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MOZART, W.A.: Songs (Complete)

Composer(s):Mozart, Wolfgang AmadeusMyslivecek, JosefSchubert, Franz
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Vocal
Catalogue 8.557900-01
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Mozart loved the human voice, which he used as an instrument of musical expression throughout his compositional career from the age of six or seven. His Lieder, written largely in response to requests and commissions from acquaintances, friends and publishers deal with everyday subjects such as friendship and romance but also with social and political occasions such as the Emperor Joseph II’s Turkish campaign. Some were written in connection with Mozart’s activities as a freemason. Only one, the bitter-sweet Das Veilchen (The Violet) is set to the words of a major poet, Goethe. The many miniature masterpieces to be heard on this recording include Komm, liebe Zither, komm (Come, dear Zither), a musical precursor, with mandolin accompaniment, of Don



Review By Richard Gate,Limelight Magazine,July 2009

The notes to this 2CD set suggest that it includes all Mozart’s Lieder, but a volume of Mozart songs that I possess includes (e.g. the famous Warnung) that are not included here. However, for what we do have, we should be very grateful. Many of these songs are known to music lovers from the still available records made years ago by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Irmgard Seefried, but it seems to me that Ruth Ziesak and Lothar Odinius outdo the older singers. The modern singers deploy their art with less affectation. Both Ziesak and Odinius have excellent voices and the right sense of style. It was a good idea to have some of the songs sung by a man; ‘An Chloe’, for example, is certainly the property of a male. Ulrich Eisenlohr (who wrote the informative notes) is



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