R. Schumann: Spanisches Liederspiel

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Label: NAXOS
Catalog: 8573944
Format: CD

Palimina, Anna; Eisenlohr, Ulrich; Bode, Simon; Hoffmann, Matthias; Irmer, Stefan; Eckstein, Marion

In 1849, a year during which political upheavals still resonated across Europe, Schumann wrote three song cycles which combined solo songs, duets and quartets. He turned again to the works of a favorite poet, Friedrich Ruckert, for Minnespiel, with its underlying religious theme, of which three of the eight settings are heard on this recording- a charming Spring setting, a duet, and the final quartet. Both Spanish cycles imply dramatic narratives between a girl and a boy. In Spanisches Liederspiel the music in places evokes Spanish rhythms such as the bolero, while its sequel, Spanische Liebeslieder, advances the cycle concept by employing piano duet accompaniment.

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