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Ludwig van Beethoven’s Italian Partsongs
Heike Heilmann (soprano), Anne Bierwirth (alto), Daniel Johannsen (tenor), Manfred Bittner (bass)

Beethoven having something of a reputation for being a brutal composer for the voice, I wouldn’t willingly have subjected myself to half an hour of his Italian part-songs! But the Randomiser does what it does so I don’t get to prejudge things that way 🙂 As it turns out, far from being a warning as to why buying ‘complete works’ boxed sets is maybe not such a good idea, these turn out to be quite attractive and definitely listenable. Characteristic Beethoven they are not, however!