Peter Schreier sings Mozart Lieder | Belvedere BVE08022

Peter Schreier sings Mozart Lieder


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Label: Belvedere

Cat No: BVE08022

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 18th November 2016



The concert that brought together Peter Schreier, the leading Mozart tenor of the 1970s from Dresden, and Erik Werba, the Vienna-born doyen of lied accompanists on 25 January 1978 featured 17 songs, the cantata with piano
accompaniment “Die ihr des unermesslichen Weltalls Schöpfer ehrt” K619 from the final year of Mozart’s life, as well as two encore pieces.

Schreier and Werba obviously intended to present Mozart’s entire lied repertoire, except for those songs whose texts were too obviously written from the perspective of a female protagonist.

From today’s perspective the interpretation of the Mozart songs in this recital is remarkably homogeneous. For Peter Schreier, the opera singer, Mozart was the first true romantic composer. The songs are presented in a deeply emotional, but never sentimental manner. The chosen tempos are therefore rather on the slow side of the spectrum and here as well as in the ballad-like song “Das Veilchen” K476, Schreier makes it apparent how he reads Mozart’s mature, through-composed songs as text based and text centered, as if they were foreshadowing Schubert, Schumann and Brahms.


This disc is taken from a recital given in Salzburg during Mozart Week in 1978, when Schreier was at the height of his powers, and for which he was partnered by the veteran accompanist Erik Werba. It’s a treasurable collection of performances, every one a perfect example of Schreier’s supreme art as a lieder singer, one of the greatest of the last half-century. ... There is something wonderfully old-fashioned about the way Schreier delivers these songs, revealing an attitude to Mozart interpretation that seems far more romantic than anything we are used to today.  Andrew Clements
The Guardian 16 November 2016

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