Recorded September 11th-14th, 2009 at Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London
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After their much lauded recording of Winterreise, Mark Padmore and Paul Lewis turn to Schubert’s first song-cycle, Die schöne Müllerin, which follows a lovelorn young man on a melancholy journey of false hope. Two great artists at the zenith of their careers.
“Padmore characteristically plundered each poem for every last ounce of emotion from virile ecstasy to blank sorrow. In the final Des Baches Wiegenlied (The Brook’s Lullaby), singer and pianist perfectly expressed the music’s caressing invitation to sink into the watery sleep of oblivion. It was breathtaking. Schubert couldn’t be better served.” Evening Standard, 20/5/2008
Danksagung An Den Bach
Des Müllers Blumen
Mit Dem Grünen Lautenbande
Eifersucht Und Stolz
Die Liebe Farbe
Die Böse Farbe
Der Müller Und Der Bach
Des Baches Wiegenlied
25th July 2010
“...the performance is always alive, the rhythms have a spring in their step, there is a strong sense of narrative shape, and the dramatic curve from optimism through false hope, disillusionment and rage...to death and peaceful oblivion is beautifully realised.”
“It is good to see the excesses of some recent versions avoided - "Der Jäger" is not reduced to a venomous scurry or "Die Liebe Farbe" to a numbing slowness. As in the Winterreise, singer and pianist form a sympathetic union of distinct individuals. Lewis establishes absolute confidence from the start”
4th August 2010
“Singer and pianist are perfectly matched in temperament and musicality, and every note has been lovingly considered...The reflective melancholy of “Die liebe Farbe” is ravishingly painted”
“This recording of Schubert's first great song cycle is full of good things...Paul Lewis...plays the hyperactive accompaniment...with force, clarity, precision and a reasonable amount of variation of colour and volume in the long strophic songs.”
“their fine performance of the cycle movingly conveys the naive adolescent vulnerability at the centre of the poems...Padmore's true, clear, unaffected tenor voice is admirably suited to this cycle, and Lewis is both an excellent player of Schubert and an excellent accompanist...This is an exceptional performance...doing full justice not only to the music but also to the simplicity of the cycle”
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