HENRI MARTEAU (1874-1934): 8 Mélodies, Op. 19c, 8 Gesänge, Op. 28 (Vesselina Kasarova [mezzo], Galina Vracheva [piano]), 5 Schilflieder for Baritone, Viola and Piano (Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau [baritone], Günther Weissenborn [piano], Franz Schmidtner [viola]. rec. Oct. 1, 1956).
Catalogue Number: 01T027
Label: Solo Musica
Reference: SM 263
Description: "Composed during the period of protective custody between 1915 and 1917", Marteau notes on the cover of the sketches for the cycle Opus 19c. He originally wrote the eight songs for string accompaniment, but then asked the Bulgarian composer Pantcho Vladigerov for an arrangement for piano. The settings depict rain, Brittany, the sea and the pretty grisettes who visit their lovers after work. The musical language of Marteau is poetic, atmospheric, most of the songs are at a slow pace, the moods are cloudy and in minor. The eight German songs are shorter, the harmonies more compact, the tempi more fluid and the basic mood is now major. No texts.