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SCHUMANN, R.: Lied Edition, Vol. 5 - Frauenliebe und -leben, Op. 42 / Gedichte der Konigin Maria Stuart, Op. 135 / 7 Lieder, Op. 104

Composer(s):Schumann, Robert
Artist(s) Hielscher, Uta, piano • Rubens, Sibylla, soprano
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Vocal
Catalogue 8.557078
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps

This fifth disc in the Naxos series of the complete Schumann Lieder features one of the key works of the entire 19th century song repertoire, Frauenliebe und -leben (AWoman’s Love and Life). Written during the summer of 1840, at a time when Schumann and his wife-to-be Clara Wieck were fighting her father in court over their right to marry, these bitter-sweet, passionate yet intimate settings embody a nineteenth-century patriarchal conception of love and marriage, when a woman was expected to be submissive and deferential. For all the sexist overtones, however, the sincerity of feeling expressed in these songs is never in doubt and Frauenliebe und -leben continue to be among Schumann’s most popular works.


Review By David Denton,Naxos,October 2008

Schumann’s Frauenliebe und -leben (A Woman’s Love and Life) is a seminal work that every great female singer would wish to record, and most of them have done so. The score charts the love of a young girl, her eventual marriage and finally widowhood, and requires the singer to move through those ages. It is a male chauvinist view of womanhood where she is subservient at all points of life to the man she loves. The bright voice of German soprano Sibylla Rubens rather gets locked into a diffident teenager and stays there throughout the work. It is a problem that all sopranos face, all the most famous recordings having come from mezzos who have greater option of aging the voice. That said, Rubens certainly feels the words and the grief of the eighth and



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