Berlin Classic's release In der Fremde, of Peter Schreier singing selected Schumann songs, is a reissue of recordings made between 1972 and 1974. Although his voice is not an especially sensuous instrument, Schreier is a consummate musician and, for the most part, the sensitivity, intelligence, and deep feeling of his singing compensate for his lack of vocal glamour. Those virtues are strongly in evidence in the songs collected here, which largely reflect the melancholy meditations of an outsider. Songs of this character, many of which are lyrical and reflective, sit especially well for Schreier's voice. In the more emphatic passages, such as the third verse of "Schöne Wiege meiner Leiden," Schreier's voice takes on a stridency that makes him sound more like Wagner's Mime than a lovesick poet, but such moments are few in this repertoire. Some songs are taken from Schumann's cycles Dichterliebe, Liederkreis, and Myrthen, and some are not part of any larger collection, but together they create a mood of Romantic longing, which Schreier expresses with lyrical poignancy. Pianist Norman Shetler is perfectly attuned to matching the subtleties of Schreier's phrasing. The sound quality is warm and present.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Eddins
In der Fremde ("Aus der Heimat hinter den Blitzen roth"), song for voice & piano (Liederkreis), Op. 39/1