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4.0 out of 5 stars Below par?, 19 Jan. 2011
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This review is from: Schubert: Nacht und Traume - Matthias Goerne Schubert Edition Vol.5 (Audio CD)
Matthias Goerne has long shown himself to be a superb interpreter of lied in general and Schubert in particular, and his skill is fully evident in this CD. Yet the result doesn't delight this listener quite as much as it used to.
Goerne, is like all of us, getting older, and it is a feature of many baritones that over time their tessitura becomes closer and closer to a bass; indeed, it is arguable that Goerne now is a bass and not even a bass-baritone. His upper range is less flexible and expressive than it used to be. He exercises every bit as much control as he ever did, and his singing is as carefully considered as always, but his top range no longer delivers the goods quite so well.
Compare his earlier version of Die Schone Mullerin Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin with his more recent recording Schubert: Die Schone Mullerin - Matthias Goerne / Christoph Eschenbach (Schubert Edition Vol.3) and this becomes particularly evident.
On the other hand, the power and force of his bass register is now outstanding. Perhaps he needs to start reconsidering his approach.
The main weaknesses of this recording, however, are elsewhere. First, there is Alexander Schmalcz's accompaniment, which while competent and workman-like rarely raises itself above that level, and, secondly, the close-miking which makes Goerne's intake of breath far too audible (it's present on some of his earlier recordings, but never to this degree) and at times positively distracting.
Goerne's skill still makes this CD worth listening to, but it can't be counted as one of his best recordings. Even Homer nods.
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Initial post: 26 Jan 2011 13:42:24 GMT
Last edited by the author on 26 Jan 2011 13:42:56 GMT
Karafan says:
Thank you Alec for an insightful, thought provoking review.

Thinking of 'Nacht und Traume', particularly, I think D F-D and Gerald Moore will take some beating (the Orfeo 1963 Salzburg recital recording being even finer than the DG, IMHO). Workmanlike pianism has no place in Schubert lieder I am afraid....

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Feb 2011 18:20:25 GMT
A. McGuire says:
I agree with you entirely about D F-D's recordings.
My use of the term "workman-like" was, shall we say, polite; the accompaniment lacks (imho) any expressive qualities.
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