To sing or not to sing?
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!
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High-note horror: even Dietrich Fischer-dieskau wasn’t flawless in Dichterliebe