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Mahler: Kindertotenlieder; Rückert Lieder; Schoenberg: Four Songs, Op. 2 / Anne Schwanewilms, soprano; Malcolm Martineau, piano

Notes & Reviews:

Anne Schwanewilms is considered one the greatest dramatic sopranos of our time, and her performances in operas by Richard Strauss, Wagner and Mozart have earned her praise from critics and public alike around the world. She is equally distinguished in the recital hall, and her first CD for Onyx, Das Himmlischer Leben, was universally praised. Paired with pianist Malcolm Martineau, her second Onyx recording features Schoenberg's sumptuously romantic Four Songs Op.2 followed by the searing and bleak emotions of Mahler's Kindertotenlieder and Rückert Lieder.

Gramophone Magazine, August 2015
[Schwanewilms's voice], unusually 'instrumental' in quality, almost hollow-sounding in its glass-like clarity at the top... brings a strangely wraith-like character to the Kindertotenlieder.

The Observer, 26th July 2015
Malcolm Martineau provides piano accompaniment of a variety and intimacy that suits the songs perfectly, perhaps more so than the usual orchestral version. Schwanewilms has lovely, floated high notes. She interprets with perception, and sings with heartbreaking purity.


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