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MPR 106 Robert Franz Osterwald Lieder

Unrecorded German Lieder by Robert Franz -

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Robert Franz (1815-1892) was an unjustly neglected German composer who specialised almost entirely in lieder and was highly thought of in his day, being admired by Liszt, Mendelssohn and Schumann. This is a collection and sequence of beautiful and very moving miniatures (nearly all previously unrecorded), with the songs shared between and superbly performed by soprano Harriet Burns and tenor William Searle - both hugely talented young soloists, with sensitive accompaniments from pianists Marc Verter and Sebastian Wybrew. The gorgeous recorded sound was engineered by Tony Faulkner and I was Producer and Editor. This is a double album containing all 51 songs set by Franz to poems by Wilhelm Osterwald (1820-1887), the project being originated by Germanist and singer Victoria Edge, who through her research has discovered that composer and poet were even closer than very close friends as can be seen in the texts. It's a delightful and very moving musical journey about unrequited love and will be available for general release in early November but will be available from this website from mid-October.

As well as containing two CDs, this set has a most informative 60 page booklet including excellent programme notes and detail about the lives of and the relationship between the composer and the poet by Victoria Edge, with a very enthusiastic introduction by none other than Graham Johnson OBE. Each relatively short song is a work of art and the 51 songs (plus Franz’s only tiny composition for solo piano) are equally divided into the four seasons, to help tell the story. Franz was certainly unparalleled as a miniaturist and this album is a must for lovers of early romantic music and of song.

In the Pipeline

Arnold Cooke complete music for Oboe - with Melinda Maxwell and the Pleyel Ensemble

Arnold Cooke chamber music for Clarinet and Flute

with Janet Hilton, Jonathan Rimmer and the Pleyel Ensemble

At the Close of Day - Part Songs by Sir Arthur Sullivan -with Kantos directed by Ellie Slorach

Music for Brass by Debussy and Scott Joplin - arranged by Eric Crees - with the Symphonic Brass of London

directed by Eric Crees

LATEST NEW CHAMBER MUSIC RELEASE NOW AVAILABLE

MPR105 ARNOLD COOKE PIANO TRIO, QUARTET AND QUINTET

with the PLEYEL ENSEMBLE

and in association with the Corps of Army Music

COWSO01 PALACE PREMIERES

(unrecorded British and Irish music for string orchestra plus a bonus item) 

superbly performed by THE COUNTESS OF WESSEX’S STRING ORCHESTRA

including unrecorded music by

Curzon, Dunhill, EM Lee, Quilter, Walton O’Donnell, Rowley, Speer, Thiman plus some wonderful English light music and folk song arrangements

and seven bonus tracks of music by Giles Farnaby arr. Bantock

(the latter only recorded once)

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Michael Purton works as a Recording Producer & Editor, in projects across the country and abroad. He is currently Recording Module Co-ordinator for the highly prestigious M Perf course at the RNCM.

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