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Schumann: Album Of Songs For The Young, Etc / Rubens, Et Al


Release Date: 02/27/2007 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557076   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Robert Schumann
Performer:  Uta HielscherStefanie IrányiThomas E. BauerSibylla Rubens
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



SCHUMANN Liederalbum für die Jugend, op. 79. Lieder und Gesänge I, op. 27 1 Sibylla Rubens (sop); Stefanie Irányi (mez); Thomas Bauer (bar); 1 Uta Hielscher (pn) NAXOS 8.557076 (58:04)


The two works presented here make a good pairing. Schumann’s aim in the Liederalbum Read more für die Jugend was to make available a set of songs that young performers could use to improve their technique, application of textual inferences, and the like. The problem is that Schumann pitches the music at a level that is too advanced for the total beginner, and too basic for the professional singer to keep it in their repertoire. The Liederalbum does contain some progression from more simplistic fare to incorporating more complex texts by poets such as Goethe.


The standard of performance is very high indeed, with all three singers giving committed contributions. Sibylla Rubens’s purity of tone works well in its own right to aid directness of expression, but also complements the natural richness found in Stefanie Irányi’s mezzo during duo passages. Irányi, a mezzo I had heard of but not actually heard in performance before this disc, is a singer I would like to hear more of due to her interpretive skills also. Thomas Bauer’s ascendancy through the ranks of notable baritones continues as a result of this disc, which follows his strong performances on Naxos’s two previous Schumann Lieder releases. Uta Hielscher projects the accompaniments throughout clearly and without affectation.


Lieder und Gesänge I is a short cycle of five songs sung exclusively by Thomas Bauer. They make an attractive filler item on this disc, and offer further proof of his great sensitivity to the written text in particular.


Hyperion offers alternative readings of both works, but not as a coupling. The Liederalbum is given by Felicity Lott and Ann Murray, accompanied by Graham Johnson. Their account sees the songs interspersed with piano pieces from Klavieralbum für die Jugend rather than the presenting the songs straight. Hyperion’s Lieder und Gesänge I features the sensitive German-Swiss soprano Juliane Banse, also accompanied by Johnson. There are few reasons that would make me choose Hyperion over Naxos in either case in terms of performance quality, particularly if price is a factor also. Naxos’s sound quality, although not of demonstration standard, is better than it sometimes can be.


The usual quibbles about the downloading of texts from the Naxos Web site and storage of resultant printouts apply. Some may want a more generously filled disc, but if you don’t get quantity, you certainly do get quality.


FANFARE: Evan Dickerson
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Works on This Recording

1.
Lieder Album für die Jugend, Op. 79 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Uta Hielscher (Piano), Stefanie Irányi (Mezzo Soprano), Thomas E. Bauer (Baritone),
Sibylla Rubens (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
Venue:  Bavarian Radio Studio 1, Munich, Germany 
Length: 49 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Bavarian Radio Studio 1, Munich, Germany (01/26/2006 - 01/28/2006) 
2.
Lieder und Gesänge i, Op. 27 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Thomas E. Bauer (Baritone), Uta Hielscher (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Germany 
Venue:  Bavarian Radio Studio 1, Munich, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Bavarian Radio Studio 1, Munich, Germany (01/26/2006 - 01/28/2006) 

Sound Samples

Lieder-Album fur die Jugend, Op. 79: No. 1. Der Abendstern
Lieder-Album fur die Jugend, Op. 79: No. 2. Schmetterling
Lieder-Album fur die Jugend, Op. 79: No. 3. Fruhlingsbotschaft
Lieder-Album fur die Jugend, Op. 79: No. 4. Fruhlingsgruss
Lieder-Album fur die Jugend, Op. 79: No. 5. Vom Schlaraffenland
Lieder-Album fur die Jugend, Op. 79: No. 6. Sonntag
Lieder-Album fur die Jugend, Op. 79: No. 7a. Zigeunerliedchen I
Lieder-Album fur die Jugend, Op. 79: No. 7b. Zigeunerliedchen II
Lieder-Album fur die Jugend, Op. 79: No. 8. Des Knaben Berglied
Lieder-Album fur die Jugend, Op. 79: No. 9. Mailied
Lieder-Album fur die Jugend, Op. 79: No. 10. Kauzlein
Lieder-Album fur die Jugend, Op. 79: No. 11. Hinaus ins Freie!
Lieder-Album fur die Jugend, Op. 79: No. 12. Der Sandmann
Lieder-Album fur die Jugend, Op. 79: No. 13. Marienwurmchen
Lieder-Album fur die Jugend, Op. 79: No. 14. Die Waise
Lieder-Album fur die Jugend, Op. 79: No. 15. Das Gluck
Lieder-Album fur die Jugend, Op. 79: No. 16. Weihnachtslied
Lieder-Album fur die Jugend, Op. 79: No. 17. Die wandelnde Glocke
Lieder-Album fur die Jugend, Op. 79: No. 18. Fruhlingslied
Lieder-Album fur die Jugend, Op. 79: No. 19. Fruhlings Ankunft
Lieder-Album fur die Jugend, Op. 79: No. 20. Die Schwalben
Lieder-Album fur die Jugend, Op. 79: No. 21. Kinderwacht
Lieder-Album fur die Jugend, Op. 79: No. 22. Des Sennen Abschied
Lieder-Album fur die Jugend, Op. 79: No. 23. Er ist's
Lieder-Album fur die Jugend, Op. 79: No. 24. Spinnelied
Lieder-Album fur die Jugend, Op. 79: No. 25. Des Buben Schutzenlied
Lieder-Album fur die Jugend, Op. 79: No. 26. Schneeglockchen
Lieder-Album fur die Jugend, Op. 79: No. 27. Lied Lynceus des Turmers
Lieder-Album fur die Jugend, Op. 79: No. 28. Mignon
Lieder und Gesange, Book 1, Op. 27: No. 1. Sag'an, o lieber Vogel mein
Lieder und Gesange, Book 1, Op. 27: No. 2. Dem roten Roslein gleicht mein Lieb
Lieder und Gesange, Book 1, Op. 27: No. 3. Was soll ich sagen?
Lieder und Gesange, Book 1, Op. 27: No .4. Jasminenstrauch
Lieder und Gesange, Book 1, Op. 27: No. 5. Nur ein lachelnder Blick

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