Portraits: Songs by Clara & Robert Schumann

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
Swedish soprano Miah Persson has a medium-sized voice that has been deployed in both opera and chamber-sized vocal works but is perhaps at its best in the likes of Mahler and other orchestral-vocal music. She has an agile voice that can convey artless or mock-artless melody very effectively, and this is certainly relevant to the musical language of Robert and Clara Schumann. Her program on this album of "portraits" the title refers generally to the subject matter of the songs, most of which can be taken as portraits of women doesn't really set out to be the detailed examination of Robert and Clara Schumann's interaction as song composers that others have attempted: the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
Swedish soprano Miah Persson has a medium-sized voice that has been deployed in both opera and chamber-sized vocal works but is perhaps at its best in the likes of Mahler and other orchestral-vocal music. She has an agile voice that can convey artless or mock-artless melody very effectively, and this is certainly relevant to the musical language of Robert and Clara Schumann. Her program on this album of "portraits" the title refers generally to the subject matter of the songs, most of which can be taken as portraits of women doesn't really set out to be the detailed examination of Robert and Clara Schumann's interaction as song composers that others have attempted: the program is primarily devoted to Robert. But it almost turns out that way, for she has a real feel for the ways in which the couple's interaction led Clara beyond her basically Schubertian language in a song like "Lorelei" track 10. She's quite attractive in the light language of the songs from Robert Schumann's "Myrthen, Op. 25," though a bit less involving in the cycle "Frauenliebe und -leben, Op. 42" saved for the end and the more unusual and arch-Romantic "Gedichte des Königin Maria Stuart, Op. 135" Poems of Queen Mary Stuart. The biggest problem here is the sound, where Super Audio technology cannot disguise an empty, washed-out quality that has nothing to do with a Liederabend of Schumann's time; the balance between Persson and pianist Joseph Breinl is tilted unpleasantly in Breinl's favor, and this is probably not the fault of the performers. On balance there's much to like here in a recording by a rising vocal star.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/27/2011
  • Label: Bis
  • EAN: 7318599918341
  • Catalog Number: 1834
  • Sales rank: 168,767

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Widmung ("Du meine Seele, du mein Herz"), song for voice & piano (Myrthen), Op. 25/1 - Robert Schumann & Friedrich Rückert (2:07)
  2. 2 Der Nussbaum ("Es grünet ein Nussbaum vor dem Haus"), song for voice & piano (Myrthen), Op. 25/3 - Robert Schumann & Julius Mosen (3:05)
  3. 3 Die Lotosblume ("Die Lotosblume ängstigt sich..."), song for voice & piano (Myrthen), Op. 25/7 - Robert Schumann & Heinrich Heine (1:46)
  4. 4 Lied der Suleika ("Wie mit innigstem Behangen"), song for voice & piano (Myrthen), Op. 25/9 - Robert Schumann & Robert Suff (2:32)
  5. 5 Lied der Braut aus dem Liebesfrühling I ("Mutter! Mutter! Glaube nicht!"), song for voice & piano (Myrthen), Op. 25/11 - Robert Schumann & Friedrich Rückert (2:31)
  6. 6 Lied der Braut aus dem Liebesfrühling II ("Lass mich ihn am Busen hangen"), song for voice & piano (Myrthen), Op. 25/12 - Robert Schumann & Friedrich Rückert (1:21)
  7. 7 Ihr Bildnis ("Ich stand in dunklen Traumen"), song for voice & piano, Op. 13/1 - Clara Wieck Schumann & Heinrich Heine (2:15)
  8. 8 Liebeszauber ("Die Liebe saß als Nachtigall"), song for voice & piano, Op. 13/3 - Clara Wieck Schumann & Robert Suff (1:57)
  9. 9 Ich hab' in deinem Auge, song for voice & piano, Op. 13/5 - Clara Wieck Schumann & Friedrich Rückert (1:57)
  10. 10 Loreley ("Ich weiss' nicht was soll es bedeuten"), song for voice & piano - Clara Wieck Schumann & Heinrich Heine (2:15)
  11. 11–15 Gedichte der Königin Maria Stuart (Mary Stuart Songs), for voice & piano, Op. 135 - Robert Schumann & Robert Suff (8:38)
  12. 12 Volksliedchen ("Wenn ich früh in den Garten geh"), song for voice & piano, Op. 51/2 - Robert Schumann & Clara Wieck Schumann (1:06)
  13. 13 Der Himmel hat eine Träne geweint, song for voice & piano, Op. 37/1 - Robert Schumann & Clara Wieck Schumann (1:52)
  14. 18–20 Songs (3) from poems of Rückert, for voice & piano, Op. 12 - Clara Wieck Schumann & Friedrich Rückert (6:49)
  15. 21–28 Frauenliebe und -leben, song cycle for voice & piano, Op. 42 - Robert Schumann & Adelbert von Chamisso (21:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Miah Persson Primary Artist
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