• Gustav Mahler, Robert Schumann

    Lieder

    Florian Boesch, Malcolm Martineau

    Lieder 1 cd CKD 511
    Linn Records

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This recording brings together Florian Boesch, one of today’s foremost Lieder interpreters, and Malcolm Martineau, who is widely recognized as one of the leading accompanists of his generation. With a partnership honed over many concerts and several recordings together, including a Grammy-nominated Die schöne Müllerin, the pair turn their attention to two of the greatest song cycles of the nineteenth century. The recording opens with Schumann’s Op. 39, Liederkreis, settings of Joseph von Eichendorff’s poems, and finishes with Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, written around forty years later. The songs selected all tell, in varying hues, of the Romantic individual’s sense of alienation from others and of transcendence, or the longing for it. An expressive and accomplished storyteller Boesch’s perceptive phrasing and exquisite range of colours is well matched by Martineau’s virtuosic and perfectly synchronized accompaniment.

"...an exemplary recording due to its poetic, vocal and musical unity...Boesch's voice - powerful, full-bodied...[is] supported on the piano by the brilliant Martineau."
La Libre Belgique
"The profound sense of leave-taking in the final Wayfarer song draws some of the most coloristically subtle singing I’ve yet heard from Boesch"
Gramophone
"Florian Boesch sings with his usual subtlety...He's splendid in the Goethe songs, and in the Mahler..."
The Sunday Times, 29 October 2017
"Although I've heard dozens of performances over the last 40 years, this took my breath away."
Classical Iconoclast, 1 November 2017
"...their Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen takes excellence to even greater levels."
Opera Today, 4 November 2017
"...the way he goes from the virile nightly dialogue of “Waldesgesprach” so well characterised to the nocturnal hush and unearthly stillness of “Mondnacht” is extraordinary."
BBC Radio 3 'Record Review', 18 November 2017
"Performance 5* / Recording 5* - Boesch's flexible and rich-grained baritone blends with the colourful support of Malcolm Martineau at the piano to offer splendidly characterised accounts..."
BBC Music Magazine, January 2018
"This is lieder singing in the highest division! The twelve songs that constitute this cycle...may not have been more beautifully sung in recent times."
MusicWeb International, 22 January 2018