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Customer Review

on 6 March 2010
Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin is a somewhat gentler and less overwhelming variant of Die Winterreise, the poems written by the same Wilhelm Müller, a minor poet who seems to have been obsessed by the sad theme of "Love's Labour Lost". But in its musical form, it is still a enormously beautiful and moving story of failed love, though it demands another approach to attain a result as touching and winning as the songs of the winter journey.
This is what James Gilchrist, tenor, and Anna Tilbrook, piano, have realized when recording this disc. Listen to Anna Tilbrook's unassuming, very simple accompaniment, like a slow murmuring and rippling of the brook that is such an important symbol in the story. And James Gilchrist starts in a light and slightly tentative manner in the first song, "Das Wandern". But his clear and precise tenor becomes more and more expressive and appealing, as the story evolves. This is a good, unpretentious strategy, making the whole of the inner drama more and more visible (or rather audible), until the final lied, the tenderly sorrowful "Des Baches Wiegenlied", accomplishes the perfect beauty of the totality. The conclusion will be one of breathless satisfaction. Gilcrist and Tilbrook seem to have a perfect understanding, and the sound is attractive, though it needs a very precise tuning-in on your CD-player.
To sum up, this is a very sympathetic disc. I think every lieder lover will submit to it.
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