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Robert A. Moore
American Record Guide, May 2012

Volle’s voice is just right for these songs…His tone has deepened and his voice has gotten steadier; but, more important, his interpretive skills have increased. His reading here is more than satisfactory…It would be good to hear him sing it now. ‘Auf der Strom’, is one of three other Rellstab songs placed before the Schwanengesang collection here, and the performance is superb, with a splendid horn player… © 2012 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide online

David Vernier, December 1999

The horn player, Sjon Scott, is outstanding and deserves special mention for a performance of remarkable sensitivity and consummate musicality, and some of the best legato phrasing you'll ever hear. As for baritone Michael Volle, you'd be hard pressed to find a more suitable singer for this repertoire. His rich, dark-toned voice seems perfect for these similarly dark-toned songs, and he delivers each one with unfaltering grace and knowing expression. Although best-known in Germany for his opera performances, Volle also has a solid reputation as a recitalist, and his performance here is proof of technical skills that allow him to cover a wide range that incorporates impressive subtlety and focused intensity--just listen, for example, to his masterful renditions of "In der Ferne" (In Distant Lands), "Am Meer" (By the Sea), and "Der Doppelganger" (The Double). Volle's piano partner, Ulrich Eisenlohr, who is one of the initiators of this Schubert project and who delivered an exemplary performance in Volume 1 of the series (Winterreise), does it again here.

American Record Guide

"Naxos may be a budget label, but this is a full-price performance. Volle can produce smooth steady tones-the kind you want to drink in for hours. The voice is sonorous yet warm, full yet flexible, controlled yet impassioned. Naxos should line him up for more installments in their Schubert edition. I unabashedly enjoyed this one."

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