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Stephen Smoliar
Examiner.com, August 2015

…there is much to enjoy in Korngold’s music as long as one is willing to take an it-is-what-it-is approach. The contributors to this new TwoPianists release…do just that. Their performance of the Opus 1 trio is a reflection of their youthful enthusiasm, which is certainly consistent with the exuberance of the composer’s age at that time. …all three players are definitely true to the spirit of the music. © 2015 Examiner.com Read complete review




Clive Paget
Limelight, March 2015

Not every singer is perfect (recording songs in their original—generally high—keys taxes a few), but all round it’s a first rate set, full of discoveries. Among the standouts are mezzo Anke Vondung who gives oodles of gooseflesh with her use of text, delicious high soprano Anja-Nina Bahrmann… I also enjoyed the thrilling soprano of Christiane Libor…

The pianists—Christoph Berner, Burkhard Kehring, Wolfram Rieger, Malcolm Martineau, and Nina Schumann—work miracles. Recorded in naturalistic sound on nine discs with superb notes and texts, this set comes recommended for anyone who loves their Lieder. © 2015 Limelight Magazine Read complete review



Lynn René Bayley
Fanfare, January 2015

Breedt is in especially good voice here, her rich, sonorous mezzo ringing out like Marilyn Horne with interpretation, and tenor Krasznec, who probably has the least voice as such, put me in mind of Karl Erb because of his deeply involved and almost 3D interpretations.

…the accompanists on this set are wide awake and in the groove. Every song sounds dramatically charged in the best sense; tempos are on the brisk side…and each pianist sounds completely involved in the ongoing musical drama.

I cannot praise this set highly enough. This is exactly how complete sets of Lieder by one composer should always be: well sung, well played, and interpretively interesting. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Stephen Smoliar
Examiner.com, August 2014

This is probably the most comprehensive collection of…[Strauss’] vocal compositions composed with piano accompaniment.

…this is a significant recording simply for having collected the entire corpus under one roof…

…there is a consistency of quality across the entire collection. There is also a voracious appetite for poetry…

…what matters most in this collection is the music itself; and it is hard to fault any of the performances across this corpus of epic proportions. © 2014 Examiner.com Read complete review




Blair Sanderson
AllMusic.com, July 2014

It is a thoroughly researched and exquisitely produced package, with subtle and highly expressive singing, sympathetic accompanists, and phenomenal recorded sound, so lovers of late 19th century vocal music should definitely try this remarkable collection. © 2014 Allmusic.com Read complete review





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