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Robert A. Moore
American Record Guide, September 2014

Yes, this music verges on the sentimental, but I must confess that I love it. Schafer’s radiant and sensitive singing is marvelous. His bright lyric voice is particularly appealing when he sings softly.

Veit’s accompaniment is impeccable, and it’s especially fine in more virtuosic writing. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Henry Fogel
Fanfare, September 2014

There is so much to admire and enjoy in this collection, particularly in these excellent performances, that one does not concentrate on what is not here, but rather accepts with pleasure what is.

Anyone interested in German Lieder from the 19th century should enjoy this disc…The three male singers are very good…and very expressive. Pianist Veit…really reflects the music and the meaning of the texts. Very natural sound rounds out this lovely recording. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review

John Sheppard
MusicWeb International, July 2014

All of the singers clearly note the poet/composer’s concern with words as much as with music, and project the text with great clarity. Matthias Veit is the accompanist throughout, reacting instinctively to the singers and playing with warmth and beauty of tone.

…this disc was an unexpected major pleasure which will encourage me to seek the three earlier discs in the series. This is…fascinating and delightful music, well performed and well presented. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, May 2014

We have reached the fourth and last volume of the complete lieder of Peter Cornelius, a major German composer who followed in the traditions of Schubert. Today he is only remembered by virtue of his comic opera, Der Barbier von Bagdad, and, though he was industrious in the field of music, he supplemented that career by working as a writer and poet…For my own part the disc is a voyage of discovery, having never come across any of his songs that reflect his devout religious beliefs. Each cycle is built up from a series of cameos, mostly lasting under three minutes, two of them using his own words. We are on more secure ground with the songs for baritone in Marienlieder, here very well portrayed by Hans Christoph Begemann; the silvery quality of the soprano voice of Christina Landshamer featuring in Weihnachtslieder…Very positive throughout the disc is the pianist, Matthias Veit. Good sound from Bavarian Radio engineers. © 2014 David’s Review Corner

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