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Wolf

Magazine article Gramophone

Wolf

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Wolf

'The Complete Songs, Vol 9: Michelangelo Lieder and Early Songs' Drei Gedichte von Michelangelo. Sechs Gedichte von Scheffel, Morike, Goethe und Kerner. Sechs Lieder fur eine Frauenstimme. Auf dem See. Erster Verlust. Der Fischer. Gretchen vor dem Andachtsbild der Mater dolorosa. Sehnsucht. Suschens Vogel. Die Tochter der Heide Lydia Teuscher sop Thomas Hobbs ten William Berger bar Robert Holi bass Sholto Kynoch pf Stone Records (F) 5060192 780673 (71' * DDD * T/t)

The newest volume of Stone Records' complete Wolf series I mixes young and old, early and late. Into the second category go the valedictory Michelangelo Lieder. In the first belong seven Goethe and Morike settings plus two sets of six songs published, thanks to the financial support of Wolfs friend Friedrich Eckstein, in the late 1880s but dating from the previous decade.

All of them show Wolfs individual voice breaking through from the influence of Schubert and Schumann. There are several already masterful strophic songs (such as the beautiful 'Sehnsucht') and tastes of the characteristic sprightly mischief that would become such a hallmark for the composer.

And here too we largely have the young voices that have been the rule throughout the series. Thomas Hobbs brings a sweet, light, pleasingly plangent tenor tone to his assignments, and a lovely chaste, wide-eyed feel to 'Wanderers Nachtlied'. Lydia Teuscher sings brightly in her songs, but also creates a moving portrait in Wolfs remarkable early Gretchen song. …

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