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SCHUMANN, R.: Lied Edition, Vol. 3 - Lieder-Album fur die Jugend, Op. 79 / Lieder und Gesange I, Op. 27

Composer(s):Schumann, Robert
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Vocal
Catalogue 8.557076
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps

In 1840, a proverbial Year of Song for a composer who had last written romantic songs when at school, Schumann was galvanised by his love for Clara Wieck and the prospect of his forthcoming marriage, to pour out almost 140 of his finest Lieder. This, the third disc in a series of the complete Schumann Lieder, features his Album of Songs for the Young, described by the composer as settings of ‘poems suitable for children and of course only from the best poets’. Both musically and poetically, the cycle gradually increases in maturity and technical difficulty. It is coupled here with his Opus 27, in which Lieder with the themes of nature and love predominate.


Review By ,Scherzo,September 2007


Review By Michael S. Markowitz,Playbill,February 2007

There’s more Schumann on two other new discs. Naxos issues Volume 3 of its complete Schumann song edition. The disc contains the complete Album of Songs for the Young and the Lieder und Gesänge, Op. 27. Israeli-American pianist Yael Weiss plays a mix of early and late piano pieces, some of them appearing on CD for the first time, on a Koch release. The works include the Op. 20 Humoreske and Schumann’s last completed piece, the “Ghost” Variations.

Review By David Denton, Naxos,February 2007

It is quite remarkable how little Schumann understood about the vocal training of young children, his aid to teaching, Album of Songs for the Young, being totally useless for its stated objective. Not only did it not provide a structured improvement in vocal technique, but many of the texts were unsuitable for young people. As teaching was its stated objective it has since offered little attraction to mature singers, the present performance dressed up by spreading the songs between a number of voices. Though it cannot quite shake-off its origins, the singing is of such artistry as to offer a pleasing traversal of a rarity in the concert hall. The perky and silvery voice of Sibylla Rubens adds a nice sense of innocence, Stefanie Iranyi



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