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Schumann: Favourite Songs / Felicity Lott, Graham Johnson


Release Date: 01/25/2011 
Label:  Musical Concepts   Catalog #: 1091   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Robert Schumann
Performer:  Graham JohnsonFelicity Lott
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

For meticulous musicianship and sheer beauty of tone and phrasing you won’t do much better than this 1991 recital. Beyond this, Felicity Lott, abetted by the hyper-sensitive Graham Johnson, is always a thoughtful, discerning interpreter. In the Eichendorff Liederkreis she subtly captures, say, the quizzical, whimsical delicacy of ‘Die Stille’; and ‘Mondnacht’ is exquisite in its radiance and perfectly judged rubato. Occasionally in both cycles Lott can seem too polite and understated: the spooky ‘Waldesgespräch’ is quite unthreatening, while ‘Zwielicht’, one of Schumann’s most haunted, disturbing songs, here sounds merely plaintive – though in fairness, the elements of nocturnal menace and strangeness in the Liederkreis always seem to Read more elude a bright, lyric soprano voice. But Lott’s Frauenliebe und -leben conveys a real sense of a journey from dazed innocence to numbness in bereavement; and the additional items – above all the much-underrated ‘Kennst du das Land’ – are sung with an ardour and spontaneity I sometimes miss elsewhere.

-- Richard Wigmore, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Liederkreis, Op. 39 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Graham Johnson (Piano), Felicity Lott (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
2.
Myrthen, Op. 25: no 25, Aus den östlichen Rosen by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Felicity Lott (Soprano), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
3.
Romances and Ballades iv, Op. 64: no 1, Die Soldatenbraut by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Felicity Lott (Soprano), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
4.
Myrthen, Op. 25: no 3, Der Nussbaum by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Felicity Lott (Soprano), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
5.
Myrthen, Op. 25: no 1, Widmung by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Felicity Lott (Soprano), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
6.
Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Felicity Lott (Soprano), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
7.
Lieder aus Wilhelm Meister, Op. 98a: no 1, Kennst du das Land by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Felicity Lott (Soprano), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
8.
Gedichte (7), Op. 90: no 2, Meine Rose by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Felicity Lott (Soprano), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Germany 
9.
Gedichte (7), Op. 90: no 7, Requiem by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Graham Johnson (Piano), Felicity Lott (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Germany 

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