From the wild energy of ’Der Strom’ to the rapt contemplation of the sublime ’Die Sterne’, this varied and sensitively crafted programme explores a great range of psychological insights in the composer’s Lieder. With a seemingly infinite palette of tone colours, and a profoundly expressive performance of the poetry and music, this recording presents Ian Bostridge and Julius Drake as a highly refined ensemble.
Truly passionate about the performance of art song, Bostridge observes that this music ‘makes you think about what is valuable in life – the things music ultimately wants to address’. Financial Times
Music **** (Very Good) Sound **** (Very Good)
Christoph Zimmermann - Fono Forum magazine (Germany) - August 2014
Performance **** Recording ****
"... a fine achievement."
George Hall - BBC Music magazine - July 2014