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Schumann: Liederkreis; Frauenliebe und Leben; Berg: Sieben frühe Lieder
     

Schumann: Liederkreis; Frauenliebe und Leben; Berg: Sieben frühe Lieder

by Dorothea Röschmann
 
The pairing of soprano Dorothea Röschmann and pianist Mitsuko Uchida is a somewhat odd one, but it seems to have been enthusiastically undertaken by both parties. This recording was made live, drawn from a tour in which the pair performed this exact program on both sides of the Atlantic. They know the music well and get deeply into it. Röschmann is a soprano much

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The pairing of soprano Dorothea Röschmann and pianist Mitsuko Uchida is a somewhat odd one, but it seems to have been enthusiastically undertaken by both parties. This recording was made live, drawn from a tour in which the pair performed this exact program on both sides of the Atlantic. They know the music well and get deeply into it. Röschmann is a soprano much prized these days by those who value sheer richness of tone; she doesn't interact much with the great Eichendorff texts of the "Liederkreis, Op. 39," although somehow she seems to connect more with Berg's "Seven Early Songs"; their Straussian flavor fits her voice perfectly. Uchida, as accompanist, is entirely different: her lines seem to flow like a river with its own energy beneath the text, and she is quietly probing in her playing. This combination gets to the similarity between the otherwise divergent Schumann and Berg; Schumann's songs, as much as those of the much later Berg's, are conversations between singer and pianist. Whether that conversation occurs here may be a matter of individual reaction, but the performance has both beauty and distinctiveness. Decca's engineers have gotten near-studio clarity from London's Wigmore Hall and captured the live excitement.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/09/2015
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028947884392
catalogNumber:
002387202
Rank:
16030

Tracks

  1. Frauenliebe und -leben, song cycle for voice & piano, Op. 42
  2. Early Songs (7), for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  3. Liederkreis, 12 songs for voice & piano, Op. 39

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