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The Songs of Robert Schumann Vol 10 / Royal, Johnson

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Liederkreis, Op. 39
>Schumann, Robert : Schon Hedwig, Op. 106
>Schumann, Robert : Balladen (2), melodramas for voice & piano, Op. 122
>Schumann, Robert : Songs (3) for solo voices & piano, Op. 29
>Schumann, Robert : Die Nonne ("Im Garten steht die Nonne"), song for voice & piano, Op. 49/3
>Schumann, Robert : Was soll ich sagen? ("Mein Aug ist trub"), song for voice & piano, Op. 27/3
>Schumann, Robert : Fruhlingsgruss ("So sei gegrusst vieltausendmal"), song for voice & piano (Lieder-Album fur die Juge
>Schumann, Robert : Zweistimmige Lieder (3) for 2 voices & piano, Op. 43
>Schumann, Robert : Mein Garten ("Veilchen, Rosmarin, Mimosen"), song for voice & piano, Op. 77/2
>Schumann, Robert : Sommerruh ("Sommerruh, wie schon bist du"), for 2 voices & piano, WoO 9
>Schumann, Robert : Madchenlieder, 4 duets for soprano, alto (or two sopranos) & piano, Op. 103
>Schumann, Robert : Bei Schenkung eines Flugels ("Orange und Myrthe heir"), for mixed voices & piano, WoO 26/4
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Notes & Reviews:

Graham Johnson's acclaimed series of Schumann songs for Hyperion has reached its penultimate volume with this program headlined by soprano Kate Royal. Still at the start of her career she is already an eagerly watched young talent, and her performance of the Eichendorff 'Liederkreis Op. 39' is one where "imagination, intellect, and vocal technique are inextricably fused in the single moment of the song," as noted by The Times of London on the occasion of her Wigmore Hall recital in January of 2007. Graham Johnson supplies a comprehensive and fascinating essay that fills out every detail of the genesis, context and publications of these Romantic vocal masterpieces.

'Royal's pure, pellucid tone, free-soaring top notes and refined musicianship give constant pleasure ... Abetted by Johnson's ever-sentient keyboard-playing, Royal reveals a true understanding of Schumann's Innigkeit ... In the final 'Frülingsnacht', often rushed off its feet, she and Johnson catch the elusive mix of secretiveness and ecstasy as perfectly as I have heard' (Gramophone)

'In the Liederkries, Kate Royal, discerningly partnered by Johnson, sings with pure, luminous tone and eloquent phrasing ... There are many memorable things here, including a hushed, rapt 'Mondnacht', and a truly ecstatic final 'Frülingsnacht' (Daily Telegraph)

'This wonderful disc feels like an intimate salon performance by a group of close friends ... Liederkries is sung with devotion ... by rising wonder-woman Kate Royal ... Glorious duetting from Lott and Murray, ensemble fun from all the singers and a glimpse of Schumann towards the end of his tragic life in the Mädchenlieder - you don't realise how much you're learning about the composer's genius until it's all over' (Classic FM Magazine)

'Much of the singing is exceptionally lovely ... 'Waldegespräch' amply displays the dramatic flair one expects of a fine operatic artist ... Johnson accompanies with his wonted sensitivity and his booklet notes are, as usual, exhaustive in their detail ... The engineering is immaculate' (International Record Review)

'The program opens with the undervalued "Liederkreis" cycle... Royal infuses these brief intuitions of forest walks, foreign lands and a "Moonlit Night" with a glowing musical poetry. Even the sparest, quietest songs hold a sense of vigor and wondrous apprehension' (San Francisco Chronicle)

'A stunning achievement for Kate Royal, and another well-deserved feather in the Hyperion cap as this enthralling series continues ... Kate Royal tones down some of her interpretations to reflect the genuinely intimate and reflectively pensive music to great effect, lovingly adjusting her voice to the needs of each word ... Highest recommendation' (Audiophile Audition, USA)

'Volume 10 ... has as its centerpiece a wonderful rendition by Kate Royal of Liederkreis, Ms Royal...again delivers a performance that is remarkable for its intelligence, musicianship, and sheer beauty' (American Record Guide)

' [Royal's] professed affinity for the Lieder repertoire is more than borne out by the recording of Schumann's Eichendorff Liederkreis - [she] gives us everything: hers is a beautifully sung and deeply flet rendition from beginning to end, her specific responses to the words and their meaning never, ever becoming intrusive ­ the ideal balance of what one wants in performances of this cycle' (Fanfare, USA)



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Works Details

>Schumann, Robert : Liederkreis, Op. 39
  • Performers: Kate Royal (Voice); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1840

>Schumann, Robert : Schön Hedwig, Op. 106
  • Performer: Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849

>Schumann, Robert : Balladen (2), melodramas for voice & piano, Op. 122
  • Performer: Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1852-1853

>Schumann, Robert : Songs (3) for solo voices & piano, Op. 29
  • Performers: Daniela Lehner (Soprano); Melanie Lang; Adrian Ward; Edith Barlow; Marcus Gruett (Percussion); Lukas Kargl (Voice); Stephan Loges (Baritone); Graham Johnson (Piano); Nicky Spence (Flute)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1840

>Schumann, Robert : Die Nonne ("Im Garten steht die Nonne"), song for voice & piano, Op. 49/3
  • Performer: Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1840

>Schumann, Robert : Was soll ich sagen? ("Mein Aug ist trüb"), song for voice & piano, Op. 27/3
  • Performers: Stephan Loges (Baritone); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1840

>Schumann, Robert : Frühlingsgruss ("So sei gegrüsst vieltausendmal"), song for voice & piano (Lieder-Album für die Juge
  • Performer: Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849

>Schumann, Robert : Zweistimmige Lieder (3) for 2 voices & piano, Op. 43
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Felicity Lott; Ann Murray (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1840

>Schumann, Robert : Mein Garten ("Veilchen, Rosmarin, Mimosen"), song for voice & piano, Op. 77/2
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Felicity Lott
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1850

>Schumann, Robert : Sommerruh ("Sommerruh, wie schön bist du"), for 2 voices & piano, WoO 9
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Felicity Lott; Ann Murray (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849

>Schumann, Robert : Mädchenlieder, 4 duets for soprano, alto (or two sopranos) & piano, Op. 103
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Felicity Lott; Ann Murray (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849

>Schumann, Robert : Bei Schenkung eines Flügels ("Orange und Myrthe heir"), for mixed voices & piano, WoO 26/4
  • Performers: Daniela Lehner (Soprano); Adrian Ward; Stephan Loges (Baritone); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1853