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Track(s) taken from CDJ33110

Drei Duette, Op 43

composer
2, 3 & 9 October 1840

Dame Felicity Lott (soprano), Ann Murray (mezzo-soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
Recording details: January 2004
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: November 2007
Total duration: 1 minutes 10 seconds

Cover artwork: Photograph of Kate Royal by Malcolm Crowthers
 
1
Wenn ich ein Vöglein wär  [1'10]
2
Herbstlied  Das Laub fällt von den Bäumen  [2'17]
3
Schön Blümelein  Ich bin hinausgegangen  [2'32]

Reviews

'Royal's pure, pellucid tone, free-soaring top notes and refined musicianship give constant pleasure … abetted by Johnson's ever-sentient keyboard-playing, Royal reveals a true understanding of Schumann's Innigkeit … in the final 'Frülingsnacht', often rushed off its feet, she and Johnson catch the elusive mix of secretiveness and ecstasy as perfectly as I have heard' (Gramophone)

'In the Liederkries, Kate Royal, discerningly partnered by Johnson, sings with pure, luminous tone and eloquent phrasing … there are many memorable things here, including a hushed, rapt 'Mondnacht', and a truly ecstatic final 'Frülingsnacht' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Volume 10 … has as its centerpiece a wonderful rendition by Kate Royal of Liederkreis, Ms Royal … again delivers a performance that is remarkable for its intelligence, musicianship, and sheer beauty' (American Record Guide)

'Much of the singing is exceptionally lovely … 'Waldegespräch' amply displays the dramatic flair one expects of a fine operatic artist … Johnson accompanies with his wonted sensitivity and his booklet notes are, as usual, exhaustive in their detail … the engineering is immaculate' (International Record Review)

'This wonderful disc feels like an intimate salon performance by a group of close friends … Liederkries is sung with devotion … by rising wonder-woman Kate Royal … glorious duetting from Lott and Murray, ensemble fun from all the singers and a glimpse of Schumann towards the end of his tragic life in the Mädchenlieder—you don't realise how much you're learning about the composer's genius until it's all over' (Classic FM Magazine)

'Royal's professed affinity for the Lieder repertoire is more than borne out by the recording of Schumann's Eichendorff Liederkreis―[she] gives us everything: hers is a beautifully sung and deeply flet rendition from beginning to end, her specific responses to the words and their meaning never, ever becoming intrusive―the ideal balance of what one wants in performances of this cycle' (Fanfare, USA)

'A stunning achievement for Kate Royal, and another well-deserved feather in the Hyperion cap as this enthralling series continues … Kate Royal tones down some of her interpretations to reflect the genuinely intimate and reflectively pensive music to great effect, lovingly adjusting her voice to the needs of each word … highest recommendation' (Audiophile Audition, USA)

'The program opens with the undervalued Liederkreis cycle … Royal infuses these brief intuitions of forest walks, foreign lands and a 'Moonlit Night' with a glowing musical poetry. Even the sparest, quietest songs hold a sense of vigor and wondrous apprehension' (San Francisco Chronicle)
Musique destinée de façon évidente à une agréable pratique familiale, un aspect de la vie musicale très cher à Schumann depuis qu’il est marié. Le texte du Knaben Wunderhorn pour Wenn ich ein Vöglein wär (un duo qui réapparaît note pour note dans l’opéra de Schumann Genoveva) et de Herbstlied d’August Mahlmann inspire des duos agréables, peu exigeants, bien que l’écriture pianistique de Schön Blümelein de Reinick soit d’une surprenante difficulté.

extrait des notes rédigées par Graham Johnson © 2010
Français: Marie-Stella Pâris

Diese Musik ist eindeutig für komfortablen Hausgebrauch bestimmt, ein Aspekt des Musiklebens, der enorme Anziehungskraft für den verheirateten Schumann hat. Der Text von Des Knaben Wunderhorn für Wenn ich ein Vöglein wär (ein Duett, das Note für Note in Schumanns Oper Genoveva wiederkehrt) und Herbstlied von August Mahlmann inspirieren ihn zu gefälligen, anspruchslosen Duetten, wenngleich die Klavierstimme von Reinicks Schön Blümelein überraschende Fallstricke enthält.

aus dem Begleittext von Graham Johnson © 2010
Deutsch: Henning Weber

Other albums featuring this work

Schumann: The Complete Songs
CDS44441/5010CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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