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Mike Ashman
Gramophone, March 2017

SCHUBERT, F.: Song Cycles - Die Schone Mullerin / Schwanengesang / Winterreise (Prey, Hokanson, Deutsch) (NTSC) 700208
SCHUBERT, F.: Schöne Müllerin (Die) / Schwanengesang / Winterreise (Song Cycles) (Prey, Hokanson, Deutsch) (Blu-ray, HD) 751304

…Prey’s charm and commitment to these works (in spoken introductions as well as performance) come over as infectiously as his live concerts. So it’s hard to niggle, even when the setting is predictable…

The films capture the sound of Prey’s voice well. © 2017 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone




Peter Bates
Audiophile Audition, February 2017

At 54, Prey was at his peak and sings with artful tenderness, drama, and subtlety. His two pianists (Leonard Hokanson and Helmut Deutsch) are highly-skilled accompanists, particularly Hokenson in Die schöne Müllerin and Schwanengesang. His rendition of the penultimate song in Die schöne Müllerin, “Der Müller und der Bach” (The Miller and the Brook), shifts so smoothly between G minor and G major that the result is plaintive but never maudlin. It’s also a bit spooky.

As an extra, Prey gives eloquent (and short) introductions to each cycle. I’m not sure if he penned them himself, but no matter. They are fine examples of popularized scholarship.

If you love Schubert, you now have the opportunity to binge-watch his best work, performed by a singer with a dark and deep baritone, one who could soar into the tenor range with no apparent effort. © 2017 Audiophile Audition Read complete review



Kevin Filipski
The Flip Side, January 2017

One of the best German lieder singers of the past half century, Hermann Prey was especially compelling performing his beloved Franz Schubert, and this disc brings together video recordings of him singing the three great Schubert song cycles: Die schone mullerin, Schwanengasang and Winterreise. He’s in peak vocal form, and his piano accompanists (Leonard Hokanson on the first two, Helmut Deutsch on Winterreise) are with him every step of the way. © 2017 The Flip Side Read complete review



James Lockhart
Fulvue Drive-in, December 2016

Fans of Schubert will rejoice with this excellent Blu-ray release as the baritone Hermann Prey tackles Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin, Schwanengesang accompanied by Leonard Hokanson and Winterreise accompanied by Helmut Deutsch. © 2016 Fulvue Drive-in Read complete review





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