Brahms: Duets & Romances

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Catalog: 9082233-6
Format: SACD

Felicitas Erb Judith Erb Magnus Dietrich Doriana Tchakarova

Throughout his life Johannes Brahms composed songs, including several cycles for two or more vocalists. Accompanied by Doriana Tchakarova, Felicitas and Judith Erb now present the duets in a finely tuned Super Audio album. With Magnus Dietrich, the ladies are joined by a truly youthful and radiant tenor for the clearly "male" pieces - a real asset, not only for the great ballads! The folksong-like tone runs through numerous duets. How Brahms, despite - or precisely because of? - the simplicity of the melody, is grandiose: for example, in the popular "Schwesterlein", or also in the dramatic ballad "Edward" with its piano part like an arch-king. Only for about half of the duets is the performance with two singers compulsory; Brahms even expressly intended the "Romances and Songs" op. 84 for one or two singers. Felicitas and Judith Erb turn the tables and reinterpret many a Brahms song: "Der tote Gast", for example, or "Da unten im Tale", as well as the aforementioned "Schwesterlein", appear in a completely new light in the performance for two. On the Steinway concert grand "Manfred B├╝rki" from 1901, Doriana Tchakarova performs the piano part with somnambulistic certainty and a great sense for the intense mood of the individual works. From intimate to dramatic, from lyrical to sweeping, everything is there - a true listening pleasure, and not only in the three-dimensional reproduction!

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