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Brian Wilson
MusicWeb International, January 2010

SCHUBERT, F.: Lied Edition 33 - Part Songs, Vol. 2 8.570962
SCHUBERT, F.: Lied Edition 34 - Part Songs, Vol. 3 8.572110

The Naxos recording is good throughout.

…these Naxos CDs will offer you a set of mostly good, often very good and always adequate, performances, well recorded and attractively presented…

David Denton
David's Review Corner, August 2009

Schubert was sailing into unchartered territory, there being no tradition of established choirs in German-speaking southern regions of Europe outside of the church. Maybe the first volume has given us the cream of his sizeable output, but there is still a great deal to enjoy in such little-known music. So in that release we found a preponderance of pieces using sacred words, whereas here we have mainly secular texts, each of the seventeen tracks being relatively short, the one extended item coming as a fifty-first birthday tribute to the singer, Johann Vogl. He had been a champion of Schubert’s lieder and the composer repaid him with this Cantata, Der Fruhlingsmorgen,  There are many charming songs that quickly latch in your memory, the quartet for two tenors and two basses, Naturgenuß (Delight in Nature) being a particular delight. There is also fun in his fiftieth birthday tribute to his one-time teacher, Salieri, Jubelfeier, a mood that spills over to the rather dark humour in Klage um Ali Bey (Lament for Ali Bey). Completeness in this recorded project stretches to the few bars of the unfinished, Linde Weste wehen (Gentle west wind blow). The best is left to the last with Ständchen (Serenade) using a vocal quintet to words by Franz Grillparzer. Just a few moments when the balance is not perfect, Sibylla Rubens, rather too closely recorded, but it is still a fine group drawn from singers who have taken part in this long journey through Schubert’s complete lieder. Again much praise to the highly responsive accompaniments from Ulrich Eisenlohr, and the engineers of Bavarian Radio who capture a very natural sound.

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