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Matthias Goerne continues his Schubert survey that has already established him as one of the most gifted exponents of the song repertoire. Goerne does not merely ‘interpret' Schubert, he 'lives' each song and invites the listener to share this poetry and musical intimacy.
This sixth volume also features an unforgettable performance of Schubert's last piano sonata by one of the baritone's favourite partners, Christoph Eschenbach. Offered on a free bonus CD, this ‘second swansong' reveals hitherto unexplored resonances under his expert fingers.
Schubert: Schwanengesang, D 957
2. Kriegers Ahnung
Herbst, D 945
6. In Der Ferne
8. Der Atlas
9. Ihr Bild
10. Das Fischermädchen
11. Die Stadt
12. Am Meer
13. Der Doppelgänger
14. Die Taubenpost
Schubert: Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D960
I. Molto Moderato
II. Andante Sostenuto
III. Scherzo. Allegro Vivace Con Delicatezza
IV. Allegro, Ma Non Troppo
5th April 2012
“Some of those songs – Der Atlas, Der Doppelgänger – become exercises in gothic horror, others are slowed down to the point of inertia, though the group of Rellstab settings is generally buoyant and beautifully nuanced.”
21st April 2012
“This new Schwanengesang is characteristically thoughtful and probing: we hear Schubert’s lyrical heartbeat at its most artless and unaffected, outstandingly so in the ghostly stillnesses of “Die Stadt” and “Der Doppelgänger”… The second CD is devoted to one of Schubert’s last piano sonatas, to which Eschenbach brings classical grace and refinement, never seeking to milk the Romantic doom and gloom.”
“Their phrasing is exquisite throughout, with 'Die Taubenpost' sounding particularly pliant...Yet some of the Heine settings lack requisite weirdness...But for the sheer beauty and suppleness of voice, Goerne remains unbeatable.”
“The distinctive mellow roundness of Goerne's timbre, at once deep and soft-grained, and his care for a true, 'bound' legato are pleasures in themselves. He and the ever-fastidious Eschenbach invariably allow you to savour the sheer beauty of Schubert's melodic lines.”
“Goerne is showing an increasing tendency to capitalise on what he does best, exploiting his superb breath control in singing of hushed and seamless legato...[He] has both the breath control and the will to give full time and space to the long, long last lines of 'In die Ferne', and to bring to them a sense of dark despair as well as longing. He is also able and willing to dare extremes of pacing and dynamics in a spectral 'Ihr Bild'.”
13th July 2012
“sung with unfailing beauty and sensitivity, at speeds that are on the slow side and in a manner that’s more than usually veiled with reserve and regret. The air of contemplation also pervades Eschenbach’s tonally gorgeous performance of the late, great Sonata in B flat”
5th September 2012
“Goerne has his own ideas about the music and puts them forth with confidence and persuasion. That, in the end, is what sells this recording…A fine disc.”
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