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An Die Nachtigall, Op. 46 No. 4, iTunes

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Singers: Simon Keenlyside

Schumann: Dichterliebe
and Brahms: Lieder


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A CD of Dichterliebe by Schumann and of Lieder by Brahms, performed by Simon Keenlyside and Malcolm Martineau, is scheduled for release on 21 September 2009 at amazon.co.uk. Also at amazon.com as of 3 November 2009.

Schumann: Dichterliebe; Brahms: Lieder / Simon Keenlyside, arkivmusic.com

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Schumann: Dichterliebe/Brahms: Lieder, CD, amazon.de

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Brahms:

Nachtigallen schwingen
Lerchengesang Op. 70 No. 2
Nicht mehr zu dir zu gehen, Op. 32 No. 2
Über die Heide Op. 86 No. 4
Wie rafft' ich mich auf Op. 32,1 (v.Platen)
Auf dem Kirchhofe, Op. 105 No. 4
Von ewiger Liebe, Op. 43 No. 1
O kühler Wald, Op. 72 No. 3
Es schauen die Blumen, Op. 96 No. 3
Feldeinsamkeit, Op. 86 No. 2
Nachtwandler, Op. 86 No. 3
Verzagen, Op. 72 No. 4
An eine Äolsharfe, Op. 19 No. 5
Nachtigall
Abenddämmerung, Op. 49 No. 5
An die Nachtigall, Op. 46 No. 4 (Text: L.C.H. Hölty)

Schumann:

Dichterliebe, Op. 48

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Review by Hugo Shirley, MusicalCriticism.com

Brief review by Nicholas Kenyon, The Observer, at guardian.co.uk

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"Simon Keenlyside's recital blends some of Brahms's best-known songs . . . with several that are far less familiar. . . . His command of German is comprehensive, showing an ability to capitalise on its sonic character as well as to articulate it flawlessly. This is surely a great Lieder singer at the peak of his powers. He is well served by his accompanist who deploys a huge range of tone and colour with an equally firm artistic intent.

"In Schumann's Dichterliebe, Malcolm Martineau reveals all the complex richness of Schumann's piano writing, and the duo maintains a feeling of spontaneity, observing the cycle's open-endedness--it is viewed here as one piece in 16 sections, rather than as a collection of 16 individual items--bringing it together in one extended expression. The recorded sound is not entirely satisfactory. The piano comes over well, but one can't help feeling that the voice is placed within a little too much acoustic resonance."--George Hall, BBC Music Magazine, November 2009.

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Dichterliebe (Les Amours du poète):

"Ce lent naufrage du bonheur escompté, ce voyage désorienté en marge du désespoir et de la folie trouvent en Simon Keenlyside un interprète formidablement investi et inspiré. Celui qui sans doute incarne aujourd'hui avec la déréliction la plus fascinante le rôle de Wozzeck, dans l'opéra d'Alban Berg, prête à la musique de Schumann les tendres accents d'une détresse si intériorisée, si intime et si emmurée que nul secours extérieur ne peut la réconforter."--Gilles Macassar, telerama.fr

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"Schumann: Dichterliebe (Sony) - Den schwierigen Sprung zum Kunstlied schafft dann mühelos der Brite Simon Keenlyside. Sein vorbildliches Deutsch formulierender Bariton ist körniger geworden, doch die Alterspuren stehen ihm intensitätsfördernd gut an. Ein wenig unwirsch, jedoch ohne jede Gefahrenspur von Sentimentalität durchmisst er den in seinen Stimmungen so heikel ambivalenten Heinrich-Heine-Zyklus und taucht ihn in passend herbstliche Farben. Die lichten sich zumindest zeitweise in den vorausgehenden Brahms-Titeln. Malcom Martineau folgt vornehm am Klavier."--welt.de

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Review in French by Jean-Baptiste de La Taille, resmusica.com

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"This British baritone deftly walks the tightrope between expression and restraint as he tackles a beautifully layered collection of 16 Lieder by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) as well as the Dichterliebe (A Poet's Love) cycle by Robert Schumann (1810-1856). I was a bit sad to detect a small wobble in Keenlyside's warmly burnished sound. But he, with the help of pianist Malcolm Martineau, masterfully shapes each miniature tale."--John Terauds, thestar.com

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A somewhat negative view at Ionarts

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Some upcoming engagements

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