, July 2012
…let me get straight to the point: This is a damn good disc! Tilling is a singer whose voice can’t be mistaken for either Schwarzkopf or Ameling…Just listen to Suleika II (tr. 5). It is so sensitive, so beautiful and her diminuendo on the last note is lovely—and feels quite natural. She doesn’t over-do the effect.
There is lovely singing throughout…Heimliches Lieben (tr. 9), a relative rarity, became a new favourite after hearing this delightful reading. I couldn’t resist playing it twice again before I continued listening. Frühlingsglaube (tr. 11) is sung so softly and inwardly, almost hesitatingly—and to great effect. The two final songs are heard in masterly interpretations. Totengräber’s Heimweh (tr. 14) was for me long synonymous with Fischer-Dieskau…It seems designed for a baritone voice but remarkably Tilling darkens her voice and reaches the same depth as F-D. The final stanza is immensely moving. So is Litanei (tr. 15), sung with skinless vulnerability.
The recording balance is what one expects to hear in a good chamber music hall. Horst A. Scholz manages to squeeze in lots of illuminating information in the relatively limited space offered by the booklet. One further detail: BIS cleverly leaves generous silences between each song, enabling the listener time to digest the first song and prepare for the next.
A superb Schubert recital in every respect. More, please, BIS! © 2012 MusicWeb International Read complete review