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Matthias Goerne & Seong-Jin Cho: Im Abendrot

By François Hudry |

Shrouded in an awkward acoustic which is hardly customary for Berlin's Teldex Studio, the latest recording by Matthias Goerne and Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho (First Prize in the 2015 Chopin Competition) is devoted to twilight Lieder by Wagner, Pfitzner and Richard Strauss. Stream or download in 24-Bit Hi-Res.

Twilight ("Abendrot" in German), an essential component of German Romanticism, expresses the deep, dark side of the human soul, often in a tragic or dramatic tone, barely tempered by an oppressive light that prematurely withers the flowers of memory.

The famous Wesendonck-Lieder, for which Wagner was inspired by an impossible love whose harmonies foreshadow those of Tristan and Isolde, find in Matthias Goerne's deep voice a performer to equal their inspiration. The German baritone has long been a supporter of the music of Hanz Pfitzner, a contemporary of Richard Strauss who is often rather academic for Latin ears. What a pleasure to discover this bouquet of Lieder, which evoke the ever-renewed miracle of nature, and in which seasons and landscapes are robed in strong nostalgia.



Richard Strauss follows through the metaphors of the sun: darkening (Traum durch die Dämmerung), promising great future joys (Morgen) or eternal rest (Ruhe, meine Seele!); dreams of peace and beauty (Freundliche Vision) and the weariness of a fading life (Im Abendrot). This album reflects the black diamond of melancholy, and its three composers complement each other delightfully.

LISTEN TO "IM ABENDROT: SONGS BY WAGNER, PFITZNER, STRAUSS" BY MATTHIAS GOERNE & SEONG-JIN CHO ON QOBUZ


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