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Robert & Clara Schumann: Ruckert Lieder

By Mary Bevan

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By Mary Bevan, Katie Bray, Robert Murray, Roderick Williams, and Sholto Kynoch. By Robert Schumann and Clara Wieck-Schumann (1819-1896). Classical. CD (1 disc). Published by Naxos (NX.5060192780642).

Item Number: NX.5060192780642

Timed to coincide with Oxford Lieder Festival's 2016 performance of every song by Robert Schumann, this album is a brilliant selection of songs by Robert and Clara Schumann. The album comprises their settings of the poet Friedrich Ruckert, sung by Festival favorites Mary Bevan, Katie Bray, Robert Murray and Roderick Williams. With Oxford Lieder Artistic Director, Sholto Kynoch, at the piano, this programme is a wonderful celebration of the Schumanns' songs and an enchanting recital by some of the world's finest Lieder performers. "Obviously, I can't conclude this review without mentioning the excellent keyboard support afforded all singers by pianist Sholto Kynoch. Not only has he had to learn the accompaniments...his task is made all the more challenging by having to adjust his tone and touch to complement the unique vocal timbres of each of the vocalists. Credit too for a bright...detailed recording. Strongly recommended." - Fanfare Magazine.

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