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Schubert: Erlkonig - Matthias Goerne Schubert Edition Vol. 7

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  • Performer: Matthias Goerne, Andreas Haefliger
  • Conductor: .
  • Composer: Franz Schubert
  • Audio CD (11 Feb. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi USA
  • ASIN: B009YKMAKU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Matthias Goerne presents the seventh volume of his hm Schubert survey, which has confirmed him as one of the most gifted exponents of lieder repertoire and programming. Andreas Haefliger joins Matthias in music he has been singing for most of his career.

BBC Review

Volume seven in baritone Matthias Goerne’s ongoing Schubert series bolsters his reputation as one of the top lieder singers of his generation.

Though often idiosyncratic, his readings are never less than thoughtful – and his original takes on well-known (and less well-known) songs frequently offer intelligent and bold new insights.

This latest volume, including some of Schubert's best-loved songs, presents the fruits of an evidently close collaboration with pianist Andreas Haefliger.

The gentle opening chords of the first song on the album, Im Abendrot (In the Evening Glow) are, in Haefliger's sensitive hands, at once arresting and becalming.

When Goerne enters, his rich, mellifluous tones are wonderfully subdued in a softly questing manner. Caressing the text with velvety half-voice, the effect is disarmingly beguiling.

There is an immediate sense of menace in Der Wanderer, evoked by Haefliger's understated, sinister introduction, and sincere desolation in Goerne's cries of “Where?” as the poet searches in vain for his lost love. The stoic resignation at the song's conclusion is reinforced by Goerne's sonorous lower register.

We travel through a further range of emotions and moods, including the intimately dreamy Nachtviolen and charmingly flowing To the Moon, before reaching the famous dramatic title song at the heart of the album, Erlkönig.

Goerne and Haefliger's account of this grim, sorrowful tale is not as collar-grabbingly visceral as some; they convey a sense of drama through more finely nuanced expression.

The beautiful By the Lake provides a welcome relief of tension, sung with effortless fluidity to silky accompaniment, as does an aptly bubbly and brisk version of Schubert's Trout.

Here Goerne is delightfully bright-eyed, and Haefliger glides over the keys with almost impossible-seeming gossamer lightness. The urgency of the third verse, as the fisherman finally catches his skittish prey, rounds off one of most effective performances of the album.

Some may wish for more heart-on-sleeve passion in the dramatic songs. Goerne and Haefliger rarely seem to break a sweat, an attitude that can sometimes come over as lack of effort.

But their refined style demonstrates its own supreme skill, and there is no shortage of illumination and pleasure to be had from in the songs on this well-filled and recorded album.

--Graham Rogers

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Quite simply, this is Goerne at his best. There is nowhere a phrase that is not 100% considered, and delivered to the highest standards of Schubertian interpretation. Goerne has the ability to change his tone, timbre, volume and vocal production from one word to the next, and it`s an ability he uses to the fullest, without ever letting go of the shape and development of the song.

It is a plus that the tessitura of these songs suits his voice perfectly, enabling him to utilise the full qualities of his vocal range. One will need to go a long way to find his equal as a bass-baritone in Schubert, though Gura, as a tenor, delivers comparable joys.

To take Die Forelle as an example, a spirited rendering takes us from the carefree spirit of the opening verse to the pain and anger of the last with apparent effortlessness though it is, of course, the effortlessness of outstanding skill and art. Another plus throughout, though perhaps here at the most readily noticeable, is the way Haeflinger and Goerne work as a seamless ensemble; this is not singer plus piano, but two collaborators with a single conception.

When it comes to the perpetual dilemma (and interpretative test) of Der Erlkonig: viz. how to realise the characters while maintaining both the ever-onward flow and the overall unity of the piece, then Goerne adopts a convincing balance. Unless one is going to look for the pyrotechnics and magicianship of F-D`s 1965 version Schubert 21 Lieder, then Goerne`s take is about as good as it gets. Indeed, there isn`t a single song which is not exemplary.
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By Wilkie TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 15 Feb. 2013
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I am not qualified to say whether this recording is better than any other. However, the rich and velvety voice of Matthais Goerne is a joy to hear. The piano accompaniment is also very fine. The quality of the recording is wonderful, with a beautiful piano tone and the voice quality excellent.

It came as no surprise to find that Matthias trained with the late Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, his voice is very similar. To me it epitomises all that is lovely about the Baritone voice.

I enjoyed listening to this record and would recommend it, and if you buy it then I hope you will too.
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The best Schubert ever? I really dont know... On the singing categories without doubt is one of the best. May be you will find a better Schwanengesang or Die schone Mullerin, Try Schreier, or Bostridge, But the precision and the quality of Goerne is outstanding and coherent. You will not regret to buy all the Schubert Edition.
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