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Paul S
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Brahms, "Liebeslieder"; Waltzes, Opus 52
This music is so lovely, I don't know where to begin.  It is sung here by the Robert Shaw Chorale/RS conducting; Saramae Endich, soprano; Seth McCoy, tenor; Claude Frank and Lillian Kallir, pianists.

I find the themes and the harmonies here to be simply enchanting, with just enough in the way of augmented and diminished minors, etc., to keep things very interesting.  Meanwhile, the singing and the direction are both first rate, so the important lyrical content seems to just grow on you and in you as you are enveloped by the music.

My copy of this is a Time-Life re-issue of the RCA original.  The recording is great, but the transfer is merely OK.  Still, I found myself totally swept away, playing the music as loud as I ever have, and no problems with the sound; quite the contrary, in fact.  I'm definitely looking for the original.


Paul S
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Paul S
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Genau!
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Is this Brahams' greatest song cycle, exceeding the Deutsches Requiem?

Please do not comment unless you have heard this version of the "Waltzes".

Like I said before, this is so good that it's hard to put it into perspective.

Think of reluctant waltz king Chopin as you listen to these...

Un-fricking-believable!

Paul S
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