The carol Three Kings from Persian lands afar against a chorale accompaniment is our only link now with the German composer Peter Cornelius, born on Christmas Eve 1824 at Mainz. His comic opera The Barber of Baghdad was first heard at Weimar in 1858 and produced by Liszt. Cornelius was friendly with Wagner, taught at Munich University, and continued with more operas and much vocal music. He died at Mainz on 26 October 1874, of a liver complaint.
Ensemble. Nicely Contrasted - Mike Wheeler listens to Christmas music from Derby Bach Choir, Derventio Brass and Old Vicarage School Choir
CD Spotlight. Hugely Educational - Christiane Karg's new album, heard by Keith Bramich. '... great clarity and precision in Christiane Karg's voice and sensitive support from Gerold Huber ...'
Ensemble. Punchy Treatment - Derby Choral Union at Christmas, heard by Mike Wheeler
CD Spotlight. Translucent Artistry - Vocal duets by Schumann, Mendelssohn and Cornelius, heard by Gerald Fenech. 'The two soloists exude immaculate performances full of smooth, silky singing, where every nuance behind each word and note is brought to light ...'
Ensemble. A Pleasant Change - Derby Choral Union's Christmas Concert, heard by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Limpid Clarity - 'The Barber of Baghdad' by Peter Cornelius, experienced by Mike Wheeler