Quite a discovery this hour-long song-cycle by Swiss-born Othmar Schoeck (1886-1957). Elegie (Opus 36) dates from 1922 and consists of twenty-four Lieder, mostly of poems by Nikolaus Lenau with six by Joseph von Eichendorff, for baritone and chamber orchestra. Invariably slow, the settings are eloquent and deeply felt, sometimes expressionist, leaning to the Second Viennese … Continue reading Christian Gerhaher and Heinz Holliger record Othmar Schoeck’s Elegie for Sony Classical.
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