorella, madrigal for 2 voices (from Book 7), SV 121  - Claudio Monteverdi  - Deryck Cooke  - Gerald Moore  - Elisabeth Schwarzkopf  - Irmgard Seefried
  2. Ardo e scoprir, ahi lasso, io non ardisco, madrigal for 2 tenors (from Book 8 & Book 9), SV 158  - Claudio Monteverdi  - Deryck Cooke  - Gerald Moore  - Elisabeth Schwarzkopf  - Irmgard Seefried
  3. Tornate, o cari bac, madrigal for 2 voices (from Book 7), SV 129  - Claudio Monteverdi  - Deryck Cooke  - Gerald Moore  - Elisabeth Schwarzkopf  - Irmgard Seefried
  4. Bel pastor dal cui bel guardo, dialogue of a nymph & a shepherd for soprano & tenor (from Book 9), SV 168  - Claudio Monteverdi  - Deryck Cooke  - Gerald Moore  - Elisabeth Schwarzkopf  - Irmgard Seefried
  5. E pur vuole il cielo (Detesta la Cativa Sorte in Amore), cantata for 2 sopranos & continuo  - Giacomo Carissimi  - Deryck Cooke  - Gerald Moore  - Elisabeth Schwarzkopf  - Irmgard Seefried
  6. Lungi, homai, deh spiega, cantata for 2 soprano & continuo  - Giacomo Carissimi  - Deryck Cooke  - Gerald Moore  - Elisabeth Schwarzkopf  - Irmgard Seefried
  7. Il mio core è un mar di pianti, cantata for 2 sopranos & continuo (also attributed to A. Stradella)  - Giacomo Carissimi  - Deryck Cooke  - Gerald Moore  - Elisabeth Schwarzkopf  - Irmgard Seefried
  8. A piè d'un verde alloro (I Filosofi), cantata for 2 voices & continuo  - Giacomo Carissimi  - Deryck Cooke  - Gerald Moore  - Elisabeth Schwarzkopf  - Irmgard Seefried
  9. Moravian Duets (Moravské dvojzpevy) (5) for soprano, alto & piano, B. 60 (Op. 29)  - Antonin Dvorák  - Deryck Cooke  - Gerald Moore  - Elisabeth Schwarzkopf  - Irmgard Seefried
  10. Moravian Duets (Moravské dvojzpevy) (9) for soprano, alto & piano, B. 62 (Op. 32)  - Antonin Dvorák  - Deryck Cooke  - Gerald Moore  - Elisabeth Schwarzkopf  - Irmgard Seefried
  11. Hänsel und Gretel, opera: Act 1. Dance duet. Suse, liebe suse... Brüderchen,  - Engelbert Humperdinck  - Josef Krips  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Elisabeth Schwarzkopf  - Irmgard Seefried  - Adelheid Wette  - Mary Whittall
  12. Der Rosenkavalier, opera, Op. 59 (TrV 227): Act 2. Presentation of the Silver Rose. Herrgott i  - Richard Strauss  -  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  - Hugo von Hofmannsthal  - Herbert von Karajan  - Walter Legge  - Elisabeth Schwarzkopf  - Irmgard Seefried

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