27 November 2017

Another CD that I pulled out of the incoming lot and listen to just to get an idea, and ultimately listened serious and reviewed: Schumann’s late cantata Der Rose Pilgerfahrt (The Pilgrimage of the Rose) in Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos’ classic 1974 recording on EMI with the Düsseldorf forces which were the distant heirs of those who had premiered the work. The piece is almost exclusively lyrical, much Eusebius and little Florestan. Careful listening with score lent more rewards than first casual hearing, although the piece doesn’t really stick in mind. Stellar cast, but Frühbeck’s conducting seems objectionably slow at times.

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