, July 2013
Here we have a selection of lieder and operatic arias by Mozart, a composer Grümmer excelled in.
The first seven tracks are devoted to lieder, very sensitively accompanied by Hans Altmann. The highlight for me is Abendempfindung KV523. It is exquisitely sung, with warmth and purity of tone. The other lieder fare extremely well and I wholeheartedly concur with the Grove Book of Opera, which emphasizes her ’beautiful voice, clarity of diction and innate musicianship’. Un moto di gioia KV 579 is extremely well-characterized.
The remainder of the CD consists of arias from the four main operas. The two arias from Le nozze di Figaro, in which Grümmer sings the role of the Countess, are distinguished by warmth, tenderness and sensitivity. Beauty of tone and exquisite phrasing are a hallmark throughout. In the duet, Waldemar Kmentt in the role of Ferrando, is splendid. Pamina’s aria from Die Zauberflöte is sensitively sculpted with Grümmer achieving a purity of tone and graceful simplicity. It is a captivating performance.
This is a valuable collection of Mozart lieder and arias, sung by a soprano who…deserves a wider audience…the sound is excellent. Thomas Voigt has provided illuminating liner-notes.© 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review