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Artistes

Bernarda Fink, mez.sop.

Gerold Huber, piano

SCHUBERT. Lieder

1 CD

HMC901991

8-2008

‘No

one who understands another’s pain, and no one who understands another’s joy!

We

always believe we are going towards one another, and always we merely pass by

one

another. O torment for him who realises this!’ (Schubert, March 1824)

CD

1

Lieder

- Franz

Schubert -

1 Die Götter Griechenlands D.677

3'54

2 An die Musik D.547

2'04

3 Ganymed D.544

4'08

4 Lied der Mignon op.64/4

3'27

5 Gretchen am Spinnrade D.118

3'39

6 Wonne der Wehmut D.260

0'56

7 Rastlose Liebe D.138

1'21

8 Auf dem See D.543b

3'01

9 Liebe schwärmt auf allen Wegen D.239/6

1'11

10

An Silvia D.891

2'35

11 An die Nachtigall D.196

2'00

12 An den Mond D.193

3'13

13 2'27

Nachtviolen D.752

14 Schlummerlied D.527

2'22

15 Die Sternenwelten D.307

1'24

16

Romanze op.26

2'47

17 Die junge Nonne D.828

4'12

18 Auf der Riesenkoppe D.611

4'04

19 Im Frühling D.882

4'05

20 Sei mir gegrüßt D.741

3'55

21 Daß sie hier gewesen D.775 2'54 22 Du bist die Ruh D.776 4'35 23

21 Daß sie hier gewesen D.775

2'54

22 Du bist die Ruh D.776

4'35

23 Lachen und Weinen D.777

1'52

24 An die untergehende Sonne D.457

1'52

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25 Im Abendrot D.799

3'59

 

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Sunday Times Classical CD of the Week, ***** Sunday Telegraph***** Independent on Sunday - Outstanding

Here is the art that conceals art: spellbindingly, in this well-chosen selection (from about 700 possibilities) of Schubert’s masterpieces, incorporating such favourites as An die Musik (To Music), Ganymed, Du bist die Ruh (You are repose) and Lachen und Weinen (Laughter and Tears) with less familiar fare: the early An den Mond (To the Moon) — written by the 18-year-old composer on the threshold of genius — and the beautiful Romanze, to words by the reviled Helmina von Chézy, the librettist of Weber’s Euryanthe. Fink is Argentinian by birth, of Slovenian parentage, but Viennese by adoption, and her Schubert springs directly from the eloquence of her diction, her understanding of the text and the velvet-like beauty of her exquisite mezzo-soprano. Here, we hear her troubled Gretchen, her fervent Junge Nonne (The Young Nun), her rapt paean To Sylvia (the celebrated translation of the song from Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona) and her tender, nostalgic Mignon (Kennst Du das Land), in ideally expressive, unexaggerated but keenly characterised interpretations. Her pianist on this disc, Gerold Huber, is in perfect accord with her view of these great songs. Nobody who loves Schubert should forgo the pleasures of this fine singing and playing. One of the records of the year, no doubt.

The Sunday Times Review

Released simultaneously, this pair of discs feature two of today's stars tackling Schubert lieder, with, it has to be said, varying degrees of success. Their aims are different. Bernarda Fink's album is a self-contained recital, which places familiar songs alongside lesser known pieces, much as you might expect to hear in a concert hall. Rainer Trost's disc, in contrast, is volume 28 of Naxos's ongoing scholarly survey of Schubert's lieder

in their entirety, which, when complete, is set to rival Hyperion's pioneering Schubert

Edition. Fink's recital proves problematic on several counts. Too many of her chosen songs are slow in tempo, and most are examinations of melancholy, all of which gives the disc a drift towards the depressive. More worrying, perhaps, is the fact that her approach is so non-interventionist as to be both uninvolved and uninvolving. We're conscious throughout of a great voice superbly controlled, though she doesn't give nearly enough attention to words or expressive detail. An die Musik is prosaic; Ganymed lacks rapture; Gretchen am Spinnrade sounds mildly upset rather than distraught; and so it goes on. There are occasional textual fluffs, too - "helfen" (to help) instead of "hellen" (to brighten) at one point in Nachtviolen, for instance. Trost's programme consists of songs to texts written by Schubert's chums - a variable bunch who occasionally inspired him to risky experimentation. Einsamkeit is more cantata than song and feels as if it needs an orchestra rather than a piano. Herrn Joseph Spaun Assessor in Linz, bemoaning the absence of an acquaintance, is a satire of Rossini and

a poor one at that - yet it also allows Trost, among the most versatile of tenors, to let fly spectacular sequences of top notes and giddy coloratura. This is one of the most taxing Schubert programmes ever assembled, and Trost is sensational throughout, conjuring

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up a unique emotional or narrative world for each song by means of vocal or verbal dexterity. It is also far from being an album of rarities. Trost opens with Fischerweise - all macho swagger and posturing - and later turns his attention to Der Zwerg, and the marrow-freezing intensity with which he sings it is rendered all the more disquieting by the sheer beauty of his tone. The disc is worth every one of those five stars for that song alone.

The Guardian

The austere soundworld of "Die Götter Griechenlands", first of 25 songs in Bernarda Fink's Schubert recital, announces that this is a lieder disc of distinction. Though Fink and her accompanist Gerold Huber include such favourites as "Ganymed", "Du bist die Ruh, "An die Musik, An Silvia", and a daringly slow reading of "Lied der Mignon", the programme is coloured by a constant sense of teasing back the layers of tradition. Supported by Huber's faultless articulation, Fink's tender tone and perfect diction reflect every nuance of emotion in the modulations of "Im Frühling" and "Dass sie hier gewesen".

The Independent on Sunday

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