Robert Schumann wrote close to 140 songs, of which 26 are comprised in Myrthen, a grouping of lyric miniatures partially chronicling his marriage to Clara Wieck.
Myrthen, the German word for a wreath of evergreens and white flowers is also the title of the recently released SONY CLASSICAL CD that features the perfect trio for this music: the soprano Camilla Tilling, the baritone Christian Gerhaher, and the pianist Gerold Huber.
Camilla Tilling’s lyric soprano is ravishingly beautiful and ideally suited to several of the best known and most beloved amongst the 26 songs in the recording, among them Widmung, Die Nussbaum, Lied der Suleika and Die Lotusbluhme. Ever spinning a seamless legato line, her singing embodies emotional vulnerability and intellectual acuity.
Christian Gerhaher contributes his bright high baritone to the project, excelling in the declamatory, narrative and dramatic songs contained in the four books that make up Myrthen. His voice is tenor-like in timbre in the upper range, darker as it descxends the scale, his diction impeccable, his approach to this music always sober and elegant
Gerold Huber is the unfailingly sensitive accompanist throughout.
The engineering, the copious annotations and translations by Gerhaher himself raise the bar for any similar future endeavors.
Bravo to all those involved in this labor of love!
Rafael de Acha http://www.RafaelMusicNotes.com