SCHUMANN: MARIA STUART LIEDER

ROBERT SCHUMANN / BERNARDA FINK (mezzo-soprano) / ANTHONY SPIRI (piano)
CD 63 MINS BOOKLET 2009 LIST PRICE: £16.99 C091

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I would like to sing myself to death like a nightingale', wrote Schumann in 1840, revealing a sudden passion for the lied, a genre he had hitherto disdained. His deeply Romantic cycles disclose in the piano part what the words do not express, to the point where he completely dissolves the traditional forms of versification. Written in 1852 in a period of intense nervous suffering, the cycle of Poems of Queen Mary Stuart stands out for its austerity and exceptional concentration of resources; it might be seen as its composer's testament.
It's hard to think of a more consistently pleasing example of this voice category recording today. INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW