Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin

Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin

by Roderick Williams


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Popular baritone Roderick Williams has recorded a good deal of Schubert, some of it in English (which is rare these days). This reading of "Die schöne Müllerin, D. 795," is the first of a trio of recordings devoted to Schubert's late song sets ("Schwanengesang" is not a true "cycle"), and it certainly suggests a major statement in the field. Call it a British "Die schöne Müllerin," all intelligent restraint and precision. If you're looking for an inward, dramatic reading, try one of the newer German singers like Christian Gerhaher, who recites some of the poetry that originally connected lyrics. With Williams, there isn't a strong sense of a narrative developing in the cycle: what you have are 20 separate songs. Sample his dispassionate "Trockne Blumen" to hear whether you're in tune with his approach. Against this is the jewel-like quality of many of the individual readings. Williams and accompanist Iain Burnside have performed these songs together many times, and by now their partnership is one for the ages. Chandos' Potton Hall sound is ideal for this enterprise, and Williams' album is important listening, even for those who aren't entirely on board with his approach.

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Release Date: 07/05/2019
Label: Chandos
UPC: 0095115211328
catalogNumber: 20113
Rank: 64228

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