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Songs by Robert Franz

Songs by Robert Franz


Franz, R:

Mailied, Op. 33 No. 3

Gleich und gleich, Op. 22 No. 1

Wonne der Wehmut, Op. 33 No. 1

Im Sommer, Op. 16 No. 2

Rastlose Liebe, Op. 33 No. 6

Liebliche Maid!, Op. 4 No. 3

O säh’ ich auf der Haide dort, Op. 1 No. 5

Schlummerlied, Op. 1 No. 10

Romanze, Op. 35 No. 4

Jagdlied Op. 1 No. 9

Der vielschönen Fraue, Op. 10 No. 4

Im wunderschönen Monat Mai, Op. 25 No. 5

Die Rose, die Lilie, Op. 34 No. 5

Wenn ich in deine Augen seh’, Op. 44 No. 5

Ich will meine Seele tauchen, Op. 43 No. 4

Im Rhein, im heiligen Strome, Op. 18 No. 2

Hör’ ich das Liedchen klingen, Op. 5 No. 11

Am leuchtenden Sommermorgen, Op. 11 No. 2

Ich hab' im Traume geweinet, Op. 25 No. 3

Allnächtlich im Traume, Op. 9 No. 4

Die Lotosblume, Op. 25 No. 1

Lieb' Liebchen, Op. 17 No. 3

Es treibt mich hin

Ja, du bist elend, Op. 7 No. 6

Durch den Wald im Mondenscheine, Op. 8 No. 3

Wie des Mondes Abbild

Auf dem Meere

Ich lieb’ eine Blume, Op. 28 No. 1

Aus meinen grossen schmerzen

Es fällt ein Stern herunter, Op. 44 No. 4

Der Fichtenbaum, Op. 16 No. 3

Das ist ein Brausen und Heulen, Op. 8 No. 4

Auf dem Meere, Op. 5 No. 3

Sterne mit den goldnen Füßchen?

Traumbild, Op. 34 No. 3

Madchen mit dem roten Mundchen, Op. 5 No. 5

Frühlingsgedränge, Op. 7 No. 5

Um Mitternacht, Op. 28 No. 6

Ein Stündlein wohl vor Tag, Op. 28 No. 2

Verborgenheit, Op. 28 No. 5

Waldfahrt, Op. 14 No. 3

Die Lotosblume, Op. 1 No. 3

Voglein, wohin so schnell, Op. 11 No. 1

Für Musik

Ach, wenn ich doch ein Immchen wär, Op. 3 No. 6

Um Mitternacht, Op. 16 No. 6

Genesung


Robin Tritschler (tenor) & Graham Johnson (piano)

Highly regarded by such contemporaries as Mendelssohn, Schumann and Liszt, Robert Franz wrote 279 songs over the course of a long life. For this recital, Graham Johnson and Robin Tritschler have chosen forty-seven of their favourites.

“Tritschler’s gloriously sweet voice is perfect for these songs, if very occasionally under-energised. Johnson – that most sympathetic and imaginative of accompanists weaves magic with colour, balance and timing. The liner notes are characteristically excellent, with useful short discussion of each song.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2017 ****

“With Johnson’s discerning support, Tritschler confirms his credentials as a natural in Lieder. His is a voice of spring, fresh and easy on the ear, produced with a care both for clarity of diction and a true singing line. Tritschler is a lively, sensitive interpreter, too…Franz’s songs typically demand, and get, dulcet tone, perfect dynamic control, including a limpid mezza voce, and refined phrasing.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2017

“Plangent of tone and refreshingly unmannered in his delivery, the young Irish tenor is an inspired and committed advocate for these songs...I’m certain fellow lieder fans will relish the opportunity to compare and contrast Franz’s treatment of the poems which Schumann set in Dichterliebe with their better-known incarnation!” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, June 2017

“ This concise music perhaps lacks the contained intensity of his two compatriots, but it’s still hugely appealing. Tritschler and Johnson’s performances capture precisely the mood and scent of each song.” Sunday Times, 18th June 2017

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Brahms: The Complete Songs Volume 6 (Ian Bostridge)

Brahms: The Complete Songs Volume 6 (Ian Bostridge)


Brahms:

