on 18 June 2011
I had never bought any Schubert lieder before downloading this disc, so I am not able to comment on Ian Bostridge's performance against any other recordings on the market. But I was invigilating a GCSE music listening exam recently in which two songs I thought must be Schubert were played to the students, and I was so captivated by them that I copied the disc number from the acknowledgment on the back of the exam paper, and looked it up in the EMI catalogue when I got home. I am very pleased that I then decided to risk downloading this disc, because I absolutely love it. The interplay between the vocal and piano lines in the songs is beautiful, and the performances from Ian Bostridge and his pianist Julius Drake are simply lovely. I recommend this collection!