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Robert A. Moore
American Record Guide, May 2012

The singers alternate in these 24 songs. Steinberger’s nimble voice is both bright and warm, and her singing of the well-known ‘Wiegenlied’…is as sweet and lovely as you could wish. © 2012 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide online

Randolph Magri-Overend
Fine Music, July 2006

Late last century Hyperion released a 36-CD set of the complete Schubert lieder repertoire under the guidance of pianist Graham Johnson. Naxos are trying to emulate this prodigious work, but with a different approach. Whereas Hyperion graded their songs by their themes with singers chosen to suit each group of songs, Naxos have grouped their selections according to the poets that inspired them. This is the second of two discs devoted to the settings of Matthias Claudius, Friedrich Leopold Stolberg and Ludwig Holty. What links them is that they wrote poems in a popular folk-style known as the German Empfindsamkeit or Poetry of Sensibility. Their subjects include grief, death, resurrection as well as love, friendship and humour and together with Goethe and Schiller, they provided Schubert with his early inspiration while serving his 'apprenticeship' as a musical setter of poems. Eventually Naxos will record all of Schubert's song settings. There are over 700 of them (24 on this disc alone) and 115 separate poets, some from classical Greece, the Middle Ages, and of course, some were his contemporaries including Heinrich Heine whom he never met. For collectors and lovers of Schubert's lieder this is an invaluable work and at a budget price. If this CD is any indication, the completed works will be of a high quality and although I have reservations on the choice of one of the singers on this album (Ms Steinberger's voice is too stripent for the singing of lieder) I truly believe that the overall standards far outweigh any personal prejudices I may have regarding vocal suitability. Certainly, baritone Wolfgang Holzmair is ideal in what is essentially vocal chamber music. He has the right timbre in His voice and all his songs are sung in the intimate style one expects from a lieder singer. Accompanist Ulrich Eisenlohr also excels in both his piano playing and the notes he has left us.

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