Affinities: Greek and German art songs - Antonelou, Mörk
Classical - Vocal
Songs by Constantinidis, Zemlinsky, Kalomiris, Schoenberg, Mitropoulos, Weill, Jarnach, Skalkottas, Beer-Walbrunn, Riadis, Thuille & Lialios
Fanie Antonelou (soprano)
Kerstin Mörk (piano)
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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- Anton Beer-Walbrunn: Maria Sehnsucht
- Giannis Constantinidis: The Black Headscarf
- Giannis Constantinidis: The Break of Day
- Giannis Constantinidis: Tonight at Midnight
- Giannis Constantinidis: Young Irene
- Philipp Jarnach: Des Knaben Wunderhorn
- Manolis Kalomiris: Enchanted by the Fairies
- Manolis Kalomiris: Girl from Roumeli
- Manolis Kalomiris: The Fairy
- Dimitrios Lialios: Es erklingt wie Liebestöne
- Dimitri Mitropoulos: The Death of the Sailor
- Dimitri Mitropoulos: To Celestial Aphrodite
- Emilios Riadis: Girl from Missiri
- Emilios Riadis: Witch
- Arnold Schoenberg: Erwartung, Op. 17
- Arnold Schoenberg: Mädchenlied
- Nikos Skalkottas: The Doe (1931)
- Ludwig Thuille: Klage
- Kurt Weill: Der Abschiedsbrief
- Kurt Weill: Klops Lied
- Alexander Zemlinsky: Lieder aus dem Nachlass 'Posthumous Songs'