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Marvellous, unbroken, ecstatic delivery.,
This review is from: Elisabeth Grümmer - Great Singers of the Century (Audio CD)Highly respected and esteemed by colleagues, critics and her public during a career of thirty years, Elisabeth Grümmer (1911-1986) was not adequately represented in the recording medium during her lifetime. I suspect that there may have been problems recording the voice. Consonants could have the force of an uppercut, and there was a gleam on the vowel sounds that could dazzle at fifty paces.
The availability situation has been considerably improved in recent years by the release of hitherto unpublished material, including several CDs of lieder recitals deriving from German radio broadcasts. This Orfeo CD, released in 2000, is one of them. It presents a carefully balanced program in which you will find familiar and the unfamiliar items: songs by Mendelssohn and Schumann from the 1840s and songs by Schoeck from the 1940s.
Grümmer shows herself to be a wonderfully sympathetic lieder singer. The voice is suitably restrained. In the Schumann song cycle, the changing stages of a tender female psyche are sensitively revealed, without a hint of sentimentality or operatic gesturing. Grümmer had what singers call "the long breath", enabling her to sing the lines of the sixth song of the Schumann cycle with marvellous, unbroken, ecstatic delivery.
Packaging, programming, sound quality, and content make this a very superior product.
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Initial post: 2 Mar 2010 00:43:34 GMT
Hector Pascal says:
An excellent review. On repeated listening to the wonderful choice of lied on this CD it is not difficult to determine why Ms. Grummer was considered a very special soprano in her active years. The nice surprise on the CD is perhaps the selection of nine lied by Othmar Schock (1886 - 1957), particularly Op. 62 Nr. 6 Auf der Teck, quite stunning voice and piano (Aribert Reimann the pianist). Would throughly recommend this Orfeo CD.
Posted on 12 May 2013 17:48:25 BDT
Thanks for the review Mr Austin.
I am definitely getting this CD. If that is Frauenliebe und Leben you are talking about, I can hardly wait to hear her interpretation of it.
Have also invested in Elisabeth Grummer in Schweitengen.
In Fischer-Dieskau's memoirs, Echoes of a Lifetime, he pays tribute to not only her great artistry and intelligence as a singer, but also her support for younger rising singers and her teaching work. I think he makes the point she never gained the recognition she deserved.
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