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The Songs of Brahms, Vol. 6 - Lieder und Gesange, Op. 32; Vier Lieder, Op. 96; selected songs / Ian Bostridge, tenor; Graham Johnson, piano

Notes & Reviews:

Ian Bostridge brings his characterful lyricism, and singing of beautiful intelligence, to a welcome sixth volume in Graham Johnson's comprehensive series of the songs of Johannes Brahms. Featured here are the Lieder und Gesänge Op.32 and Vier Lieder Op.96 alongside fifteen other song selections. Through his superb artistry, Bostridge has provided us with another indispensable addition to Hyperion's stellar series.

BBC Music Magazine, November 2015
On the plus side, there's [Bostridge's] customary detailed attention to text; he uses some idiosyncratic tonal colouring to paint in its meanings, but the approach is always intelligent. He is at his most lyrically graceful in Die KrSnze, and finds just the right level of tone for each phrase of Botschaft... but Liebesglut could do with greater tonal variety and Es liebt sich so liebliche im Lenze! with more warmth.

Gramophone Magazine, September 2015
Those following the series have little need to hesitate, not least due to the reliably intelligent and sensitive accompaniment Johnson supplies... Bostridge's fans have no need to hesitate either, and the virtues of his distinctive Lieder-singing art are very much in evidence.

Sunday Times, 6th September 2015
The British tenor's vocal personality divides his listeners, but his commitment to German art song can't be challenged. Brahmsians will want this volume of Graham Johnson's continuing series, not least for his explanatory note...He sings the Minnelied, Op 71, No 5, with rapt intensity.

The Observer, 23rd August 2015
Bostridge is totally convincing, particularly in his wonderfully sensitive handling of the Op 96 collection. Johnson, that poet of the piano, underpins everything with just the right level of ardour - and he writes tremendous sleeve notes.


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