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Release Date: Friday 4 October 2019
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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.
Giannis Constantinidis: Young Irene; The Break of Day; The Black Headscarf; Tonight at Midnight
Alexander von Zemlinsky: Des Mädchens Klage; Mädel, kommst du mit zum Tanz?; Nun schwillt der See so bang
Manolis Kalomiris: Enchanted by the Fairies; The Fairy; Girl from Roumeli
Arnold Schoenberg: Erwartung; Mädchenlied
Dimitri Mitropoulos: The Death of the Sailor; 'To Celestial Aphrodite'
Kurt Weill: Der Abschiedsbrief; Klops Lied
Philipp Jarnach: Aus Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Nikos Skalkottas: The Doe
Anton Beer-Walbrunn: Mariæ Sehnsucht
Emilios Riadis: Witch; Girl from Missiri
Ludwig Thuille: Klage
Dimitrios Lialios: Es erklingt wie Liebestöne