Lieder und Gesänge Op. 32

Die Kränze, Op. 46 No. 1

Botschaft, Op. 47 No. 1

Liebesglut, Op. 47, No. 2

Es liebt sich so lieblich, Op. 71 No. 1

Geheimnis, Op. 71 No. 3

Willst du, daß ich geh'?, Op. 71 No. 4

Unüberwindlich, Op. 72 No. 5

Sommerabend, Op. 85 No. 1

Mondenschein, Op. 85 No. 2

Lieder (4), Op. 96

Auf dem Kirchhofe, Op. 105 No. 4

Ständchen, Op. 106 No. 1

Meine Lieder Op. 106 No. 4

An die Stolze, Op. 107 No. 1

Salamander, Op. 107 No. 2


Ian Bostridge (tenor), Graham Johnson (piano)

Ian Bostridge brings his characterful lyricism, and singing of beautiful intelligence, to a welcome sixth volume in Graham Johnson’s comprehensive series.

“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 Kränze, 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.” BBC Music Magazine, November 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.” Gramophone Magazine, 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.” Sunday Times, 6th September 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.” The Observer, 23rd August 2015 *****

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L'heure exquise: Alice Coote

L'heure exquise: Alice Coote

A French Songbook


Bachelet:

Chère nuit

Berlioz:

Le Spectre de la rose (from Les nuits d'été, Op. 7)

Chabrier:

Toutes les fleurs

L'ile heureuse

Chausson:

Le temps des lilas

Debussy:

La Grotte

Fauré:

Le secret Op. 23 No. 3

Fleur jetée, Op. 39 No. 2

Gounod:

Sérénade

Au printemps

Hahn, R:

L'heure exquise

Les étoiles (No. 9 of Douze Rondels)

Fumée

La Chère Blessure

Koechlin:

Novembre, Op. 22 No. 2

Poulenc:

Les chemins de l'amour

Voyage à Paris

Hotel

La grenouillère, Op. 5

Voyage

Saint-Saëns:

Aimons-nous

Soirée En Mer

Satie:

Je te veux


Alice Coote (mezzo) & Graham Johnson (piano)

Alice Coote is the darling of the world’s opera stages and recital halls—to the extent that her solo recordings are rare events. In this much-anticipated French Songbook, Graham Johnson lends his incomparable insight to this most remarkable of talents on an emotional rollercoaster through twenty-three songs of Gallic love in all its guises.

“The beauty of Alice Coote’s mezzo-soprano glows with radiance.” Financial Times, 9th May 2015

“Coote is in sumptuous voice, Johnson in his element.” Sunday Times, 10th May 2015

“this is a beautifully formed recital shining different lights on a central theme. It is distinguished by Coote’s thorough absorption in the stylistic character of each song, conveying their individual sentiments and sensitivities with her rich, liquid mezzo and relishing the colouristic potential of the poetic texts. Graham Johnson’s piano accompaniments are, as ever, wonderfully apt and complementary to the voice” Gramophone Magazine, June 2015

GGramophone Awards 2016

Finalist - Solo Vocal

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - June 2015

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Brahms: The Complete Songs Volume 5 (Christopher Maltman)

Brahms: The Complete Songs Volume 5 (Christopher Maltman)


Brahms:

Die schöne Magelone, Op. 33

(without spoken text)


Christopher Maltman (baritone) & Graham Johnson (piano)

A new recording from renowned recitalist and winner of the Lieder Prize at the 1997 Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, Christopher Maltman. Graham Johnson is both accompanist and curator of this series that presents the entire piano-accompanied songs and vocal works of Johannes Brahms.

As such it is a companion to the series undertaken by Hyperion for the songs of Schubert, Schumann, Fauré, Strauss and Liszt. This fifth volume presents the songs of Op 33, the only time that Brahms composed a song cycle as such, but even then his observations about how he wished his songs to be heard are worth considering; they are far removed from the contemporary orthodoxy. Brahms sets Tieck’s ‘novella’ Die wundersame Liebesgeschichte der schönen Magelone und des Grafen Peter von Provence (‘The wondrous love story of the beautiful Magelone and Count Peter of Provence’). A full account of the text and of the composition of this intriguing cycle is to be found in Graham Johnson’s erudite booklet notes.

