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Schumann: Portraits (Songs By Clara And Robert Schumann) [Hybrid SACD, SACD]

Miah Persson Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (30 Aug 2011)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, SACD
  • Label: Bis
  • ASIN: B005B6L1G0
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 235,571 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Six Songs from Myrthen, Op.25 (Robert Schumann)
2. Gedichte der Königin Maria Stuart, Op.135 (Robert Schumann)
3. Volksliedchen, Op.51/2 (Robert Schumann)
4. Der Himmel hat eine Träne geweint, Op.37/1 (Robert Schumann)
5. Frauenliebe und Leben, Op.42 (Robert Schumann)
6. Three Songs from 6 Lieder, Op.13 (Clara Schumann)
7. Lorelei (Clara Schumann)
8. 3 Lieder, Op.12

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Women in love, in pain and in emotional turmoil such is the subject matter of most of the songs that Swedish soprano Miah Persson and pianist Joseph Breinl have chosen for this recital of works by Robert and Clara Schumann. The year of Robert and Claras wedding is often called Schumanns Liederjahr; during this year of song he composed more than 150 songs, and his wedding gift to Clara was in fact a song cycle, Myrthen, Op. 25. Sixteen songs dated 1840 can be found here, including the Frauenliebe und Leben cycle, the crowning achievement of the year. But Robert also encouraged Clara to write songs and in 1841 they jointly published a collection entitled The Spring of Love. Clara had composed three of the songs (the 3 Lieder, Op. 12) and Robert the remaining nine, including Der Himmel hat eine Träne geweint. This disc also features Roberts final song cycle composed in 1852 and focussing on the life and tragic end of Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots along with four of Claras last songs. As well as being well-known in opera houses across the world, Miah Persson is increasingly in demand as a recitalist, performing regularly with Joseph Breinl. This is a Hybrid SACD

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CD of the Week --BBC Radio 3 CD Review

This performance rings with exuberant delight:There's a girlish excitement,a racing pulse,and an enrapatured confidence,leading to a final song of fierce grief. Performance **** Recording **** --BBC Music Magazine,Nov'11

A beautifully programmed,intimate and moving recital from a fast-rising operatic star. **** --Classic fm Magazine,Nov'11

An enterprising recital from a soprano of charm,intelligence and natural communicative gifts. --Gramophone,Nov'11

…the choice and planning here are impeccable, the execution likewise: a pleasure to hear. --IRR,Dec'11

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sensitive singing........ 24 May 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Beautiful sensitive singing portraying the ever sensitive side of Schumann. I found the Songs from the poems of Mary Queen of Scots very moving. The Songs of Clara were very good.
Perhaps , with the after taste of history, Robert Schumann experienced the same depression as Mary, well perhaps.
Would the songs be as good if we did not know of Robert Schumann's and Mary Queen of Scots end?

The singing of Miah Persson and the accompanying piano were excellent.
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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
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4.0 out of 5 stars Miah Persson and the Schumanns 14 Jan 2012
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Swedish soprano Miah Persson has become a frequent guest with performances of the Los Angeles Philharmonic: she is currently in town singing in the Mahler Project, her contributions being in the Mahler 4th and 2nd symphonies. This newest recoding gives further evidence of her maturity as a lieder recitalist. In an interesting and rewarding recital she combines the works of husband and wife Robert and Clara Schumann and if every song is not exactly perfect Persson does indeed display the ability to communicate lieder poetry with her radiantly beautiful voice.

The works included on this recording are as follows:
Robert Schumann: Myrthen, Op. 25 (six selections), Gedichte der Konigin Maria Stuart, Op. 135 (five songs), the songs 'Volksliedchen' and 'Der Himmel hat eine Trane geweint' and the much loved song cycle 'Frauenliebe und -leben, Op. 42' .
Clara Schumann: 6 Lieder, Op. 13 ( Ich stand in dunkeln Traumen, Liebeszauber, and Ich hab' in deinem Auge), 'Loreley ', and 3 Lieder, Op. 12 (Er ist gekommen, Liebst du um Schonheit, and Warum willst du and're fragen)

Perrson is accompanied by pianist Joseph Breinl: it is unclear whether he in fact covers her or whether this is a recoding problem. Persson's voice tends to disappear at times, at times it sounds forced. But hearing this brilliant soprano perform in person on so many occasions suggests that the imbalance is a technical one as she easily manages to make her work with orchestra perfectly balanced. She is clearly an artist to watch. Grady Harp, January 12
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, natural lieder singing, although not at the highest level 15 Nov 2012
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The Swedish lyric soprano Miah Persson, although not nearly as famous as two other singers that she closely resembles, Barbara Bonney and Kathleen Battle, is just as appealing when she sings lieder. This collection of songs by Robert and Clara Schumann overlaps with a similar program recorded by Bonney on Decca. She had a famous pianist, Vladimir Ashkenazy, as accompanist; Persson has the admirable Joseph Breinl, who understandably doesn't possess a distinctive style. But he's musical and far more than adequate.

There are moments when I had to remind myself that this wasn't Bonney singing - Persson's voice possesses the same fast vibrato, sparkle, and charm for the ear. She has the same freshness and youthfulness, too. Add her excellent musical instincts, and there is no reason to consider her CD an also-ran. The major work on both albums is Frauenliebe und -Leben. As you listen to Persson's young, eager girl express her virginal love, everything seems right. Turn to Bonney, though, and the same songs become subtler and more artistic, with an inner dimension that Persson doesn't really capture. Ashkenazy proves to be as good an accompanist as Brendel for Fischer-Dieskau when they collaborated in Schubert. He's imaginative and yet attuned to the singer's turns of phrase and same expressive hesitations. There's really no contest, appealing as Persson is.

For anyone who is already a fairly serious Schumann collector, the choice may come down to the two programs; on that ground, Persson includes more rarities than Bonney. In addition, Bonney sings the Lieerkreis Op. 39 based on Eichendorff poems, a cycle intended for the male voice - the speaker in the verse is also a man. It can vocally fit a stronger, deeper female voice than Bonney possesses - she sounds a bit thin, artistic as she is.
4.0 out of 5 stars lovely voice 2 Jan 2014
By Jerry Landis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you enjoy the romantic songs of the Schumanns you should be pleased with this recording. I can recommend it.
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