Lortzing: Songs for Male Voices

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LABELS: Dabringhaus und Grimm Scene
WORKS: Songs for Male Voices
PERFORMER: Neue Detmold Liedertafel, Detmolder Hornisten/Ludger Mias
CATALOGUE NO: MDG 622 1105-2
Like Schubert before him, Lortzing produced a steady supply of partsongs for assorted male bonding sessions. And the numbers here range from solemn Masonic hymns via gently sentimental love-songs to drinking songs and a lusty hunting chorus, complete with horn quartet. All very agreeable, though if you listen at one stretch you could overdose on Gemütlichkeit. Performances are polished, if a tad sober. Richard Wigmore