“While Behle and Bjelland attempt contextualisation [on their Capriccio recording ealier this year], Maltman and Johnson give us the music on its own, in a performance that is the more focused and emotionally detailed of the two, though some may prefer Behle’s romantic-sounding tenor to Maltman’s sexier, if more troubling baritone.” The Guardian, 11th September 2014 ****

“The partnership of Graham Johnson - who, as ever, provides the lucid liner-notes - and Christopher Maltman would be hard to better. They sound well and their performance is beautifully shaped in its ebb and flow, an important consideration in any song cycle. Maltman colours his voice skilfully as he represents the different protagonists in the story.” MusicWeb International, 20th October 2014

“Maltman and the ever-sensitive Johnson...make a compelling, illuminating partnership. Maltman's mellow baritone,with its distinctively plangent, tenorish upper register, is always easy on the ear.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2014

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Poulenc: The Complete Songs

Poulenc: The Complete Songs


Poulenc:

Trois Poèmes de Louise Lalanne

Ailish Tynan (soprano)

Quatre chansons pour enfants

Dame Felicity Lott (soprano)

Trois poèmes de Louise de Vilmorin

Ailish Tynan (soprano)

Le Portrait

Geraldine McGreevy (soprano)

Fiançailles pour rire, FP101

Ailish Tynan (soprano)

L'histoire de Babar, le petit éléphant

Pierre Bernac (narrator)

Metamorphoses, FP 121

Geraldine McGreevy (soprano)

Nuage from Deux Mélodies (No. 2)

Geraldine McGreevy (soprano)

La courte paille

Ailish Tynan (soprano)

Cinq Poèmes de Paul Éluard

Ben Johnson (tenor)

Tel jour telle nuit

Sarah Fox (soprano)

Miroirs brûlants

Christopher Maltman (baritone)

Ce doux petit visage

Ailish Tynan (soprano)

Les chemins de l'amour

Sarah Fox (soprano)

Deux poèmes de Louis Aragon

Ben Johnson (tenor)

Le Disparu

Christopher Maltman (baritone)

Main dominée par le coeur

Geraldine McGreevy (soprano)

…mais mourir

Christopher Maltman (baritone)

Calligrammes

Christopher Maltman (baritone)

La Fraîcheur et le feu

Christopher Maltman (baritone)

La Travail du peintre

Geraldine McGreevy (soprano)

Dernier poeme

Christopher Maltman (baritone)

Une chanson de porcelaine

Geraldine McGreevy (soprano)

Le Toreador

Ivan Ludlow (baritone)

Le Bestiaire ou Cortege d'Orphee

Brandon Velarde (baritone)

Deux Mélodies inédites du Bestiaire

Brandon Velarde (baritone)

Cocardes

Robin Tritschler (tenor)

Airs chantés

Ailish Tynan (soprano)

Quatre poemes de Guillaume Apollinaire

Ivan Ludlow (baritone)

Pierrot

Brandon Velarde (baritone)

Mélodies (2) de Guillaume Apollinaire

Robin Tritschler (tenor) & Ivan Ludlow (baritone)

La grenouillère, Op. 5

Sarah-Jane Brandon (soprano)

Bleuet

Robin Tritschler (tenor)

Banalités

Ivan Ludlow (baritone) & Sarah-Jane Brandon (soprano)

Colloque

Robin Tritschler (tenor) & Geraldine McGreevy (soprano)

Deux poèmes de Guillaume Apollinaire

Ivan Ludlow (baritone)

Paul et Virginie

Geraldine McGreevy (soprano)

Parisiana

Brandon Velarde (baritone)

Rosemonde

Brandon Velarde (baritone)

La souris

Brandon Velarde (baritone)

La Puce

Brandon Velarde (baritone)

La Dame de Monte Carlo

Nicole Tibbels (soprano)

Poèmes de Ronsard

Susan Bickley (mezzo-soprano)

Chansons gaillardes

Ashley Riches (bass)

Vocalise

Geraldine McGreevy (soprano)

Épitaphe sur un texte de Malherbe, FP55

Neal Davies (bass)

Cinq Poèmes de Max Jacob

Nicole Tibbels (soprano)

Huit Chansons polonaises

Agnieszka Adamczak (soprano)

A sa guitare

Geraldine McGreevy (soprano)

Priez pour paix

Susan Bickley (mezzo-soprano)

Chansons villageoises

Christopher Maltman (baritone)

Trois Chansons de F.Garcia-Lorca

Susan Bickley (mezzo-soprano)

Hymne

Neal Davies (bass)

Mazurka

Neal Davies (bass)

Fancy

Geraldine McGreevy (soprano)


Graham Johnson is simply the greatest living authority on French song; an artist whose innate feeling for the music is combined with prodigious scholarship. He also has the ability to discover and nurture singers who here prove to be matchless performers of this repertoire.

