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Schumann: Liederkreis

Gerald Finley (baritone), Julius Drake (piano)

Hyperion is releasing a Liederkreis CD with Gerald Finley and Julius Drake in October 2012.

amazon.co.uk , October 1

amazon.com , October 9

CD Description

Gerald Finley and Julius Drake return to Schumann, following a magisterially intense Dichterliebe which won them a third Gramophone award. Here they focus on the two contrasting Liederkreis (song-circle) cycles using texts by Heine and Eichendorff. Heine is the poet of Dichterliebe, and Op 24 contains extremes of elation and despair that call all Finley's considerable dramatic powers into play. Eichendorff's seductive, crepuscular night-songs of Op 39 require the velvety tone for which this singer is equally revered. Separating these two great works are the Sechs Gedichte aus dem Liederbuch eines Malers, Op 36, which find Schumann in more homespun, folksong-influenced vein.

--amazon.co.uk

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Review by Steven Ritter, Audiophile Audition

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"C'est sans doute un peu absurde, mais Gerald Finley a une voix presque trop belle pour ces cycles. À force díhomogénéité, de douceur, d'égalité des registres, de galbe, il dilue l'effet souvent navrant de ces lieder dans quelque chose comme un hédonisme vocal hors de propos."--Sylvain Fort, forumopera.com

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Brief review, Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 4 stars

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