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Schumann: Dichterliebe; Liederkreis; F. Lachner: 5 Songs from Sängerfahrt, Op. 33

Notes & Reviews:

A nearly unbroken string of critically acclaimed recordings and a burgeoning stage career have put tenor Mark Padmore at the top of critics’ lists around the world. His rich, elegant and powerful voice, enhanced by a rare musical intelligence, drives these deeply probing performances of two favorite song cycles by Robert Schumann. His partner here is up-and-coming fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout, whose equally sharp musical mind and staggering virtuosity provide the perfect accompaniment to these masterpieces of the Romantic era. Also included are fi ve songs from Sängerfahrt by Franz Lachner based upon poetry by Heine.

“[Bezuidenhout is] a vigorously intelligent musician, well equipped with the technique to back up some extraordinary new ideas about old music.”-Boston Globe

"Padmore, a singer celebrated for his intelligent performances, superb diction, and ethereally pure voice, here surpasses even himself...Nothing is overstated and nothing forced...Bezuidenhout's accompanying is wonderfully responsive and atmospheric too...anyone who appreciates subtlety, detail, and the virtues of objectivity will be unable to resist.” -Classic FM

“Padmore's sweetness of tone is capable of growth and intensification, and he is sensible to the subtleties of modulation. Kristian Bezuidenhout...feels and thinks with the singer, makes his points without exaggeration and misses nothing” -Gramophone

"Padmore, in superb voice, brings a vivid new confidence to the German text ...and he and Kristian Bezuidenhout tackle those recital favourites "Mit Myrten und Rosen" (from Liederkreis) and "Ich grolle nicht" (from Dichterliebe) with a freshness that bears plenty of repetition.” -The Observer

"From a circumscribed palette Padmore draws an intense and startling range of colour...the evident intelligence and directness of both performers reaches an almost perfect unity of approach through their mutually supportive expression” -BBC Music


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