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Schumann: Liederkreis op.39, 12 Gedichte op.35

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  • Composer: Robert Schumann
  • Audio CD (16 Feb. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B00000IJ0O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 388,149 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Liederkreis, Op.39: In der Fremde ('Aus der Heimat hinter den Blitzen rot')
  2. Liederkreis, Op.39: Intermezzo
  3. Liederkreis, Op.39: Waldesgesprach
  4. Liederkreis, Op.39: Die Stille
  5. Liederkreis, Op.39: Mondnacht
  6. Liederkreis, Op.39: Schone Fremde
  7. Liederkreis, Op.39: Auf einer Burg
  8. Liederkreis, Op.39: In der Fremde ('Ich hor' die Bachlein rauschen')
  9. Liederkreis, Op.39: Wehmut
  10. Liederkreis, Op.39: Zwielicht
  11. Liederkreis, Op.39: Im Walde
  12. Liederkreis, Op.39: Fruhlingsnacht
  13. 12 Gedichte, Op.35: Lust der Sturmnacht
  14. 12 Gedichted, Op.35: Stirb, Lieb' und Freud'!
  15. 12 Gerdichte, Op.35: Wanderlied
  16. 12 Gedichte, Op.35: Erstes Grun
  17. 12 Gedichte, Op.35: Sehnsucht nach der Waldgegend
  18. 12 Gedichte, Op.35: Auf das Trinkglas eines verstorbenen Freundes
  19. 12 Gedichte, Op.35: Wanderung
  20. 12 Gedichte, Op.35: Stille Liebe
  21. 12 Gedichte, Op.35: Frage
  22. 12 Gedichte, Op.35: Stille Tranen
  23. 12 Gedichte, Op.35: Wer machte dich so krank?
  24. 12 Gedichte, Op.35: Alte Laute

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It is fortunate in these beleaguered times that even if record companies can no longer support major opera recordings and symphonic works, the relatively cheap process of recording the great song repertories, whether German, French, Russian, American or whatever, is still going strong. Well here is a song record well worth buying, whether you are new to the medium or already a registered addict. Matthias Goerne has a voice as smooth and rich as Haagen Daas. And of course he's a native German speaker which means that the poems really mean something to him in their original language. Add to that combination a pianist who has worked with Goerne long enough to second-guess his every gesture, and some of the greatest songs Schumann (or anyone else for that matter) ever wrote, and you are on to a winner. Liederkreis isn't a through-written cycle as such, but a series of 12 songs which explore the many facets of love (written when Schumann was in the throes of it himself)--from the ardour of "Lust der Sturmnacht" ("Stormy night") to the pain of "Wehmut" ("Melancholy"), it's all here. Goerne doesn't simply perform these pieces, he lives them. The lesser known Op. 35 settings are similarly inspired, though more relentlessly dark--no happy endings here. A life-enhancing disc, matched by exemplary notes and recording. --Harriet Smith

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By William Burn VINE VOICE on 15 Nov. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Schumann's Opus 39 cycle may not be as famous as "Dichterliebe", but it is very different, and very, very good. While it doesn't have the unity of the Heine cycle, it does have better standalone songs, in the form of "Mondnacht" and "Wehmut". In addition to this cycle, Goerne here presents the interesting Opus 39, and one or two other delicacies for you to chew on.

Really, for me, unless you want Opus 39 in particular (which really is a tenor cycle: Schumann says so himself in "Stirb Lieb' und Freud'") your choice will be dictated here by whether you like Goerne's approach or not. His is a large, quite roomy baritone sound, and you should definitely compare it to the much more focused sound of Christian Gerhaher's recent disc. I personally find it a little over the top at times, and the vocal effects (such as the falsetto to reach the top G), but these are deeply-felt performances and I have enjoyed listening to this CD for some years now. A good choice, if not by any means the definitive choice.
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I am a great fan of Matthias Goerne, he is the best singer of these beautiful songs of Robert Schumann. I like his Winterreise with Alfred Brendel a lot, but these songs are even better. I played this CD dozens of times and it never bores. This is Mattthias Goerne at his best.
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HASH(0x9afbc714) out of 5 stars Very sensuous, indeed! 22 Mar. 2004
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I listen to this disc frequently, constantly. The pianism is great. The singing is exquisite, intense, subtle, ravishing. One thing I really love about this disc is how Matthias Goerne breathes. It's more pronounced than many singers, but it's so soothing, seductive. The quite moments on this disc are so amazing, some of the most beautiful I know. The disc length isn't much more than 50 minutes, but the amount of pleasure received from this astounding music making is worth many times the price.
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