Elena Xanthoudakis, Jason Xanthoudakis, Clemens Leske - The Captive Nightingale: Schubert in context of neglected works

The Captive Nightingale
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Artist: Elena Xanthoudakis, Jason Xanthoudakis, Clemens Leske, Andreas Späth, Conradin Kreutzer, Heinrich Proch, Johann Baptist Wenzel Kalliwoda, Franz Lachner, Franz Schubert, Johan Sobeck, Peter von Lindpaintner
Genre: Classical
Label: Signum Classics

Schubert's Der Hirt auf dem Felsen (The Shepherd on the Rock) treats soprano, clarinet and piano so magically you might have expected it to spawn a new genre.

But only Spohr's German Songs, Op 103, for the same combination, has survived in the margins of the repertoire.

Imitations, however, were not in short supply, as this disc demonstrates, placing the Schubert in the context of neglected works by Späth, Kreutzer, Proch, Kalliwoda, Franz Lachner, Sobeck and Lindpaintner.

The title is apt, as the focus is on the kind of beautiful sounds cherished in 19th-century salons. Greek-Australian soprano Elena Xanthoudakis's performances are as clear as a mountain spring. signumrecords. com

Michael Dervan

Michael Dervan

Michael Dervan is a music critic and Irish Times contributor