07 July 2007

Robin Holloway, writing about the late Regine Crespin and her performance of the Wolf/Moerike song "In der Fruehe":

" ... Crespin is equally at home at a much lower storey. [RH has just described the Hugo Wolf Society recording by Tiana Lemnitz.] This is the unidealistic version; as always she is richly sexual -- the very timbre as well as her masterly deploymant of it (listen to the chalumeau of 'Nachtgespenster' and 'laenger') make one see and feel the disordered bed, the sultry night, the sensual coils."

-- from "Song on Record," ed. Alan Blyth (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986).

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