The latest release from leading independent label Michael Storrs Music provides us with exciting material for our new CD competition.
In celebration of the Haydn year, MSM brings together two rising stars of the classical music world: the New Zealand soprano, Anna Leese, and the Danish tenor, Peter Lodahl. The album combines selections from Joseph Haydn's English and German love songs with the accompaniment from a young and talented pianist, Alisdair Hogarth.
Haydn wrote several series of songs at the height of his career, but they're all too rarely heard nowadays. The first set of twelve Lieder was published in 1781 and was followed up in 1784 with another twelve. Haydn specified that three of them should be replaced with more 'tender' and 'sad' texts, in order to create more contrasts with the others, the majority of which were 'merry'.
Then in 1794-5, the composer turned to writing two sets of English canzonettas, several of which have become popular for recital programmes. The composer's friend, Anne Hunter, wrote the verses for the first six songs, and was responsible for selecting texts by the likes of Shakespeare and Metastasio for the others.
Leese and Lodahl present a combination of these two series of songs, with the English repertoire represented by items such as 'Content', 'The Wanderer', 'Piercing Eyes' and 'Fidelity' and the German by 'Cupido', 'Das Leben ist ein Traum' and 'Liebeslied'. With nineteen tracks, it's a great collection with which to celebrate the bicentenary of the composer's death.
For your chance to win a copy of this prestigious new release, simply answer the following question:
In what year was Haydn born?
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For more information on this and all the CDs available from Michael Storrs Music, see their website.
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Rules, terms and conditions: 1. This competition is organised by MusicalCriticism.com and Michael Storrs Music. 2. MusicalCriticism.com reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition at any time without prior notice. Any changes will be posted within the competition notice. 3. In the event of a dispute regarding the terms and conditions, conduct, results and all other matters relating to this competition, the decision of the Editor or Deputy Editor shall be final and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into. 4. The competition is open to residents of the UK only. 5. Contributors and employees, their associates and members of their families and households are not eligible to enter. 6. Only one entry per person is permitted for this competition. 7. Entries received after the closing date of 31 March 2009 will be automatically disqualified. No purchase required. 8. The winners will be chosen at random after the closing date, from all correct entries received by 11.59pm on 31 March 2009. 9. Prizes are non-transferable. No cash alternatives will be offered. The winner will be notified by email.