To sing or not to sing?

BBC Music Magazine - - Letters -

In your Septem­ber is­sue (Let­ters), Paul Wil­son takes Jes­sica Duchen’s Build­ing a Li­brary on Schu­mann’s Dichter­liebe to task for elim­i­nat­ing singers who ‘cop out of the top notes to­wards the end of “Ich grolle nicht”’. In­tr­erest­ingly, if you check the end of ‘Ich grolle nicht’ in its most re­li­able edi­tions, you’ll find that the high notes are printed in small type – ie they are op­tional – which casts an in­ter­est­ing light on what should and should not be ac­cept­able in per­for­mance.

Cer­tainly it makes me WORTH £170! queasy to think that singing them rather than the large-type ver­sion is now con­sid­ered de rigueur, even for bari­tones who con­sis­tently seem to per­form the song in its orig­i­nal ‘tenor’ key – which re­minds me that, WIN A DIG­I­TAL RA­DIO!

for all his virtues, the

Ev­ery month the edi­tor will

sound of Di­et­rich Fis­cherdieskau award a Pure Evoke H4 (re­tail value £170 – see www.pure. roar­ing up to com) to the writer of the best that high A was not at let­ter re­ceived. The edi­tor

all pleas­ant! re­serves the right to shorten

Gareth Cur­tis, let­ters for publi­ca­tion.

Manch­ester

High-note hor­ror: even Di­et­rich Fis­cher-dieskau wasn’t flaw­less in Dichter­liebe

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