Notes & Reviews:
Erdmann's light, bright soprano is the right voice for the flirtatious coquettes represented in the female songs...The swains of Gerhaher...meanwhile, languish, despair and rage with a confessional soul-baring...Is there a Lieder singer blessed with a more beautiful voice, greater musical intelligence and communicative power before the public today? I don't think so. Gerhaher and Huber give us Wolf for the ages.
While Mojca Erdmann seems a decent enough lieder singer, with a bright, silvery timbre and an even, clean delivery, Christian Gerhaher is already an authentically great one; he invests every phrase with specific meaning, employing a huge range of colours and nuances to tease out the emotional currents that surge beneath the apparently innocent surfaces of these songs and their accompaniments.
The tonal freshness, and emotional freedom commanded by the great German baritone Christian Gerhaher is showcased in this performance of Wolf's 46 miniatures: sample his exquisite singing of Dass doch gemalt to hear him at his peak. His soprano partner Mojca Erdmann isn't quite on this level, but her singing has winning charm and purity.
Gerhaher and Erdmann complement each other, she offering coy charm against his mystic romanticism. With Huber on piano, both singers conjure the sense of weightlessness that is a feature of these songs - though it is Gerhaher's eloquence that provides the stand-out moments on an outstanding disc.
Christian Gerhaher's baritone is one of the wonders of our generation, while Mojca Erdmann's visionary, shining soprano complements him perfectly. At the piano, Gerold Huber characterises each piercing, tiny vision unerringly. Outstanding, but strangely disturbing.
Classic FM Magazine
Gerhaher is an ideal exponent of these charming little songs. His voice is rich, even and smooth; his delivery clear; and his sense of engagement total.
BBC Music Magazine
[Erdmann's] voice is lustrous and beautifully integrated throught its registers...Gerhaher, now in his prime, is a delight throughout: robust in ardent adoration, nuancing his voice for the vignettes of lunar beauty, and darkening it for the moments of passing anger and frustration...[his] regular accompanist, Gerold Huber, enlivens every miniature tableau with vivid piano playing.
Recording information: Groáer Saal der Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Munic (07/30/2009-09/30/2009).
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Works DetailsWolf, Hugo : Italienisches Liederbuch I
- Performers: Gerold Huber (Piano); Mojca Erdmann (Soprano)
- Notes: Groáer Saal der Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Munich, Germany (07/30/2009-09/26/2009)
- Running Time: 71 min. 32 sec.
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Written: 1891-1896