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The Songs of Robert Schumann Vol 2 / Keenlyside, Johnson

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Lieder aus Wilhelm Meister, Op. 98a
>Schumann, Robert : Husarenlieder (4) for voice & piano, Op. 117
>Schumann, Robert : Songs (3) (Geibel) for voice & piano, Op. 30
>Schumann, Robert : Songs (3) for voice & piano (Chamisso), Op. 31
>Schumann, Robert : Gedichte (12), Op. 35
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Notes & Reviews:

"This pair show incontrovertibly that there's much to be said for Schumann's versions, capturing the essence of [Meister's] sad musings, as set by the composer in a typically free and imaginative way, alert to every nuance in the texts. The extroverted Lenau "Husarenlieder" could hardly be more different. Keenlyside identifies in turn with the bravado of the first, the cynicism of the second, and the eerie, death-dominated mood of the fourth...Strongly recommended." -Gramophone

'The young English baritone's gorgeous timbre now sounds in prime condition and his understanding of the German Lied is second to none. His programme, too, is characteristically adventurous. Johnson, too, is deeply immersed in this music and his 82-page booklet is a collector's item.' (The Sunday Times)

'The collaboration of Keenlyside and Johnson is so potent that after an hour one is still ready for more' (Gramophone)

'No singer has sung them so beautifully or so naturally as Simon Keenlyside' (BBC Music Magazine)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
In his notes Graham Johnson says that what we have always lacked is a convincing way of performing late Schumann songs, often spare in texture and elusive in style. Well, he and Keenlyside seem to have found one here in their wholly admirable versions of the very different Opp 98a and 117. The Op 98a settings of the Harper's outpourings from Wilhelm Meister have always stood in the shade of those by Schubert and Wolf. This pair show incontrovertibly that there's much to be said for Schumann's versions, capturing the essence of the old man's sad musings, as set by the composer in an imaginative, free way, alert to every nuance in the texts. The extroverted Lenau Husarenlieder could hardly be more different. Keenlyside identifies in turn with the bravado of the first, the cynicism of the second, and the eerie, death-dominated mood of the fourth. The pair enter into the openhearted mood called for by the Knabenhorn settings, most of all in the irresistible 'Der Hidalgo'.

Keenlyside is just as forthright in Die Löwenbraut and in those of Op 35, the well-known Kerner settings, and he brings impressive control to the Eusebius ones, not least the all-enveloping 'Stille Tränen'. The interpretation of this quasi-cycle is convincing and unerringly paced. The recording and Johnson's persuasive playing are superb.



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>Schumann, Robert : Lieder aus Wilhelm Meister, Op. 98a :: No 2, Ballade des Harfners
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Simon Keenlyside (Baritone)
  • Notes: 02/27/1997-03/01/1997
  • Running Time: 6 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849

>Schumann, Robert : Lieder aus Wilhelm Meister, Op. 98a :: No 4, Wer nie sein Brot mit T
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Simon Keenlyside (Baritone)
  • Notes: 02/27/1997-03/01/1997
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849

>Schumann, Robert : Lieder aus Wilhelm Meister, Op. 98a :: No 6, Wer sich der Einsamkeit
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Simon Keenlyside (Baritone)
  • Notes: 02/27/1997-03/01/1997
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849

>Schumann, Robert : Lieder aus Wilhelm Meister, Op. 98a :: No 8, An die Türen will ich s
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Simon Keenlyside (Baritone)
  • Notes: 02/27/1997-03/01/1997
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849

>Schumann, Robert : Husarenlieder (4) for voice & piano, Op. 117
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Simon Keenlyside (Baritone)
  • Notes: 02/27/1997-03/01/1997
  • Running Time: 6 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851

>Schumann, Robert : Songs (3) (Geibel) for voice & piano, Op. 30
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Simon Keenlyside (Baritone)
  • Notes: 02/27/1997-03/01/1997
  • Running Time: 8 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1840

>Schumann, Robert : Songs (3) for voice & piano (Chamisso), Op. 31 :: No 1, Die Löwenbraut
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Simon Keenlyside (Baritone)
  • Notes: 02/27/1997-03/01/1997
  • Running Time: 7 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1840

>Schumann, Robert : Gedichte (12), Op. 35
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Simon Keenlyside (Baritone)
  • Notes: 02/27/1997-03/01/1997
  • Running Time: 32 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1840