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Robert A. Moore
American Record Guide, May 2012

This program includes two settings of Schucking’s ‘Hagars Klage’, the first by Zumsteeg and the second Schubert’s reworking of it. Melzer…sings elegantly and with fine phrasing…

…Wolff sings only five of the other 16 songs, but the weight and depth of his voice combined with its agility, sweetness, and beauty makes his singing outstanding, particularly his ‘Am Tage Aller Seelen’ and ‘An den Tod’. © 2012 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide online

Uncle Dave Lewis, April 2010

…the singing—by soprano Caroline Melzer and bass Konstantin Wolff…is consistently good, and one can listen again and again without growing tired of Schubert: Sturm und Drang Poets or feeling that its resources are exhausted after a listen or two…Naxos has done well in transmitting his capabilities in this respect.

Paul Turok
Turok’s Choice, March 2010

SCHUBERT, F.: Lied Edition 31 - Sturm und Drang Poets 8.572036

Volume 31 of the complete Schubert song edition sparked by pianist Ulrich Eisenlohr features soprano Caroline Melzer and bass-baritone Konstantin Wolff in 17 more or less unfamiliar songs none of which seems a masterpiece until the last, Die Forelle, D.550. Wolff sings impressively…

David Denton
David's Review Corner, March 2009

In their Deutsche Schubert-Lied Edition Naxos has grouped their discs under the heading of the poets who supplied texts, and now offer ‘Strum und Drang Poets’. What a curious mishmash of languages, though the real problem is that the texts may belong to the era of Storm and Stress poets, but Schubert’s music did not always reflect the mood of the words. And how does the pretty Hochzeit-Lied (Wedding Song)—particularly when heard in Caroline Melzer’s comely performance—come to be included? Still there are here many songs that you will rarely have chance to hear from the poets Johann Georg Jacobi and Christian Friedrich Daniel Schubart, the latter poet being responsible for the famous Die Forelle (The Trout), heard here in its fourth version. I certainly point you to An den Tod from the bass-baritone, Konstantin Wolff, which is the jewel of the disc. Also of note is Hagars Klage, Schubert’s earliest completed song, believed to have come from his fourteenth year. The performances are, by and large, satisfying, the sound well balanced, and Ulrich Eisenlohr continues his informed accompaniments.

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