Schubert: Part-Songs

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LABELS: Decca Galleria
WORKS: Part-Songs
PERFORMER: Rudolf Katzbock (baritone)Austrian Radio Chorus/Gottfried Preinfalk
CATALOGUE NO: 437 649-2 ADD (1977)
Sympathetic performances from the excellent Austrian Radio Chorus and various instrumentalists in this rewarding Schubert compilation. Opening with an elevated setting of Goethe’s ‘Song of the Spirits over the Waters’, and including many of Schubert’s most popular choruses, Gottfried Preinfalk’s fastidious direction guarantees captivating results here. The studio tapings sound recessed, but digital remastering ensures excellent clarity and breadth and, with comprehensive notes and translations included, no Schubertian will want to miss this reissue. Michael Jameson