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Schumann: Dichterliebe; Brahms, Prokofiev / Peter Schreier


Release Date: 05/07/2007 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 426237   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johannes BrahmsRobert SchumannSergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Peter SchreierWolfgang Sawallisch
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

This great interpreter of Lieder gives a performance that encompasses every facet of Dichterliebe - It's a reading that holds the attention from start to finish through its intensity of utterance and its flights of imagination.

Sometimes a recording comes along that puts in the shade all recent listening. Such a one is Schreier's latest account of Dichterliebe. This great interpreter of Lieder, caught live in Munich in 1984, gives a performance that encompasses every facet of this cycle. It's a reading that holds the attention from start to finish through its intensity of utterance and its flights of imagination. Schreier's previous version with Shetler was among the best ever, but here he surpasses even that
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As before, the profound account of the first songs announces the character of the interpretation, a poetic soul who has been ravaged by his unhappy experience and looks back with wistful melancholy. In the next group, Schreier catches the youth's restless dissatisfaction with his plight and in ''Ich grolle nicht'' he rails against that fate with a bitter irony which carries through the next two songs. Schreier, as ever, finds just the right emphases in the text, such as the fine irony at ''der Herzallerliebsten mein'' and ''stohnen'' in the ninth song. ''Hor ich das Liedchen'' is saturated with the agony of grieving at loss. The troubled lover sings with poignant, tearful expression in ''Ich hab' im Traum geweinet'', the sense of desolation enhanced by the plagent memory of happiness in the previous song. Perhaps I am merely characterizing Schumann's achievement in perfectly mirroring Heine's poetry—but then Schreier and Sawallisch are themselves in ideal accord with the texts and their setting.

Aus alten Marchen winkt es'' is marvellously descriptive, almost carefree so that the pained denouement in the final verse becomes that much more of an ache. Again, the sense of the ''Sarg'' the coffin, in the final piece is powerfully created with some deliberate hardening of tone to invoke the heroic renunciation, so that the eloquent close has that much more feeling of release. Then Sawallisch 'sings' the postlude with just the right reflective sadness. Throughout this authority on Schumann has offered just the kind of pointed seamless playing, full of insights, to crown the interpretation as a classic. In Schreier's older version some of the tempos were on the slow side; here every speed not only seems natural but is also related to the whole. Good as Protschka's version for Capriccio/Target may be, it yields many points to this one, not least in matters of exact pitch and rhythmic incisiveness, nor are any of the available baritone versions quite as moving as this one. Undoubtedly the atmosphere of a 'real' recital helps: one realizes how impossible it would be to imitate in a studio the acoustic of a hall with an audience present. I had the same feeling when listening to Fischer-Dieskau's recently issued Salzburg recitals on EMI: there's a frisson unobtainable in studio conditions.

The rest of the programme might seem an odd match for the Schumann cycle. In fact its lighter nature carefully sets off the intensity of the cycle. Prokofiev's Children's Songs lose little or nothing of their witty effect in Schreier's own well-tailored translations, and he shows himself just as adept in this more easy-going idiom. ''Das Plappermaul'', virtually a patter song, is done with verbal virtuosity. The long Andersen fable, about the ugly duckling, is told with spontaneous verve and brilliantly accompanied by Sawallisch. These follow Schreier's pointed and rewarding account of three of Brahms's always welcome folk-song settings. The tenor varies his tone nicely in the several, mainly repetitive verses of each. The encores are no less enjoyable—a faultlessly shaped account of Schumann's Der Nussbaum, where Sawallisch's fluent, luminous playing is again to the fore, and a delicate one of Brahms's Wiegenlied, where Schreier's exemplary phrasing and diction complete a memorable programme. The audience noises, applause apart, are minimal and the balance between voice and piano is ideal.

-- Alan Blyth, Gramophone [4/1990]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Deutsche Volkslieder (49), WoO 33: no 1, Sagt mir, o schönste Schäfrin mein by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Peter Schreier (Tenor), Wolfgang Sawallisch (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1894; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/02/1984 
Venue:  Live  Munich 
Language: German 
2.
Dichterliebe, Op. 48 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Peter Schreier (Tenor), Wolfgang Sawallisch (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/02/1984 
Venue:  Live  Munich 
Language: German 
3.
Children's Songs (3), Op. 68 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Wolfgang Sawallisch (Piano), Peter Schreier (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; USSR 
Date of Recording: 06/02/1984 
Venue:  Live  Munich 
Language: German 
4.
Ugly Duckling, Op. 18 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Wolfgang Sawallisch (Piano), Peter Schreier (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; USSR 
Date of Recording: 06/02/1984 
Venue:  Live  Munich 
Language: German 
5.
Deutsche Volkslieder (49), WoO 33: no 4, Guten Abend, mein tausiger Schatz by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Wolfgang Sawallisch (Piano), Peter Schreier (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1894; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/02/1984 
Venue:  Live  Munich 
Language: German 
6.
Deutsche Volkslieder (49), WoO 33: no 15, Schwesterlein, Schwesterlien by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Wolfgang Sawallisch (Piano), Peter Schreier (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1894; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/02/1984 
Venue:  Live  Munich 
Language: German 
7.
Deutsche Volkslieder (49), WoO 33: no 34, Wie komm ich denn zur Tür herein? by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Wolfgang Sawallisch (Piano), Peter Schreier (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1894; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/02/1984 
Venue:  Live  Munich 
Language: German 
8.
Songs (5), Op. 49: no 4, Wiegenlied by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Wolfgang Sawallisch (Piano), Peter Schreier (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/02/1984 
Venue:  Live  Munich 
Language: German 
9.
Myrthen, Op. 25: no 3, Der Nussbaum by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Wolfgang Sawallisch (Piano), Peter Schreier (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/02/1984 
Venue:  Live  Munich 
Language: German 

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