Schumann: The Complete Songs, Vol. 3 - Juliane Banse
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The third issue in our series of âThe Songs of Robert Schumannâ introduces the outstanding young German/Swiss soprano Julianne Banse to the Hyperion label in a programme of songs both familiar and unfamiliar, not to say extremely rare. At the hear of the disc is âFrauenliebe und lebenâ recorded for the first time with Chamissoâs final poem (unset by Schumann), spoken by Miss Banse to complete the story: âTraum der eignen Tageâ (Dream of my own days that now are distant). The most extraordinary songs on the disc are the cycle of Seven Songs to the words of Elisabeth Kulmann, a gifted girl who died at the age of seventeen, who Schumann admired enough to write this âsong biographyâ of her, with his own words (recorded here) introducing each song. As usual the CD comes with Graham Johnsonâs fascinating and exhaustive notes (over 40,000 words) with which collectors of our Schubert Edition are now well familiar.
Simon Callaghan, Sinfonieorchester St Gallen
El Leon de Oro / Peter Phillips
The Nash Ensemble
The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge / Stephen Layton