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Robert A Moore
American Record Guide, November 2011

With fine performances by Volle and Deutsch and an imaginative selection of songs this is an exceptionally good recital…

Volle modulates his robust and substantial voice nicely to fit the text, capturing the tenderness of ‘An die Geliebte’ and the snarling quality of Wolf’s ‘Zur Warnung’. Deutsch plays with authority and conviction and continues to demonstrate why he is so sought out as a collaborator in lieder.

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Stephen Eddins, August 2011

Volle has an expansive, warmly generous voice and he sings with spontaneity and unaffected energy. His technique is secure throughout his wide range, and his obvious dramatic gifts are evident in his close attention to the texts. He’s especially effective in coloring the (usually) subtle moods of the Wolf songs, and (except for a pitch glitch in “Vom künftigen Alter”) Strauss’ soaring lines. The exaggerated characterizations of his interpretation of Wolf’s Abschied might seem extreme, but the approach suits the extreme silliness of the song. It’s balanced by the measured dignity of his performance of Schubert’s Wandrers Nachtlied that closes the album. (The included texts are in German only.) Pianist Helmut Deutsch provides a crisp, responsive, and understated accompaniment. Oehms’ sound is clean, detailed, and intimate.

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