Christopher Maltman & Graham Johnson
Schubert's 'Die Schöne Müllerin'
Recorded live at Wigmore Hall
08 December 2010
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About this CD
This is acclaimed baritone Christopher Maltman's first instalment of his Wigmore Hall Live recordings of the three major Schubert song cycles – Die schöne Müllerin, Winterreise and Schwanengesang. Recorded over a series of live dates, Maltman has collaborated with one of the world’s foremost authorities on the lieder repertoire, piano-accompanist Graham Johnson.
Coined by Maltman as the “pinnacle of the lieder repertoire” the complete Schubert song cycles are one of the most demanding works in the whole repertoire, more often undertaken by the tenor voice.
Die schöne Müllerin was Schubert’s first complete song cycle, composed at the age of just 26. Running the gamut of the emotional spectrum, the work requires the singer to draw upon a full range of moods, from raw emotional turmoil and unpredictability, to introspection and ultimately resignation.
Maltman states that the work requires a “certain vulnerability” in its portrayal of the lovelorn young miller, and to achieve this, he and Johnson chose to transpose several of the songs back up to the outer reaches of the baritone range, closer to that of the tenor. The duo’s decision to take the voice out of its comfort zone and embrace the tension this produces undeniably adds to the colour and characterisation which Maltman brings to the work: “These musical masterpieces present an endless pursuit and a constant re-examination.”
Maltman’s teaming with Graham Johnson is a triumphant partnership. Johnson, described by Maltman as the “definitive accompanist who leaves no stone unturned” is one of today’s leading authorities on Schubert lieder.
- Christopher Maltman baritone
- Graham Johnson piano
- Das Wandern - 02.35
- Wohin? - 02.33
- Halt! - 01.37
- Danksagung an den Bach - 02.05
- Am Feierabend - 02.33
- Der Neugierige - 03.43
- Ungeduld - 02.39
- Morgengruß - 04.07
- Des Müllers Blumen - 03.04
- Tränenregen - 04.16
- Mein! - 02.10
- Pause - 04.13
- Mit dem grünen Lautenbande - 01.57
- Der Jäger - 01.15
- Eifersucht und Stolz - 01.34
- Die liebe Farbe - 03.16
- Die böse Farbe - 02.04
- Trockne Blumen - 03.49
- Der Müller und der Bach - 04.18
- Des Baches Wiegenlied - 07.18
”Maltman used his range of colours to convey warm lyricism, stern gravity and panicky anxiety” Classical Source
“….Maltman’s ardent, impulsive, intensely “lived” performance, partnered and inspired by the ever-illuminating Johnson, should be heard by anyone who loves the cycle.” Gramophone - Editor's Choice
“Maltman brings great poise, fresh insight and a great instrument to bear in a reading that immediately engages the listener…” Classical Music Magazine
“Maltman is a compelling narrator, making you see the pictures and moods described, and imaginatively mixing half-voice and vehement full tone. The Hateful Colour is thrillingly dramatic.” Sunday Times
“It is exquisitely sung…” International Record Review
“Christopher Maltman’s baritone offers a variety of colour and he shapes ‘Die schöne Müllerin’ sensitively.” The Daily Telegraph
“…Christopher Maltman…gives a delicate account of the miller’s girl attractions, sensitively shaped by Graham Johnson at the piano…” La Scena Musicale online
“Baritone Christopher Maltman brings a fierce intelligence and a wide range of vocal colour to his performance…” Classic FM Magazine
- Total Time: 82.24
- Cat. Number: WHLIVE0044
- Recorded: 8 December 2010