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Chamber Music - Released November 18, 2016 | Onyx Classics

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The strengths of this recording by the Ehnes Quartet, led by the remarkable Canadian violinist James Ehnes, are manifold. First there is the unusual pairing of the two D minor quartets, Schubert's String Quartet No. 14, D. 810 ("Death and the Maiden") and Sibelius' String Quartet, Op. 56 ("Voces Intimae"), which have rarely if ever been put together but have everything to do with each other, beginning with the threat of death faced by each composer at the time. Second is the extremely sharp recording of the much-recorded Schubert, which tends toward the hyper-emotional end of the spectrum but cages the emotions into hard-edged, slashing counterpoint. Sample the first movement for a taste; the four movements are all well thought out. Then there is the five-movement Sibelius quartet, his only work in the form and a difficult piece to come to terms with: it does not fit into the epic vision of the composer's symphonies, nor into the transparent language of his theater music, nor even into the gloom of the contemporaneous Symphony No. 4 in A minor, Op. 63, even though it clearly shares that work's creative genesis. For the Ehnes Quartet, the quartet is something like a Scandinavian expressionist drama, with a flow of darkly submerged inner emotions. Finally, Onyx's engineering work in England's Potton Hall, Suffolk, is vivid and sharp. This is an exceptional recording of chamber music. © TiVo
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Classical - Released September 10, 2013 | Avie Records

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Classical - Released September 1, 2017 | Champs Hill Records

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Tenor Ilker Arcayürek – born in Istanbul and raised in Vienna in the full Austrian tradition – is the winner of the 2016 International Art Song Competition of Germany’s Hugo Wolf Academy and a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist. The Opera Now Magazine voted him into the top ten of a „new generation of rising stars“ and hailed for his „golden tenor” voice. Here comes his highly anticipated first album Der Einsame featuring a generous choice of Schubert Lieder accompanied by Simon Lepper. Some rather famous Lieder, but most of them quite rare as they belong to no cycle, Arcayürek chose not to do one of these alas ubiquitous « me-too albums » that so many a discographical first-timer insist upon imposing on the public. This selection shows his talent as a singer, without taking the risk – even if there would be none whatsoever – of being negatively comapred to his illustrious predecessors. Since the 2015-16 season, Ilker Arcayürek has been a member of the ensemble of the Staatstheater Nürnberg ; his upcoming engagements will lead him to London, Zürich, Heidelberg, Madrid and Salzburg, to name just a few. © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released December 9, 2016 | Challenge Classics

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Classical - Released January 1, 1994 | Claves Records

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Classical - Released August 28, 2011 | Resonus Classics

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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released May 17, 2011 | Wigmore Hall Live

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Baritone Christopher Maltman's reputation as an exceptionally sensitive and intelligent singer with a warm, supple voice is fully borne out in this recording of Die schöne Müllerin. The same adjectives would apply to his partner at the piano, Graham Johnson. Maltman and Johnson emphasize the dramatic trajectory of the cycle; this protagonist experiences the heights and depths of romantic passion with special intensity. The entire cycle is beautifully shaped and the musicians bring intelligence and nuance to the contour of each song, persuasively conveying the emotional volatility of the young lover. Maltman's richly lyrical voice has a full range of colors that he employs to splendid effect whether in the virile impetuosity of "Ungeduld," or the hushed, grieving half-voice of "Tränenregen," or the crazed desperation of "Eifersucht und Stolz." Each line is intelligently and thoughtfully delineated, but he always manages to sound spontaneous, never careful or studied. Maltman is in absolute control of the music and his delivery sounds effortlessly expressive. The sound quality makes it clear that this is a live recording. The balance is good, and Maltman and Johnson are always clearly audible, but there's an inescapable sense of distance from the listener that's in contrast to the many superb recordings of the cycle that have vivid and immediate sound. The quality of the performances, though, particularly Maltman and Johnson's ability to sweep the listener up in the protagonist's dilemma, make this a version that should interest anyone who loves the songs and is willing to listen past the less-than-stellar acoustic. © TiVo
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Classical - Released March 22, 2013 | Challenge Classics

