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Bryn Terfel - Schumann: Liederkreis Op. 39, Romanzen & Balladen
Robert Schumann, Bryn Terfel, Malcolm Martineau
Bryn Terfel - Schumann: Liederkreis Op. 39, Romanzen & Balladen
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This generous selection of songs offers an overview of the wide variety of form, character, and atmosphere of Schumann's lieder, from darkly menacing, dramatic ballads to rapturous expressions of love, magical evocations o...  more »

     
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This generous selection of songs offers an overview of the wide variety of form, character, and atmosphere of Schumann's lieder, from darkly menacing, dramatic ballads to rapturous expressions of love, magical evocations of nature, and mysterious night pieces. The program includes both familiar favorites such as "Die beiden Grenadiere" and the cycle Liederkreis, and rarities hardly ever performed, such as the Husarenlieder and the three songs of Tragödie, the last a duet. The performances are beyond praise. Bryn Terfel's voice is of incomparable beauty, sonorous as an organ, powerful as an orchestra, yet capable of infinite tenderness, warmth, and delicacy; his technique and breath control are infallible. In "Der Contrabandiste," a bravura piece in a lighter vein, his virtuosity is stunning. It almost seems ungrateful to mention that some of his tempos are extremely slow, that his care for the text sometimes leads to excessive word painting, his operatic background to overdramatization. Fortunately, many songs justify this approach. Malcolm Martineau, a splendid pianist and ideal partner, balances sensitive support with leadership; his preludes and postludes are perfectly paced, organic parts of a whole. --Edith Eisler

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Another Amazing Album
02/10/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It is getting difficult to find flaws in Bryn Terfel's singing. On his new cd, his lush tone brings out the wonderful melodies that Schumann wrote. His performance of the Liederkreis is probably the best I have ever heard. His pronunciation of the German is flawless and unlike some singers he has excellent phrasing. He pays great attention to the text, which is key in Lieder singing. The problem is that some singers tend to forget the text and only concentrate on tone. This should not be and Terfel realizes this. Martineau accompanies him on his third recital disc (not counting those done with the Sain label) and his performance is commendable. This cd is a must have for any fan of lieder."
A great Bass-Baritone
Tyrone Boyd Wallace | Charleston, SC USA | 04/27/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I must say that coming from a fellow bass, Bryn Terfel is everything I want to be and more. His voice has rich tone and a spin like no one that I have heard in quite some time. I can say that this cd has great range of songs that show off his low as well as high range and makes him on of opera and classical music rising stars.
Terfel does a wonderful job on Du bist wie eine Blume one of my favorite art songs as well as Widmung. Terfel has a wonderful sense of the German language and has a great understanding of how to sing it as well as to convey it through these songs. I would recommend his other cds as well because this shows off the classical side of his voice but what makes Terfel good is that he can do Broadway show tunes and then turn right around and do a Wagner aria from "The Flying Duthman." His voice is truly amazing"
Well performed
jhorro | VA | 06/29/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Bryn Terfel's vocal magnetism is present and there are some hair-raising moments, but on the whole there is not much to get excited about. This may have much to do with the depressing nature of the songs. Large voices are generally harder to focus in a recording and his voice is not as focused here as on his earlier Schubert CD. Like before, these interpretations use the extremes of his vocal ability - some may find it too extreme. In my opinion, Terfel by nature is more at home with positive and/or searching characterizations rather than mad ones."