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Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 25 Die schöne Müllerin [CD]

Ian Bostridge Audio CD
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  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Franz Peter Schubert
  • Audio CD (1 Jan 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B000002ZFJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,599 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Der Dichter, Als Prolog
2. Das Wandern
3. Wohin?
4. Halt!
5. Danksagung an Den Bach
6. Am Feierabend
7. Der Neugierige
8. Das Muhlenleben
9. Ungeduld
10. Morgengruss
11. Des Mullers Blumen
12. Trananregen
13. Ein Ungereimtes Lied
14. Mein!
15. Pause
16. Mit Dem Grunen Lautenbande
17. Der Jager
18. Eifersucht Und Stolz
19. Erster Schmerz, Letzter Scherz
20. Die Liebe Farbe
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful recording 8 Jan 2009
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I am told that some people do not like Ian Bostridge. Unless you are one of them this disc is for you. All of Bostridge's qualities of intelligence, articulation and musicality are to the fore and Graham Johnson is at one with him in his piano playing.

This disc is unusual in that it contains all of the "Mullerin" poems. Those which were not set by Schubert are read by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and inserted in the appropriate places in the cycle. It is a matter of opinion as to whether you think this is something of a gimmick, but if you do it is easy simply to skip those tracks.

The liner notes, in addition to containing the usual texts and translations, are, I think, the most comprehensive I have ever seen with a CD.

Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite simply, outstanding 18 Jun 2011
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Graham Johnson has become something of a legend to me both because of his excellent accompanying skills and because of his highly informative and dynamic writing about Schubert's life and work. This is one of many excellent CDs in his 'Complete Schubert Lieder' edition. The information provided about the composition of the work, Johnson's (highly credible) theory about how the composition of the song cycle assisted Schubert emotionally at a very difficult time and the marvelous singing by Bostridge make this probably the best recording that I have the pleasure to own. The additional poetry (read pleasantly) makes a real bonus for me and it somehow completes the work even though my knowledge of German is limited. Of course there is a full translation of every song and poem.
Bostridge is simply magnificent and I think that this recording deserves all of the awards that it won.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An attractive and interesting rendering 15 Feb 2013
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I like Ian Bostridge's account of this great song cycle; it is sweetly sung but could do with a little more colour. Graham Johnson, the accompanist, could not be bettered. The inclusion of the late, great Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau as reader adds extra (nostalgic) interest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful 17 April 2012
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Ian Bostridge's talent is phenomenal and this disc is stunning in displaying his skills as a master musician. His open emotional approach reveals many subtle nuances that can be missed by more operatic style singers. It is all done with an apparently effortless and flawless technique which reveals the beauty and warmth of schubert's writing whilst showing the vulnerability and pathos of the story. Graham Johnson deserves all the praise possible both for his playing and masterminding this amazing project.
I can't stop playing it. Buy it buy it buy it...............
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A young voice that suits the spirit of the cycle 16 Sep 1999
By rau13@cs.com - Published on Amazon.com
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A recording to treasure. In a recent concert at Carnegie Hall, I was a little turned off by Bostridge's stage posturing,but the voice was there and what a voice it is! I highly recommend this recording,as well as his Schumann and Britten;concerning the present Schubert ,I find that his young sound very much goes with the youthful angst of the rejected lover.Buy it!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite 23 July 2012
By George Goldberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have heard hundreds of performance of this song cycle, have sung it, and have accompanied it (though having to take some shortcuts, as it is fiendishly difficult to play well). My first recording was by the Danish tenor Axel Schiótz, a recording made in the 1930s (he later suffered a stroke and had to reinvent himself as a baritone - still later he taught in Minnesota, Colorado, and Toronto). I played that record every day until I wore it out - I was ecstatic when it was remastered onto CD.

The legendary recording of the cycle, which made it well-known in Anglophone as well as German-speaking countries, was by the German baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau brilliantly accompanied by the English pianist Gerald Moore. There are many other fine renditions of this song cycle, including those by Ian Partridge (tenor), Sanford Sylvan (bar.), Olaf Baer (bar.), Christopheren Nomura (bar.) and, in English, Shura Gehrman (bass) - just to mention a few in my collection.

I have now put this recording, by the English tenor Ian Bostridge, at the top of my list. I think it's simply wonderful, especially in the more lyrical songs like Der Neugierige (#6) and Tränenregen (#10). More to the point, I think it likely closest to what Schubert had in mind. In that regard, I note a reviewer calls the voice immature. I wouldn't use that word - perhaps young and innocent would be more apposite - but after all the protagonist of these songs is a love-sick young man who is sighing over a girl he can't have, an unrequited love which may push him over the brink into suicide. I guess one could call that immaturity, but it's the kind of immaturity that gave rise, beginning with Goethe's Young Werther (first published a generation before Wilhelm Müller wrote his Müllerin poems), to the Romantic movement. I think Ian Bostridge has perfectly channeled that young man in this exquisite performance.

It should be noted that Schubert did not set all of Müller's Müllerin poems. He left out five (Prologue, Epilogue and three verses), and for some reason it was decided to have Fischer-Dieskau read them between songs of this set. If this were vinyl, I would find this a serious drawback, especially as some of the poems are very long. As it's a CD, it's easy enough to skip over these readings - which I do.

Finally, the pianist, Graham Johnson (the pianist in the entire 40-CD Hyperion Schubert set, and the guiding spirit behind that project), is very fine indeed, and the sound is first-rate. Highest possible recommendation.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant for a taster, now try more 8 Sep 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I've only recently discovered the wonderful singing voice of Ian Bostridge, but I'm captivated.For clarity, tone,and expression, he can't be beaten.;if you enjoy this you must try his Schubert Lieder,on EMI, accompanist Julius Drake. "Litanei auf das Fest Allerseelen" is so beautiful, and what about the "Erlkonig?".Have you ever heard anything so creepy?
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I wonder anyone can surpass this 19 Nov 1999
By Sen Peng Eu - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a marvelous CD .Ian's temperemant are neatly fit to the cycle, both in age and sound. With his golden and fresh tone, the sorrow of the muller are more convincible and vivid compared to those old tenors. His interpretion is so moving that I wonder anyone can surpass this. Graham's accompaniment are as well superb as Fischer-Diskau's recite.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Surprise in this Schubert Series. 5 July 2006
By B. Marold - Published on Amazon.com
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'The Hyperion Schubert Edition Complete Songs Nr. 25 Die Schone Mullerin' was quite a surprise when it was first released. I still remember that in the Brit music journals such as Grammaphone, there was much speculation as to who would perform this most important series of Lieder. This is especially true since this, 'Winterreise, and 'Schwanengesang' have been done by the foremost interpreter of Lieder, baritone, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.

Lo and behold, the series major domo, Graham Johnson has double teamed us with the Lieder being sung by new (at the time of release)tenor Ian Bostridge, with introductory material being read by Fischer-Dieskau himself.

I have heard Fischer-Dieskau's 'Die Schone Mullerin' and the interpretation is impeccable, but I really prefer the tenor range over the baritone for these songs.

I notice that Bostridge has recorded this same series for London, and I have not heard this recording, but I firmly endorse this rendition, especially if, like me, you are in love with big, uniform collections of musical works.
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