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Franz Schubert's song cycle Winterreise was composed in 1827, the year before his premature death. The tones of depression and desolation that dominate this setting of 24 poems by Wilhelm Müller might seem to be a reflection of Schubert's own gloomy state of mind as he faced mortality, though the depiction of a lonely wanderer who cuts himself off from the world was a commonplace of Romantic literature and was not necessarily a projection of the composer's emotional state. Even so, Winterreise is not a cheerful work, and performances of it often emphasize a brooding tone, as well as dark sonorities. The way Winterreise is presented by tenor Christoph Prégardien and pianist Michael Gees on this 2013 Challenge Classics release prevents an easy analysis, for much of the music's darkness is alleviated by the singer's lyrical tone and the accompanist's light touch. Indeed, the sound of the performance and the transparent quality of the super audio recording make this one of the brighter sounding Winterreise performances available, so much so that listeners should sample it to see if it meets their expectations. With that caveat in mind, this is a sensitive interpretation that conveys tenderness and gentleness, and Prégardien's presentation is a refreshing, if unexpected, change of pace. © TiVo
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Classical - Released May 21, 2021 | Passacaille

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In addition to his famous large-scale song cycles, Schubert also composed and published numerous smaller song compilations. Some of these “miniature cycles” consist of songs written at different times and under different circumstances, but which Schubert himself assembled on the basis of thematic and textual connections. The selected cycles appeared in print during Schubert’s publishing career of just eight years. Today, these songs are usually performed as individual works and taken out of context - here they are presented in the order carefully planned by the composer, just as they were heard at the famous "Schubertiades". © Passacaille
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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released October 14, 2016 | Groupe Analekta, Inc

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Classical - Released November 21, 2020 | UMG Recordings, Inc.

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Classical - Released January 1, 1996 | Channel Classics Records

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Classical - Released April 28, 2015 | Ancalagon LLC

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The disorganized booklet and diverse program may make it hard for potential buyers to tell what they're getting into with this Schubert program, featuring the (former?) enfant terrible of the violin, Lara St. John. In fact St. John's performance in the Sonatina for violin and piano, D. 384, is straightforward. The aim seems to be to present a chamber program as it might have occurred in the 19th century, heavy on arrangements for the musicians on hand at the time. The unusual element is the harp, in the person here of Berlin Philharmonic principal Marie-Pierre Langlamet. She appears in an accompanimental role in Schubert's Gesänge des Harfners, appropriately enough, although this thematic aspect isn't developed in the rest of the program. She plays several of Schubert's impromptus solo, with delightful effect. Outside of that there are other chamber pieces, including the Sonata for arpeggione and piano, D. 821. Although it's time people began to try this out on the instrument for which it was written (reconstructions exist), the combination of cello and harp here catches something of what must have been the flavor. This is something of a mixed bag, but it's a Schubert recital with a novel idea. © TiVo
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Chamber Music - Released January 1, 2007 | Analekta

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Symphonies - Released April 23, 2010 | Berlin Classics

Berlin Classics' Basics Series survey of Franz Schubert's eight canonical symphonies is a streamlined offering, with the CDs packaged in cardboard sleeves in a trimline box without liner notes. To the extent that listeners can depend on the musicianship of conductor Herbert Blomstedt and the skills of the Staatskapelle Dresden for quality assurance, the set is certainly better than sufficient for the budget conscious beginner. Blomstedt's interpretations are mainstream, with no obvious concessions to historically informed performance practice, but the comparatively small size of the Dresden orchestra and the clean playing almost make such considerations irrelevant. Even though exposition repeats aren't taken in the Symphony No. 8 in B minor, "Unfinished," or the Symphony No. 9 in C major, "Great," and the ensemble plays modern instruments, the classical restraint in the playing, the smooth bowing with minimal vibrato, and the bright sonorities more than make up for any lack of authentic period touches or original instrumentation. Furthermore, the clarity of the ADD sound brings every note across, so this is a solid collection that only the fussiest listener could nitpick. While there are recordings available that contain more music, such as the unofficial completions of the Symphony No. 7 in E major and the sketches for other unnumbered symphonies (which were released on a separate Berlin Classics album by Heinz Rogner and Peter Gülke), the Blomstedt cycle is excellent for most listeners' purposes and is actually worthy of a place in many connoisseurs' collections. © TiVo

Classical - Released August 15, 2020 | UMG Recordings, Inc.

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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released May 13, 2016 | Onyx Classics

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Classical - Released May 6, 2016 | Cobra Entertainment LLC

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Chamber Music - Released November 6, 2020 | Groupe Analekta, Inc

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Classical - Released January 1, 1973 | Mezhdunarodnaya Kniga Musica