Magazine article Gramophone

Schubert: Die Schone Mullerin, D795

Magazine article Gramophone

Schubert: Die Schone Mullerin, D795

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Schubert

Die schone Mullerin, D795 Bo Skovhus Oar Stefan Vladar pf

Capriccio [C] C5290 (59' * DDD * T/t)

Released 20 years on from his first recording of the cycle, Bo Skovhus's new Schone Mullerin could hardly be more different from its predecessor. Reviewing that earlier Sony release (A/97, now reissued on Newton Classics), Alan Blyth described the Danish baritone's singing as 'altogether too macho and extroverted to represent truly what Muller and Schubert must have had in mind'.

Now, with vocal resources depleted, Skovhus certainly couldn't be accused of that. Here he is somewhat reticent, unwilling or, one suspects, unable to fill out his tone, which remains dry throughout and rather spongy and fuzzy in timbre. Capriccio's sound, set at a high level, struggles to capture it, too: I often found myself adjusting the volume.

Skovhus is not big on characterisation, and generally underplays the miller boy's mock heroics in 'Die bose Farbe', tiptoeing around 'Der Jager' and much of'Eifersucht und Stolz'. …

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