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Richard Strauss: The Complete Songs 8

Richard Strauss: The Complete Songs 8

Strauss, R:

Cäcilie, Op. 27 No. 2

Nicky Spence (tenor)

Wenn ..., Op. 31 No. 2

Nicky Spence (tenor)

Bruder Liederlich, Op. 41 No. 4

Nicky Spence (tenor)

An Sie, Op. 43 No. 1

Nicky Spence (tenor)

Die Ulme zu Hirsau, Op. 43 No. 3

Nicky Spence (tenor)

Fünf Gedichte, Op. 46

Nicky Spence (tenor)

Junggesellenschwur, Op. 49 No. 6

Nicky Spence (tenor)

Wer wird von der Welt verlangen, Op. 67 No. 4

Nicky Spence (tenor)

Hab'ich euch denn je geraten, Op. 67 No. 5

Nicky Spence (tenor)

Wanderers Gemutsruhe, Op. 67 No. 6

Nicky Spence (tenor)

Der Pokal, Op. 69, No. 2

Nicky Spence (tenor)

Vier letzte Lieder

arr. Max Wolff (1885-1954)

Rebecca Evans (soprano)

Sie wissen's nicht, Op. 49 No. 5

Nicky Spence (tenor)

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

Roger Vignoles astutely notes that Strauss’s songs cannot be played ‘without a vivid sense of the orchestral colours and textures that they imply’, so how better to conclude our series of the complete songs than with the piano-accompanied versions of the Vier letzte Lieder? These wondrous valedictions are the summation of a great composer’s love affair with the voice, written at the very end of a long creative life.

“Nicky Spence is superb. The voice has recently grown to encompass more heroic roles and we hear that in this selection, in the bright, lively tone and ringing top…He deals heroically with Strauss’s more outrageous demands and, perhaps more importantly, he has just the right interpretative keenness and enthusiasm to put a persuasive case for everything he sings here.” Gramophone Magazine, Gramophone 2017

“Strauss’s piano writing is already rich with orchestral colours, explored, relished, and teased out wonderfully by Vignoles. In these four last songs, Rebecca Evans matches him in that particular ardent introspection Strauss demands. Nicky Spence is abundant (Cäcilie), soaring (Wenn) and tender (An Sie). Three great performers. Lucky Strauss.” The Observer, 23rd July 2017 *****

“Spence's voice is extremely attractive: lyrical and full of expression, yet also with a bright, ringing top register, ideal for the demands of Strauss's vocal writing...Vignoles is of course magnificent throughout, but especially in an impassioned account of Cäcilie which, even for Strauss, has a particularly fiendish accompaniment!” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, 4th August 2017

“The young Scots tenor is a communicative lieder singer. He begins with an impassioned Cäcilie — the best-known “tenor” song here — but goes on to explore less familiar territory. Vignoles, the mastermind behind this series, revels in Strauss’s lush piano writing in the postlude to Die Ulme zu Hirsau.” Sunday Times, 13th August 2017

“Evans weaves a special magic in the dying falls, with magnificent breath control at the end of 'September'. Gold, though, goes to Nicky Spence and Roger Vignoles, making a remarkable statement of intent in the raptuorous 'Cacilie', with a special care with text and phrase and an ardour verging on the heroic...There’s both sensitivity and fearlessness in Spence’s upper register; three cheers to Hyperion.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2017 *****

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Choral & Song Choice - October 2017

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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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