While many ears have been turned by the muted poetry of Christian Gerhaher, Lieder favourite Matthias Goerne has been hard at work on his unfolding series of Schubert recordings. The latest disc, volume seven, is superbly performed in collaboration with the esteemed pianist Andreas Haefliger. But for all the muted melancholy of the opening songs, there's a thrillingly violent underbelly to Goerne's performance, which makes for yet another compelling disc.
Unlike Gerhaher, Goerne is not afraid of stating things outright. His plea, 'Wo bist du, mein geliebstes Land?' in 'Der Wanderer' is riven with desperation, while the insidious nocturnal narrative of 'Erlkönig' gains from an almost Wagnerian strength. Such vivid colouring not only highlights these dramatic passages, but makes the more muted tones of 'Nachtviolen' appear even more enrapt.
Haefliger is a keen accomplice to Goerne in describing the vast emotional and dynamic range of this repertoire. And they give a giddy brilliance to the performance of 'Die Forelle' and wonderful swagger to 'Auf der Bruck'. The sheer variety on offer here makes for a veritable treat, showing both Schubert and one of his greatest living exponents at their most diverse.