Bruno Walter had diminishing time for composing as his conducting career took over, but he was married to a singer and these songs are fine examples of the lieder genre which would grace any recital. Joseph Marx (1882-1964) who composed some 120 songs mainly around 1910, including settings of poems in Heyse's Italienische Liederbuch which Wolf omitted; Hat Dich die Liebe Berurht is one of those.
Emma Bell's selection demonstrates that Marx does not deserve the near oblivion which has been his fate. The Strauss groups too, whilst including Traum Durch Die Dammerung and Schlechtes Wetter, have many which will be less familiar.
A commendable new disc of intriguing repertoire, well grouped between the three composers, which has this young British soprano in mellifluous voice. She has a creamy tone, comfortable throughout her wide range, and impeccable diction. Andrew West's playing is alert and responsive and perfectly balanced. Full texts and parallel translations, printed clearly for easy reading are also included. One of the best vocal records of the year.
Copyright © 2005, Peter Grahame Woolf