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Schubert: Schwanengesang D 957, etc / Robert Holl, Roger Vignoles

Album Summary

>Schubert, Franz : Schwanengesang, D 957
>Schubert, Franz : Die Taubenpost ("Ich hab' eine brieftaub'"), song for voice & piano (Schwanengesang), D. 965a (D. 95
>Schubert, Franz : Herbst, D 945
>Schubert, Franz : Der Winterabend, D 938
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Notes & Reviews:

The Dutch bass-baritone Robert Holl is one of the great Lieder singers of our time. Holl's first recording for Hyperion features Schubert's last song-cycle, 'Schwanengesang', which contains some of the composer's greatest works. This recording includes two further songs. The first, 'Herbst', was not discovered until the 1890s. The other extra is 'Der Winterabend' from 1828. The poem by Leitner creates the image of a contented man, contemplating not just the winter evening, but by implication also his approaching death.

'Holl feels and communicates superbly and can be awesomely delicate. In this recital of songs from Schubert's last year, the stark Heine settings emerge with heart-wrenching power' (The Times)

'Robert Holl has established a top career ... He has a penetrating, powerful voice and a direct, unsentimental approach ... There's some lively accompanying from Vignoles' (Classic FM Magazine)

'Holl has his ample voice under superb control ... His enunciation is exemplary. The piano parts - they are far more than just 'accompaniments' - are beautifully judged by Vignoles, who has the measure of each of the songs in turn. He is the master of delicate dynamic shadings and full-blooded climaxes, skilfully creating atmosphere ... Singer and pianist are as one ... As usual with Hyperion, one can count on fine, well-balanced and spacious recorded sound. Likewise the booklet and its contents are excellent, with a long, detailed and sensitive essay by Vignoles on the individual songs' (International Record Review)

' 'Holl makes a case... The words mean something to him, and he is desirous of presenting that meaning to us with every vocal nuance he can come up with... Roger Vignoles (maybe today's best accompanist going) plays with a clarity and feeling that knows when to assert itself and when to recede... Definitely worth a hearing' (Audiophile Audition, USA)

A true veteran of song, with decades of experience to inform this performance. Gravitas is barely an apt word to describe his vocal resources... Holl causes each song to sound like it is coming from the very depths of the earth... immeasurably aided by the sensitive accompaniments of Roger Vignoles' (ClassicsToday.com, USA)



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>Schubert, Franz : Schwanengesang, D 957
  • Performers: Robert Holl (Bass); Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London, England (01/09/2008-01/11/2008)
  • Running Time: 46 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1828

>Schubert, Franz : Die Taubenpost ("Ich hab' eine brieftaub'"), song for voice & piano (Schwanengesang), D. 965a (D. 95
  • Performers: Robert Holl (Bass); Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London, England (01/09/2008-01/11/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1828

>Schubert, Franz : Herbst, D 945
  • Performers: Robert Holl (Bass); Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London, England (01/09/2008-01/11/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 04/1828

>Schubert, Franz : Der Winterabend, D 938
  • Performers: Robert Holl (Bass); Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London, England (01/09/2008-01/11/2008)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 01/1828