Lieder: Berg, Schumann, Wolf, Shostakovich, Brahms

Matthias Goerne / Daniil Trifonov

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Lieder: Berg, Schumann, Wolf, Shostakovich, Brahms Review

by James Manheim

An interesting feature of baritone Matthias Goerne's cycle of three Lieder recordings for the Deutsche Grammophon label is that all three have had different accompanists, all on the young side: Jan Lisiecki for Goerne's album of Beethoven songs, Seong-Jin Cho for Strauss, and now Daniil Trifonov in this ambitious recital of works by Berg, Schumann, Wolf, Shostakovich, and Brahms. All have been well matched to the repertory involved, but Trifonov turns out to be an exceptional accompanist, seizing control of the proceedings with Berg's dreamlike songs that push listeners into the realm of deeper thoughts. Goerne makes the claim that his program here is "metaphysical" rather than "historical." This is apparently because three of the cycles on the program deal with death, or four if one counts the coffin-oriented finale of Schumann's Dichterliebe, Op. 48. Yet the program is not lugbrious; it has more of a sense of wrestling with metaphysical issues, and the cycles by Wolf and Shostakovich on texts by Michelangelo have a great soberness. The transition from the Berg, with its somewhat disturbed atmosphere, to the Dichterliebe has an uncanny naturalness, almost inevitability, as if the poet were seeking love as an answer to questions of existential despair. This is, in short, a program that is heavy in the very best way. Goerne has never sounded better, and the lively, always shifting interaction between singer and pianist here makes one hope that Goerne and Trifonov will join forces again. They were rewarded with considerable commercial success here, so it could happen.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Vier Gesänge Op. 2
1 Matthias Goerne / Daniil Trifonov 03:19 Amazon
2 Matthias Goerne / Daniil Trifonov 01:04 Amazon
3 Matthias Goerne / Daniil Trifonov 00:50 Amazon
4 Matthias Goerne / Daniil Trifonov 02:56 Amazon
Dichterliebe, Op. 48
5 Matthias Goerne / Daniil Trifonov 01:57 Amazon
6 Matthias Goerne / Daniil Trifonov 01:10 Amazon
7 Matthias Goerne / Daniil Trifonov 00:31 Amazon
8 Matthias Goerne / Daniil Trifonov 01:37 Amazon
9 Matthias Goerne / Daniil Trifonov 01:05 Amazon
10 Matthias Goerne / Daniil Trifonov 02:08 Amazon
11 Matthias Goerne / Daniil Trifonov 01:32 Amazon
12 Matthias Goerne / Daniil Trifonov 01:22 Amazon
13 Matthias Goerne / Daniil Trifonov 01:23 Amazon
14 Matthias Goerne / Daniil Trifonov 02:52 Amazon
15 Matthias Goerne / Daniil Trifonov 01:02 Amazon
16 Matthias Goerne / Daniil Trifonov 02:55 Amazon
17 Matthias Goerne / Daniil Trifonov 02:57 Amazon
18 Matthias Goerne / Daniil Trifonov 01:24 Amazon
19 Matthias Goerne / Daniil Trifonov 02:15 Amazon
20 Matthias Goerne / Daniil Trifonov 04:38 Amazon
21 Matthias Goerne / Daniil Trifonov 01:50 Amazon
22 Matthias Goerne / Daniil Trifonov 04:30 Amazon
23 Matthias Goerne / Daniil Trifonov 03:38 Amazon
Suite on Verses of Michangelo Buonarroti, Op. 145 (Excerpts)
24 Matthias Goerne / Daniil Trifonov 03:39 Amazon
25 Matthias Goerne / Daniil Trifonov 05:48 Amazon
26 Matthias Goerne / Daniil Trifonov 04:34 Amazon
Vier Ernste Gesänge, Op. 121
27 Matthias Goerne / Daniil Trifonov 04:32 Amazon
28 Matthias Goerne / Daniil Trifonov 03:32 Amazon
29 Matthias Goerne / Daniil Trifonov 04:04 Amazon
30 Matthias Goerne / Daniil Trifonov 04:33 Amazon
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