[ Sony Classical / CD ]
Release Date: Friday 18 October 2019
After the success of his critically acclaimed album Frage, the internationally renowned baritone, Christian Gerhaher returns with Myrthen-the second chapter of his project to record all of Schumann's songs.
Schumann devoted his song cycle, Myrthen, to his wife Clara Schumann and gave it to her as a present on their wedding day. This year marks Clara Schumann's 200th anniversary.
Christian Gerhaher has won numerous awards including a Laurence Olivier Award and a Gramophone Award.
The project is co-produced by the Bayerischer Rundfunk and the Deutsches Liedzentrum Heidelberg
The complete cycle will include his long-time collaborator and pianist: Gerold Huber and fellow singers: Julia Kleiter, Wiebke Lehmkuhl, Sybilla Rubens, Camilla Tilling and Martin Mitterutzner
Gramophone said of Frage, the first Schumann album in this project "...this is an album to treasure and to savour-and to listen to again and again."
"[Tilling is] a fine singer, her soprano bright and appealing (if occasionally a little glassy), and her interpretations well-turned...And there are certainly no disappointments from the baritone, who recaptures the wonderful feeling of studied spontaneity that made the first volume of the series so special…Certainly a top choice for this wonderful cycle." Gramophone Awards 2020 Short List - Solo Vocal
"With his immaculate diction and burnished baritone, Gerhaher is incomparable in the Heinrich Heine setting Du bist wie eine Blume, and lesser-known songs to poems by Friedrich Rückert and translations of Robert Burns's verse. Huber is always the sensitive pianist, underpinning the beauty of Tilling's voice and Gerhaher's interpretative genius." Sunday Times
Myrthen, Op. 25
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