SCHUBERT: SONGS WITHOUT WORDS is an elegant recital by pianist Daria Hovora and cellist Mischa Maisky that allows us to hear Schubert songs, beautifully rich as they are with the texts as sung by many of our finest singers, here solely for the instrumental line. Somehow the interplay between melody and accompaniment (always an equal partnership in Schubert's hands) is heightened by this experience. Not that the entire album is appropriated by the cello standing in for a vocalist: the opening work is "Sonata for Arpeggione and Klavier" and is one of the highlights of the CD. But just listen to the performances of 'Standchen', 'An die Musik' and 'Du bist die Ruhe' and hear the extraordinary marriage between the piano and cello, singing as beautifully as any other version. This is one of those CDs that bears keeping out for multiple listenings in the late evening.
Among the great orchestras of the 50s and 60s was a known release of recordings with selections from opera themes under the usual heading resource of 'Opera without words'. This time is super prolific 101 Strings Orchestra which features a recording of this style. This LP brings together a repertoire of seven selected topics among the most popular and famous arias from the world of opera. No doubt his melodies are sung even known by the general public anywhere in the world.