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The Songs Of Robert Schumann Vol 10 / Royal, Johnson


Release Date: 11/13/2007 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 33110   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Robert Schumann
Performer:  Kate RoyalGraham JohnsonChristoph BantzerDaniela Lehner,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



Another Schumann must, with Royal in glorious form in a wonderful cycle

The prime attraction for many here will be English soprano-of-the-moment Kate Royal in the popular Eichendorff Liederkreis, dubbed by the composer “my most romantic music ever”. Royal’s pure, pellucid tone, free-soaring top notes (gloriously heard in, say, “Schone Fremde”) and refined musicianship give constant pleasure. In this cycle of dusk and shadows there are two or three songs that always seem to elude a bright, lyric soprano; and for all her beauty of voice and care for phrasing, Royal doesn’t quite catch the fear and eeriness of “Zwielicht” (which here sounds merely
Read more melancholy) or the sudden sense of isolation and dread at the end of “Im Walde”. Other singers, too, have made “Waldesgesprach” more scary, though Royal does touchingly suggest a human sadness in the spooky woodland drama.

But these are minor quibbles. Abetted by Johnson’s ever-sentient keyboard-playing, Royal reveals a true understanding of Schumann’s Innigkeit, whether in the suppressed passion of the opening “In der Fremde” (the notorious phrase beginning “Und uber mir rauscht” taken effortlessly in a single breath) and “Die Stille” (where she avoids the trap of ingenue coyness), the exquisite poise of “Die Mondnacht” or the tremulous excitement and sense of imminent revelation in “Schone Fremde”. In the final “Fruhlingsnacht”, often rushed off its feet, she and Johnson catch the elusive mix of secretiveness and ecstasy as perfectly as I have heard.

The remainder of the disc is given over to curiosities and rarities. Despite the eloquent declamation of actor Christoph Bantzer, I can’t work up much enthusiasm for three “melodramas” which too easily suggest silent-movie music. But there are innocent, Biedermeier delights in assorted duets, sung with bright-eyed eagerness by Felicity Lott and Ann Murray, and in three settings of Emanuel Geibel, beginning with a duet in Schumann’s most cosy-comfy vein and ending with a mildly exotic ensemble evoking the gypsy life.

Among a clutch of young singers making cameo appearances, the virginal-toned Lydia Teuscher is true and touching in “Die Nonne” and in the virtually unknown “Fruhlingsgrusse”, whose shy, halting lyricism is so typical of late Schumann. Collectors of this revelatory series will need no reminder that Johnson writes about the music as discerningly and eloquently as he plays.

-- Richard Wigmore, Gramophone [1/2008]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Liederkreis, Op. 39 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Kate Royal (Soprano), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
2.
Schön Hedwig, Op. 106 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Christoph Bantzer (Voice), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Balladen (2), Op. 122: no 1, Ballade vom Haideknaben by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Christoph Bantzer (Voice), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852-1853; Germany 
4.
Balladen (2), Op. 122: no 2, Die Flüchtlinge by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Christoph Bantzer (Voice), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852-1853; Germany 
5.
Gedichte (3), Op. 29 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Daniela Lehner (Mezzo Soprano), Lydia Teuscher (Soprano), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
6.
Duets (3), Op. 43 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Graham Johnson (Piano), Felicity Lott (Soprano), Ann Murray (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
7.
Lieder und Gesänge iii, Op. 77: no 2, Mein Garten by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Felicity Lott (Soprano), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
8.
Romances and Ballades ii, Op. 49: no 3, Die Nonne by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Lydia Teuscher (Soprano), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
9.
Lieder und Gesänge i, Op. 27: no 3, Was soll ich sagen? by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Stephan Loges (Baritone), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
10.
Lieder Album für die Jugend, Op. 79: no 4, Frühlingsgrusse by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Lydia Teuscher (Soprano), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
11.
Sommerruh by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Graham Johnson (Piano), Felicity Lott (Soprano), Ann Murray (Mezzo Soprano)
Written: 1849 
12.
Mädchenlieder, Op. 103 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Graham Johnson (Piano), Felicity Lott (Soprano), Ann Murray (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Germany 
13.
Bei Schenkung eines Flügels, WoO 26 no 4 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Stephan Loges (Baritone), Graham Johnson (Piano), Lydia Teuscher (Soprano),
Daniela Lehner (Mezzo Soprano), Adrian Ward (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Germany 

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