Schumann: Dichterliebe; Schubert: Songs

Schumann: Dichterliebe; Schubert: Songs

by Daniel BehleDaniel Behle

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Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/26/2011
Label: Capriccio
UPC: 0845221050867
catalogNumber: 5086
Rank: 147389

Tracks

  1. Litanei auf das Fest Aller Seelen ("Ruh'n in Frieden alle Seelen"), song for voice & piano, D. 343
  2. Ganymed ("Wie im Morgenglanze"), song for voice & piano, D. 544 (Op. 19/3)
  3. Du bist die Ruh, song for voice & piano, D. 776 (Op. 59/3)
  4. Nachthelle ("Die Nacht ist heiter..."), for tenor, male voices & piano, D. 892 (Op. posth. 134)
  5. Die Forelle ("In einem Bächlein helle"), song for voice & piano, D. 550 (Op. 32)
  6. Heidenröslein ("Sah ein Knab..."), song for voice & piano, D. 257 (Op. 3/3)
  7. An die Musik ("Du holde Kunst..."), song for voice & piano, D. 547 (Op. 88/4)
  8. Der Hirt auf dem Felsen ("Wenn auf dem höchsten Fels ich steh'"), for voice, clarinet (or cello) & piano, D. 965 (Op. posth. 129)
  9. Dichterliebe, song cycle for voice & piano, Op. 48

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