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Hyperion Records

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Photograph by Malcolm Crowthers.
Track(s) taken from CDJ33111
Recording details: May 2007
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: January 2009
Total duration: 10 minutes 1 seconds

'This disc goes far to vindicating some of Schumann's least-favoured late songs, not least due to Graham Johnson's eloquent advocacy, in print and in performance' (Gramophone)

'A real disc of discovery: this is Schumann as he is seldom heard. In this final volume of his revelatory Schumann Songs series, Graham Johnson perceptively writes about, accompanies and presents still more rarities, in the voices of both loyal colleagues and of younger singers whom he keenly champions … altogether touching and persuasive performances' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Every time a new instalment of Graham Johnson's complete Schumann song recording appears, I'm eager to lay my hands on it. Each one sheds new light on well-loved masterpieces and brings wonderful neglected songs back to light. The singers are shrewdly chosen to fit the character of the songs, the liner notes are a treasure-trove of learning and insight, and Johnson's wonderful playing illuminates every song' (The Daily Telegraph)

'This is the final instalment of Hyperion's complete edition of Schumann's songs, the brainchild of pianist Graham Johnson, who has overseen and prepared the series with great erudition and care … the best songs are also the most disturbing: Der Einsiedler expresses an almost Mahlerian longing for the freedom from human strife that only solitude can bring … Johnson himself is faultless, as always' (The Guardian)

Sechs Gesänge, Op 89
composer
10-18 May 1850
author of text
1850; from the collection Im Freien
author of text
1850; from the collection Im Freien

Introduction  FrançaisDeutsch
Pour une raison ou une autre, Schumann porte une grande attention à ce recueil et aussi à l’op. 96, sur la poésie maladroite de «von der Neun»—sympathie qui repose peut-être sur le fait que Schumann s’est identifié aux affinités politiques de gauche du poète obscur et à son identification avec la nature telle celle de Kerner. Le résultat est un cycle curieux: un mélange de belles idées, beaucoup de musique magnifique (comme dans le dernier chant du recueil) et aussi une certaine maladresse des motifs—certainement sur le plan pianistique—qui pourrait être due également aux tentatives naissantes du compositeur pour trouver un nouveau style dans le sillage de ce que Schumann connaissait déjà de la révolution musicale wagnérienne—et en fait une riposte ou bien une alternative à ces innovations.

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

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