If there is one genre of music which baritone Thomas Hampson is exceptionally passionate about, it is lieder. He has invested a great amount of time, work and love in luring this genre out of the shadows and particularly cherishes that of Robert Schumann. Hampson begins this Schumann recital, recorded at Munich's Prinzregententheater with Wolfram Rieger at the piano, with the famous cycle Zwölf Gedichte Op. 35 on poems by Justinus Kerner.The second part of the recital is devoted to the original version of the popular Dichterliebe Op. 48. In original cycle of 1840 there are four songs that were omitted from the later cycle.These works are featured here as first-ever recordings of these rediscovered works.
"What makes him so rewarding in opera is the same artistry he brings to lieder - the command of music as a language, the sense of line and color, the range of effects" Opera News
NTSC · 16:9, PCM Stereo · DD 5.1 · DTS 5.1
Region code: 0
Booklet: English, French, German
Subtitles: English, French, German
Running time: 84 mins
“The Kerner-Lieder make huge demands… Hampson and Wolfram Rieger show themselves to be more than equal to the task, however. Both singer and pianist are at one with the emotional evolution of the cycle. The editing of the longshots, middle-distance and close-ups is sensitively paced within each song, with lighting and camera angles faithfully recreating a live recital experience.”
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