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Charles T. Downey
The Classical Review, December 2016

Top Ten Recordings of 2016 # 1

German baritone Christian Gerhaher is a favorite singer, especially in the gloomy world of German Lieder. This live recital captured on disc by Bavarian Radio was a surprise, a compilation of folk tunes from the British Isles. The arrangements are by German, Austrian, and English composers, some with German texts and some in English and other insular dialects, including Haydn’s Schottische und Walisische Lieder, Beethoven’s Schottische Lieder, op. 108, and Britten’s folk song arrangements. Gerhaher even attempts the Scots dialect of Robert Burns’s “Ca’ the Yowes to the Knowes” in the Britten setting, down to the evocatively guttural R’s. © 2016 The Classical Review




Huntley Dent
Fanfare, November 2016

…Gerhaher is excellent in Haydn and Beethoven, only to surpass himself with an incandescent account of eight arrangements by Benjamin Britten. Choosing a mix of familiar folksong settings and more radical accompaniments by Britten, Gerhaher creates shattering drama on the smallest scale… © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review



Robert A Moore
American Record Guide, July 2016

Gerhaher sings the Beethoven songs with brio, whether employing a brogue or impeccable English.

His instrumental partners are first-rate. Gerold Huber is his steadfast and reliable long-time collaborator. Anton Barachovsky and Sebastian Klinger are principals of the Bavarian Radio Symphony. They supply unsurpassed playing as a trio. The enthusiastic audience response is a fitting indicator of how fine a program this was. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Huntley Dent
Fanfare, July 2016

Accompanist Gerold Huber matches Gerhaher’s artistry in the Britten songs…

I was delighted by much of the program, and even though the ideal voice for this material is an Irish tenor like Frank Patterson, …Gerhaher ranks very high as an interpreter, with more than respectable English pronunciation into the bargain. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review



Charles T. Downey
Ionarts, June 2016

Gerhaher digs most deeply into the settings by Britten, which have the most interesting harmonic palette, after singing quite lightly in the Haydn songs. …Gerhaher’s English pronunciation is quite good in the Beethoven and Britten songs… © 2016 Ionarts Read complete review



Richard Wigmore
Gramophone, June 2016

Using the early-20th-century cod-folk German poems attached to Haydn’s folksongs, Christian Gerhaher sings them with the same care for colour and verbal detail he would bring to a Schumann or Mahler song. …Encouraged by alert and witty playing from Gerold Huber and his string colleagues, Gerhaher sings…with a delightful and unforced sense of character. © 2016 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone




Norman Lebrecht
Musical Toronto, March 2016

Gerhaher, a bass-baritone, grips the ear like no-one in these songs since Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, and with greater subtlety. His pianist, Gerold Huber anticipates, his every sigh. The only shortcoming of this album is its brevity: just 53 minutes. But even that feels just right. © 2016 Musical Toronto Read complete review





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