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Track(s) taken from CDA67315
Recording details: December 2001
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: August 2002
Total duration: 2 minutes 51 seconds

'this is singing which is always alive, interesting, and personal … a fascinating record' (Gramophone)

'[Schade] sings Strauss’s Cäcilie and a wonderfully hushed Zueignung as though he and Martineau were the first to discover their ecstasy' (BBC Music Magazine)

'A fascinating selection of songs that exploits Michael Schade's versatile tenor' (The Daily Telegraph)

'What a joy it is to listen to Michael Schade! … This consistently bold, exhilarating recording is a must-have for aficionados of art-song repertoire and confirmed romantics alike' (Opera News)

'highly accomplished technique and rare vocal artistry … ideally accompanied by pianist Malcolm Martineau' (ClassicsToday.com)

'On peut considérer ce récital comme une bonne introduction à un siècle d’art vocal et littéraire' (Répertoire, France)

Wonne der Wehmut, Op 83 No 1
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Stephan Genz (baritone), Roger Vignoles (piano)
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A warm-hearted, sublimely understated setting that finds Beethoven at his most poetically subtle, especially when at the end the suggestion of falling tears in the piano accompaniment becomes slightly less free-flowing than has formerly been the case. So too the constant breaks in the vocal line allow the piano to ponder further on what is being sung. Most effective of all is the major-key setting which perfectly encapsulates the poem’s central theme of finding joy through sadness.

from notes by Julian Haylock © 1999


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'Beethoven: Songs' (CDA67055)
Beethoven: Songs
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