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Ensemble Belcanto
Dietburg Spohr

Ensemble Belcanto
Dietburg Spohr mezzosoprano, director
Birgitta Zehetner mezzosoprano
Andrea Baader soprano
Rita Huber soprano
Dzuna Kalnina alto
Rica Rauch alto
Mein blaues Klavier
Un monde abandonné des facteurs
Come un'ombra di luna
Séraphin - Stimmen

Recorded January 2000
ECM New Series 1739
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"Come un'ombra di luna" marks a first ECM appearance for one of the most highly-regarded vocal groups in European new music.The Ensemble Belcanto was formed in 1986 by mezzosoprano Dietburg Spohr, then a member of Clytus Gottwald's legendary "schola cantorum" in Stuttgart. Spohr, who had experience in improvisation as well as choral music, "classical" singing and new music performance was aware that contemporary composition lacked a first-rank group made up of female voices. Frankfurter Rundschau critic Gerhard R. Koch: "There already existed several specialist vocal ensembles for new music, it is true, but none of them were composed exclusively of women singers specializing primarily in contemporary music."