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Recommended Further Listening: For further examples from Schumann's miraculous 'year of song' of 1840, turn to his two Liederkreis cycles and Dichterliebe, performed by tenor James Gilchrist and pianist Anna Tilbrook.
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'James Gilchrist is a very fine exponent of these songs and Anna Tilbrook offers distinguished playing. I enjoyed their performances very much and, more than that, there were many passages that I found moving.'
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'Tenor James Gilchrist and pianist Anna Tilbrook allow each cycle to unfold naturally, minutely adjusting the spaces between certain songs to allow the ear to absorb what it has just heard...If Gilchrist and Tilbrook have waited a long time to record these works, their perspective on Dichterliebe, poignant, reflective and weather-worn, has only deepened.'
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'Gilchrist [is] such a successful Schumann interpreter...Few of us would have the stamina to relive the ups and downs of young love, but hearing its evocation in these beautiful songs superbly performed is a tantalizing reminder.'
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'...this album has definitely to be counted among the best Schumann Lied recordings currently available.'
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,,it James Gilchrist hat Linn Records einen erstklassigen Tenor gefunden...Seine Stimme ist unverkennbar markant mit einem recht weiblichen Timbre und einer gewissen Zartheit...''
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'[Gilchrist] is an intelligent and observant interpreter of both words and notes...Anna Tilbrook’s pianism is more consistently rewarding, not only in her varied tone but in her fluent and consistently spirited musicianship.'
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'Every once in a while comes a disc so perfectly formed that we marvel at its existence. Here, we are graced with an exceptional interpretation of Schumann's song cycles by pianist Anna Tilbrook and tenor James Gilchrist.'
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James Gilchrist - Schumann: Song Cycles - Gramophone

17 September 2015
Richard Fairman

Yes, the three of them do fit. It might seem an obvious piece of programming to bring together the three best known of Schumann's song-cycles but few discs have done so. At 77 minutes, there could even be room for a short encore. If the coupling is what is required, James Gilchrist and his meticulous accompanist, Anna Tilbrook, have the market almost to themselves. Gilchrist sets the mood from the start, entering the world of the Op 24 Liederkreis with a soft touch and confiding tone. These are lyrical performances, nicely fluent in pace, though the voice can sound shallow when he is singing quietly and sometimes (more troublingly) edgy with a fast vibrato. In the Op 39 Liederkreis Gilchrist's light tenor is good at painting the moonlit night of Wiondnache and the more ominous twilight of `Zwieliche, but there is a bit too much wide-eyed, breathless urgency, for example in the second 'In der Fremde'. His Dichterliebe is the cycle of a kindly poet, who recounts sweetly the age-old tale of the boy who loves a girl (no bitter lesson being learnt here) and shapes phrases that gently unfurl in the light of a summer morning. In all this he is well supported by the clean-cut, carefully detailed playing of Tilbrook, who modestly leaves any point-making to the singer. Gilchrist's sensitive Schumann has its own distinctive flavour. For all three cycles at one go, Gilchrist makes a good-value recommendation.

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