Schumann: Dichterliebe; Liederkreis, Op. 24; Der arme Peter

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LABELS: Teldec
WORKS: Dichterliebe; Liederkreis, Op. 24; Der arme Peter
PERFORMER: Peter Schreier (tenor); Christoph Eschenbach (piano)
CATALOGUE NO: 4509-97960-2 DDD (1991)
This Dichterliebe, recorded in Dresden in 1988, is not one of Peter Schreier’s outstanding performances – it can be verbally over-specific, with moments of edginess in balance and pacing – but this still leaves it at a high level of vocal accomplishment and interpretative insight. And this cycle always takes on a peculiar plangency in the tenor voice. It is enrichingly and illuminatingly coupled with further Heine settings by Schumann: the early fragrant Liederkreis, Op. 24, and the characteristically laconic triptych Der arme Peter, about the woes of poor Peter who plays gooseberry to Hans and Grete. Hilary Finch