I’ve been giving it some thought.
At first blush, it seems like Brahms spent 1/4 to 1/5 of his time writing vocal compositions. Maybe even 1/3.
Seems that way, anyway.
It also seems like melody wasn’t his strong suit.
His songs are not memorable, not hummable.
In short, they’d make lousy memes or jingles for commercials.
Today’s CD (Brahms CD 48) features too many songs (28, to be exact) to list.
Robert Morvai tenor
Andreas Lucewicz piano
Both do a fine job with the material, although Morvai seems a little more warbly than is typical for a tenor.
But, who am I to judge? I couldn’t hold a note if someone placed it in my hands.
One song that stood out in today’s listening fare was Track 8 (“Trennung Op. 14 No. 5″). It was an upbeat song performed with verve by tenor and pianist alike. Alas, at just 74 seconds in length, it’s over much too quickly.
The rest of the music is pretty standard.
Which is to say, for me anyway, uninspiring.