Notes and Editorial Reviews
Selections recorded September 22-24, 1997, and November 15, 1998.
Volume Three of Hyperion's Schumann Song Edition continues the pattern of previous releases with three complete opus numbers as well as a number of songs selected from different groupings, in this case 11 individual songs. Of the complete opus numbers only Op. 42, the well-known 'Frauenliebe und Leben,' constitutes a real song cycle. Here the work is presented with Chamisso's final poem, unset by Schumann, recited at the conclusion of the cycle proper. The other two sets, the Op. 135 Mary Stuart songs, setting texts purportedly by the doomed Scottish queen, and the Op. 107 tribute to the poet Elizabeth Kulmann, come from the other end of Schumann's song career. The Kulmann
cycle is unique in having spoken introductions to each song which are recorded here.
The performances by Juliane Banse are predictably fine. She is a light voiced lyric soprano, bringing a wonderful youthfulness to Op. 42, which is usually taken by much more mature sounding voices. The rest of the songs are equally well done, and as always Graham Johnson's notes and accompaniments are magnificent. Read less
Works on This Recording
Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42 by Robert Schumann
Juliane Banse (Soprano),
Graham Johnson (Piano)
Written: 1840; Germany
Length: 22 Minutes 54 Secs.
Notes: This selection is followed by a reading by Juliane Banse of the poem "Traum der eignen Tage" by Adalbert von Chamisso, which Schumann omitted from his setting of the 'Frauenliebe und Leben.'
Lieder (7), Op. 104 by Robert Schumann
Graham Johnson (Piano),
Juliane Banse (Soprano)
Written: 1851; Germany
Length: 13 Minutes 40 Secs.
Notes: This selection includes the texts written by Schumann to introduce each song of the cycle, read by Juliane Banse.
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