Who's afraid of Hindemtih?
Although I was familiar with the names of the composer and singer, I knew nothing about this music itself when I first put the CD in my player. Sometimes, you hear a contemporary work, and wonder how the performers ever memorized it. Not here: The vocal line in 'Das Marienleben' is angular without being forbidding, and the piano part is more than mere accompaniment. I was soon quite absorbed, and encourage anyone with a hankering to investigate 20th century vocal music to give it a try. Isokoski and Viitasalo are fine performers, and the balance between voice and piano seems ideal, with neither obscuring the other. The booklet includes all the texts (by Rainer Maria Rilke) and translations, as well as notes on the history of the work.
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