Matthias Go­erne (bari­tone), Elis­a­beth Leon­skaja (pi­ano)

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - MICHAEL DER­VAN

Har­mo­nia Mundi HMC 901988 Ger­man bari­tone Matthias Go­erne here launches his own Schu­bert Edi­tion with an album ti­tled Long­ing. The edi­tion prom­ises “an ex­ten­sive se­lec­tion of lieder ac­com­pa­nied by dis­tin­guished pi­anists, with book­let notes by Christophe Ghristi”. The ti­tles of the first three songs – Jour­ney to Hades, Vol­un­tary Obliv­ion and Weep­ing – make clear the voy­age he’s em­bark­ing on for this first CD. The singing is of­ten that of a con­so­la­tory con­fi­dante, the feel­ings all the more pow­er­ful for the re­straint of their ex­pres­sion. Leon­skaja is both su­perbly in­de­pen­dent and sup­port­ive, her rounded tone darkly weighted in pierc­ing per­for­mances, mak­ing for a dis­tin­guished start to this new ven­ture.­bou­

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