Thoughts Observed: Songs by Schumann, Duparc, Debussy, Hahn & Poulenc | Naxos 8573780

Thoughts Observed: Songs by Schumann, Duparc, Debussy, Hahn & Poulenc

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8573780

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 9th June 2017



After exploring the music of his Sephardic ancestry on the acclaimed recording Latino Ladino (Naxos 8573566), Yaniv d’Or brings a refreshing perspective to the Dichterliebe from Schumann’s proverbial ‘year of song’. French songs of the 19th and 20th centuries offer d’Or’s exotic voice further dimensions in the floating harmonies of the young Duparc and Debussy, including Reynaldo Hahn’s beautiful Bach pastiche, and concluding with the classical simplicity of Poulenc’s first songs.

Schumann’s Dichterliebe is his best-known song cycle, and with a recording history that includes legendary artists such as Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Gérard Souzay this might seem like a daring choice, but Yaniv D’Or’s remarkable range allows him to use the versions of these songs in keys normally used for a bass voice, fearlessly performing them an octave higher to give them an additional layer of drama and uniquely distinctive beauty.

Yaniv d’Or is accompanied by Dan Deutsch, a pianist with an enviable reputation as a chamber musician and recitalist in Germany, Israel, Switzerland, Austria, and beyond, and a laureate of numerous Lieder competitions.

This release follows the huge success of Yaniv D’Or’s first album for Naxos, Latino Ladino, which was acclaimed by The Huffington Post as “achingly personal and exquisitely lyrical… what makes these ancient reflections on beauty, love, joy and sorrow so profoundly expressive of basic human feelings and needs is Yaniv d’Or’s haunting, vulnerable countertenor,” Gramophone also admiring his “rich, honeyed falsetto”.

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