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Decades: A Century of Song – Volume 1 (1810-1820)

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The first volume in a major new recording series across which a host of world-renowned singers draw listeners, decade by decade, through a century of song, from 1810 to 1910. Each volume features a perfectly planned, varied programme performed by household names, whilst the series overall creates a comprehensive survey of song right through the nineteenth century – an invaluable teaching asset, as well as a joy for listeners.

The opening volume, 1810–1820, includes songs from Austria, Bohemia, France, Germany, Italy and Spain, by Franz Schubert, Fernando Sor, Ludwig van Beethoven, Joseph Fabry-Garat, Sophie Gail, Václav Tomášek, Giovanni Battista Viotti, and Carl Maria von Weber.

Singers in this first volume include the distinguished Canadian tenor Michael Schade, sopranos Lorna Anderson and Sylvia Schwartz, mezzo Dame Ann Murray and bass Florian Boesch, accompanied by the series’ creator, pianist Malcolm Martineau.

Singers for volumes 2 & 3 (released at 4-monthly intervals) include Sarah Connolly, John Mark Ainsley, Christina Gansch, Anush Hovhannisyan, Christopher Maltman and Angelika Kirchschlager, with further stars of today – and of the future – appearing in future volumes.

Extensive presentation includes 72 page booklet with authoritative liner note in three languages by renowned song expert and series consultant Prof Susan Youens, with full texts and translations, together with session photographs.

Track Listing:

Disc 1:
  1. Schubert Der Blumenbrief, D622 2’09
  2. Schubert Die Sommernacht, D289 2’48
  3. Schubert Täglich zu singen, D533 2’00
  4. Schubert An den Mond, D193 3’06
  5. Schubert Freude der Kinderjahre, D455 2’28
  6. Schubert Wiegenlied, D304 3’01
  7. Schubert Das Heimweh, D456 2’41
  8. Schubert Seligkeit, D433 1’57
  9. Sor De amor en las prisiones 1’30
  10. Sor Las mujeres y cuerdas 1’45
  11. Sor Mis descuidados ojos 1’56
  12. Beethoven Wonne der Wehmut, Op. 83, no. 1 2’40
  13. Beethoven Sehnsucht, Op. 83, no. 2 2’11
  14. Beethoven Mit einem gemalten Band, Op. 83, no. 3 2’01
  15. Garat Plainte à Hortence 3’48
  16. Gail Bolleros 2’18
  17. Tomášek Nähe des Geliebten 2’18
  18. Tomášek An die Entfernte 1’27
  19. Tomášek Schäfers Klagelied 3’50
  20. Tomášek Rastlose Liebe 0’53
  21. Viotti Stanco di pascolar, WVII-10 1’34
  22. Viotti Privez l’amour de sa flèche cruelle, WVII-4 1’11
  23. Beethoven Abendlied unterm gestirnten Himmel, WoO 150 4’46
  24. Weber Abschied vom Leben, Op. 41, Heft 1, no. 2 4’23
  25. Schubert Das Grab, D569 2’59
  26. Schubert Der Fischer, D225 2’54
  27. Schubert Erster Verlust, D226 1’59
  28. Schubert An den Mond, D259 3’03
  29. Schubert Wanderers Nachtlied I, D224, Op. 4, No. 3 1’33
  30. Schubert Rastlose Liebe, D138 1’20
  31. Schubert Ganymed, D554, Op. 19, No. 3 3’59
  32. Schubert Wer kauft Liebesgötter, D261 1’46
Release date NZ
May 20th, 2016
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