Schubert: 19 Goethe Lieder

Reviewed on Tue 12 Jan, 2016

This selection of Schubert’s Goethe settings has been chosen with care to suit Mauro Peter’s bright tenor timbre, produced with ample tone, clear diction and accomplished technique.

Gefühlslegato – emotional legato – is essential to any great interpretation of Schubert Lieder, as the young Swiss tenor Mauro Peter is only too aware, having studied under his vastly experienced accompanist Helmut Deutsch. This selection of Schubert’s Goethe settings has been chosen with care to suit Peter’s bright tenor timbre, produced with ample tone, clear diction and accomplished technique. Even if he does not always realise the emotion (for example in Gesänge des Harfners) or characterisation (Erlkönig) that one normally enjoys from more experienced performers such as Prégardien (Harmonia Mundi), there's still enough to recommend this recording. The recorded sound is vocally focussed but Deutsch’s eloquent pianism does not take a back seat – and rightly so. Introductory notes and texts but no translations included. For sure, Mauro Peter is an artist to listen out for in future.
–Evan Dickerson