Thomas Quasthoff has performed throughout the world in a repertoire so varied that his talents appear endless. This very fine recording is part of the DGG Portrait of an Artist Series and while there is little new work here, this is a compilation of many of the recordings the have made Thomas Quasthoff one of our leading bass-baritones of the day.
Included are excerpts from such superb recordings as the Mahler 'Des Knaben Wunderhorn' disc with Claudio Abbado conducting the Berlin Philharmonic, as well as recordings of the music of Bach, Brahms, Liszt, Carl Loewe, Lortzing, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Wagner and von Weber.
Not only does the recording include songs with orchestra (with Christian Thielemann conducting the Berlin Opera Orchestra, Abbado/Berlin Philharmonic, and Rainer Kussmal conducting the Berlin Barock Solisten), but it also has a generous sampling of works with piano with the fine Justus Zeyen as collaborator.
For those who are already devoted fans of Quasthoff's art, this is an excellent 'encore album'. For those unfamiliar with this great singer, this fine and affordable CD is a sampler that offers a taste of the range of Quasthoff's genius. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, July 06