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Discussion: Schoeck: Elegie - Müller-Hornbach

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Post by undertone July 30, 2015 (1 of 4)
An excellent recording... for the period. (P) 1993 WDR Köln, according to the back cover. It's a fine performance of Schoeck's 1921-1923 lieder cycle; stylistically closer to Mahler than Schoenberg.

I ordered this disc on the strength of Mahler: Lieder Cycles arranged for Chamber Ensemble - Klaus Mertens, which was recorded in 2007 by the same soloist and ensemble. A little more research on my part would have revealed that the Elegie Op. 36 was not a recent recording. Nevertheless, the upsampled stereo DSD program sounds very good and should not deter prospective purchasers. Schoeck's compositions have been somewhat neglected, though that may be redressed by Swiss cellist Christian Poltera, who is championing his concerto for that instrument.

Elegie Op. 36 will be enjoyable for lovers of late Romantic lieder, and is guaranteed to win you a bottle of Scotch in a blind-listening name-the-composer challenge.

Post by wehecht July 30, 2015 (2 of 4)
undertone said:

Schoeck's compositions have been somewhat neglected, though that may be redressed by Swiss cellist Christian Poltera, who is championing his concerto for that instrument.

Poltera has recorded the concerto for BIS, regrettably rbcd only, though still well worth the purchase.

Post by SteelyTom July 31, 2015 (3 of 4)
undertone said:

Elegie Op. 36 will be enjoyable for lovers of late Romantic lieder, and is guaranteed to win you a bottle of Scotch in a blind-listening name-the-composer challenge.

I like this recording, but I don't think the performance compares to Andreas Schmidt's (RBCD).

Post by undertone July 31, 2015 (4 of 4)
SteelyTom said:

I like this recording, but I don't think the performance compares to Andreas Schmidt's (RBCD).

SteelyTom, based on your comment, I did a cursory audition of the Schmidt/Winterthur performance. Andreas Schmidt has a darker voice and employs wider vibrato than Mertens, creating a more operatic sound. Mertens' approach is more intimate, internalized. Both are valid interpretations.

Wehecht, thanks for the recommendation. Poltera's BIS CD of the Cello Concerto is now on my list. I met him last year at a concert in Northern California, when he was autographing BIS SACDs during the intermission.

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