SIGFRID KARG-ELERT (1877-1933): 4 Gedichte, Op. 62, Stimmungen und Betrachtungen, Op. 53, An mein Weib, Op. 54, Nos. 2, 4 & 5, 10 Epigramme, Op. 56, 2 Gedichte, Op. 43, 8 Gedichte, Op. 52, 3 Lieder from Op. 59/II.
Catalogue Number: 09P044
Label: United Classics
Description: The first disc devoted to Karg-Elert's not insignificant song œuvre. Everything here dates from 1905-7 and there is a curious desire both to experiment with complex and unusual rhythmical and metrical patterns in the keyboard and in adventurous harmonies and dissonances - much like the impressionist and quasi-atonal things one finds in his organ and solo piano works - while tending toward the conservative Romantic era in choice of texts. A near-operatic intensity of emotion infuses many of these works and suggests the fin de siècle stage styles of Richard Strauss, Zemlinsky and Schreker. German texts. Markus Schäfer (tenor), Ernst Breidenbach (piano). Original 2006 New Classical Adventure release (offered here as 08I054).