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  • Audio CD (Oct. 31 2012)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Special Imports
  • ASIN: B0000069D8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
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1. Dichterliebe, Op. 48: Im wunderschönen Monat Mai
2. Dichterliebe, Op. 48: Aus meinen Tränen spriessen
3. Dichterliebe, Op. 48: Die Rose, die Lilie, die Taube, die Sonne
4. Dichterliebe, Op. 48: Wenn ich in deine Augen seh'
5. Dichterliebe, Op. 48: Ich will meine Seele tauchen
6. Dichterliebe, Op. 48: Im Rhein, im heiligen Strome
7. Dichterliebe, Op. 48: Ich grolle nicht
8. Dichterliebe, Op. 48: Und wüßten's die Blumen, die kleinen
9. Dichterliebe, Op. 48: Das ist ein Flöten und Geigen
10. Dichterliebe, Op. 48: Hör' ich das Liedchen klingen
11. Dichterliebe, Op. 48: Ein Jüngling liebt ein Mädchen
12. Dichterliebe, Op. 48: Am leuchtenden Sommermorgen
13. Dichterliebe, Op. 48: Ich hab' im Traum geweinet
14. Dichterliebe, Op. 48: Allnächtlich im Traume
15. Dichterliebe, Op. 48: Aus alten Märchen
16. Dichterliebe, Op. 48: Die alten, bösen Lieder
17. Liederkreis, Op. 24: Morgens steh' ich auf und frage
18. Liederkreis, Op. 24: Es treibt mich hin
19. Liederkreis, Op. 24: Ich wandelte unter den Bäumen
20. Liederkreis, Op. 24: Lieb' Liebchen
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The beautiful lyric baritone of Matthias Goerne is, we hope, going to be around for a long time, especially when it makes possible recordings such as this. The young lieder artist gives outgoing, exceptionally engaging characterizations of these songs, supported by the wonderfully pointed pianism of Vladimir Ashkenazy. The 1997 recording is vivid and well balanced. --Ted Libbey

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Schumann; Dicheterliebe / Liederkreis; Matthias Goerne / Ashkenazy
I had to join in this discussion! I came rather late to Goerne's singing, this being only the second disc of his that I heard, and my impression was of a ravishingly beautiful voice overwhelmed by raucous, percussive, at times downright amateurish playing. I studied "Dichterliebe" as part of A level music, and I can remember playing parts of it just as Ashkenazy does here - without tenderness, and without any special feeling for the rise and fall of Schumann's phrases.
I would love to ask Matthias Goerne why it is that he shops around for pianists so much, so early on in his career - does he feel that only the greatest pianists, already established as soloists, are good enough to play for him? Or is it simply that he is so wonderful (and, of course, he is) that pianists are queueing up to accompany him, and he, flattered, just takes them on? Perhaps it is simply the fact that there is just no pianist who can equal Goerne's singing - what a pity that there is no one around now to match Gerald Moore's poetic way of touching the piano - a way which would uniquely echo Goerne's own seriousness and sensitivity.
Listening to this voice, and loving it as I do, I have to simply absent myself mentally when the piano takes over - difficult, but if you like what Goerne does with the songs then there is no option. Fischer-Dieskau is wonderful in his own way but I don't find his voice as beguiling as Goerne's, at least not in this music, and whilst Ian Bostridge has many fine moments I don't care for his sometimes only-approximate German and his seeming desire to create the impression that he's singing this music for the first time.
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I read the negatives reviews of this CD with incredulity! Matthias Goerne has one of the most beautiful male voices I have ever heard. It is indeed much richer than the fabulous Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, whose recording of Dichterliebe I also greatly enjoy.
I bought this CD as I am currently learning and singing the Dichterliebe cycle. Having discussed this CD with my singing tutor, who studied at the Royal College of Music in London, we both came to the conclusion that this voice was beautiful and the interpretation very fine.
While I suppose it may not move you to tears it does have a great emotional impact, if MG does use a lower transposition for 'Ich grolle nicht' it is entirely forgiveable, as the high A of the original key is not really in the range of a baritone. As a tenor I find this leap hard and am thinking of following Goerne's example.
The Liederkreis is also very fine and certainly equals my favourite performance by Sir Peter Pears. Of course as a German his pronounciation is natural and accurate, although some times not entirely clear. Nevertheless if you're a newcomer or an expert in these beautiful songs this is a most satisfactory and beautiful recording.
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As many as two (out of three!) reviewers on this page refer potential buyers of Goerne's Dichterliebe/Liederkreis op.24 to the marvellous recordings of Gerard Souzay. Souzay deserves a special place among the greatest Lieder interpreters and it is wonderful that his name has been called here, on the page that is very likely to be read by many young Lieder fanatics. From the musical point of view, however, I was surprised to see Souzay's name juxtaposed with Goerne's. The French baritone's voice and that of Goerne are two different worlds and shouldn't be compared, especially for the sake of a counter-recommendation. Souzay's is a light, almost tenor-like baritone, while Goerne's is much deeper and darker as well as more powerful. Goerne is a wonderful Lieder singer, a true successor of DF-D, with a voice - I dare to say - much more beautiful than his famous teacher's. So much about the voices. As to the interpretations, the listeners will find here as much to enjoy as they will with Souzay (comparing both recordings may bring further rewards!). I do not want to dwell upon the differences between these two interpretations, but they (i.e. differences) are quite predictable considering the fact that we are dealing with such different voices. There is still one more problem: Souzay's Schumann recital on "Philips" (by the way, available at "Amazon" - "Early years - Beethoven, Brahms, et al: Lieder/Souzay) contains "Liederkreis" op. 39, Goerne's - op. 24 (Goerne recorded op. 39 with Eric Schneider. I do not know of any recording of op. 24 by Souzay), so when we are talking about Goerne's and Souzay's Schumann here, we are talking about "Dichterliebe". Every Lieder fan has his favorite recordings.Read more ›
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Matthias Goerne's rendition of Schubert's Dichterliebe is moving and poignant, and at times achingly beautiful. What is most impressive is that he achieves this without ever sacrificing technique, diction, or phrasing, all of which are perfectly suited to the mood and to the music. I can only venture to guess that the few negative reviews of this CD are from listeners who have listened hastily or carelessly. One seems to suggest that Goerne's voice has a muddy quality, which is as far off the mark as one could be; Goerne's voice is gorgeous, smooth, and rich without ever being muddy, and he sings with an ease that never turns sloppy or lazy. One can quibble about Ashkenazy's accompaniment, which could be more sensitive, I suppose, but the attraction here is the sheer beauty of Goerne's voice. I could listen again and again.
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