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Franz Schubert: Die Schone Mullerin / Florian Boesch, baritione; Malcolm Martineau, piano

Notes & Reviews:

Florian Boesch and Malcolm Martineau continue their journey through the Schubert song cycles with Die Schöne Mullerin, composed in 1823 to poetry by Wilhelm Muller. The words are simple but depict powerful human emotions and vivid images of nature. Schubert's imagination was seized by the opportunities the poems offered, and his music captures the dramatic conflicts and character portraits in a way he never achieved in his operatic works. The same team's recording of Winterreise was warmly received by critics, with The Guardian calling it, "unquestionably superb," and Gramophone Magazine hailing it as, "inspired and quite unforgettable."

MusicWeb International, 14th February 2014
An exceptional and sensitive account of Die sch÷ne Mnllerin. I like Boesch's approach to the cycle, not least the way in which, through his light, easy voice, he suggests youthfulness and engages our sympathies for the young man...This thoughtful and expertly performed version, presented in excellent sound, is one that I now rank among the finest that I've heard.

Sunday Times, 24th November 2013
An exceptionally vivid and dramatic account of the cycle, full of fierce anger and tenderness...there is no danger of [gruffness] here, thanks to the natural brightness of Boesch's voice and the sensitivity and subtlety of Malcolm Martineau's outstanding piano playing.



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