, May 2014
Brommer’s very fine début recording…takes a literary approach to programming: the recording features Lieder with texts by Goethe and Hesse, each poet represented by both standard repertoire and lesser-known music.
Brommer and pianist Alexander Schmalcz are sensitive, subtle musicians. Elasticity of tempo, gradations of texture and dynamics, and a keen sense of harmonic tension and resolution prevail throughout the recording. Schmalcz is a refreshingly assertive accompanist, complementing Brommer’s musical choices with independent instrumental lines but allowing the piano to function as an unobtrusive support when appropriate. Brommer’s voice is light and well suited to the delicacies of Lieder singing. The sound engineering captures both musicians with clarity and warmth…
…I recommend this recording highly, especially to listeners with a literary interest in Lieder or an interest in underexplored repertoire. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review