Loewe: Lieder &Ballads, Vol. 9

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COMPOSERS: Loewe
LABELS: CPO
WORKS: Lieder &Ballads, Vol. 9
PERFORMER: Christoph Prégardien (tenor)Cord Garben (piano)
CATALOGUE NO: 999 417-2
Prégardien makes a marvellous job of Loewe’s ghoulish Scottish ballads, and of Goethe (Loewe’s ‘Erlkönig’ makes a fascinating contrast to Schubert’s setting), while Garben’s skittish accompaniment works wonders for Heine (‘Der Asra’). Fischer-Dieskau and Fassbaender remain the touchstones, but this CPO series brings Loewe’s wonderful Lieder gorgeously alive. Roderic Dunnett

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