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Schumann: Dichterliebe & other Heine Settings / Gerald Finley, Julius Drake

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Romances and Ballades iv, Op. 64
>Schumann, Robert : Romances and Ballades ii, Op. 49
>Schumann, Robert : Romances and Ballades i, Op. 45
>Schumann, Robert : Romances and Ballades iii, Op. 53
>Schumann, Robert : Belsatzar, Op. 57
>Schumann, Robert : Lieder (6), Op. 33
>Schumann, Robert : Was will die einsame Träne, Op. 25 no 21
>Schumann, Robert : Myrthen, Op. 25
>Schumann, Robert : Lehn' deine Wang' ("Lehn' deine Wang' an meine Wang"), song for voice & piano, Op. 142/2
>Schumann, Robert : Es leuchtet meine Liebe, song for voice & piano, Op. 127/3
>Schumann, Robert : Lieder und Gesänge (5), Op. 127
>Schumann, Robert : Mein Wagen rollet langsam, song for voice & piano, Op. 142/4
>Schumann, Robert : Dichterliebe, Op. 48
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Notes & Reviews:

"...baritone Gerald Finley and pianist Julius Drake constitute something of a dream team. And this new recording of 'Dichterliebe', coupled with a selection of Schumann's other Heine settings, represents a master class of nuanced Lieder performance, Finley's intelligent and minutely detailed singing matched by Drake's infinitely responsive accompaniment... Finley's many admirers will find, once again, so much to marvel at in terms of supremely intelligent, sensitive and technically superb singing... Hyperion's sound is unobtrusively excellent." -MusicalCriticism.com

'In close collusion with the ever-sentient Julius Drake, Gerald Finley gives one of the most beautifully sung and intensely experienced performances on disc of Schumann's cycle of rapture, disillusion and tender regret ... A glorious Schumann recital' (Gramophone)

'Gerald Finley's burnished baritone is one of the most beautiful voices to have recorded the cycle ... A glorious Schumann recital from a singer and pianist in true, symbiotic partnership' (The Daily Telegraph)

'[Finley] is in his prime. He brings eloquence to the text and maturity to his interpretations ... An outstanding disc' (Sunday Times)

'Acclaimed baritone Gerald Finley is both intelligent and gripping, and sings with a tone that has never sounded more luxurious. With in-the-moment honesty, he brings passion, longing, terror, love and bitterness to his interpretations, without ever losing sight of his overall emotional journey. Accompanist Julius Drake partners him with a superb sense of drama and detail' (Classic FM Magazine)

'Finley wraps his handsome baritone round Schumann's lines in a way that takes you beyond the artistry to an inner emotional world ... Finley and Drake take us on a journey that becomes more and more compelling with each song' (Financial Times)

'Finley is an unforgettable communicator on a grand scale, as anyone who has seen him at one of his frequent Royal Opera appearances knows. But on this disc, he proves himself equally memorable in the more intimate arena of the Lieder recital. That his voice is luxuriously warm, even and smooth almost goes without saying ... His in-the-moment honesty is matched note-for-note by pianist Julius Drake, who partners him with a superb sense of drama and detail. It's a recital which can stand comparison with the greatest Schumann recordings' (Metro)

'From the very start, the fingers of Julius Drake seem to be waking both Finley's baritone and the music itself from a long distant dream ... This is a performance of a heavy and irreparably broken heart ... Finley's performance gives huge pleasure and insight' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Drake's accompaniment, so important in the long, often ironic or restorative postludes to many of these songs, scarcely falters, and always sustains with senstivity Finley's bold and unaffected singing' (International Record Review)

'The immaculately musical Canadian singer Gerald Finley never disappoints ... It ranks among the best of recent versions out on disc, with flawlessly supporting playing from the pianist Julius Drake' (Hampstead and Highgate Express)



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>Schumann, Robert : Romances and Ballades iv, Op. 64
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: All Saint's Church, East Finchley, London, England (10/25/2007-10/27/2007)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1841

>Schumann, Robert : Romances and Ballades ii, Op. 49
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: All Saint's Church, East Finchley, London, England (10/25/2007-10/27/2007)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1840

>Schumann, Robert : Romances and Ballades i, Op. 45
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: All Saint's Church, East Finchley, London, England (10/25/2007-10/27/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1840

>Schumann, Robert : Romances and Ballades ii, Op. 49
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: All Saint's Church, East Finchley, London, England (10/25/2007-10/27/2007)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1840

>Schumann, Robert : Romances and Ballades iii, Op. 53
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: All Saint's Church, East Finchley, London, England (10/25/2007-10/27/2007)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1840

>Schumann, Robert : Belsatzar, Op. 57
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: All Saint's Church, East Finchley, London, England (10/25/2007-10/27/2007)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1840

>Schumann, Robert : Lieder (6), Op. 33
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: All Saint's Church, East Finchley, London, England (10/25/2007-10/27/2007)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1840

>Schumann, Robert : Was will die einsame Träne, Op. 25 no 21
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: All Saint's Church, East Finchley, London, England (10/25/2007-10/27/2007)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1840

>Schumann, Robert : Myrthen, Op. 25
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: All Saint's Church, East Finchley, London, England (10/25/2007-10/27/2007)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1840

>Schumann, Robert : Lehn' deine Wang' ("Lehn' deine Wang' an meine Wang"), song for voice & piano, Op. 142/2
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: All Saint's Church, East Finchley, London, England (10/25/2007-10/27/2007)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1840

>Schumann, Robert : Es leuchtet meine Liebe, song for voice & piano, Op. 127/3
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: All Saint's Church, East Finchley, London, England (10/25/2007-10/27/2007)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1840

>Schumann, Robert : Lieder und Gesänge (5), Op. 127
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: All Saint's Church, East Finchley, London, England (10/25/2007-10/27/2007)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1840

>Schumann, Robert : Mein Wagen rollet langsam, song for voice & piano, Op. 142/4
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: All Saint's Church, East Finchley, London, England (10/25/2007-10/27/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1840

>Schumann, Robert : Dichterliebe, Op. 48
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: All Saint's Church, East Finchley, London, England (10/25/2007-10/27/2007)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1840