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3.0 out of 5 stars A very unpoetic Dichterliebe, 25 Oct. 2008
This review is from: Schumann: Dichterliebe & other Heine settings (Audio CD)
Oh dear. I have just listened to the Dichterliebe on CD review. A fine voice, a capable piano player - and the whole thing crudely done, with foursquare rhythms followed by grotesquely self-indulgent ritardandi, note-bending for expressive effect that is off-key, slight slips in the text and exaggerated diction that suggest a singer not really at home either in the German language or literature, one climax virtually shouted etc etc. Any comparison with the interpretations of great singers like Schiötz, Hotter or Souzay is very bad news for this recording. The enthusiasm of the British critics is a mystery to me; can't they hear? - has it got something to do with the parlous state of foreign language learning/teaching in my native land? I shall not be buying this to hear the rest of the songs.
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Initial post: 30 Nov 2008, 09:30:23 GMT
enthusiast says:
He hasn't heard the record - just some excerpts!

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jan 2009, 20:38:21 GMT
M. J. Walker says:
No, they played the whole thing. I grew progressively more dispirited as it went on.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Oct 2009, 21:35:07 BST
Adamos says:
You have to gush and give five stars on amazon uk to get positive feedback, otherwise they assume you know nothing and haven't listened to the record. I'm glad to read an honest opinion. I listened to the samplers on Hyperion's own label, many of which give you most of the song and I can't say it sold itself to me. Never mind, by next year's gramophone awards they'll have forgotten it anyway!
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