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February 2005

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Dawn Upshaw - Voices of Light


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Dawn Upshaw - Voices of Light

Music of Messiæn, Debussy, Fauré and Golijov

Dawn Upshaw & Gilbert Kalish (piano)



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The Songs of Robert Schumann - Volume 9

The Songs of Robert Schumann - Volume 9


Liedchen von Marie und Papa WoO 26/3A

Op 68/21

Der Abendstern, Op. 79 No. 1

Kleine Studie Op. 68/14

Schmetterling Op. 79/2

Frühlingsbotschaft Op. 79/3

Frühlingsgruss Op. 79/4

Vom Schlaraffenland Op. 79/5

Ländliches Lied Op. 68/20

Sonntag Op. 79/6

Reiterstück Op. 68/23

Zigeunerliedchen I Op. 79/7

Zigeunerliedchen II Op. 79/8

Des Knaben Berglied Op. 79/9

Mai, lieber Mai Op. 68/13

Mailied Op. 79/10

Volksliedchen Op. 68/9

Käuzlein Op. 79/11

Erster Verlust Op. 68/16

Hinaus ins Freie Op. 79/12

Der Sandmann, Op. 79 No. 13

Fremder Mann Op. 68/29

Marienwürmchen Op. 79/14

Armes Waisenkind Op. 68/6

Die Waise Op. 79/15

Das Glück Op. 79/16

Weihnachtslied Op. 79/17

Knecht Ruprecht Op. 68/12

Die wandelnde Glocke Op. 79/18

Figurierter Choral Op. 68/42

Frühlingslied Op. 79/19

Frühlings Ankunft Op. 79/20

Die Schwalben Op. 79/21

Kinderwacht Op. 79/22

Des Sennen Abschied, Op. 79 No. 22

Er ist's! Op. 79 No. 23 (Eduard Mörike)

Spinnelied Op. 79/25

Jägerliedchen Op. 68/7

Des Buben Schützenlied Op. 79/26

Winterzeit I Op. 68/38

Schneeglöckchen, Op. 79 No. 26

Lied Lynceus des Türmers Op. 79/28

Mignon, Op. 68 No. 35

Mignon ('Kennst du das Land, wo die Zitronen blühn'), Op. 79 No. 29

Lied Italienischer Marinari Op. 68/36

Soldatenlied WoO6

Felicity Lott (soprano), Ann Murray (soprano), Graham Johson (piano)

“In the piano pieces and songs alike, Johnson plays with luminous tone and a natural feeling for Schumannesque rubato. And as ever, his sleeve notes alone are worth the price of the disc” The Telegraph

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Editor's Choice - February 2005

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Hyperion Schumann Song Edition - CDJ33109


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Schumann: Piano Works

Schumann: Piano Works


Fantasiestücke, Op. 12

Kinderszenen, Op. 15

Humoreske, Op. 20

“Here's a disc of fine Schumann playing, superbly recorded and on a beautifully voiced piano. To undertake a critical nit-pick of each of the 27 short pieces that make up these three works would seem invidious and, besides, not reflect the spirit in which the music is offered. In the Fantasiestücke some might feel that Cassard uses too much pedal here, or takes such-and-such too fast or too slow there; others might justifiably counter by saying that Richter in his famous 1956 selection uses too little pedal, and strives for effect, compared with Cassard's more relaxed approach in infinitely better sound.
Kinderszenen, likewise, is distinguished by its simplicity, its tenderness and unexaggerated rubato, nowhere more apparent than in the final 'Der Dichter spricht'. Perhaps Argerich finds more impish delight in the extrovert titles, but that again must be a matter of personal preference.
Humoreske – 42 pages almost all in B flat major or G minor – is one of Schumann's works that might have been more satisfactory had he let it mature in the cellar for a while before drinking.
It's difficult to overcome the problems presented by a continuous flow of fragments of such varying musical interest. Cassard almost succeeds if only because his mellifluous tone and subtle phrasing are such a pleasure to hear. Both Ashkenazy (1972) and Horowitz (1979) in their very different ways find more character in the details, the latter's pacing of Schumann's meandering 'Conclusion' more convincing than Cassard.
But that's quite the wrong note on which to conclude a review of a recital that merits the highest praise.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - February 2005

Ambroisie - AMB9961



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