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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Liederkreis Op 39, In der Fremde [2'06]
  2. Liederkreis Op 39,Intermezzo [1'33]
  3. Liederkreis Op 39,Waldesgespräch [2'27]
  4. Liederkreis Op 39,Die Stille [1'48]
  5. Liederkreis Op 39,Mondnacht [4'20]
  6. Liederkreis Op 39,Schöne Fremde [1'31]
  7. Liederkreis Op 39,Auf einer Burg [3'05]
  8. Liederkreis Op 39,In der Fremde [1'27]
  9. Liederkreis Op 39,Wehmut [2'47]
  10. Liederkreis Op 39,Zwielicht [3'01]
  11. Liederkreis Op 39,Im Walde [1'32]
  12. Liederkreis Op 39,Frühlingsnacht [1'22]
  13. Sechs Gedichte aus dem Liederbuch eines Malers Op 36, Sonntags am Rhein [2'29]
  14. Sechs Gedichte aus dem Liederbuch eines Malers Op 36, Ständchen [1'54]
  15. Sechs Gedichte aus dem Liederbuch eines Malers Op 36, Nichts Schöneres [1'45]
  16. Sechs Gedichte aus dem Liederbuch eines Malers Op 36, An den Sonnenschein [1'39]
  17. Sechs Gedichte aus dem Liederbuch eines Malers Op 36, Dichters Genesung [2'39]
  18. Sechs Gedichte aus dem Liederbuch eines Malers Op 36, Liebesbotschaft [5'32]
  19. Liederkreis Op 24,Morgens steh ich auf und frage [1'04]
  20. Liederkreis Op 24, Es treibt mich hin [1'13]
  21. Liederkreis Op 24, Ich wandelte unter den Bäumen [3'46]
  22. Liederkreis Op 24, Lieb Liebchen, legs Händchen [0'56]
  23. Liederkreis Op 24, Schöne Wiege meiner Leiden [3'44]
  24. Liederkreis Op 24,Warte, warte, wilder Schiffmann [2'06]
  25. Liederkreis Op 24, Berg und Burgen schaun herunter [3'41]
  26. Liederkreis Op 24,Anfangs wollt ich fast verzagen [1'00]
  27. Liederkreis Op 24, Mit Myrthen und Rosen [4'01]

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Gerald Finley and Julius Drake return to Schumann, following a magisterially intense Dichterliebe which won them a third Gramophone award. Here they focus on the two contrasting Liederkreis (song-circle) cycles using texts by Heine and Eichendorff. Heine is the poet of Dichterliebe, and Op 24 contains extremes of elation and despair that call all Finleys considerable dramatic powers into play. Eichendorffs seductive, crepuscular night-songs of Op 39 require the velvety tone for which this singer is equally revered. Separating these two great works are the Sechs Gedichte aus dem Liederbuch eines Malers, Op 36, which find Schumann in more homespun, folksong-influenced vein.

Review

This is a disc to be admired and prized for Finley's and Drake's moving truefulnessto each song in both the Liederkreise. This is astonishing music, exceptionally well performed. --IRR, Oct '12

The two Liederkreis, the sets of songs Schumann actually called song-cycles, are not narrative sequences in the way Dichterliebe and Frauenliebe und Leben are. Instead, each set is connected more loosely by a shared mood or themes: the nine poems of Heine set in Op 24 obsess about the anguish of lost love; Op 39's settings of Eichendorff deal in dislocation, nostalgia and threatening landscapes. Gerald Finley and pianist Julius Drake are well attuned to those pervading atmospheres and psychological shifts; beginning with the veiled tone with which Finley opens Op 39 every song is individually coloured (some of his inflections suggest a close study of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau's performances), and the text is always clear.The less familiar Six Poems from a Painter's Songbook Op 36, also composed in Schumann's "year of song", 1840, with poems by Robert Reinick, aren't in the same class as Heine's or Eichendorff's, but the settings are charming enough, and the pair don't search for profundity that isn't there.**** --Guardian, 29/09/12

With his slow tempos and dark vowels,Finley draws from Op.39 Eichendoff Liederkreis a real sense of the fear lurking behind even the ecstasies of love.Julis Drake is perfectly attuned to the palette of shifting colours in Finley's dark baritone-here in top form. Performance **** Recording **** --BBC Music Magazine, Christmas'12

This new recording shows a greater richness in Finley's voice plus an evolving intimacy in his approach to recording Lieder, one that retreats from the word-by-word vocal painting of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. --Gramophone, Jan'13

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