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Ian Bostridge was a post-doctoral fellow in history at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, before embarking on a full-time career as a singer. His international recital career includes the world’s major concert halls and the Salzburg, Edinburgh, Munich, Vienna, Aldeburgh and Schubertiade Festivals. In 1999 he premiered a song-cycle written for him by Hans Werner Henze. In 2003/04 he held ... Read more in Amazon's Ian Bostridge Store

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  • Performer: Ian Bostridge, Julius Drake
  • Composer: Ian Bostridge
  • Audio CD (9 July 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B00005KBJC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,009 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Lied Eines Schiffers An Die Dioskuren, D.360
2. Nachtstuck, D.672
3. Auf Der Donau, D.553
4. Abendstern, D.806
5. Auflosung, D.807
6. Geheimes, D.719
7. Versunken, D.715
8. Schafers Klagelied, D.121
9. An Die Entfernte, D.765
10. Am Flusse, D.766
11. Wilkommen Und Abschied, D.767
12. Die Gotter Griechenlands, D.677
13. An Die Leier, D.737
14. Am See, D.746
15. Alinde, D.904
16. Wehmut, D.772
17. Uber Wildermann, D.884
18. Auf Der Riesenkoppe, D.611
19. Sei Mir Gegrusst, D.741
20. Dass Sie Hier Gewesen, D.775
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Ian Bostridge's second Schubert recital for EMI (which features a welcome number of the less familiar songs) is even more impressive than the first--and that's saying something. Much of the disc finds him in sombre mood, from the hymn-like tone of the first song, "Lied eines Schiffers an die Dioskuren" ("Sailor's Song to the Dioscuri"), via "Nachtstück" ("Nocturne") to "Wehmut" ("Melancholy") but though the tone is frequently valedictory and the tempo often slow there is never any lack of variety. That is Bostridge's achievement as much as Schubert's--he has designed his programme with great sensitivity and his voice seems to have grown in soulfulness and depth (try "Abendstern"--"The Evening Star"--to hear how much he can wring out of such aparently simple lines), to be even more mellifluous than previously, cherishing each word and finding total accord with pianist Julius Drake. He delights too in the rare happier moments, such as two of the Goethe settings, "Geheimes" ("A Secret") and "Versunken" ("Rapt Absorption") which explore the lighter side of love. The recording is beautifully lifelike, the liner notes excellent. A supreme artist caught at the height of his powers. --Harriet Smith

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. C. Bailey on 9 Oct. 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is Bostridge's second volume of "lieder" (i.e. musical settings of German romantic poems) by Schubert, and much of what I wrote in my review of his volume one applies equally here. These are wonderful songs by the greatest songwriter of all time, and Bostridge brings his usual beautiful tone and phrasing to each one of them. It would be pointlessly controversial to give any less than five stars.
The same reservations apply as before: Bostridge's voice is just too pure and lovely for some of Schubert's songs. However, it's fair to say that this later release is more successful than volume 1. In the earlier volume, he was courageously cutting heads with the greatest lieder-singers of all time on what could almost be called "Lieder's Greatest Hits". And it has to be said that for all his beauty of tone and phrasing, he has yet to develop the gravity or indeed the dramatic range and flexibility to put his name up there with the native German greats like Fischer-Dieskau, Prey, or more recently Baer and Quasthoff. In this latest volume, however, Bostridge has selected material that is more clearly suited to his terrific gifts - for the most part less well known but still outstanding compositions that involve less narrative and more reflection.
The experienced lieder aficionado who is attentive to the German lyrics may still find Bostridge's delivery insufficently deep in terms of both pitch and nuance. However, none of this is meant as negative criticism. Bostridge's glorious bel canto voice is one of the brightest lights in Britain's music industry. Lieder-singing is a highly specialised art-form in which even native German performers rarely reach their peak until middle age. And above all, this is a fine album in its own right - in fact one that the ears of most English speakers will actually find preferable to a more Teutonic and dramatic performance.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Per Arne Rudberg on 23 July 2009
Format: Audio CD
This is excellent singing and playing. But it lacks the sparkle that you could feel in their first volume of Schubert songs.
I think that the main problem is the selection of songs - they are mostly lyrical without any real drama.
Bostridge goes for vocal beauty all through, and it becomes a bit to sweet.
Julius Drake is as always perfect. I can't think of any other pianist today that is making the piano sing like him. He has a deep understanding of this music.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Another must for lovers of Schubert Lieder 20 Aug. 2001
By Allan Brain - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Though I have a huge collection of CDs and LPs, and my favorite composer is still technically Bach, probably followed by Mozart, I often find myself turning to recordings of Lieder, the "art songs" of such composers as Schubert, Schumann, and Brahms.
Listening to these wonderful works, set to mostly first-class poetry at times serious, at times humorous, is one of the most satisfying experiences I can think of. And since one so rarely finds recitals of Lieder even in major cities or at festivals, recordings are perhaps the only way some listeners will ever hear these masterpieces.
