ROBERT HOLL SINGS SCHU­MANN AND BRAHMS Robert Holl Wig­more Hall Live £8.99

The Herald - Arts - - Arts - MICHAEL TUMELTY

Dutch-born bass bari­tone Robert Holl is the great­est bass bari­tone lieder singer of the age. Any­one who doubts that as­ser­tion should lis­ten to his new recital disc, recorded at a live per­for­mance in De­cem­ber 2004 at the Wig­more Hall and re­leased on the hall’s ex­em­plary house la­bel. With pi­anist Roger Vig­noles as flaw­lessly sen­si­tive ac­com­pa­nist, Holl’s rich, darkly bur­nished voice is ideal for the brood­ing qual­i­ties of Brahms’s Vier Ern­ste Ge­sange and Pfitzner’s opus 32 songs. But the heart and soul of this won­der­ful disc is the rapt and exquisitely ten­der per­for­mance of Schu­mann’s Liederkreis. It’s a love let­ter in mu­sic, and it will break your heart.

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