Topic: Duo LiveOak
In 1821, in his first publication of Schubert lieder, Diabelli chose to issue four of his songs in guitar versions.The simultaneous printing of select Schubert songs with both guitar and piano accompaniment became a pattern as Schubert became respected as a lieder composer. Duo LiveOak, Nancy Knowles, Frank Wallace have toured widely throughout the U.S. and Europe since 1976 performing in concert series, on radio and TV.
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From American Record Guide review of "The Art of Flemish Song" "Knowles is a wonderful soprano who sings with passion and clarity...Wallace's instrumental works and accompaniments are expemlary."
The Pittsburgh Post Gazette "Knowles' exceptionally beautiful soprano carried the evening... Wallace was also marvelous."
The songs of Schubert take on a new meaning when heard with guitar accompaniment. Particularly with original guitars from the period expertly played by guitarist/lutenist Frank Wallace. The usual operatic approach is here avoided by two singers who prefer the intimate and pure tones of an earlier period. Duo LiveOak, long known for their passionate renditions of Renaissance works, brings a totally different appraoch to these songs. The works of JK Mertz perfectly balance the songs as interludes and reinforce the intimate, parlor perfomrance aspect of this recording.