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The Songs of Robert Schumann Vol 11 / Müller-Brachmann, Johnson, et al

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Songs (6) (Neun) for voice & piano, Op. 89
>Schumann, Robert : Resignation ("Lieben, von ganzer Seele lieben"), song for voice & piano, Op. 83/1
>Schumann, Robert : Der Einseidler ("Komm, Trost der Welt, du stille Nacht!"), song for voice & piano, Op. 83/3
>Schumann, Robert : Mein altes Ross, song for voice & piano, Op. 127/4
>Schumann, Robert : Songs (3) for voice & piano (Byron), Op. 95
>Schumann, Robert : Minnespiel, Op. 101
>Schumann, Robert : Songs (6) (Reinick) for voice & piano, Op. 36
>Schumann, Robert : Des Sangers Fluch, ballad for soloists, chorus & orchestra, Op. 139
>Schumann, Robert : Der Handschuh ("Vor seinem Lowengarten"), ballad for voice & piano, Op. 87
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Notes & Reviews:

Graham Johnson’s monumental and triumphant complete Schumann songs edition comes to an end with an eleventh disc of rarities and delights. With this last issue we come full circle, in returning to some of the least known songs-music seldom heard on the concert platform. Hanno Müller-Brachmann appears in his debut recording for Hyperion. As well as a devoted lieder singer who has performed with some of the greatest living pianists, he is also a considerable presence on the world’s opera stages and an acclaimed interpreter of Bach’s passions. He brings all these qualities to this fascinating disc.

'A real disc of discovery: this is Schumann as he is seldom heard. In this final volume of his revelatory Schumann Songs series, Graham Johnson perceptively writes about, accompanies and presents still more rarities, in the voices of both loyal colleagues and of younger singers whom he keenly champions ... Altogether touching and persuasive performances' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Every time a new instalment of Graham Johnson's complete Schumann song recording appears, I'm eager to lay my hands on it. Each one sheds new light on well-loved masterpieces and brings wonderful neglected songs back to light. The singers are shrewdly chosen to fit the character of the songs, the liner notes are a treasure-trove of learning and insight, and Johnson's wonderful playing illuminates every song' (The Daily Telegraph)

'This is the final instalment of Hyperion's complete edition of Schumann's songs, the brainchild of pianist Graham Johnson, who has overseen and prepared the series with great erudition and care ... The best songs are also the most disturbing: Der Einsiedler expresses an almost Mahlerian longing for the freedom from human strife that only solitude can bring ... Johnson himself is faultless, as always' (The Guardian)

'This disc goes far to vindicating some of Schumann's least-favoured late songs, not least due to Graham Johnson's eloquent advocacy, in print and in performance' (Gramophone)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Hyperion's Schumann Song Edition ends, as it began 12 years ago, with a recital devoted largely to the problematic late songs of 1849-52. With the odd exception, these have often been castigated, not least by Eric Sams in The Songs of Robert Schumann, as the products of a torpid and increasingly sick mind. But though most of the songs on this disc tend to be more understated, less romantically subjective than those of Schumann's great song year, 1840, the best of them are not necessarily inferior to their predecessors, just different.

There are undeniable duds, usually when Schumann is in hearty or heroic vein, alongside touching lyrics like the fragile 'Heimliches Verschwinden', the rapturous 'Liebster, deine Worte stehlen', or 'Provenzalisches Lied', a piquant celebration of courtly love.

The lion's share of the programme, including the six Reinick Songs falls to baritone Hanno Müller-Brachmann, whose singing is more notable for robust directness than subtlety. He exploits his deep bass resonances to good effect in 'Sonntags am Rhein', that quintessential song of pious Biedermeier contentment. In 'Liebesbotschaft, Müller-Brachmann sounds lugubrious, despite the flowing tempo, rather than tenderly devoted. He is at his best in declamatory, dramatic mode, recounting a minstrel's bloody revenge in 'Ballade', or in a powerful and atmospheric performance of another chivalrous ballad, 'Der Handschuh'.

Elsewhere there are welcome cameo appearances from Adrian Thompson (graceful and smiling in 'Provenzalisches Lied'), Geraldine McGreevy and Stella Doufexis, who combine with baritone Stefan Loges in two attractive quartets from the Rückert Minnespiel. Katherine Broderick, a Wagnerian soprano of the future, impresses with her vibrant intensity in the three Op 95 songs, though even she and Johnson cannot disguise the bombastic tawdriness of 'Dem Helden'. Whatever the provisos, this disc goes far to vindicating some of Schumann's least favoured late songs, not least due to Graham Johnson's eloquent advocacy, in print and in performance.



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>Schumann, Robert : Songs (6) (Neun) for voice & piano, Op. 89 :: 1. Es stürmet am Abendhimmel
  • Performers: Hanno Muller-Brachmann (Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1850

>Schumann, Robert : Songs (6) (Neun) for voice & piano, Op. 89 :: 2. Heimliches Verschwinden
  • Performers: Hanno Muller-Brachmann (Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1850

>Schumann, Robert : Songs (6) (Neun) for voice & piano, Op. 89 :: 3. Herbstlied
  • Performers: Hanno Muller-Brachmann (Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1850

>Schumann, Robert : Songs (6) (Neun) for voice & piano, Op. 89 :: 4. Abschied vom Walde
  • Performers: Hanno Muller-Brachmann (Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1850

>Schumann, Robert : Songs (6) (Neun) for voice & piano, Op. 89 :: 5. Ins Freie
  • Performers: Hanno Muller-Brachmann (Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1850

>Schumann, Robert : Resignation ("Lieben, von ganzer Seele lieben"), song for voice & piano, Op. 83/1
  • Performers: Hanno Muller-Brachmann (Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1850

>Schumann, Robert : Der Einseidler ("Komm, Trost der Welt, du stille Nacht!"), song for voice & piano, Op. 83/3
  • Performers: Hanno Muller-Brachmann (Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1850

>Schumann, Robert : Mein altes Ross, song for voice & piano, Op. 127/4
  • Performers: Hanno Muller-Brachmann (Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1850

>Schumann, Robert : Songs (3) for voice & piano (Byron), Op. 95
  • Performers: Katherine Broderick (Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849

>Schumann, Robert : Minnespiel, Op. 101
  • Performers: Adrian Thompson (Tenor); Geraldine McGreevy (Soprano); Stella Doufexis (Mezzo Soprano); Stephan Loges (Baritone); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849

>Schumann, Robert : Songs (6) (Reinick) for voice & piano, Op. 36
  • Performers: Hanno Muller-Brachmann (Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1840

>Schumann, Robert : Des Sängers Fluch, ballad for soloists, chorus & orchestra, Op. 139 :: 4. Provenzalisches Lied
  • Performers: Adrian Thompson (Tenor); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1852

>Schumann, Robert : Des Sängers Fluch, ballad for soloists, chorus & orchestra, Op. 139 :: 7. Ballade
  • Performers: Hanno Muller-Brachmann (Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1852

>Schumann, Robert : Der Handschuh ("Vor seinem Löwengarten"), ballad for voice & piano, Op. 87
  • Performers: Hanno Muller-Brachmann (Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1850