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Songs of love & loss - Robert Schumann / Sarah Connolly, Eugene Asti

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Mein schoner Stern, ich bitte dich, for tenor & piano (Minnespiel), Op. 101/4
>Schumann, Robert : Gedichte der Konigin Maria Stuart (Mary Stuart Songs), for voice & piano, Op. 135
>Schumann, Robert : Requiem ("Ruh' von schmerzensreichen Muhen"), song for voice & piano, Op.90/7
>Schumann, Robert : Liederkreis, Op. 39
>Schumann, Robert : Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The British mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly here performs a collection of songs by Robert Schumann in a new album whose theme is 'Songs of Love and Loss'. There are two song cycles from the extremely prolific year of 1840 along with several songs from the composer's last years. In a joint booklet note with her accompanist, Eugene Asti, Sarah Connolly mentions that "at the heart of Schumann's music lies a profound melancholy and a personal and completely honest, open-hearted empathy for the poetry, which is totally disarming".

BBC Music Magazine
By placing the poignant invocation of 'Mein schöner Stern', emblem-like, at the top of this artfully programmed Schumann recital, Sarah Connolly reveals much of the composer's fervent inwardness - something she and her accompanist, Eugene Asti, capture so well throughout.

Gramophone Magazine
Sarah Connolly's beautifully sung Frauenliebe und-leben often called to mind Janet Baker's early recording with Martin Isepp... Connolly, like Baker, gives the cycle a more melancholy, introspective cast than most. Connolly is magnificently desolate and accusatory in the final song of bereavement, with a graphic sense of withdrawal from the world before the healing keyboard postlude.

The Guardian
the intimate restraint of Connolly's singing frequently suggests the sad analysis of emotion from a retrospective or nostalgic viewpoint...[Liederkreis] is superbly done - an unnerving voyage through a soured Romantic landscape, awash with intimations of the horrors that lurk unsuspected in the corners of the psyche.



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>Schumann, Robert : Mein schöner Stern, ich bitte dich, for tenor & piano (Minnespiel), Op. 101/4
  • Performers: Eugene Asti (Piano); Sarah Connolly
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (12/12/2007-12/14/2007)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849

>Schumann, Robert : Gedichte der Königin Maria Stuart (Mary Stuart Songs), for voice & piano, Op. 135
  • Performers: Eugene Asti (Piano); Sarah Connolly
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (12/12/2007-12/14/2007)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1852

>Schumann, Robert : Requiem ("Ruh' von schmerzensreichen Mühen"), song for voice & piano, Op.90/7
  • Performers: Eugene Asti (Piano); Sarah Connolly
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (12/12/2007-12/14/2007)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1850

>Schumann, Robert : Liederkreis, Op. 39
  • Performers: Eugene Asti (Piano); Sarah Connolly
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (12/12/2007-12/14/2007)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1840

>Schumann, Robert : Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42
  • Performers: Eugene Asti (Piano); Sarah Connolly
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (12/12/2007-12/14/2007)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1840