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Affinities - Greek and German Art Songs

Composer Anton Beer-Walbrunn
Giannis Constantinidis
Philipp Jarnach
Manolis Kalomiris
Dimitrios Lialios
Dimitri Mitropoulos
Emilios Riadis
Arnold Schoenberg
Nikos Skalkottas
Ludwig Thuille
Kurt Weill
Alexander von Zemlinsky
Performer Fanie Antonelou
Kerstin Mörk
Period Modern
Catalogue Number BIS-2439 SACD
EAN 7318599924397
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Oct 2019
Total time 63'41


The Greek soprano Fanie Antonelou and German pianist Kerstin Mörk here join forces in an exciting project, entitled ‘Affinities’. In a carefully constructed sequence of 23 songs, they explore the kinship between Greek and German art songs – a varied one, filtered through friendships, family connections and teacher-pupil relationships.&&&

All the composers represented on the disc studied and/or worked in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in the three great German-speaking musical centres – Vienna, Munich and Berlin – and include figures both well known (Schoenberg, Weill, Skalkottas and Mitropoulos) and less familiar (Emilios Riadis, Dimitrios Lialios, Ludwig Thuille). With twelve composers and even more poets involved, the subject matter of the individual songs is diverse indeed – from a café scene in Berlin (Der Abschiedsbrief by Kurt Weill in cabaret mode) to a hymn to Aphrodite, set by Dimitri Mitropoulos in a highly expressionistic free atonal idiom inspired by Schoenberg.
 
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  Giannis Constantinidis
  from 20 Songs of the Greek People 8'24
01 No. 2. To Erináki (Young Irene) 1'37
02 No. 19. Méra mérosse (The Break of Day) 2'48
03 No. 10. To mávro yemení (The Black Headscarf) 1'32
04 No. 16. Apópse ta messánichta (Tonight at Midnight) 2'27
 
 
  Alexander von Zemlinsky
05 Des Mädchens Klage 3'02
 
06 Mädel, kommst du mit zum Tanz? 1'44
 
07 Nun schwillt der See so bang 1'41
 
 
  Manolis Kalomiris
  from Book IV of ‘The State and Solitude’ by Kostis Palamas 8'04
08 I neraidoparméni (Enchanted by the Fairies) 6'19
 
 
  Arnold Schoenberg
09 Erwartung, Op. 2 No. 1 4'04
 
10 Mädchenlied, Op. 48 No. 3 2'31
 
 
  Dimitri Mitropoulos
11 O thánatos tou náfti (The Death of the Sailor) 2'48
 
12 Afrodíti Uranía (To Celestial Aphrodite) 3'45
 
 
  Kurt Weill
13 Der Abschiedsbrief 3'44
 
14 Klops Lied 0'59
 
 
  Philipp Jarnach
  from 5 Lieder, Op. 15
15 Aus Des Knaben Wunderhorn 2'31
 
 
  Nikos Skalkottas
16 I lafína (The Doe) 3'47
 
 
  Anton Beer-Walbrunn
17 Mariæ Sehnsucht, Op. 59 No. 5 3'48
 
 
  Emilios Riadis
  from Nine Short Greek Songs 3'49
18 Mágissa (Witch) 1'58
19 Missiriótissa (Girl from Missiri) 1'51
 
 
  Manolis Kalomiris
  from Book IV of ‘The State and Solitude’ by Kostis Palamas 8'04
20 I neráida (The Fairy) 1'45
 
  From ‘The Lute and Stick’, Poems by Alexandros Pallis, Οp. 7
21 Rumeliótissa (Girl from Roumeli) 3'52
 
 
  Ludwig Thuille
  from Drei Frauenlieder, Op. 5)
22 Klage (No. 1 from Drei Frauenlieder, Op. 5) 3'04
 
 
  Dimitrios Lialios
  from 4 Lieder, Op. 7
23 Es erklingt wie Liebestöne 1'56
 
  Album total 63'41
ComposerBeer-Walbrunn, Anton
Constantinidis, Giannis
Jarnach, Philipp
Kalomiris, Manolis
Lialios, Dimitrios
Mitropoulos, Dimitri
Riadis, Emilios
Schoenberg, Arnold
Skalkottas, Nikos
Thuille, Ludwig
Weill, Kurt
Zemlinsky, Alexander von
PerformerAntonelou, Fanie
LyricistDehmel, Richard
Wertheimer, Paul
Zusner, Vincenz

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