Following his many wonderful recordings in Hyperion’s French Song Edition, Johnson turns to the complete songs of Francis Poulenc, released also to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the composer’s death. Each of the four CDs presents a programme of songs in an order that is chronological for that disc alone—signifying four different journeys through the composer’s career. Disc 1 features a substantial appearance, recorded in 1977, of Pierre Bernac (Poulenc’s long-term collaborator)—narrating L’histoire de Babar, a story known to children throughout the world. The singers include Dame Felicity Lott, acclaimed as one of the foremost performers of Poulenc, and many other stars from previous recordings.

“As always, Johnson matches singers to songs meticulously. There are some outstanding performances...It's a gorgeous collection, and for sometime Poulenc sceptics like me, a real revelation.” The Guardian, 17th October 2013 *****

“The greatest hero of the set remains Graham Johnson himself. As well as writing the booklet notes and organising the whole adventure, Johnson proves himself to be the most sensitive and accomplished of accompanists, ensuring that every single song is a partnership between singer and pianist, with chemistry that flows both ways.” MusicWeb International, December 2013

“Prepared for the fiftieth anniversary of the composer's death last year and curated by pianist and French music expert Graham Johnson, Hyperion's gorgeous 4-CD set divides the complete songs between seasoned performers such as Felicity Lott and Johnson himself, and stylish newcomers including soprano Ailish Tynan and tenor Robin Tritschler.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 21st November 2014

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Brahms: The Complete Songs Volume 4 (Robert Holl)

Brahms: The Complete Songs Volume 4 (Robert Holl)


Brahms:

An die Nachtigall, Op. 46 No. 4 (Text: L.C.H. Hölty)

Schwermut, Op. 58 No. 5

Dein blaues Auge, (No. 8 from Acht Lieder und Gesänge, Op. 59)

Heimweh, Op. 63 No. 8

Heimweh I, Op. 63 No. 7

Heimweh III, Op. 63 No. 9

Alte Liebe, Op. 72 No. 1

Sommerfäden, Op. 72 No. 2

O kühler Wald, Op. 72 No. 3

Verzagen, Op. 72 No. 4

Todessehnen ('Ach, wer nummt von meiner Seele'), Op. 86 No. 6

Lieder (5), Op. 94

Komm bald, Op. 97 No. 5 (Groth)

Wie Melodien zieht es mir, Op. 105 No. 1

Auf Dem See op.106 No.2

Maienkätzchen, Op. 107 No. 4

Vier ernste Gesänge, Op. 121


Robert Holl (bass-baritone) & Graham Johnson (piano)

Graham Johnson’s latest Lieder project for Hyperion reaches its fourth volume. Brahms is of course a giant of the Romantic era but his songs and vocal works are rather less well known than much of his other music. There is so much to discover and enjoy in the beautiful, often elegiac melodies and characteristic piano writing.

In some of these recitals an opus number will be presented in its entirety: here it is the songs of Op 94, as well as the Vier ernste Gesänge of Op 121. The singer is the bass-baritone Robert Holl, acclaimed as simply one of the most profound artists of the genre and recently praised for the ‘unparalleled depth and complexity’ of his live performance (The Independent).

“Holl's true bass register resonates eloquently with this programme of very serious songs...Holl has the ability to draw the listener in...For the Four Serious Songs themselves, Holl brings a deep sense of empathetic humanity to the live, deeply felt and thoughtfully reasoned inner monologues which he makes of them.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2012 ****

“Holl fields a bass-baritone of slightly grizzled nobility, with impressive sonorous depth...he catches all the terrible nihilism and life-weariness of the first two songs and the opening of the third...Johnson's fastidiously textured playing, like his detailed commentaries, is always illuminating...But be prepared for a protracted Brahmsian gloomfest.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2012

“Holl's voice, reminiscent of Fischer-Dieskau's but rather more of a real bass...is rich, true and resonant. He uses it simply, without self-conscious artifice, and the result is some very beautiful singing. Johnson's accompeniment is always skilled and perceptive...This disc, while the whole recital has notable integrity and quality, would be worth having for [the Four Serious Songs] alone.” International Record Review, September 2012

