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