Strauss (R): The Complete Songs, Vol. 5 - Kiera Duffy

A further instalment of this major Hyperion project introduces the American soprano Kiera Duffy, whose performances in the concert hall and on the opera stage have received the highest praise.

This series, skilfully masterminded by the accompanist Roger Vignoles, is carefully shaped around the talents of each singer and strives to serve the cause of both neglected treasures and essential Strauss masterworks. The majority of the music in this beautifully shaped recital was composed between 1888 and 1900, with the exception of the glorious and virtuosic Op 68 Brentano-Lieder, which owes its richness and fluency to the composer’s experience of opera composition.

Duffy gives an impeccable performance, revealing a deep understanding of the complexity of the music, and tackles the final expansive Lied der Frauen with unwavering stamina and faultless intonation. Perceptive booklet notes from Vignoles, and full texts and translations are also included.

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‘Roger Vignoles is very impressive indeed, readily catching the mood of each item and particularly sensitive in each song's beautifully conceived postlude … both artists are equally impressive in ...
‘Duffy's is a bright, light soprano with a stylish sense of phrasing and some rapturous top Bs in her armoury … it's fun to hear [Vignoles] exuberantly unleash chromatic tricks and sideslips in ...