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Schubert: Die schone Mullerin, D795

The Classical Shop
release date: April 2011

Originally recorded in 2011


Christopher Maltman


Graham Johnson



Wigmore Hall, London


Jeremy Hayes


Steve Portnoi

Record Label
Wigmore Hall



Vocal & Song

Total Time - 61:06
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Die schone Mullerin, D795

1 Das Wandern 2:35
2 Wohin? 2:33
3 Halt! 1:37
4 Danksagung an den Bach 2:05
5 Am Feierabend 2:33
6 Der Neugierige 3:43
7 Ungeduld 2:39
8 Morgengruß 4:07
9 Des Müllers Blumen 3:04
10 Tränenregen 4:16
11 Mein! 2:10
12 Pause 4:13
13 Mit dem grünen Lautenbande 1:57
14 Der Jäger 1:15
15 Eifersucht und Stolz 1:34
16 Die liebe Farbe 3:16
17 Die böse Farbe 2:04
18 Trockne Blumen 3:49
19 Der Müller und der Bach 4:18
20 Des Baches Wiegenlied 7:18
 Christopher Maltman baritone
 Graham Johnson piano
  8 December 2010 (live recording)  

Schubert: Die schöne MüllerinChristopher Maltman, Graham Johnson

This is the first instalment of the acclaimed baritone Christopher Maltman’s Wigmore Hall Live recordings of Schubert’s three major song cycles, Die schöne Müllerin, Winterreise, and Schwanengesang. Recorded over a series of live dates, Maltman has collaborated with one of the world’s foremost authorities on the lieder repertoire, the piano accompanist Graham Johnson.

Described by Maltman as the ‘pinnacle of the lieder repertoire’ the Schubert’s song cycles are among the most demanding works in the whole repertoire, more often undertaken by the tenor voice.

Die schöne Müllerin was Schubert’s first complete song cycle, composed at the age of just twenty-six. Running the gamut of the emotional spectrum, the work requires the singer to draw upon a full range of moods, from raw emotional turmoil and unpredictability, to introspection and ultimately resignation.

Maltman states that the work requires a ‘certain vulnerability’ in its portrayal of the lovelorn young miller, and to achieve this, he and Johnson chose to transpose several of the songs back up to the outer reaches of the baritone range, closer to that of the tenor. The duo’s decision to take the voice out of its comfort zone and embrace the tension this produces undeniably adds to the colour and characterisation which Maltman brings to the work: ‘These musical masterpieces present an endless pursuit and a constant re-examination.’

Maltman’s teaming with Graham Johnson is a triumphant partnership. Described by Maltman as the ‘definitive accompanist who leaves no stone unturned’, Johnson is one of today’s leading authorities on Schubert’s lieder.

"Wigmore Hall continues to share its bounties with this release, recorded late last year, of Christopher Maltman in Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin. Live recordings can be uneven affairs, but Maltman’s performance captures all the excitement of the concert hall and few of its drawbacks - his interpretation is cohesive, his voice vividly caught and unwaveringly fine, and the only audience noise of note is the deservedly vociferous ovation at the end. If anything, the live setting has caught a depth of spontaneous emotion which a studio might have dulled... accompanist Graham Johnson is a sterling collaborator, matching both the warmth of Maltman’s timbre and his passionate variety of expression."  ****

Sarah Noble - Limelight (Australia) 6 October 2011

    Editor’s Choice
"An involving Schone Mullerin performed as part of maltman’s Wigmore Hall series...Maltman’s ardent, impulsive, intensely ’lived’ performance, partnered and inspired by the ever-illuminating Johnson, should be heard by anyone who loves the cycle."

Richard Wigmore - Gramophone  - June 2011

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