Magazine article Opera Canada

Richard Strauss: Lieder, Edith Wiens, Soprano, and Rudolf Jansen, Piano

Magazine article Opera Canada

Richard Strauss: Lieder, Edith Wiens, Soprano, and Rudolf Jansen, Piano

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THIS IS A GORGEOUS RECORDING: A WONDERFULly gifted singer interpreting music that fits her like a second skin. Edith Wiens' compact and silver-hued soprano, her scrupulous and subtle musicianship, and her telling rapport with German poetic literature make her a natural performer for Strauss's complex but sumptuous songs. The 22 songs collected here represent a span of 70 years' composing, and there isn't one that doesn't yield up its unique character.

Wiens is an understated and aristocratic Strauss singer, lyrical rather than dramatic in scale, composed rather than ecstatic, perhaps even slightly cool rather than overheated. She reminds me--and I mean this as very high praise--of the Strauss performances by the Swiss soprano Lisa Della Casa, whose radiant singing let the music speak for itself, rather than making herself a bigger drama than the song. Wiens, too, seems to enter each song fully, unlock its mystery and pass it along to us with spontaneity and directness. …

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