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Schubert: Schwanengesang / Terfel
Franz Schubert, Bryn Terfel, Malcolm Martineau
Schubert: Schwanengesang / Terfel
Genres: Pop, Classical
 
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Having burst upon the music scene like a force of nature, Bryn Terfel has experienced an ascent to fame that is truly meteoric--and no wonder. His voice is like dark, warm velvet, incomparably beautiful, effortlessly prod...  more »

     
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All Artists: Franz Schubert, Bryn Terfel, Malcolm Martineau
Title: Schubert: Schwanengesang / Terfel
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Label: Marquis Music
Release Date: 5/16/2000
Genres: Pop, Classical
Styles: Vocal Pop, Opera & Classical Vocal
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 774718125729

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Having burst upon the music scene like a force of nature, Bryn Terfel has experienced an ascent to fame that is truly meteoric--and no wonder. His voice is like dark, warm velvet, incomparably beautiful, effortlessly produced, flawlessly controlled; it can float with tender delicacy and build up to climaxes of earth-shaking power. Its range of color and inflection is unlimited. Though he recorded Schwanengesang while still in his 20s, there is no doubt of Terfel's empathetic feeling for these somber, dark, often bleak, despairing songs, written toward the end of Schubert's life in failing health and desperate circumstances. Terfel's way with them is deeply, intensely expressive, but sometimes rather overstated. He favors slow tempos and lavishes meticulous attention on both textual and musical details, including a lot of "word painting," which, though his diction is exemplary, betrays a learned rather than a native relationship to the language. His tonal inflections are more indigenous to opera than song, so listeners accustomed to the German school of lieder singing may miss the directness and simplicity of, for example, Wolfgang Holzmair's recording. The latter's performance is also deeply expressive and moving, but more of the cycle seems flowing and inward, letting the music speak for itself and the poems--especially the inferior ones--take care of themselves. Terfel's customary pianist (Malcolm Martineau) is a splendid collaborator, sensitive to every nuance and wonderful in his solos. --Edith Eisler
 

CD Reviews

One of the very best Schwanengesang recordings--bye bye, F-D
Santa Fe Listener | Santa Fe, NM USA | 01/03/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I am not an ardent fan of Fischer-Dieskau, but all his considerable abilities were lavished on Schwanengesang. I kept his early EMI recording as a standard for years, but now we have three excellent alternatives--Bo Skovhus on Sony, Thomas Quasthoff on DG, and this early Terfel recording on an obscure Welsh label, Sain. Of the three, Terfel is the powerhouse. His huge dramatic baritone is unleashed in many songs--for heroism and sheer vocal thrills he has no match. But this giant can also walk on air and tenderly break your heart.

Still in his twenties when he made this CD in 1992, Terfel was three years past his win at the Cardiff Singer of the World competition--a wonderfully hyprebolic title for a hyperbolic singer. Everything here is totally heart-on-sleeve, and Terfel's passions spill over the boundaries of the lied. No matter. His musical instincts are completely natural and unforced, just the thing Schubert requires. Happily, the recent wobble in his voice and his tendency to self-parodied histrionics are nowhere in sight. Malcolm Martineau gives a world-class accompaniment, far beyond Gerald Moore for F-D.

All in all, if you have been looking for a great lieder singer with a ravishing voice, something F-D never had, this CD stands high on the list."