Chinese Culture Reflected in European Song

JAMES SIMON (1880-1944): Li Tai Po, Op. 10, AGIDE TEDOLDI (1887-c.1938): 2 liriche cinesi, SEPPO NUMMI (1932-1981): Kevätteiltä, ALBERT ROUSSEL (1869-1937): 2 Songs, Op. 47, LUCIJAN MARIJA SKERJANC (1900-1973): Jesenka pesem, Pocitek pod goro, WALTER BRAUNFELS (1882-1954): 3 chinesische Gesänge, Op. 19, ALFRED BORTZ (1882-1969): 2 Gesänge des Li Tai Po, Op. 20, PAVEL HAAS (1899-1944): 4 Lieder nach Worten chinesischer Poesie, CONSTANT LAMBERT (1905-1951): 3 Poems by Li-Po.

Catalogue Number: 05Q065

Label: Bayer Records

Reference: 100 314

Format: CD

Price: $18.98

Description: What an interesting compilation of European late romantic song inspired by the fin de siècle craze for Chinese poetry in German translation which brought us Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde. The 8th century poet Li-Tai-Po was the most popular and accounts for 15 of the 28 songs in this recital which is stylistically as varied as are the home countries of the composers but, nevertheless, all quite tonal and some remarkably lyrical (the Finn Nummi is outstanding here). The four by Haas suggest Janácek. Too bad there are no notes in English and only rudimentary ones in German. James Simon was a German musicologist/composer who was murdered in Auschwitz (thank you, Baker's/Slonimsky!) but who was Alfred Bortz? Texts in original languages (German, Italian, Finnish, French, Serbo-Croatian, Czech, English) and German translation. Lydia Leitner (soprano), Alexandra Paulmichl (mezzo), Fan Yang (piano).

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