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.