PERFORMER: Edith Mathis (sop), Gérard Wyss (piano)
CATALOGUE NO: CO-78947 DDD
The superb artistry of soprano Edith Mathis keeps her voice young, lean and nimble enough to catch every sentient detail of Schumann’s Op. 39 Liederkreis. As her voice finds the frisson of fear and delight in each tableau, Gérard Wyss’s piano recreates the elusive half-lights of an archetypal German Romantic phantastische Nacht.
For Brahms, Mathis finds rhythmic definition as strong as the steel and iron of Eternal Love, yet can still bring lively simplicity to his Serbian, Bohemian and Spanish folksongs. Hilary Finch