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Brahms * Britten * Schumann: 'Liederkreis'

Magazine article Gramophone

Brahms * Britten * Schumann: 'Liederkreis'

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Brahms * Britten * Schumann 'Liederkreis' Brahms Deutsche Volkslieder, Wo033 No 6, Da unten im Tale; No 40, Ich weiss mir'n Maidlein hiibsch und fein. In stiller Nacht, Wo034 No 8 Britten The Ash Grove. Down by the Salley Gardens. How Sweet the Answer. The Last Rose of Summer. The Trees They Grow So High Schumann Liederkreis, Op 39 Plus extemporisations Anna Lucia Richter sop Michael Gees pf Challenge Classics (F) CC72687 (77' * DDD * T/t)

Here is an unusual proposition. Anna Lucia Richter and her accompanist, Michael Gees, offer a recital of songs by Schumann, Brahms and Britten, but with the songs mixed up in a single sequence and interspersed with improvisations on texts by Eichendorff. The booklet makes the point that a musical soiree in the 19th century would have been more varied than today's song recitals, though the justification for this particular layout and combination of composers is rather thin. Discussing Schumann's Liederkreis, Op 39, the backbone of the programme, the artists talk of the cycle being held together by 'a dreamer's logic', and dreaming certainly seems to be the order of the day. Anna Lucia Richter's beguiling, light soprano floats limpidly through the air, a thing of evanescent beauty. …

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