Stone Records is delighted to announce its newest Oxford Lieder Live release, the sixth disc in the first-ever complete edition of the songs of Hugo Wolf (1860-1903). This disc, recorded live at the Oxford Lieder Festival in 2012, includes four world-première recordings together with the first part of the much-loved Spanish Songbook. Over the course of 2013, Oxford Lieder is continuing to promote a series of concerts that will complete their exploration of the Hugo Wolf song repertoire, all of which will be recorded and released on the Stone Records label, in a series of eleven discs. The exciting singers on this disc are all dedicated Lieder singers: Birgid Steinberger is a renowned song singer from Germany, and a particular favourite at the Oxford Lieder Festival; Anna Huntley is a rising UK mezzo-soprano who has won a host of competitions at home and abroad; Benjamin Hulett was a former ensemble member of Hamburg Opera who now sings at the world s most important opera houses; and Marcus Farnsworth won both the Wigmore Song Competition and the Kathleen Ferrier Award, establishing himself as one of the finest song interpreters of his generation. Together with the festival s artistic director, Sholto Kynoch, at the piano, they provide world-class performances of these wonderful songs. They were recorded in the Holywell Music Room, Europe s oldest purpose-built concert hall, and in addition, the disc s booklet features translations and detailed notes by Richard Stokes, a leading authority on Lieder.
Recorded live at last year's Oxford Lieder Festival, this recital features 12 of Wolf's little-known Lehnau settings and the 10 sacred songs that open the Spanisches Liederbuch, an acknowledged masterpiece. The use of a variety of voice-types rules out sameness, but the singers bring varying degrees of fantasy, so that quality is inconsistent. In the Lenau set, Huntley's mezzo, noble in timbre and confidential in tone, does fulsome justice to Traurige Wege and Herbstentschluss , but she sings only one of the Spanish songs.*** --Financial Times, 26/07/13
Another splendidly wide-ranging selection of songs. --Gramophone awards issue,2013