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Haydn: Complete Songs - Elly Ameling

Haydn: Complete Songs - Elly Ameling

PentaTone RQR  PTC 5186 185 (2 discs)

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Vocal


Haydn: 12 Songs with Clavier (first set), 12 Songs with Clavier (second set), 6 Original Canzonettas (first set), 6 Original Canzonettas (second set) etc.

Elly Ameling (soprano)
Jörg Demus (piano)

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Review by John Broggio - October 15, 2009

In short, the playing of Jorg Demus and the singing of Elly Ameling is wonderful and quite beyond reproach. Throughout they feed off each others ideas and make what could otherwise be stale music come alive. Despite the use of a Steinway, Demus' playing style is very sympathetic and is in no way too grand for such delicate accompaniments. As listeners familiar to Ameling's art from other recordings will be glad to discover, her voice is as radiant as ever.

This set of "complete songs" is missing at least one song (Der Feldzug) and possibly many more if one is to count the many supplemental songs now attributed to the great composer. Gifted though Haydn undoubtably was in many areas, the song is not an area where he excels; almost all the songs here are in the major, including one that has as a text for the first verse "The anguish of my bursting heart/Till now my tongue hat ne'er betray'd./Despair at length reveals the smart;/No time can cure, no hope can aid." - not a desperately jolly song you might have thought but if one couldn't speak English, you would have no idea about the rather heart-rending content.

The sound is fine, as one has come to expect of this series and balances Ameling well against Demus' Steinway. The multi-channel layer adds a realistic sense of acoustic in a most believable manner.

Good though it is, this is probably for Ameling fans or Haydn completists only.

Copyright © 2009 John Broggio and HRAudio.net

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