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Posted by Martin Walker on November 11, 2013, 12:33 pm
The question of Schumann's original version of Dichterliebe () is a bit more complicated than Goran Försling suggests in his review (doubtless for lack of space). The piano part as well as the number of songs included has been changed in the published version, nobody knows by whom. Thomas Hampson, Renate Stark-Voit and Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold imply in their discussion of this question (available online at the Hampsong site) that the changes were made by the eventual publisher (he had offered the work in its full original form to various publishers), Charles Rosen (in The Romantic Generation) believes Schumann may have lost his confidence in the original format and made the changes himself; but both prefer the original cycle of 20 Heine songs for cogent reasons. Without a recording of the original version at hand I cannot say more at this time; more time with this disc and Hampson's recording may eventually change Goran's mind, who knows.
Not having heard this new CD I cannot judge the effectiveness of Bezuyen's performance of "Ein Jüngling liebt ein Mädchen", of which Goran says "Ein Jüngling liebt ein Mädchen is rustic and full-voiced but I can’t really take him to task for that - this is basically rather a simple tale." Basically- yes, but (Germans would say "jein") the question of irony raises its sphinx-like head here: Heine is taking the mickey out of such bumptious (nudge nudge) quasi-folk song texts, and Schumann picks it up in his over-emphatic setting, with its caricatural style. It is hard for a singer to convey this - of the performances I know my memory tells me that the one by Hans Hotter, both rather gruff and sly, hits it off best.
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