Ameling, in a note to this record, points out that this is a ''programme of songs you have heard me sing, mostly as encores'' and that the hallmark of such a series is ''the element of surprise''. Hence the somewhat disconcerting order of the songs. I must say I found it a minor shock to be wrenched from the melancholy of Massenet's introverted Elegie almost without a break into the cheerfulness of Schubert's Heidenroslein and from Barber's moving Sure on this shining night to the inconsequence, delightful as it is, of Chopin's Handsome lad. Mention of these four pieces shows the wide range of Ameling's choice, and as is her wont she travels from one idiom to the other with complete confidence. There isn't an item that isn't warmed by herRead more eager response to text and note. Even so, I had my favourites—the bewitching Canzonetta by Loewe, a Goethe setting in German in spite of its title, the aforementioned Barber in which Ameling sings with peculiar eloquence even for her, and the over-familiar but always heart-catching Tchaikovsky, even though she sings it in German. On the lighter side, the two cradle songs would lull any child into sweet sleep... Rudolf Jansen is, as ever, Ameling's faithful and attractive partner, neither too prominent nor too retiring.
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