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Schubert: Willkommen und Abschied CD
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The excellent duo of German tenor Werner Güra and Viennese fortepianist Christoph Berner have constructed their own thoughtful cycle based around the Goethe setting "Wilkommen und Abschied". The life, loves and losses of a fictional Romantic are portrayed, from youth ("Schlummerlied"), through adolescent rapture ("Ganymed") to death ("Nocturne"), making gentle but never coercive psychological sense. Berner, playing an 1872 Rönisch fortepiano, shows keen attention to every detail. Güra, outstanding in his unfussy, intense delivery, is a formidable, rousing guide. --Fiona Maddocks, The Observer, Sunday 26 February 2012
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This new one, named "Welcome and Farewell" after a poem of Goethe's that Schubert set, is considerably more lightweight. the singer is in good voice, and he can't be faulted for diction and the use of the texts for emotional purposes - unlike Bostridge, whose chronic over-emphasis, to the point of melodrama, makes it hard for me to listen to him. The program here is a mixture of the best known Schubert songs with a scattering of slightly obscure ones; in fact, only the title lied "Wilkommen und Abschied," was unknown to me.
There are a few reasons why I can't rate this CD with five stars. The first is the use of the fortepiano, which despite its defense on historic grounds, makes the bass lines go thump-diddle-diddle. This particular instrument is clear and bell-like which is good; there's no buzz in the left hand or scrawniness in the treble. But accompanist Christoph Berner, in the vein of pallid HIP specialists, reduces Schubert's great piano writing to pleasantness - to hear what's missing, consult Elisabeth Schwarzkopf's classic Schubert recital in mono on EMI, where Edwin Fischer draws on a level of feeling barely suggested here. Guera falls in line with interpretations that are milder than I prefer, although he is always musical and apt.
In the end this was a recital that started off engagingly but lost my attention as it became merely pleasant, albeit on a high level of artistry.
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