Mendelssohn: Lieder

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COMPOSERS: Mendelssohn
LABELS: EMI
WORKS: Lieder
PERFORMER: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone), Wolfgang Sawallisch (piano)
CATALOGUE NO: EMI CMS 7 64827 2 ADD (1970)
Mendelssohn’s songs, primarily accompanied melody with little teasing out of word or intellect, provide a challenging empty stage for any singer. Fischer-Dieskau is no exception.

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Folk poetry settings and popular songs like ‘On Wings of Song’ are knowingly tinted and restored to their most subtle colours and both Sawallisch’s piano playing and Fischer-Dieskau’s verbal imagination come into their own in the spectral night-rides which show Mendelssohn at his witchy best. Full texts, but no translations. Hilary Finch