Notes & Reviews:
Graham Johnson is both accompanist and curator of this series that presents the entire piano-accompanied songs and vocal works of Johannes Brahms. Each recital disc represents a different journey through the repertoire (and thus through Brahms's life). This fifth volume presents the songs of Op.33, the composer's only true song cycle. A full exploration of this intriguing music is to be found in Graham Johnson's erudite booklet notes. The vocal soloist is the winner of the Lieder Prize at the 1997 Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, Christopher Maltman.
Gramophone Magazine, October 2014
Maltman and the ever-sensitive Johnson...make a compelling, illuminating partnership. Maltman's mellow baritone,with its distinctively plangent, tenorish upper register, is always easy on the ear.
MusicWeb International, 20th October 2014
The partnership of Graham Johnson - who, as ever, provides the lucid liner-notes - and Christopher Maltman would be hard to better. They sound well and their performance is beautifully shaped in its ebb and flow, an important consideration in any song cycle. Maltman colours his voice skilfully as he represents the different protagonists in the story.
The Guardian, 11th September 2014
While Behle and Bjelland attempt contextualisation [on their Capriccio recording ealier this year], Maltman and Johnson give us the music on its own, in a performance that is the more focused and emotionally detailed of the two, though some may prefer Behle's romantic-sounding tenor to Maltman's sexier, if more troubling baritone.
American Record Guide, January/February 2015
The performance is also excellent. Where Behle's fine reading emphasized the youthful ardor of the hero, Maltman's reading sounds more like an older man recalling this tale of his earlier years. Maltman has plenty of heroic vigor. He's at his best in the more energetic songs.
Recording information: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (02/11/2013-02/13/2013).
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Works DetailsBrahms, Johannes : Die schöne Magelone, Op. 33
- Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Christopher Maltman (Baritone)
- Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (02/11/2013-02/13/2013)
- Running Time: 54 min. 38 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Written: 1861-1868