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Schumann: Frauenliebe Und Leben / Fink, Vignoles


Release Date: 04/08/2008 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 501753   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Robert Schumann
Performer:  Roger VignolesBernarda Fink
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Bernarda Fink covers herself in glory in a discerning selection of Schumann Lieder

Here is another‚ very special disc of Schumann Lieder to join the plethora recently issued. Bernarda Fink we know as a superb interpreter of Baroque works. Here she proves conclusively that she can be just as compelling in German song. For a start few accounts of any of these pieces are quite so beautifully and effortlessly sung. Not a note in this hour long recital is ugly or mishandled; everything is projected on a stream of perfectly produced‚ mellow mezzo tone.

That is in itself almost enough to recommend the disc. But Fink has so much more to offer. Her interpretation of the oft recorded Frauenliebe cycle is not one
Read more with the kind of overwhelming emotional tug evinced‚ in their different ways‚ by Baker and von Otter‚ yet in her slightly more reticent way Fink conveys just as much feeling as her rivals. Her sweet‚ reflective‚ slightly vibrant tone very much calls to mind Seefried’s and Isokoski’s equally artless style among soprano versions. When the inner joy of wedded bliss and then the terrible tragedy of the loved one’s death are of the essence‚ Fink goes to the heart of the matter. With Roger Vignoles as a sympathetic and positive partner‚ Fink’s version deserves to be equated with those of her distinguished predecessors listed above as a recommendation.

After that there is no anti­climax in the other performances. The very familiar ‘Nussbaum’ and ‘Aufträge’ are as delightfully eager and spontaneous as they ought to be. Those ineffably Schumannesque pieces‚ ‘Die Lotosblume’ and‚ in the Op 90 settings of Lenau‚ ‘Meine Rose’‚ receive treatment‚ in timbre and line and verbal assurance that would be hard to better. Then Fink reminds us that ‘Mignon’ and ‘Das verlassene Mägdelein’‚ which Wolf later set so memorably‚ received just as inspiring a response from Schumann‚ at least when as cogently sung as they are here. In a lighter vein Fink catches almost all the cheekiness of the highly original ‘Die Kartenlegerin’.

All in all‚ there is a cornucopia of good things here with Vignoles always there to support the singer in his own typically insightful way. The recording has the singer blessedly forward so one catches the true flavour of her voice and words. This is‚ then, a joy from start to finish.

-- Gramophone [7/2002, reviewing the original release]
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Works on This Recording

1. Myrthen, Op. 25: no 3, Der Nussbaum by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Roger Vignoles (Piano), Bernarda Fink (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 5 Secs. 
2. Gedichte (6), Op. 36: no 2, Ständchen by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Bernarda Fink (Mezzo Soprano), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 45 Secs. 
3. Lieder Album für die Jugend, Op. 79: no 28, Mignon by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Roger Vignoles (Piano), Bernarda Fink (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
4. Lieder und Gesänge iii, Op. 77: no 5, Aufträge by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Roger Vignoles (Piano), Bernarda Fink (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
5. Myrthen, Op. 25: no 7, Die Lotosblume by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Bernarda Fink (Mezzo Soprano), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 
6. Lieder und Gesänge iv, Op. 96: no 1, Nachtlied by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Bernarda Fink (Mezzo Soprano), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
7. Lieder Album für die Jugend, Op. 79: no 12, Der Sandmann by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Bernarda Fink (Mezzo Soprano), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
8. Romances and Ballades iv, Op. 64: no 2, Das verlassne Mägdelein by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Bernarda Fink (Mezzo Soprano), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
9. Gesänge (3), Op. 31: no 2, Die Kartenlegerin by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Bernarda Fink (Mezzo Soprano), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
10. Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42: no 1, Seit ich ihn gesehen by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Bernarda Fink (Mezzo Soprano), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
11. Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42: no 2, Er, der Herrlichste von allen by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Roger Vignoles (Piano), Bernarda Fink (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
12. Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42: no 3, Ich kann's nicht fassen by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Bernarda Fink (Mezzo Soprano), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 46 Secs. 
13. Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42: no 4, Du Ring an meinem Finger by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Roger Vignoles (Piano), Bernarda Fink (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
14. Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42: no 5, Helft mir, ihr Schwestern by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Bernarda Fink (Mezzo Soprano), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Length: 1 Minutes 57 Secs. 
15. Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42: no 6, Süsser Freund by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Bernarda Fink (Mezzo Soprano), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
16. Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42: no 7, An meinem Herzen by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Bernarda Fink (Mezzo Soprano), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 17 Secs. 
17. Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42: no 8, Nun hast du mir by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Bernarda Fink (Mezzo Soprano), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
18. Gedichte (7), Op. 90: no 1, Lied eines Schmiedes by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Roger Vignoles (Piano), Bernarda Fink (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 27 Secs. 
19. Gedichte (7), Op. 90: no 2, Meine Rose by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Roger Vignoles (Piano), Bernarda Fink (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
20. Gedichte (7), Op. 90: no 3, Kommen und Scheiden by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Bernarda Fink (Mezzo Soprano), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 21 Secs. 
21. Gedichte (7), Op. 90: no 4, Die Sennin by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Roger Vignoles (Piano), Bernarda Fink (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
22. Gedichte (7), Op. 90: no 5, Einsamkeit by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Roger Vignoles (Piano), Bernarda Fink (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
23. Gedichte (7), Op. 90: no 6, Der schwere Abend by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Roger Vignoles (Piano), Bernarda Fink (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
24. Gedichte (7), Op. 90: no 7, Requiem by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Roger Vignoles (Piano), Bernarda Fink (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 3 Secs. 

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 Exceptional December 19, 2012 By David A. (San Antonio, TX) See All My Reviews "An exceptional recording - by an exceptional artist - of Schumann's wonderful songs." Report Abuse
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