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  • Performer: Barbara Bonney, Geoffrey Parsons, Sharon Kam
  • Composer: Franz Schubert
  • Audio CD (9 Jan. 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Teldec
  • ASIN: B000000SJI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 207,689 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ellens Gesang III D 839, Op. 52,6: 'Ave Maria, jungfrau mild'
2. Ganymed D 544, Op. 19,3: 'wie im morgenglanze'
3. Mignon-Lieder From Goethe's 'Wilhelm Meister': 'kennst du das land' D 321
4. Mignon-Lieder From Goethe's 'Wilhelm Meister': 'heiss mich nicht reden' D 877-2, Op. 62,2
5. Mignon-Lieder From Goethe's 'Wilhelm Meister': 'so lasst mich scheinen' D 877-3, Op. 62,3
6. Mignon-Lieder From Goethe's 'Wilhelm Meister': 'nur wer die sehnsucht kennt' D 877-4, Op. 63,4
7. Liebhaber In Allen Gestalten D 558: 'ich wolt, ich war ein fisch'
8. Heidenroslein D 257, Op. 3,3: 'sah ein knab ein roslein stehn'
9. nahe des geliebten D 162, Op. 5,2: 'ich denke dein'
10. Die Forelle D 550, Op. 32: 'in einem bachlein helle'
11. auf dem wasser zu singen D 774, Op. 72: 'mitten im schimmer der spiegelnden wellen'
12. im abendrot D 799: 'o wie schon ist deine welt'
13. standchen D 889: 'horch, horch die lerch im atherblau'
14. 'du bist die ruh' D 776, Op. 59,3
15. gretchen am spinnrade D 118, Op. 2: 'meine ruh ist hin'
16. gretchens bitte D 564: 'ach neige, du schmerzensreiche'
17. der hirt auf dem felsen D 965, Op. post. 129: 'wenn auf dem hochsten fels ich steh'

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By Ms. R. L. A. Amelan VINE VOICE on 19 Feb. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Barbara Bonney has a voice that I personally find expressive and ravishingly beautiful. Her technique is flawless, which is one of the reasons why she is so in demand for masterclasses.

She has an intimate understanding of Schubert lieder and, from the point of view of style, I personally cannot fault her. Her singing is expressive but nothing is ever done that undermines the sheer beauty of Schubert's musical line. I have played this recording to friends with no knowledge of classical music and they too have acknowledged the sheer artistry behind the recording.

I do note that others have referred to this as an introduction to Schubert's lieder. Personally, no matter where one starts, I consider it all accessible, although I must confess that many of these pieces are particularly well known (and rightly so).

...and I love this version of "Shepherd on the Rock".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mohawk on 4 Aug. 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is a very satisfying collection of popular Schubert songs - perfect for those new to Schubert leider.

This disc is now quite difficult to find, and I would recommend you grab this if you can.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By martin jones on 10 Dec. 2008
Format: Audio CD
I would endorse what "Mohawk" has said. Most of these songs are well-known and this recital is a good introduction to the delights of Schubert Lieder. There are no extracts from "Schöne Mullerin" or "Winterreise" but this is as it should be because those are songs for the male voice.

At times it seems that Bonney concentrates too much on beauty of tone and line and not enough on characterisation but that is perhaps being a bit picky.

The recital ends with the "Shepherd on the Rock" which is always a delight to hear sung well.

Those interested in another introductory disc of Schubert Lieder could not do better that look at Ian Bostridge's CD on EMI Classics simply entitled "Schubert Lieder". There is a little overlap with Bonney's recital but you really should own both of them!

