Thomas E. Bauer

Schumann: Liederkreis, Op. 24; Dichterliebe

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Warm, deep, strong, and sensitive, baritone Thomas E. Bauer has everything Schumann's settings of Heinrich Heine needs except irony. In Schumann's Heine song cycles Dichterliebe and Liederkreis, Op. 24, Bauer thoroughly inhabits the rarefied German Romantic air of Schumann's music. Bauer lives Schumann's long-breathed melodies and ardent phrasing, pressing into his climaxes and lingering in his codas, bringing passionate intensity to every song from the intimate to the impetuous to the ethereal to the inflamed and making it all sound completely natural and graceful. With pianist Uta Hielscher, Bauer has more than an accompanist or even a partner, but a mate who knows what he'll do before he does it and does it with as much expressivity and even more elegance. Her codas are lovingly shaped and quietly moving. And while it is true that Bauer's performances lack irony, so, too, do Schumann's Heine settings. The young composer idolized the older poet but, in setting his poetry, Schumann nearly ignored Heine's irony and concentrated on his Romanticism, writing songs expressing his own fervid emotions and ardent sincerity without an umlaut of irony. Naxos' 2004 sound is crisp and immediate.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Liederkreis, 9 songs for voice & piano, Op. 24
1 01:18 Amazon
2 01:14 Amazon
3 03:56 Amazon
4 00:47 Amazon
5 04:15 Amazon
6 02:00 Amazon
7 03:56 Amazon
8 00:48 Amazon
9 03:57 Amazon
10 05:06 Amazon
11 04:22 Amazon
Dichterliebe, song cycle for voice & piano, Op. 48
12 01:51 Amazon
13 00:51 Amazon
14 00:37 Amazon
15 02:04 Amazon
16 00:58 Amazon
17 02:29 Amazon
18 01:32 Amazon
19 01:17 Amazon
20 01:31 Amazon
21 02:23 Amazon
22 01:13 Amazon
23 02:51 Amazon
24 02:28 Amazon
25 01:12 Amazon
26 02:29 Amazon
27 04:53 Amazon
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