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BEETHOVEN, L. van: Songs (Complete) (Coburn, Prey)

Composer(s):Beethoven, Ludwig van
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - SecularVocal
Catalogue C5140
Label Capriccio
Quality   320kbps
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Review By,August 2012

…there is a good deal of pleasurable material, and this three-CD set provides a rare opportunity to hear a more relaxed, less heaven-storming Beethoven than the one to whom listeners are far more accustomed. Prey’s voice was not in its prime for these recordings—he was almost 60 years old when he made them—but most of the songs do not make huge vocal demands, and even when Prey sounds strained (especially in the upper register), he is expressive, and attentive to the nuances of the individual works. Pamela Coburn, who was only in her 30s at the time of these recordings, has a light, fresh voice that is not used often enough, and she is sometimes assigned songs that would seem more appropriate for a man (such as An Laura, 1790). For his part, Hokanson



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