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The German bass-baritone brings near-Wagnerian intensity to Schumann's two great cycles of 1840, yet he and Andsnes are at their most spellbinding in the introspective songs.
New releases from Vasily Petrenko, Valery Gergiev, Kristian Bezuidenhout and Pablo Heras-Casado, plus previously-unpublished Schumann and Wolf from Peter Pears and Benjamin Britten.
The Latvian composer talks to David about his new album of choral works, featuring two large-scale liturgical compositions and written as a centenary present to his country.
Katherine picks out some highlights from this year's season (announced this morning) and recommends related recordings.
An Offenbach bicentenary edition from Warner Classics, Sir John Eliot Gardiner's period-instrument accounts of Berlioz on Philips, and Carlo Maria Giulini's complete recordings for Deutsche Grammophon and Decca.
Presto Classical Recording of the Week
Matthias Goerne (bass-baritone), Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)
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Katherine listens to a new album of Schumann Lieder from Matthias Goerne and Leif Ove Andsnes which shed a new light, and near-Wagnerian drama, on these songs of love, loss and exile.
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