Notes & Reviews:
Hailed by the Philadelphia Inquirer as, "The most intellectually and vocally gifted male art-song interpreter of his generation," baritone Matthias Goerne presents the eighth volume in his ongoing Matthias Goerne Schubert Edition for harmonia mundi. The featured work is Schubert's setting of Goethe's two-part poem Wanderers Nachtlied. A renowned Schubert interpreter, Goerne is celebrated for his complete commitment to the composer and text. On this new 2-CD set he is joined by two exceptional collaborators, pianists Helmut Deutsch and Eric Schneider.
MusicWeb International, 26th February 2014
The virtues of this series are well enough known by now...Goerne is excellent in [Der Tod und das Mädchen and Wanderers Nachtlied] as playing to his strengths. He also shines in the more thoughtful songs, such as Litanei...Both accompanists are first-rate.
Gramophone Magazine, May 2014
With his velvety, 'covered' timbre, and innate seriousness of manner, Goerne has never been a natural bringer of jollity...Yet if we accept that lightness and charm are not within Goerne's orbit, his singing is always scrupulous...At his finest, here and elsewhere, Goerne touches greatness as a Schubertian.
BBC Music Magazine, June 2014
The entire first disc is beautifully shaped as darkness gives way to early spring light, exaltation and consolation...at times, I wished someone could have coaxed just a fleeting smile or moment of charm from the ever-earnest Goerne. But his deep seriousness never fails to come up with rare insight, and yields many unforgettable performances here.
International Record Review, May 2014
Goerne, particularly in the performance of Schubert's songs, is perhaps the best of them all ... This is a constantly interesting collection of songs, wonderfully performed, to set beside Goerne's seven earlier Schubert recordings for harmonia mundi.
American Record Guide, July/August 2014
Goerne can reduce his voice to a whisper that still fully supports his vocal richness without becoming breathy and then raise it to a fever pitch. His singing demonstrates exceptional breath control, vocal coloring, use of dynamics, ability to spin a legato line, and capacity to convey appropriately the affect of each song. His artfulness is so persuasive that even the songs you may not be familiar with will be ones you'll want to hear again. With the consummate collaboration of Deutsch and Schneider this is everything fine lieder performance should be. Full texts and translations side by side.
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