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The Songs of Robert Schumann Vol 6 / McGreevy, Doufexis, etc

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Spanisches Liederspiel, 10 songs for voice(s) & piano, Op. 74
>Schumann, Robert : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 40
>Schumann, Clara W. : Lieder aus Jucunde (6), for voice & piano, Op. 23
>Schumann, Robert : Spanische Liebeslieder (10 Spanish Love Songs), for voice(s) & piano, Op. 138
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Notes & Reviews:

"Graham Johnson's typically teeming commentaries to this latest Hyperion volume, 'Schumann and the Spanish style', he relates a moving anecdote about the composer's perusal of atlases while in the Endenich asylum. A typical Hyperion cast forms an irresistible palette of voices for both these cycles. Unmitigated pleasure, from start to finish." ***** - Hilary Finch BBC

'A delight from start to finish ... a treasure indeed, a disc anybody interested in Lieder ought to have' (Gramophone)

'An irresistible palette of voices ... Unmitigated pleasure, from start to finish' (BBC Music Magazine)

'A distinguished issue, one of the best in a distinguished series of recordings' (Fanfare, USA)

'The recording is intimate and precise ... the new Hyperion set should prove unbeatable' (International Record Review)

'some real gems ... inspiring' (Classic FM Magazine)

'The four soloists couldn't be bettered' (Gramophone)

'rich in poetic insights' (Music Week)

'beautifully judged performances' (The Guardian)

'This is a recital to make you lean back and enjoy' (Daily Post, Liverpool)

'The foursome on this album captures the mood perfectly, pointing up the charm and grace of the songs, as well as their moments of exoticism' (The Times)

'With the guidance and pianism of Graham Johnson the ensembles are beautifully done' (American Record Guide)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
This disc is a delight from start to finish. Songs and interpretations are on a high level of achievement, in this case all the more welcome as these groups, for various reasons, don't figure that often in recitals. Both the Spanish sets are of the highest order of composition, though not often acknowledged as such. The Op 74 set is notable for many mood changes and its touches of fantasy, melded with a typically Schumannesque pull on the emotions. Alone or together, all four singers revel in their chances for expressive singing, none more than McGreevy, now a Lieder singer of major calibre, in 'Melancholie'.

McGreevy also stands out in the wistful duet 'In der Nacht' with the sensitive Thompson, a poem set quite differently, as are some others, by Wolf later in the century. Loges contributes to concerted pieces with his expected artistry and has fun with 'Die Contrabandiste'.

The Op 138 set is even fuller of variety of mood and composition. All four singers seize their chances eagerly, with faultlessly sculpted readings under the tutelage of Johnson, who's joined here by no less a pianist than Stephen Hough in the two-piano accompaniments.

The Andersen settings (Op 40) are fascinating songs delivered by Stephan Loges with refined tone and diction to which he adds a sure insight into their meaning in performances that compel one to place the set among Schumann's masterpieces in the genre. Add the naturally balanced recording and Johnson's extensive notes and this issue is treasure indeed.



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>Schumann, Robert : Spanisches Liederspiel, 10 songs for voice(s) & piano, Op. 74
  • Performers: Stella Doufexis (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano); Stephan Loges (Baritone); Geraldine McGreevy (Soprano); Adrian Thompson (Tenor)
  • Notes: 06/03/2000-06/05/2000
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1849

>Schumann, Robert : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 40
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Stephan Loges (Baritone)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1840

>Schumann, Clara W. : Lieder aus Jucunde (6), for voice & piano, Op. 23
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Geraldine McGreevy (Soprano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 06/09/1853-06/21/1853.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Schumann, Robert : Spanische Liebeslieder (10 Spanish Love Songs), for voice(s) & piano, Op. 138
  • Performers: Stella Doufexis (Mezzo Soprano); Stephen Hough (Piano); Graham Johnson (Piano); Stephan Loges (Baritone); Geraldine McGreevy (Soprano); Adrian Thompson (Tenor)
  • Notes: 06/03/2000-06/05/2000
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849