Im schoenen Strome - Heine Lieder
By Christian Immler and Georges Starobinski. By Robert Schumann, Robert Franz (1815-1892), and Franz Liszt (1811-1886). Classical. Hybrid SACD. Published by Naxos (NX.BIS-2143).
Item Number: NX.BIS-2143
Although highly productive and respected in his lifetime as a Lied composer, Robert Franz (1815-92) has since become a peripheral figure in music history. As they began to explore the songs of Franz, Georges Starobinski and baritone Christian Immler were moved by their findings to devise a program including twenty-three of the composer's often quite brief songs. Using the poet Heinrich Heine as their guiding star, they present these - all Heine settings but from different opus groups - in the form of two 'imagined' song cycles, framed by further settings of Heine poems by Schumann and Liszt.