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Schubert: Die Schone Mullerin

Magazine article Gramophone

Schubert: Die Schone Mullerin

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Schubert

Die schone Mullerin, D795

Pavol Breslik ten Amir Katz pf

Orfeo (F) C737151A (68' * DDD * T/t)

Now in his mid-thirties, Pavol Breslik has made his name primarily as a Mozart and Donizetti tenor. On this showing he is also an attractive Lieder singer, if not yet a specially penetrating one. In the booklet Breslik cites Fritz Wunderlich's famous DG recording of Die schone Mullerin as an early inspiration. Although his sappy, youthful lyric tenor does not quite have Wunderlich's liquid beauty of line, he shares the German tenor's ardent freshness and clear, unfussy articulation of the words. Like Wunderlich, Breslik presents an essentially robust, outgoing journeyman miller, unlike the more vulnerable, introspective Werner Giira, with Jan Schultsz (Harmonia Mundi, 12/00) and, even more, the haunted, disturbed Peter Schreier, with Andras Schiff (Decca, 5/91). From the opening 'Das Wandem', the early songs exude eagerness and wide-eyed wonder. In 'Ungeduld', the cycle's first climax, Breslik unleashes the full blade of his operatic tenor, with viscerally exciting top As. The climactic central 'Mein' has a similar open-hearted excitement, the yodelling quavers sounding like whoops of joy. …

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