I cherish my CDs of some of these same songs by their foremost exponent, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, but Bostridge offers a fresh look, different voice, and similar interpretive intelligence. He is as characterful as the great Fischer-Dieskau in portraying different roles and parts within songs having more than one "character", as well as in expressing the emotions of the protagonist in those having one part--often in songs of longing. That is so important in vocal works; some singers literally sound as if they don't have the slightest idea of what is being sung.
This is a fine assortment of songs, with one that is surprisingly effective in its placement on the recording. (The selection of what songs to place on a recording, and what order to use, is as difficult as in planning a recital, or should be anyway.)
This is apparently going to be an continuing series, as this is volume two of his Schubert Lieder. Texts and translations included, along with a short and helpful summary.
Like my experience with the first recording, my hearing this selection similarly makes me look forward to more, not just from Bostridge, but from his fabulous accompanist, Julius Drake. For example, in Volume 1, Drake's accompaniment in "Auf dem Wasser zu Singen" perfectly depicted the setting of that "water piece"; here we find the same kind of brilliant portrayal in "Am Flusse" and "Am See".
This is another must-have, and pick up a few more copies for your friends, whether they are acquainted with Lieder or not!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A REAL SUCCESS 9 Oct. 2002
By J. C. Bailey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is Bostridge's second volume of "lieder" (i.e. musical settings of German romantic poems) by Schubert, and much of what I wrote in my review of his volume one applies equally here. These are wonderful songs by the greatest songwriter of all time, and Bostridge brings his usual beautiful tone and phrasing to each one of them. It would be pointlessly controversial to give any less than five stars.
The same reservations apply as before: Bostridge's voice is just too pure and lovely for some of Schubert's songs. However, it's fair to say that this later release is more successful than volume 1. In the earlier volume, he was courageously cutting heads with the greatest lieder-singers of all time on what could almost be called "Lieder's Greatest Hits". And it has to be said that for all his beauty of tone and phrasing, he has yet to develop the gravity or indeed the dramatic range and flexibility to put his name up there with the native German greats like Fischer-Dieskau, Prey, or more recently Baer and Quasthoff. In this latest volume, however, Bostridge has selected material that is more clearly suited to his terrific gifts - for the most part less well known but still outstanding compositions that involve less narrative and more reflection.
The experienced lieder aficionado who is attentive to the German lyrics may still find Bostridge's delivery insufficently deep in terms of both pitch and nuance. However, none of this is meant as negative criticism. Bostridge's glorious bel canto voice is one of the brightest lights in Britain's music industry. Lieder-singing is a highly specialised art-form in which even native German performers rarely reach their peak until middle age. And above all, this is a fine album in its own right - in fact one that most English speakers will actually find preferable to a more Teutonic and dramatic performance.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A Great Lieder Singer, with some unsuitable songs 9 May 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
There can be no doubtabout Bostridge's standing in the Lieder world - his recitals commonly sells out, even if he's performing relatively obscure material like Finzi.
Having first sampled him in the wonderful Schumann disc, buying this disc was a no-brainer. Bostridge lives up to my high expectations, singing with transcendental feeling; you know he's actually reliving the experience of the song, conveying the composer's thoughts instead of displaying his own vocal powers.
However, I'm not sure all the songs here are appropriately chosen - Bostridge has a very English tone, meaning a little short on power and size. Auflosung displayed this weakness - the tempo is too slow, the voice lacking in power and grandeur to project the song's intensity - just compare it to the intense Fassbaender / Johnson Hyperion recording will show that this song is less docile than it is here. Sometimes, he uses a slight crooning sound, which sounds fine, but after repeated listening, you wish he can project a fuller sound. I still enjoyed this CD but there are 500+ songs out there and I'm sure Bostridge can find more than enough that suits his voice!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Golden 14 Oct. 2001
By Gloria - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This performance is pure gold. Julius is excellent, his playing effortless and intimate. (He spoils me, and makes me think all accompanists I ever hear are quite second rate in comparison!)
Ian's voice seems, to me, to have darkened and matured quite substantially since volume one. That could be due to the difference in repertoire, this time around the songs are darker, more heartrending. Beyond that I will not compare the two.
My favorites on this CD are Abendstern and Versunken. I love Ian singing about love. Versunken makes me proud of my curls. And the best part within Abendstern is when the star says in the most tender heartstopping voice, "Ich bin der Liebe treuer Stern" and then a bit mournfully, "Sie halten sich von Liebe fern." Ah, my heart melts! But then the very next line is declamatory, even a bit commanding.
I think that's it, Ian is able to express so much within the same song. It's storytelling every bit as much as it is music. What a great combination make Schubert, Julius and Ian! How glad I am, in the most selfish sense, that Ian chose music over academia. The world is a better place for it!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great cd 18 Aug. 2001
By irmita - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is perhaps, Ian Bostridge's best cd that is out there in the market. All of the Schubert songs are performed beautifully, which basically means that you'll be playing this over and over again during any time of day. The majority of the songs included tend to be sweet, slow-paced and melancholy. His great vocal talent is exposed in this collection of fabulous tunes.
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