Schumann: Liederkreis, Opp. 24 & 39 / Gerald finley, baritone; Julius Drake, piano

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Liederkreis, Op. 39
>Schumann, Robert : Songs (6) (Reinick) for voice & piano, Op. 36
>Schumann, Robert : Liederkreis, 9 songs for voice & piano, Op. 24
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Notes & Reviews:

Gerald Finley and Julius Drake return to Schumann, following a magisterially intense Dichterliebe which won them a third Gramophone award. Here they focus on the two contrasting Liederkreis (song-circle) cycles based upon texts by Heine and Eichendorff. Heine's poetry in Schumann's Op.24 contains extremes of elation and despair that call all of Finley's considerable dramatic powers into play. Eichendorff 's seductive, crepuscular 'night-songs' of Op.39 require the velvety tone for which this singer is equally revered. Separating these two great works are the Sechs Gedichte aus dem Liederbuch eines Malers, which find Schumann in more homespun, folksong-influenced vein.

American Record Guide
The team of Finley and Drake continues to produce some of the finest recordings of songs. Both artists are at the top of their game.

American Record Guide, March / April 2013
We can also be thankful for the creative collaboration of Gerald Finley and Julius Drake. Finley is at the top of his career and is one of about half a dozen baritones who perform lieder supremely well. Drake is among an elite handful of pianists in this literature. Finley shows him to be a consummate artist; his smooth legato, exquisite phrasing, vocal evenness across his full range and lucent diction allow you to hear the music without worrying. Hyperion's sound is excellent and the notes by Richard Wigmore are illuminating.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (2011-11-02_2011-11-04&2012-).



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>Schumann, Robert : Liederkreis, Op. 39
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (2011-11-02_2011-11-04&2012-)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1840

>Schumann, Robert : Songs (6) (Reinick) for voice & piano, Op. 36
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (2011-11-02_2011-11-04&2012-)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1840

>Schumann, Robert : Liederkreis, 9 songs for voice & piano, Op. 24
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (2011-11-02_2011-11-04&2012-)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1840