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At this level of talent and artistry, it is almost inexcusable to indulge in nitpicking, but listeners who are already familiar with recitals by the German masters may find some of these tenor interpretations just too lyrical. Take the two grim Gothic fantasies as the clearest example: "Der Zwerg" depicts a beautiful young queen being slowly strangled and dumped into the sea by a twisted and deformed court jester who has been driven mad by jealousy for her affections. "Erlkonig" tells of a man racing through the forest on horseback unaware that the soul of the young son in his arms is being stolen away by the phantom Forest King. These are hideous images, and I am not completely convinced that Bostridge (for all his staggering talent and discipline) has yet developed the subtle dramatic judgement that they demand - the great Fischer-Dieskau has confirmed that in this regard the lied is infinitely more demanding than opera.
Thus in Der Zwerg, the sustained beauty of Bostridge's singing gives us few cues that we are listening to anything radically different from the ruminations on love, art, nature and loss that make up the bulk of the album.Read more ›
Incredibly beautifully, carefully, and thoughtfully performed - I take my hat off to you, Mr. Bostridge.
This CD can be thoroughly recommended to both the long-standing Schubert aficionado and someone coming to his lieder for the first time. For the latter: welcome to a wonderful new world of musical experience! You will never regret entering into it
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`Beloved art, I thank you for this.' That's Schubert's friend Schober apostrophising Music, and Schubert's lovely setting is given to us here in a typically poised and beautiful... Read morePublished 15 months ago by DAVID BRYSON
This is one of the loveliest CDs I have bought. Ian Bostridge has a wonderful voice and I love the simplicity of these beautiful Schubert Lieder. Thoroughly recommend it.Published on 13 Jan. 2014 by Lynn M
I haven't listened to much lieder and this is my first purchase. I really love it.Published on 24 Aug. 2010 by Deborah B