, February 2014
There are innumerable versions of Schubert’s second great Müller song cycle in the catalogue…However, what I think I can safely say is that this is a version that merits the very close attention of collectors.
There’s a great deal to admire about both the singing and the pianism as this performance unfolds. For one thing there are many small but telling tempo modifications for expressive purposes. Haefliger’s playing is consistently interesting and bespeaks a very careful consideration of each song and the way the piano part relates to and illuminates the words. Just as convincing—and satisfying—is the wide range of vocal colouring deployed by Holzmair.
Capriccio earn brownie points for the quality of the sound which is clear and pleasing and which allows us to hear both performers in excellent balance with each other.
…this is a very satisfying, deeply considered and involving account of Schubert’s great cycle. It held my attention from first note to last and deserves to be ranked with the finest recordings. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review