M‚Lodies: Chopin, Szymanovski
In spite of his love for the voice, Chopin composed very little music for it, only the 19 m?lodies recorded here, which he wrote over the span of his career. His vocal writing is fluent and graceful, characterized by flowing, lyrical melodies. Most have the simple elegance of folk tunes, and several sound close to the modal folk songs of Eastern European traditions. Many are dances -- waltzes and mazurkas -- and the use of triple meter predominates. The piano parts, Chopin's publisher wrote, are sketches the composer had intended to edit and elaborate upon, but that he never got around to. Nonetheless, the elegance of the piano writing is entirely characteristic of the composer, and its relative simplicity is appropriate for its accompanimental role, so the songs sound fully finished, and they include a wealth of gems that deserve broader exposure. Polish soprano Urszula Cuvellier has a warm, full voice with a soaring upper register and she sings with an unmannered simplicity that suits the music...
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HPB condition ratings
- New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
- Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
- Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
- Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
- Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
- Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
- Format: Compact Disc
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- Label: Ameson
- UPC: 3760087530186