"This volume follows on where volume 1 ended: in the middle of the recording session on 16 October 1937. In toto 18 titles were recorded on that occasion, evidence of Lotte Lehmann’s extraordinary stamina. There is no audible decline in her tone even in the last numbers. The highpoint is Brahms’ Botschaft where she challenges Hans Hotter’s famous reading from the mid-1950s. On the whole her Brahms is superb. Mein Mädel hat einen Rosenmund is initially sung with heavier accents than Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. The latter recorded all 42 solo songs from Deutsche Volkslieder together with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, a set that has been my touchstone recording for forty years. Then Lehmann lightens the tone and is as delightful as her heiress."
"This disc is a must for every lover of German Lieder and the only possible hang-up is the quality of the recordings. Mark Obert-Thorn has done what it is possible to achieve to make them as listen-friendly as can be. In any event one soon forgets such a peripheral detail won over by the all-conquering singing."
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