Schumann: Dichterliebe & other Heine Settings

Schumann: Dichterliebe & other Heine Settings

by Gerald Finley
     
 
Though the 16 additional settings included here are welcome, the success or failure of any recital of Schumann's Heine settings depends on the quality of its "Dichterliebe," the early German Romantic's most ardent song cycle. In this 2008 Hyperion disc, Gerald Finley comes close to success, but how close depends on the

Overview

Though the 16 additional settings included here are welcome, the success or failure of any recital of Schumann's Heine settings depends on the quality of its "Dichterliebe," the early German Romantic's most ardent song cycle. In this 2008 Hyperion disc, Gerald Finley comes close to success, but how close depends on the listener's tastes. None will deny the burley British baritone can hit the notes and hold them, nor that he lacks sympathy for the texts and insight into the music. And few would dispute that his poetic readings of the cycle's sweeter songs are wholly persuasive. But while some may appreciate his robust interpretations of the cycle's bitter songs, others may find him overly emphatic, possibly even a tad histrionic at climaxes. Still, Finley plainly knows exactly what he is doing and there's no doubting that he means every word. These same attributes are manifest in the other Heine settings that precede "Dichterliebe" on this disc. Finley's "Die beiden Grenadiere" is suitably blustery, for example, while "Was will die einsame Träne?" is effectively teary. Pianist Julius Drake provides tasteful and supportive accompaniments and Hyperion supplies them both with clear, cool digital sound.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2008
Label:
Hyperion Uk
UPC:
0034571176765
catalogNumber:
67676

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Tracks

  1. Tragödie, for voice(s) & piano (Romanzen und Balladen IV), Op. 64/3  - Robert Schumann  - Julius Drake  - Gerald Finley  - Heinrich Heine  - Simon Perry  - Richard Stokes
  2. Die beiden Grenadiere ("Nach Frankreich zogen zwei Grenadier"), song for voice & piano, Op. 49/1  - Robert Schumann  - Julius Drake  - Gerald Finley  - Heinrich Heine  - Simon Perry  - Richard Stokes
  3. Abends am Strand ("Wir sassen am Fischerhause"), song for voice & piano, Op. 45/3  - Robert Schumann  - Julius Drake  - Gerald Finley  - Heinrich Heine  - Simon Perry  - Richard Stokes
  4. Die feindlichen Brüder ("Oben auf des Berges Spitze"), song for voice & piano, Op. 49/2  - Robert Schumann  - Julius Drake  - Gerald Finley  - Heinrich Heine  - Simon Perry  - Richard Stokes
  5. Der arme Peter, for voice & piano, Op. 53/3  - Robert Schumann  - Julius Drake  - Gerald Finley  - Heinrich Heine  - Simon Perry  - Richard Stokes
  6. Belsazar ("Die Mitternacht zog näher schon"), ballad for voice & piano, Op. 57  - Robert Schumann  - Julius Drake  - Gerald Finley  - Heinrich Heine  - Simon Perry  - Richard Stokes
  7. Die Lotosblume ("Die Lotosblume ängstigt sich..."), song for voice & piano (Myrthen), Op. 25/7  - Robert Schumann  - Julius Drake  - Gerald Finley  - Heinrich Heine  - Simon Perry  - Richard Stokes
  8. Was will die einsame Träne?, song for voice & piano (Myrthen), Op. 25/21  - Robert Schumann  - Julius Drake  - Gerald Finley  - Heinrich Heine  - Simon Perry  - Richard Stokes
  9. Du bist wie eine Blume, song for voice & piano (Myrthen), Op. 25/24  - Robert Schumann  - Julius Drake  - Gerald Finley  - Heinrich Heine  - Simon Perry  - Richard Stokes
  10. Lehn' deine Wang' ("Lehn' deine Wang' an meine Wang"), song for voice & piano, Op. 142/2  - Robert Schumann  - Julius Drake  - Gerald Finley  - Heinrich Heine  - Simon Perry  - Richard Stokes
  11. Es leuchtet meine Liebe, song for voice & piano, Op. 127/3  - Robert Schumann  - Julius Drake  - Gerald Finley  - Heinrich Heine  - Simon Perry  - Richard Stokes
  12. Dein Angesicht ("Dein Angesicht, so lieb und schön"), song for voice & piano, Op. 127/2  - Robert Schumann  - Julius Drake  - Gerald Finley  - Heinrich Heine  - Simon Perry  - Richard Stokes
  13. Mein Wagen rollet langsam, song for voice & piano, Op. 142/4  - Robert Schumann  - Julius Drake  - Gerald Finley  - Heinrich Heine  - Simon Perry  - Richard Stokes
  14. Dichterliebe, song cycle for voice & piano, Op. 48  - Robert Schumann  - Julius Drake  - Gerald Finley  - Heinrich Heine  - Simon Perry  - Richard Stokes

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