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Mahler: Songs of a Wayfarer; Kindertotenlieder; Ruckert-Lieder

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1. I. Wenn Mein Schatz Hochzeit Macht
2. II. Ging Heut Morgen Ubers Feld
3. III. Ich Hab Ein GlÃÂ1/4hend Messer
4. IV. Die Zwei Blauen Augen
5. I. Nun Will Die Sonn So Hell Aufgehn
6. II. Nun Seh Ich Wohl, Warum So Dunkle Flammen
7. III. Wenn Dein Mutterlein
8. IV. Oft Denk Ich, Sie Sind Nur Ausgegangen
9. V. In Diesem Wetter
10. Blicke Mir Nicht In Die Lieder!
11. Ich Atmet Einen Linden Duft!
12. Ich Bin Der Welt Abhanden Gekommen
13. Um Mitternacht

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Understated, not undernourished 13 Mar 2004
By Larry VanDeSande - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Andreas Schmidt was 30 when he made this CD and the negative reviews obviously compare him to Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and other Germans that hector along, overemphasizing every other note and emoting their way through the music, sobbing all over for dead children and crying over the losses felt in wayfarer songs. If you like things overdone, you'll dislike this CD too. If you enjoy a reading of the music as music, this is a great CD with concentrated poetry, singing and orchestral playing. Schmidt has a wonderful instrument and uses it in masterful collaboration with Lopez Cobos and the Cincinnati Orchestra, which was one of America's most German-sounding orchestra with JL-C at the controls. I have enjoyed this collection of songs more than collections by more famous singers including Fish-Dish, Christa Ludwig and Schwarzkopf. It is a portentous collection tha builds steadlily and peaks during the final Ruckert song, "Um Mitternacht" or "At Midnight". This haunting tune shows the Cincinnati Orchestra in its very best light, where the playing and orchestral color are nearly as fine as in their staggeringly successful reading of the composer's 9th symphony some years later under Lopez-Cobos. But get this for Schmidt's fine voice, temperament, understatement and diction.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Graceful, sympathetic performances 30 Sep 2005
By Pater Ecstaticus - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
These performances of Mahler's orchestral song-cycles are a very consistently satisfying pack. Beautifully polished playing by the Cincinnati Orchestra under the thoughtful baton of Jesus Lopez-Cobos and noble, intelligent but at the same time warmly sympathetic singing by Andreas Schmidt throughout. The orchestra and singer are recorded fairly directly with not much reverberation, with clear detail everywhere within a warmly glowing and rounded sound - your standard demonstration quality disc, in that respect.
The songs are here taken at nicely judged, naturally flowing speeds, but they may seem(!) much slower sometimes because of the portamenti, mainly in the strings - providing a beautifully appropriate atmosphere of melancholy. The performances on this CD feel more sympathetically appealing than many others, which IMHO is a good thing, at least at times when I just want to listen to these songs for beauty's sake, although other people may find that more (raw) emotion could (and should) be wrested out of these songs. These performances may also lack a certain tension and build-ups towards climaxes, but that doesn't bother me much when the end result is so beautiful. There ARE many other performances of these songs, each of which fits a certain mood or taste, and I listen to those also, of course.
Nonetheles, I believe these are artful, generally relaxed and 'safe'(?) performances which have their very own legitimate things to say about these songs. Warmly recommended.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great performances but not ***** 9 Jan 2005
By Ytzan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This CD is a great collection of Mahler's songs and the preformance by the Cincinnati Orchestra is good. The tempi are a bit slow but this adds depth to the interpretaion. Andreas Schmidt has a good, clean voice but if you have a Ferrier (EMI, Decca) or a Fischer-Dieskau (Orfeo) you can not give 5*.As always Telarc engineers have worked miracles. A good addition to somebody's collections but not a first choice. I would prefer Ferrier for the Kindertotenlieder (EMI) and Fischer-Dieskau for the other cycles (Orfeo with Furtwangler).
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5.0 out of 5 stars More beautiful voice than Fischer-Dieskau 5 Oct 2010
By Lee1936 - Published on Amazon.com
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I have Fischer-Dieskau's version, and I like it OK, but this version is better because Andreas Schmidt has a superior voice--stunningly beautiful. Don't worry about the tempo--it's perfect. Just enjoy the music, guys!
4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lethargic Tempi and Lack of Emotional Depth 25 Jun 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This performance is technically more than competent (both vocally and orchestrally), but the tempi are truly lethargic and there is a conspicuous lack of emotional engagement with this great music. Seek out other performances of these masterpieces. For example, Christa Ludwig recorded the Ruckert Lieder and Kindertotenlieder with Karajan. Those performances are infinitely more musical (and moving) than these rather lackluster interpretations.
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