My initial thought was to give it 5, but if I can only give the Bostridge CD 5 then 4½ would be proper here. As I can't do that Bonney will have to make do with 4. But don't let me put you off buying this disc if you can find it.
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Simply Beautiful 16 Mar. 2002
By Christopher A. Lanter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I dont't think any review of mine will adequately describe how wonderful this CD is - you'll just have to believe me. Barbara's voice was made for lieder, and Schubert's are treated here with grace, sweetness, and immaculate artistry.
The selection of lieder for this disc is nice and broad, from the ubiquitous "Ellen's Gesang: Ave Maria" to the playful "Die Forelle" to the two dramatic songs set for Gretchen from Faust -
"Gretchen am Spinnrade" and "Gretchen's Bitte". Every song is listenable and melodic (a characteristic feature of Schubert songs). The accompanist, Geoffrey Parsons, is also very good, with nice tempi and always supporting Barbara's vocal line, never overpowering it.
Even though these songs are wonderful enough just to listen to, to get the full effect you must read the lyrics from the liner notes. Unless you happen to understand German, reading the words and the translations will only enhance your appreciation of these songs, which are really the musical settings of poems by German poets like Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Friedrich Rückert. You may realize that the high A she sings is the climax of "Gretchen am Spinnrade" (and believe me, it'll send shivers down your spine), but it becomes that much more dramatic when you know that the line is "An seinen küssen vergehen sollt!" - "And to perish in his kisses!"
Also, I've noticed that her voice breaks on the "O" in the line "O wärst du da!" ("Oh, that you were here!") in the song "Nähe des Geliebten". I'm pretty sure it was unintentional, but I find it very attractive, and I think it enhances the feeling of longing which the song describes. I think it must have been deliberately included, and I'm glad they did.
I think everyone will be able to take away something from this album. Parents out there with small children might even consider playing some of the softer songs like "Im Abendrot","Du Bist die Ruh", or "Ave Maria" at bedtime to calm your children - they would make great lullabies! :)
Chris
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Pure Schubert! 5 Mar. 2000
By Izolda - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I must admit that for long time Schubert singing was to me a domain of male voices. This is no longer true and it was this recital by Barbara Bonney that helped me discover the beauty of the female voice in Lieder. Today I have many recordings with women singing Schubert and enjoy them immensely, but I listen to this one most often. Why? Because a successful Lieder recital sung by a woman must be, to me, subtle and devoid of any operatic gestures, and this record by Barbara Bonney is 100% so. Hers is a voice of most subtle beauty, freshness and girlishness, which makes her singing so appaealing and touching. It is also the purest voice you can imagine! If you are looking for an introduction to Schubert's Lieder, this record is my first recommendation (then you can try E.Amelling, J.Baker, B.Fassbaender and some of the old, old masters). If you want a male voice, start with Olaf Baer's EMI 4 CD (mid-price) set with all three song cycles and selected Lieder. And a word to the Lieder addicts - if you have not heard Bonney's disc (what, I think, is rather impossible), try it now. You'll hear Schubert in its purest form!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Bonney's best Lieder recording, a triumph for an American 31 Dec. 2005
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Barbara Bonney was 38 when she made this breakthrough Schubert recording in 1994. That's worth mentioning because high, light voices age quickly, and in her later Decca recordings, made in her forties, she doesn't sound as full-toned and in control as here. The voice is impeccable for Schubert, richer than Battle's in the lyric-colortura range and therefore capable of reaching deeper than a soubrette emotionally.

Bonney is also that rare American singer who seems to know what German means and can immerse herself in Romantic style, making her the equal of Dawn Upsahw among her generation. Both are fresh interpreters with a respect for lieder tradition. Bonney is also gifted with one of those voices, again like Upshaw's, which sound alluring and lustrous. Her selections here include only Schubert chestnuts; one is grateful that room was found on this generous (72 min.) CD for the Shepherd on the Rock with clarinet accompaniment. Bonney sings it exquisitely, in a class with Benita Valente and Kathleen Battle, my other favorites in this achingly sublime work. A total success.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A wonderful Schubert recital 17 May 2000
By J. Buxton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is the kind of cd you can sit and listen to and be absolutely transported. It is just gorgeous singing and Bonney has such a crystal clear voice. She has chosen songs that are more upbeat in tone. The "Ave Maria" is sensitively done, as is the familiar "Die Forelle". Bonney doesn't get in the way of the music, but lets Schubert speak through her. This is an ideal disc if you want a good introduction to Schubert lieder or if you just love beautiful singing. If you are a Bonney follower, this disc is a must.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Gets Regular Play 19 Aug. 2013
By Linda Yoder - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought this quite a while ago and never regretted it. The CD came with excellent notes and complete lyrics. I had wanted to get acquainted with Schubert Lieder, was interested in Barbara Bonney, and this was an excellent introduction. Of all strange things, "Du bist die Ruh" (You Are Repose) turned out to be one of my all-time favorites. And the CD concludes with a very fine rendition (with clarinet) of "Der Hirt auf dem Felsen" (The Shepherd on the Rock).
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