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Charles T. Downey
The Classical Reviewer, December 2016

Top Ten Recordings of 2016 # 10

The time for the rediscovery of the music of Walter Braunfels is at hand. In addition to another recording of this composer’s excellent Grosse Messe, soprano Marlis Petersen made a superlative case for his songs. She sparkles with irrepressible energy in high-flying treble songs, but she’s also a pool of silvered water in the charming “Die Nachtigall.” That song is part of the Fragmente eines Federspiels (Fragments of a Feather Play), a set of eight songs devoted to different birds. Braunfels made a set of nine further bird songs, the Neues Federspiel, as a companion piece, also recorded by Petersen to the same beautiful effect. © 2016 The Classical Review



Paul Corfield Godfrey
MusicWeb International, August 2016

…superbly performed and recorded. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Richard Haskell
The WholeNote, August 2016

…Jarnot offers a compelling and sensitive performance of these dark and brooding miniatures. …Petersen’s lyrical performance of the two versions of the Federspiel suites…is all lightness and charm.

…Schneider handles the elegant piano writing with much finesse. © 2016 The WholeNote Read complete review



David Cutler
Fanfare, July 2016

The balance between voice and piano is good, with the voices just slightly forward. Eric Schneider is the highly experienced pianist and easily blends with his singers. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review




William R. Braun
Opera News, July 2016

Schneider is attuned to the Wolfian balance of colors and texture in “Innere Landschaft”; he has a light-footed response to the changing in “An die Parzen”; and he gets the humor in the wry transformations of familiar themes in “Nachklänge Beethovenscher Musik.”

The singers, too, are excellent. …In the lighter material, [Marlis Petersen] is predictably good, singing prettily and in tune, with an intimate way with the microphone. …Baritone Konrad Jarnot is also excellent. Some people will be put off by the delicacy with which he negotiates his highest register, but he is a blessed respite from beefy, athletic vocal performances of lieder, and he enjoys the sound and sense of words. © 2016 Opera News Read complete review



David W Moore
American Record Guide, July 2016

Marlis Petersen has been an advocate of Braunfels from early in her career. She sings his two sets of songs about birds (Federspiele), which she considers “real jewels of the art of lied: simple deeply touching airs”. …Her bright crystalline tone that has made her such a Mozart singer is in full evidence here.

Eric Schneider’s accompaniment is exemplary, particularly in the more challenging Shakespeare songs. These…artists are to be commended for helping make these lushly chromatic songs better known. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Charles T. Downey
The Washington Post, April 2016

German soprano Marlis Petersen…sparkles with irrepressible energy in the high-flying treble songs, but she’s also calm as a pool of silvered water in the charming “Die Nachtigall.”

Pianist Eric Schneider…is a versatile, sensitive and accomplished partner. …excellent disc. © 2016 The Washington Post Read complete review




Remy Franck
Pizzicato, April 2016

No one being fond of the German Lied should miss this superb CD with compositions by Walter Braunfels, sung and played by three committed and technically excellent performers. © 2016 Pizzicato



Neil Fisher
Gramophone, April 2016

As delivered by Marlis Petersen, with sparkly tone but unbirdlike intelligence, these are affectionate studies of avian life, …Here the piano line (Eric Schneider, crisp and forthright) pecks around the voice with skilful charm. © 2016 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone





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