Schumann: Dichterliebe; Schubert: Songs

Schumann: Dichterliebe; Schubert: Songs

by Daniel Behle
     
 

For his third solo recital album German tenor Daniel Behle sings Schumann's "Dichterliebe" and eight Schubert songs. Behle has a sweet, light tenor ideal for Tamino (which he has recorded under René Jacobs) but he can also soar with thrilling romantic urgency, as he demonstratesSee more details below

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For his third solo recital album German tenor Daniel Behle sings Schumann's "Dichterliebe" and eight Schubert songs. Behle has a sweet, light tenor ideal for Tamino (which he has recorded under René Jacobs) but he can also soar with thrilling romantic urgency, as he demonstrates beautifully in the more dramatically arching songs like "Im wunderschönen Monat Mai." His "Dichterliebe" is, above all, poetic. He and pianist Sveinung Bjelland bring a nuanced flexibility to the musical arc of each song and of the whole cycle. Behle performs the songs with deep feeling and an appealing intelligence. The cycle as a whole lies just a tad low to be entirely comfortable for him, though; the lowest notes in "Ich grolle nicht" and "Und wüssten's die Blümen," for instance, don't have the necessary substance and oomph, and the lack of a solid low register is apparent to some degree in many of the songs. As impressive as Behle is for the most part, the subtlety and expressive sensitivity of pianist Bjelland's performance could be perceived as stealing the show; although the balance between the voice and piano is good, the ear is inexorably drawn most strongly to Bjelland's spectacularly perceptive playing. His nuanced rhythmic flexibility and sense of pacing are superb. He excels in highlighting Schumann's sometimes astonishing harmonic progressions, which to modern ears no longer have the novelty they did when they were first heard. The Schubert songs have the same interpretive strengths and lower register difficulties as the Schumann. The inclusion of two songs using additional forces -- a men's chorus in "Nachthelle," and clarinet, played glowingly by Andy Miles, in "Der Hirt auf dem Felsen" -- is a treat. Capriccio's sound is clear, warm, and nicely ambient. This version of "Dichterliebe" won't displace the classic recorded performances, but Bjelland's stellar playing makes it one fans of the cycle should hear.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/26/2011
Label:
Capriccio
UPC:
0845221050867
catalogNumber:
5086
Rank:
224750

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Tracks

  1. Litanei auf das Fest Aller Seelen ("Ruh'n in Frieden alle Seelen"), song for voice & piano, D. 343  - Franz Schubert  - Johann-Georg Jacobi  - Daniel Behle  - Sveinung Bjelland
  2. Ganymed ("Wie im Morgenglanze"), song for voice & piano, D. 544 (Op. 19/3)  - Franz Schubert  - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe  - Daniel Behle  - Sveinung Bjelland
  3. Du bist die Ruh, song for voice & piano, D. 776 (Op. 59/3)  - Franz Schubert  - Friedrich Rückert  - Daniel Behle  - Sveinung Bjelland
  4. Nachthelle ("Die Nacht ist heiter..."), for tenor, male voices & piano, D. 892 (Op. posth. 134)  - Franz Schubert  - Johann Gabriel Seidl  - Daniel Behle  - Sveinung Bjelland  -  Members of the RIAS Chamber Choir
  5. Die Forelle ("In einem Bächlein helle"), song for voice & piano, D. 550 (Op. 32)  - Franz Schubert  - Christian Friedrich Daniel Schubart  - Daniel Behle  - Sveinung Bjelland
  6. Heidenröslein ("Sah ein Knab..."), song for voice & piano, D. 257 (Op. 3/3)  - Franz Schubert  - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe  - Daniel Behle  - Sveinung Bjelland
  7. An die Musik ("Du holde Kunst..."), song for voice & piano, D. 547 (Op. 88/4)  - Franz Schubert  - Franz von Schober  - Daniel Behle  - Sveinung Bjelland
  8. Der Hirt auf dem Felsen ("Wenn auf dem höchsten Fels ich steh'"), for voice, clarinet (or cello) & piano, D. 965 (Op. posth. 129)  - Franz Schubert  - Wilhelm Müller  - Daniel Behle  - Sveinung Bjelland  - Andy Miles  -  Karl August Varnhagen von Ense
  9. Dichterliebe, song cycle for voice & piano, Op. 48  - Robert Schumann  - Heinrich Heine  - Daniel Behle  - Sveinung Bjelland

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