Schumann-Frauenliebe und Leben
An opportunity to hear the late-lamented Lorraine Hunt-Lieberson (mezzo) with Julius Drake (piano) in this work should not be missed, on Wigmore Hall Live WHLive 0024 (medium price). The couplings are 8 Brahms Songs. Sarah Connolly has an excellent recording accompanied by Eugene Asti (piano) on Chandos CHAN 10492 (full price). The couplings are other Schumann Songs including Liederkreis Op.39.
An excellent Brilliant Classics set of all the Fauré Songs at less than the price of a full price CD (92792), has Elly Ameling (soprano) and Gérard Souzay (baritone) accompanied by Dalton Baldwin (piano). Elly Ameling sings “Le Jardin Clos”, and the original EMI recording has transferred well to CD.
There seem to be very few recordings of this composer’s songs, and the only comprehensive collection is on Timpani 2C2150 (2 CDs at full price). Various artists share the set.
Richard Rodney Bennett
Sarah Connolly and Malcolm Martineau have a very good recording of English Songs, including this work, on Chandos CHAN 10691 (full price). The recording quality is excellent.