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Schumann: Lieder / Christoph Pregardien, Michael Gees


Release Date: 07/23/2002 
Label:  Rca   Catalog #: 73235   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Robert Schumann
Performer:  Christoph PrégardienMichael Gees
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

There is something extraordinarily seductive about this new Schumann disc from Christoph Prégardien and Michael Gees – newly released, yet recorded all of six years ago. Schumann’s almost unbearably fragile and vulnerable early Liederkreis, Op. 24, his music dreaming its way through the elusive mood changes of Heine’s poetry, is approached with the tenderest care. Prégardien’s warm and gentle legato and Gees’s piano-playing recreate the sense of the composer day-dreaming at the piano, yet with an enhanced alertness and sentience to every nerve of the poetry. This performance is well-nigh benchmark material itself. But at the sixth song, Prégardien just fails to find the store of lacerating anger and angst within that Read more ‘fountain of blood’ in which Heine – and Schumann, it seems – write their script. Suddenly, the ear recalls the nerve-baring 1997 performance of Ian Bostridge (EMI) who, alone of all recorded artists, turns the song’s exclamation of ‘Oh!’ into a real yelp of pain. For Schumann’s settings of Kerner, too, Prégardien and Gees are up there at the top. Few tenors ever take on these dark songs – and the obvious comparisons here are with baritones Simon Keenlyside (Hyperion) and Matthias Goerne (Decca). It takes a baritone, perhaps, to recreate the full eloquence and surprise of the head voice as the nun speaks in ‘Stirb, Lieb und Freud!’; and, despite the real poignancy of Prégardien’s tenor and its thrilling connivances and collisions with Gees’s piano-playing, Goerne does have a uniquely special feeling for the sombre, visionary mysticism of these songs which still remains unsurpassed.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Hilary Finch, BBC Music Magazine Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Liederkreis, Op. 24 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Christoph Prégardien (Tenor), Michael Gees (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1995 
Venue:  Reitstadel, Newmarkt, Germany 
Length: 20 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: German 
2.
Gedichte (12), Op. 35 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Christoph Prégardien (Tenor), Michael Gees (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1995 
Venue:  Reitstadel, Newmarket, Germany 
Length: 33 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: German 
3.
Belsatzar, Op. 57 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Michael Gees (Piano), Christoph Prégardien (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1995 
Venue:  Reitstadel, Newmarket, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: German 
4.
Gesänge (4), Op. 142: no 1, Trost im Gesang by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Christoph Prégardien (Tenor), Michael Gees (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1995 
Venue:  Reitstadel, Newmarket, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: German 
5.
Gesänge (4), Op. 142: no 2, Lehn deine Wang by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Christoph Prégardien (Tenor), Michael Gees (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1995 
Venue:  Reitstadel, Newmarket, Germany 
Length: 0 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: German 
6.
Gesänge (4), Op. 142: no 3, Mädchen-Schwermut by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Michael Gees (Piano), Christoph Prégardien (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1995 
Venue:  Reitstadel, Newmarket, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: German 
7.
Gesänge (4), Op. 142: no 4, Mein Wagen rollet langsam by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Christoph Prégardien (Tenor), Michael Gees (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1995 
Venue:  Reitstadel, Newmarket, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: German 
8.
Lieder und Gesänge (5), Op. 127: no 1, Sängers Trost by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Michael Gees (Piano), Christoph Prégardien (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1995 
Venue:  Reitstadel, Newmarket, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: German 
9.
Lieder und Gesänge (5), Op. 127: no 2, Dein Angesicht by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Christoph Prégardien (Tenor), Michael Gees (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1995 
Venue:  Reitstadel, Newmarket, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: German 
10.
Lieder und Gesänge (5), Op. 127: no 3, Es leuchtet meine Liebe by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Christoph Prégardien (Tenor), Michael Gees (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1995 
Venue:  Reitstadel, Newmarket, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: German 

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