Dawn Upshaw's collection of late Romantic (and several modern) songs is one of her earliest solo recordings, and it captures her when her voice was in full youthful bloom: warm, luminous, and full. They also reflect her emotional investment in each song, and the engaging musical intelligence she brings to them. This is repertoire that shows off her voice to the best possible effect; her delivery is beautifully matched to the long-lined lyricism of the music and its intense, transparent expressiveness. Upshaw is fully secure in the songs' upper reaches, and she floats through Wolf's Die Bekehrte with shimmering radiance. She brings an earthy richness to Rachmaninov's sensuous Six Songs, Op. 38, and "In My Garden at Night" is especially vivid. She gives the newest repertoire, two songs by Kurt Weill, the same romantic heat as the older pieces; "Je ne t'aime pas" in particular has a striking poignancy and urgency. Margo Garrett, one of Upshaw's most regular collaborators, plays with sensitivity and strength; the fluid give and take of the performances is a testimony to the intuitive bond between them. The sound is clean, warm, and well-balanced. The album should be of strong interest to Upshaw's fans, as well as anyone who loves the late Romantic vocal repertoire.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Eddins
|Gedichte von J.W. von Goethe (51), for voice & piano|
|Songs (3) for voice & piano (after Shakespeare's "Hamlet;" "Ophelia Lieder"), Op. 67/1-3 (TrV 238/1-3)|
|Songs (6) for voice & piano, Op. 38|