- Audio CD (3 Nov. 2008)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: RCA Red Seal
- ASIN: B001BN1V94
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,893 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
Customers who bought this item also bought
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Soprano Elizabeth Watt's debut recording is a diverse and fascinating collection of Schubert lieder, accompanied by the internationally acclaimed pianist Roger Vignoles.
The winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Award in 2006 and Cardiff Singer of the World Song Prize in 2007, Watts is the new soprano to hear. She proves herself an ideal lieder singer on this Schubert disc with her bright tone, infallible tuning, clear German diction, innate lover's sadness and ability to portray a scene and tell a story simply and vividly. The silver glint in her voice matches the shrouded moonlight in An den Mond, as well as the nightingale in An die Nachtigall. She has a strong sense of partnership with her pianist, Roger Vignoles, who gurgles playfully in Die Forelle, while she, at first charmed, registers bitter disappointment when the trout is captured.
-- The Times, 15th November 2008
Rising star Elizabeth Watts makes her recording debut with this collection of 20 Schubert songs and immediately makes plain why she is one of today's most talked-about young sopranos. Her beautiful, honey-toned voice, perfect intonation and innate understanding of this repertoire make this a stand-out CD. She charms with the moonlight of 'An den Mond', glows with the sunset of 'Im Abendrot' and breaks our hearts with the sadness of 'Lambertine'. Roger Vignoles has been playing these songs for years, yet sounds as fresh as his young companion, who must surely have a glittering career ahead. -- The Observer, 23rd November 2008
Top customer reviews
A very good cd in our collection.
Elizabeth Watts, 29 at the time of recording, has a mellifluous soprano that does full justice to these often disparate songs, which call for a mastery of mood and texture, as well as a responsiveness and attention to detail any singer must achieve if he or she is to bring out the full range of emotion and colour in Schubert`s often unpredictable settings.
Rather than mention each song, let me point out one or two highlights.
The singer`s reading of Schiller`s haunting Thekla: eine Geisterstimme, the longest song here at almost six minutes, is mesmerising in its intensity, the listener held rapt as the six slow verses unfold.
The famous and very lovely Im Abendrot (In The Evening Glow) is sung with the appropriate tenebrous radiance, as `the glow of this sunset hymn` as Hilary Finch`s description in the excellent booklet notes has it, seems to fill the listener with a cool, purifying light.
The song that follows is the glorious Sei mir gegrust (I Send You Greetings) in which Roger Vignoles proves, as he does throughout this recital, why he is in such demand as an accompanist. His delightful, sympathetic playing on this song is a good example of why a Schubert pianist does not simply accompany, rather he is ideally more of an accomplice! The composer invariably gives the piano almost as much of a story to tell as the singer. Vignoles plays his part to perfection.
There are one or two occasions when Watts hits a note not quite on the nose, and the high phrasings of An die Sonne would challenge any singer, if only for the stamina they call for, let alone accuracy of pitch and tone. Watts sounds a trifle strained to my ears, but, paradoxically, this only serves to rivet the attention to what is being sung. Anyway, I do not ask for technical perfection in a singer, in any genre. If a certain standard is reached, I am happy to garner the occasional rough diamond or tarnished gold; it often shows the singer is paying attention, and not on automatic.
The 70-minute disc finishes with several lesser known of the many songs Schubert composed, and they are ravishing. What a truly great and eternally rewarding artist the Viennese master was!
It is good to have a recital as well-planned and as sometimes surprising as this one from this still young singer from Norwich. She has a bell-like, inquisitive soprano, with plenty of rich low notes, which has been captured in its early bloom, if not yet in its prime.
A year later:
Her recent concert at the Wigmore Hall, which she planned and compiled herself, is further proof of this singer`s potential - in full and heady bloom now!
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Look for similar items by category