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Hugo Wolf: Italienisches Liederbuch ()

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Hugo Wolf: Italienisches Liederbuch - Diana Damrau (soprano); Helmut Deutsch (piano); Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)
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  1. Italienisches Liederbuch (Books 1 & 2), for voice & piano
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Even the most serious composers had their light moments, and the Italienisches Liederbuch (in German, not Italian) was Hugo Wolf's. This set of 46 brief songs, most between one and two minutes long, is a true songbook and wasn't necessarily meant to be sung at a stretch. Presentations like the one here from soprano Diana Damrau and tenor Jonas Kaufmann are reasonable and even desirable; they shape the songs into a little narrative of love, conflict, makeup, and breakup, with dialogue between the two principals at each stage ...