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November 8th, 2005

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11:47 pm - Hermann, sing some more Schubert for me . . .
After being taken out to dinner by a friend in Manhattan's Little India, I went to Tower Records, since it is open until midnight.

There I picked up a few CDs -- one by Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys and some by my favorite classical singer, Hermann Prey. I bought a 2-CD set of him as the lead in Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin", one of my favorite Russian operas, sung in a German translation, and another CD of him singing various Schubert Lieder as well as other songs from Mozart, Rossini, Schumann, Brahms and Richard Strauss.

I first came across Herr Prey in the 90s, when the 92nd Street Y did the Schubertiade -- a ten-year series of concerts of everything Schubert ever wrote, starring Hermann Prey. I loved going to the concerts -- some of them only featured instrumental pieces, others vocal ones, but most were a mix of the two. It was fascinating to hear Schubert's musical development, as pieces that are rarely performed or recorded were trotted out for the pleasure of the audience.

The highlight of each year's series of concerts was Herr Prey's renditions of Schubert's Lieder. I fell in love with his voice during these concerts, as well as with Schubert's music, which I had paid little attention to prior to my attendance at the Schubertiade. I was fortunate enough to be able to meet him in person and chat with him -- he was quite amiable -- and I have a copy of his autobiography "First Night Fever" that he autographed for me. :D

I love listening to him sing, but finding his CDs in stores isn't easy, unfortunately, which is why I had to go to Tower to get some. (I'd rather get my music in person, rather than doing it by mail order. I'm old-fashioned . . . ) There was very little in stock, but I got what was available and made a special order for more. With luck I'll be receiving it before Christmas. :)
Current Mood: awakeawake
Current Music: Im Abendrot ('O, wie schön ist deine Welt') -- Hermann Prey
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