BRAHMS Vier ernste Gesange Op.121, Lieder & Gesange Op.32, Heine Lieder
Matthias Goerne, baritone, Christoph Eschenbach, piano
“It’s music that’s very well suited to his voice: grainy and gentle and with that characteristic burnished-mahogany tone…this is supremely seductive Lieder singing, with a natural intelligence and ease with the words, matched by playing from Christoph Eschenbach that coaxes and caresses the piano with loving delicacy.” Gramophone Solo vocal Award Winner 2017
Brahms wrote a vast number of lieder over a period of 40 years. The 200 or so he permitted to survive show just how important the genre was to his compositional process. The selection presented here illustrates the diversity of a corpus that features Heine (as with so many other composers), but also a wide variety of other poets whom he set to music with the same consummate skill as the ‘Four Serious Songs’ Op.121, the peak of his magnificent and highly individual output.
Harmonia Mundi HMC902174 @ £14.25*