Reflections on classical music, recordings and performances
Franz Schubert (1797-1828): Die schöne Müllerin, Op. 25: Das Wandern
George Butterworth (1885-1916): Six Songs from A Shropshire Lad
Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979): 8 o’clock
Robert Schumann (1810-1856): Album für die Jugend, Op. 68 No. 21
Liederkreis, Op. 24, Nos. 1-3
Rebecca Clarke: Stimme im Dunkeln
Robert Schumann: Album für die Jugend, Op. 68 Nos. 8 & 16
Liederkreis, Op. 24, Nos. 4-5
Franz Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin, Op. 25: Wohin? & Halt
Franz Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin, Op. 25: Am Feierabend, Der Neugierige & Ungeduld
Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958): Songs of Travel: The Vagabond
Charles Wilfred Orr (1893-1976): A Shropshire Lad: Along the field
Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849): Prelude, Op. 28 No. 10
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Songs of Travel: Roadside Fire, Whither must I wander? & Bright is the Ring of Words
Charles Wilfred Orr: A Shropshire Lad: When I watch the living meet
Frederic Chopin: Prelude, Op. 28 No. 23
Charles Wilfred Orr: A Shropshire Lad: The Lent Lily
Franz Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin, Op. 25: Die liebe Farbe, Die böse Farbe, Der Müller und der Bach
Ralph Vaughan Williams: The House of Life, No. 2: Silent Noon
'Most striking was Williams’ immediacy of communication, often singing as if speaking conversationally'.
'Williams’ control at the higher end of his register was also impressive, with particular lightness on the opening note of Loveliest of trees'.
'Williams’ Schubert had energy and impatience, with a bright twinkle for Das Wandern, and expertly voiced different characters in Der Neugierige'.
'Williams’ ability to shift the emotions as quickly as they turn in these songs is what made this recital so captivating throughout'.
'Cibis also deserves credit for the range of his playing, both in the varied accompaniments and in his solo pieces'.
Read my full review on Bachtrack here.