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Robert & Clara Schumann: Lieder / Bonney, Ashkenazy


Release Date: 05/13/1997 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 452898   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Robert SchumannClara Wieck Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir AshkenazyBarbara Bonney
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Barbara Bonney's recital of the Schumanns' songs is prefaced, in the booklet-note, with a little feminist homily from the singer defending the reputation of Clara as woman and artist. Clara hardly needs that kind of defence nowadays, witness recent CDs by Skovhus and Stutzmann, plus several others not reviewed in these pages; her songs are far from patronized, let alone neglected. Yet, for all the advocacy of these singers, her inspiration remains for me intermittent, though thoroughly conventional songs are occasionally leavened by notably individual ones, such as, here, her very last and unpublished song, Loreley, which vividly conjures up that dangerous creature, particu lady in the hectic piano part, evocatively played by Ashkenazy. Read more Indeed it seems that Heine most inspired her, as "Sic liebten sich beide" from her Op. 13 provoked a setting of economically intense meaning, to which Bonney finely responds.

At the centre of the soprano's choice of Robert's setting is, of course, the Frauenliebe cycle. With what seems like a new-found vibrancy in her tone, she makes appealing the girl infatuated with her man, so aptly characterized in the opening songs. There's a real sense of anticipated bliss in the third and fifth songs, but the sixth, "Süsser Freund", is somewhat flaccid and in the final song, of desolation after the loved one's death, the effect is emotionally a shade muted. The partnership with Ashkenazy is always positive, the recording is admirable and, in spite of my few strictures, the final impression is of a justly popular artist on excellent form.

-- Gramophone [9/1997]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Lieder (3), Op. 12: no 1, Er ist gekommen by Clara Wieck Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano), Barbara Bonney (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Language: German 
2.
Lieder (3), Op. 12: no 2, Liebst du um Schönheit by Clara Wieck Schumann
Performer:  Barbara Bonney (Soprano), Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Language: German 
3.
Lieder (6), Op. 13 by Clara Wieck Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano), Barbara Bonney (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842-1843; Germany 
Language: German 
4.
Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano), Barbara Bonney (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Language: German 
5.
Myrthen, Op. 25: no 1, Widmung by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano), Barbara Bonney (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Language: German 
6.
Myrthen, Op. 25: no 3, Der Nussbaum by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Barbara Bonney (Soprano), Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Language: German 
7.
Myrthen, Op. 25: no 7, Die Lotosblume by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano), Barbara Bonney (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Language: German 
8.
Myrthen, Op. 25: no 9, Lied der Suleika by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano), Barbara Bonney (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Language: German 
9.
Liederkreis, Op. 39: no 3, Waldesgespräch by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano), Barbara Bonney (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Language: German 
10.
Liederkreis, Op. 39: no 5, Mondnacht by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano), Barbara Bonney (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Language: German 
11.
Lieder Album für die Jugend, Op. 79: no 23, Er ist's by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano), Barbara Bonney (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
Language: German 
12.
Lieder und Gesänge ii, Op. 51: no 1, Sehnsucht by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano), Barbara Bonney (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Language: German 
13.
Minnespiel, Op. 101: no 4, Mein schöner Stern! by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano), Barbara Bonney (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
Language: German 
14.
Lieder Album für die Jugend, Op. 79: no 28, Mignon by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Barbara Bonney (Soprano), Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
Language: German 
15.
Das Veilchen by Clara Wieck Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano), Barbara Bonney (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Germany 
Language: German 
16.
Lorelei, Op. 53 no 2 by Clara Wieck Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano), Barbara Bonney (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Germany 
Language: German 
17.
Mein Stern by Clara Wieck Schumann
Performer:  Barbara Bonney (Soprano), Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Germany 
Language: German 

Sound Samples

Widmung, Op.25, No.1
Der Nussbaum, Op.25, No.3
"Die Lotosblume", Op.25, No.7
Lied der Suleika, Op.25, No.9
3 Lieder, Op.12: 1. Er is gekommen in Sturm und Regen
3 Lieder, Op.12: 2. Liebst du um Schonheit
Das Veilchen (1853)
Loreley
Mein Stern (1846)
Frauenliebe und -leben Op.42: 1. Seit ich ihn gesehen
Frauenliebe und -leben Op.42: 2. Er, der Herrlichste von allen
Frauenliebe und -leben Op.42: 3. Ich kann's nicht fassen, nicht glauben
Frauenliebe und -leben Op.42: 4. Du Ring an meinem Finger
Frauenliebe und -leben Op.42: 5. Helft mir, ihr Schwestern
Frauenliebe und -leben Op.42: 6. Süsser Freund, du blickest mich verwundert an
Frauenliebe und -leben Op.42: 7. An meinem Herzen, an meiner Brust
Frauenliebe und -leben Op.42: 8. Nun hast du mir den ersten Schmerz getan
Six Lieder, Op.13: 1. Ich stand in dunklen Träumen
Six Lieder, Op.13: 2. Sie liebten sich beide
Six Lieder, Op.13: 3. Liebeszauber
Six Lieder, Op.13: 4. Der Mond kommt still gegangen
Six Lieder, Op.13: 5. Ich hab 'in deinem Auge
Six Lieder, Op.13: 6. Die stille Lotosblume
Liederkreis, Op.39: Waldesgespräch
Liederkreis, Op.39: Mondnacht
Lieder-Album für die Jugend, Op.79: 23. Er ist's
Lieder und Gesange II, Op.51: 1. Sehnsucht
Minnespiel, Op.101: 4. Mein schöner Stern!
Lieder-Album für die Jugend, Op.79: 28. Mignon

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