Susan Longfield (soprano), Pauline Stevens (mezzo-soprano), Ian Partridge (tenor), Geoffrey Shaw (baritone), Christopher Keyte (bass) with Jennifer Partridge (piano)
Purcell Consort of Voices, Grayston Burgess (director)
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Behind the stuffed shirts and the stiff upper lips in the Victorian era, dwelt some admirable spirits, none perhaps more admirable than Albert, Prince of Saxe, Coburg and Gotha, Prince Consort of Queen Victoria. Among this collection of songs by him are some which could take their place worthily in any recital of Lieder of his time, some reminiscent of the writing of Schubert and early Schumann. Most of the songs were written before his marriage, when he was eighteen or nineteen. In their melodic inventiveness and subtlety they are quite astonishing. Many are settings of verses by his brother. Prince Albert regarded himself as essentially an amateur musician, knowing that the duties of his station could never allow him the time and education to become the complete master of any art. Yet he achieved skill as a performer that Mendelssohn regarded as worthy of a professional.
In time for the Royal Wedding, with royal sentiments in the air, this Argo LP receives its first – and timely – release on CD. Full texts and translations are included.
A timely release of a recording of songs by one of the 19th century’s most figures of the British Royal Family - Prince Albert.
Ständchen (Wachst, Liebchen, Du In Stiller Nacht?)
Gruss Aus Der Ferne
Klage Der Liebe (Metastasio)
Der Ungeliebte (Rückert)
Nichts Schöneres (Reinick)
Liebe Hat Uns Nun Vereint
Die Winterreise (Uhland)
Die Letzten Worten Eines Bardes
Schmerz Der Liebe
“You would not be surprised if I were to adopt a kindly but patronising attitude towards the Prince Consort’s songs. "Really quite good for Royalty" would be the line. The astonishing thing is that the best of them would be very good for almost anyone … I strongly recommend this record, and not only for Musical Quizzes”