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  • Composer: Johannes Brahms, Antonin Dvorak, Fanny Mendelssohn, Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann
  • Audio CD (18 Oct. 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music
  • ASIN: B0002VE0MQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,352 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. "Lieder (Duette), Op. 63"
2. "Duette, Op. 32"
3. "Ich wollt, meine Liebe erg÷sse sich (I Wish My Pain Would Flow Into A Single Word)"
4. Abschiedslied der Zugv÷gel (The Migrants' Farewell Song)
5. Gruss (Wherever I Go And Look)
6. Herbstlied (Autumn Song)
7. Volkslied (Oh Wert Thou In The Cauld Blast)
8. Maigl÷ckchen und die Bl?melein (Lilly-Of-The-Valley And The Little Flowers)
9. Aus meinen Tr?nen (From My Tears Sprout Forth)
10. Im wundersch÷nen Monat Mai (In The Wonderfully Beautiful Month Of May)
11. Wenn ich in deine Augen sehe (When I Gaze Into Your Eyes)
12. "Erste Begegnung (op. 74 Nr. 1) (From The Rosebush, O Mother)"
13. "Liebesgram (op. 74 Nr. 3) (One Day, O My Mind)"
14. Botschaft (op. 74 Nr. 8)
15. Wenn ich ein V÷glein w?r (op. 43 Nr.1) (If I Were A Bird)
16. Bedeckt mich mit Blumen (op. 138 Nr. 4) (Cover Me With Flowers)
17. Sommerruh
18. Weg der Liebe (op. 20 Nr.1) (Over The Mountains)
19. Die Schwestern (op. 61 Nr.1) (The Sisters)
20. Die Boten der Liebe (op. 61 Nr.4) (The Messengers Of Love)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mart TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Aug. 2008
What a wonderfully romantic album this is. The two singers began their friendship in Salzburg singing together while the 12 year old Angelika was a chorister while the elder (by 10 years) Barbara enjoyed the soloist limelight of the concerts.

Many years on, after both had established themselves as soloists while retaining their friendship, this album First Encounter is a culmination of their desire to work together and Barbara's long research of German romantic duets.

It's not mainstream classical, songs by Mendelssohn and his sister Fanny, Robert Schumann, Brahms and Dvorak are not their most well known works, but it is pure and simple romantic duet singing which is intimately intertwined with piano accompaniment.

An informative 48 page book (English, German & French) with biographies, lyrics and more intimate photos, similar to cover but black & white, complete this lovely album
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Christine M. Pluck on 5 Sept. 2010
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This CD, which lasts for almost seventy minutes, contains thirty-one duet songs, grouped by composer:six by Felix Mendelssohn; three by Fanny Mendelssohn; six by Robert Schumann; three by Brahms and thirteen by Dvorak. All the songs are short and vary in length 0.58 to 3.47 minutes.

The songs by both the Mendelssohns are generally slow tempo, very pleasant offerings; then the tempo is increased in some of the offerings by Schumann and Brahms. Brahms appears to be in an unusually jovial mood. The songs by Dvorak provide a pleasing and, by this time, much needed contrast to those of the German composers. The highlights are probably Schumann's "Botschaft"; Brahm's "Die Schwestern" (The Sisters) and Dvorak's "Ich Schwimm dir davon" (Watch, Love ...).

Both girls are on top form;, the soprano Barbara Bonney is superb but I prefer the richer, more mellow voice of the mezzo-soprano Angelika Kirchschlager. They are close friends and selected the songs together. Sometimes they sing in sequence, sometimes together; the former generally having the more pleasing effect. The pianist Martin Martineau is outstanding throughout; the offerings by Schumann and Brahms providing the best opportunities for him to show off his deft touch. In my opinion there is no better pianist to accompany Lieder; the more you play this CD the more you will become aware of his wonderful contributions.

This is also a high quality recording and I would have given it five stars had it not been for a certain "sameness" about the repertoire. If one plays the whole CD it can be a bit much; however the arrangement of tracks allows one to play all the songs by one composer without the need for lengthy programming. The final impression is one of something refreshingly different. It would make a superb present for someone who likes Songs and Song Cycles of the Romantic and late Romantic periods.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By G. L. Smerdon on 25 Nov. 2004
What a delight this disc is! Singing a selection of material both stirring and moving, Bonney and Kirchschlager blend the skill of performing with another with conveying admirably the spirit of each piece. Each singer maintains her individuality, yet each complements the other superbly, especially when, in certain passages, their voices intertwine rather than harmonize. A few of these duets are among my favourites; others are new but have already become part of me. I do hope this combination of talents, so successful, continues.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Romantic music well interpreted 1 July 2010
By WernerKa - Published on Amazon.com
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This CD is delightfully interpreting music by several romantic composers in balanced sound and quality. Many of the songs have barely been available on CD so far. I was quite moved by some songs that are about the usual subjects of interest of the period including a few which touch us still today (Wenn ich ein Voeglein waer by Schumann, or Zwei Schwestern by Brahms for example). I recommend this CD, it is a pleasure to listen to, though I also suggest to split listening into sessions of one composer at a time since two female voices may loose their attraction after prolonged recital; well, I did not get tired of it.
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Refreshing 3 May 2009
By Floria Tosca - Published on Amazon.com
I initially heard the track "Die Schwestern" on YouTube and had to have the CD. It doesn't disappoint. Barbara Bonney has a remarkable ability to blend and contrast her crisp soprano with any mezzo and has clearly developed a rapport with Angelika Kirchschlager. Cudos also to the pianist Malcolm Martineau whose accompaniment is witty without being either intrusive or ostentatious. An unusual collection of lieder performed by a fine, fine ensemble.
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The inlaid of the CD cover tells it all! 8 Sept. 2011
By Abert - Published on Amazon.com
There is one reviewer complaining of Bonney's 'big' voice drowning out Kirchschlager's in this recording of duets.
I have listened to the entire album, and report that the reviewer's 'response' is an accurate one, but the cause isn't really Bonney's 'big voice'.
Rather, it is Kirchschlager's timbre (or rather, her tone projection) that's the main problem.
In the CD cover, Kirchschlager recalled the days when she first sang with Bonney when Kirchschlager was in the choir. Alas, that's what happens here - Kirchschlager, intelligent singer and good interpretor she is, has the timbre of a typical chorister, instead of an operatic or concert soloist.
I do not mean to disparage Kirchschlager. But if you really listen to her ensemble works (be it in opera or concert or otherwise), she does not come across as a full-voiced singer in most instances. I don't think it is an innate problem, rather, it is the want of more vocal work in respect of tone projection! Unless she finds the right resonance spot for tone projection, she will continue to suffer in ensembles!
If she appears in recordings with some one like Bonney (operatic singer), well, unless they are miked at different distances, the difference is bound to surface.
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Disappointing 24 Oct. 2007
By Peter Brawley - Published on Amazon.com
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Angelika Kirchschlager's mezzo voice is very fine, but one can hardly tell from listening to these duets---she's drowned out by Barbara Bonney's big soprano voice, too-big vibrato, and too-frequent pitch difficulties (usually on the sharp side). It's a shame. Many of these songs are heard infrequently. But this is not the way to hear them. Perhaps Bonney plus a stronger mezzo voice would have been better. Personally I would have preferred Kirchschlager paired with a soprano who's on pitch and less closely miked.
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