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Schumann: Liebesfrühling, Etc / Bauer, Bernhard, Hielscher


Release Date: 07/19/2005 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557074   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Robert Schumann
Performer:  Thomas E. BauerUta HielscherSusane Bernhard
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The impeccable ensemble singing of Thomas E. Bauer and Susanne Bernhard is the finest element in this beautiful recording. It makes one wish for the inclusion of all the part-songs from the Minnespiel, requiring up to four voices, but perhaps we have that to look forward to as the Naxos Schumann series progresses. The next finest element is the stylish playing of Uta Hielscher. Her tone is consistently beautiful, and the phrasing as close to ideal as one finds. Bauer also spins a free-flowing Schumann phrase, due in part to his excellent technical schooling, and whatever reservations one might have about the performances—for example, that the folk song quality of many of the op. 37 songs is lost, or that his diction tends to be somewhat Read more exaggerated, or that his ardor seems slightly forced—these works come to wonderful life through his singing. Susanne Bernhard’s bright voice and style seem more suited to the genre of operetta than Lieder, and one finds that her performance of the songs of the frail and enigmatic Mignon does not prove very deep or very convincing. It is interesting that so many great (and not so great) composers have put music to “Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt,” but almost none of them has set it as a duet between Mignon and her father, the harper, as it appears in the novel. Over all, the repertoire presented on this disc gives the impression of having been learned rather than lived and learned, but the musical standards are high, and one can, as it were, fill in the blanks. Bauer may well develop into one of our most notable artists.
The sound engineering is ideal.

Raymond Beegle, FANFARE
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Works on This Recording

1.
Gedichte (12) aus "Liebesfrühling", Op. 37 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Thomas E. Bauer (Baritone), Uta Hielscher (Piano), Susane Bernhard (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Venue:  SWR Kammermusik Studio, Germany 
Length: 21 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: SWR Kammermusik Studio, Germany (09/10/2003 - 09/12/2003) 
2.
Minnespiel, Op. 101 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Susane Bernhard (Soprano), Thomas E. Bauer (Baritone), Uta Hielscher (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
Venue:  SWR Kammermusik Studio, Germany 
Length: 17 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: SWR Kammermusik Studio, Germany (09/10/2003 - 09/12/2003) 
3.
Lieder aus Wilhelm Meister, Op. 98a by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Thomas E. Bauer (Baritone), Susane Bernhard (Soprano), Uta Hielscher (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
Venue:  SWR Kammermusik Studio, Germany 
Length: 25 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: SWR Kammermusik Studio, Germany (09/10/2003 - 09/12/2003) 

Sound Samples

12 Gedichte aus Liebesfruhling, Op. 37: No. 1: Der Himmel hat eine Trane geweint
12 Gedichte aus Liebesfruhling, Op. 37: No. 3: O ihr Herren
12 Gedichte aus Liebesfruhling, Op. 37: No. 5: Ich hab' in mich gesogen
12 Gedichte aus Liebesfruhling, Op. 37: No. 6: Liebste, was kann denn uns scheiden?
12 Gedichte aus Liebesfruhling, Op. 37: No. 7: Schon ist das Fest des Lenzes
12 Gedichte aus Liebesfruhling, Op. 37: No. 8: Flugel! Flugel! um zu fliegen
12 Gedichte aus Liebesfruhling, Op. 37: No. 9: Rose, Meer und Sonne
12 Gedichte aus Liebesfruhling, Op. 37: No. 10: O Sonn', o Meer, o Rose
12 Gedichte aus Liebesfruhling, Op. 37: No. 12: So wahr die Sonne scheinet
Lieder und Gesange aus Wilhelm Meister, Op. 98a: Ballade des Harfners
Lieder und Gesange aus Wilhelm Meister, Op. 98a: Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt
Lieder und Gesange aus Wilhelm Meister, Op. 98a: Wer nie sein Brot mit Tranen ass
Lieder und Gesange aus Wilhelm Meister, Op. 98a: Heiss mich nicht reden
Lieder und Gesange aus Wilhelm Meister, Op. 98a: Wer sich der Einsamkeit ergibt
Lieder und Gesange aus Wilhelm Meister, Op. 98a: Singet nicht in Trauertonen
Lieder und Gesange aus Wilhelm Meister, Op. 98a: An die Turen will ich schleichen
Lieder und Gesange aus Wilhelm Meister, Op. 98a: So lasst mich scheinen, bis ich werde
Minnespiel, Op. 101: No. 1: Meine Tone still und heiter
Minnespiel, Op. 101: No. 2: Liebster, deine Worte stehlen
Minnespiel, Op. 101: No. 3: Ich bin dein Baum, o Gartner
Minnespiel, Op. 101: No. 4: Mein schoner Stern!
Minnespiel, Op. 101: No. 6: O Freund, mein Schirm, mein Schutz

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