“Holl, here approaching his mid-sixties, is still a flexible and nuanced singer with the ability to lighten the tone when appropriate. In spite of a long operatic career with often heavy roles - he has been a regular at Bayreuth since 1996 - the voice is largely unscathed and the tone noble...[Johnson] is the ever-flexible partner in what is a duo of equal merits.” MusicWeb International, January 2013

“[Holl is] dark-toned, at times to the point of grittiness, and you might find your admiration for the emotional truth of his singing offset by moments of unwieldiness and an occasional pulse in his tone. It works best if you listen selectively...The effect is awesome, but makes for difficult listening.” The Guardian, 13th September 2012 ***

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Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin, D795

Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin, D795


“Bostridge’s peculiarly beseeching voice enshrines the vulnerability, tender feeling and obsessive love of the youthful miller … a soulsearching interpretation” Gramophone Magazine

“The performance by the young Bostridge is a miracle … he brings the naive, impetuous, jealous, ultimately despairing and suicidal boy vividly to life as no other tenor on record and his youthful vulnerability is heart-rending. This wonderful disc makes you listen to Schubert’s masterly cycle with refreshed ears” Sunday Times

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Schubert: Winterreise D911

Schubert: Winterreise D911


Matthias Goerne (baritone) & Graham Johnson (piano)

“The one to knock Fischer-Dieskau and Gerald Moore from the pedestal … Johnson and Goerne plumb the emotional depths of one of the most heart-wrenchingly sublime masterpieces in the genre” BBC Music Magazine

“Without doubt a historic account of Schubert’s emotionally draining masterpiece” Classic CD

“Vocal technique and interpretive insights of the highest musical artistry. However many Winterreisen you may possess, you must have this one” Sunday Telegraph

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Schumann: The Complete Songs

Schumann: The Complete Songs

The Lieder of Robert Schumann in chronological order


Schumann’s songs are among the greatest musical achievements of the nineteeth century, and this is the perfect release with which to mark the composer’s 200th birthday.

This marvellous collection comprises Schumann’s complete songs, presented for the first time in their chronological sequence of composition, with complete song texts, and chronology of Schumann’s life and songs by Graham Johnson.

Johnson is, of course, also the curator and unifying musical force of this series, accompanying his hand-picked selection of singers – some of the greatest lieder performers of today, and indeed of tomorrow – with utter sensitivity.

Includes 304 page booklet of:

Complete song texts

English translations by Richard Stokes & Eric Sams

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The Songs of Robert Schumann - Volume 11

The Songs of Robert Schumann - Volume 11


Schumann:

Es stürmet am Abendhimmel, Op. 89 No. 1

Heimliches Verschwinden, Op. 89 No. 2

Herbstlied, Op. 89 No. 3

Abschied vom Walde, Op. 89 No. 4

Ins Freie, Op. 89 No. 5

Resignation, Op. 83 No. 1

Der Einsiedler, Op. 83 No. 3

Mein altes Roß, Op. 127 No. 4

Drei Gesänge, Op. 95

Minnespiel, Op. 101

Sechs Gedichte aus dem Liederbuch eines Malers, Op. 36

Provencalisches Lied, Op. 139 No. 4

Ballade, Op. 139 No. 7

Der Handschuh, Op. 87


Hanno Müller-Brachmann (baritone) & Graham Johnson (piano) with Katherine Broderick (soprano), Geraldine McGreevy (soprano), Stella Doufexis (mezzo-soprano), Adrian Thompson (tenor) & Stephan Loges (baritone)

Graham Johnson’s monumental and triumphant complete Schumann Songs edition comes to an end with an eleventh disc of rarities and delights. The first issue in the Hyperion edition of Schuman’s songs, with the soprano Christine Schäfer, included a number of the composer’s later lieder, and 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.

Various duets and ensemble pieces are included on this disc and feature familiar and well-loved singers from elsewhere in this series, as well as the winner of the 2008 Kathleen Ferrier Prize: Katherine Broderick. The release is complemented by Graham Johnson’s renowned booklet notes, which make these discs things of such inestimable value.

“A real disc of discovery: this is Schumann as he is seldom heard. In this final volume of his revelatory Songs of Robert Schumann 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.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2009 ****

“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 ofRobert 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 leastfavoured late songs, not least due to Graham Johnson's eloquent advocacy, in print and in performance.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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