"She sent him ‘cute poems about angels and dreams, even in the manner of Schopenhauer; he added a cautious melody, so as not to destroy the slender, little girl’s dreams of anguish and its beauty". This is how Ludwig Marcuse in Das denkwürdige Leben des Richard Wagner portrays the emerging love between Mathilde and Richard and the songs associated with it. "Take all my soul as a morning greeting!" the composer rhapsodized in a written message to his beloved. It was a fatal letter, for Minna intercepted it and subsequently undermined the idyll.
One of the most interesting voices of our time presents her first Wagner Album: Anne Schwanewilms, who just had her very sucessful Debut at Metropolitain Opera New York sings the Wesendonck-Lieder, Elisabeth Aria from Tannhäuser and first time ever her debut as Isolde for this album.
"... The combination of Meister’s exquisite phrasing and Schwanewilms’s equally exquisite singing (like a voice out of a dream- "der singende Traum") make for a very satisfying Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde... a satisfying disc..."
Lynn René Bayley - Fanfare - November/December 2015
**** (Excellent disc) *** (Good Sound)
Sylvain Fort - Classica magazine (France) - July/August 2014
Music **** (Very Good) Sound **** (Very Good)
Gerhard Persché - Fono Forum magazine (Germany) - July 2014