Schumann: Einsamkeit

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Schumann: Einsamkeit

Catalogue No:

HMM902243

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1

Release date:

13th April 2017

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3149020224328

Length:

51 minutes

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Schumann: Einsamkeit


Schumann:

Gedichte (6) und Requiem, Op. 90

Der Einsiedler, Op. 83 No. 3

Die Lotosblume, Op. 25 No. 7

Du bist wie eine Blume, Op. 25 No. 24

Der Himmel hat eine Träne geweint, Op. 37 No. 1

Was will die einsame Träne, Op. 25 No. 21

Mein Schöner Stern! Op. 101 No. 4

Nachtlied, Op. 96 No. 1

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

Abendlied, Op. 107 No. 6


Matthias Goerne (baritone) & Markus Hinterhäuser (Steinway piano)

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Following the Matthias Goerne Schubert Edition for harmonia mundi, a venture that has revealed his stature as the foremost interpreter of lieder, especially at its darkest, Matthias Goerne has now selected 19 gems, lovingly fashioned by Schumann in the year of his marriage (1840). They are contrasted with those of the Düsseldorf period (1849-52).

From the fragrant flowers of the bouquet of ‘Myrtles’ to the nocturnal atmosphere of the ‘Six Poems and Requiem’ the mood spans Schumann's joy in his marriage to his beloved Clara but also the darkest despair: in which he erects a worthy monument to his soulmate, the poet and arch-melancholic of his time, Nikolaus Lenau. An enchanted, sometimes brooding, nocturnal atmosphere dominates these impressive songs, whose piano accompaniment – hardly coincidentally – recalls the tone of Chopin’s Nocturnes, played here by Markus Hinterhäuser, artistic director of the Salzburg Festival and regular collaborator with Matthias.

Robert Schumann: Sechs Gedichte und Requiem, Op. 90: II. Meine Rose

Sechs Gedichte und Requiem, Op. 90: II. Meine Rose

Robert Schumann: Sechs Gedichte und Requiem, Op. 90: III. Kommen und Scheiden

Sechs Gedichte und Requiem, Op. 90: III. Kommen und Scheiden

Robert Schumann: Sechs Gedichte und Requiem, Op. 90: IV. Die Sennin

Sechs Gedichte und Requiem, Op. 90: IV. Die Sennin

Robert Schumann: Sechs Gedichte und Requiem, Op. 90: V. Einsamkeit

Sechs Gedichte und Requiem, Op. 90: V. Einsamkeit

Robert Schumann: Sechs Gedichte und Requiem, Op. 90: VI. Der schwere Abend

Sechs Gedichte und Requiem, Op. 90: VI. Der schwere Abend

Robert Schumann: Sechs Gedichte und Requiem, Op. 90: VII. Requiem

Sechs Gedichte und Requiem, Op. 90: VII. Requiem

Robert Schumann: 3 Gesänge, Op. 83: III. Der Einsiedler

3 Gesänge, Op. 83: III. Der Einsiedler

Robert Schumann: Myrthen, Op. 25: VII. Die Lotosblume

Myrthen, Op. 25: VII. Die Lotosblume

Robert Schumann: Myrthen, Op. 25: No.24. Du bist wie eine Blume

Myrthen, Op. 25: No.24. Du bist wie eine Blume

Robert Schumann: Gedichte aus Liebesfrühling, Op. 37: I. Der Himmel hat eine Träne geweint

Gedichte aus Liebesfrühling, Op. 37: I. Der Himmel hat eine Träne geweint

Robert Schumann: Myrthen, Op. 25: XXI. Was will die einsame Träne?

Myrthen, Op. 25: XXI. Was will die einsame Träne?

Robert Schumann: Minnespiel, Op. 101: IV. Mein schöner Stern!

Minnespiel, Op. 101: IV. Mein schöner Stern!

Robert Schumann: Lieder und Gesänge, Op. 96: I. Nachtlied

Lieder und Gesänge, Op. 96: I. Nachtlied

Robert Schumann: 6 Gesänge, Op. 89: I. Es stürmet am Abendhimmel

6 Gesänge, Op. 89: I. Es stürmet am Abendhimmel

Robert Schumann: 6 Gesänge, Op. 89: II. Heimliches Verschwinden

6 Gesänge, Op. 89: II. Heimliches Verschwinden

Robert Schumann: 6 Gesänge, Op. 89: III. Herbstlied

6 Gesänge, Op. 89: III. Herbstlied

Robert Schumann: 6 Gesänge, Op. 89: IV. Abschied vom Walde

6 Gesänge, Op. 89: IV. Abschied vom Walde

Robert Schumann: 6 Gesänge, Op. 89: V. Ins Freie

6 Gesänge, Op. 89: V. Ins Freie

Robert Schumann: 6 Gesänge, Op. 107: VI. Abendlied

6 Gesänge, Op. 107: VI. Abendlied

BBC Music Magazine

July 2017

*****

“Goerne is a virtuoso of the recording studio. He mostly keeps to a subdued, intimate murmur, and his molten legato is barely touched by consonants…Hinterhäuser’s flexible, tender accompaniment evokes the private interiors in which these songs were sung. Both artists consciously understate and underplay, reminding us that true aloneness looks inward. If you buy just one song recording this month, this should be it”

Gramophone Magazine

June 2017

“Goerne’s baritone now has some wear but it remains beautiful. There’s an impressive control of line and a lovely veiled piano tone in the upper end of his range; the breaths, deep and long, seem to be drawn from a deep emotional well…Hinterhäuser deserves a special mention, too. He coaxes a tone of supreme pearly beauty from his Steinway and matches Goerne note for note in terms of creating the disc’s beguiling atmosphere”

Presto Classical

Katherine Cooper

April 2017

“Displaying no signs of vocal wear and tear after his recent taxing Wagner assignments, the German baritone brings consummate delicacy and tenderness and a lovely sepia palette to the songs (mainly nocturnal in mood) which Schumann composed during the year of his marriage and those written towards the end of his creative life.”

The Guardian

20th April 2017

****

“the combination of Goerne’s distinctively veiled tone and care over every word and nuance with Markus Hinterhäuser’s equally punctilious accompaniments, turns them into a compelling sequence. Even ardent Schumann devotees should find something new here.”

The Irish Times

7th June 2017

****

“Before a single note is sung, the slightly hesitant reserve of Hinterhäuser’s piano introduction to Meine Rose (where the central metaphor is a rose “already drooping and pale”) sets a tone of introspection that clings to almost everything that follows. Think of the selection of music, predominantly from Schumann’s later output, as sung by Goerne for himself, in the melancholy of a closed room with little light”

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