Schubert's Women CD Gramola Vienna, 2021
Klaudia Tandl, mezzo-soprano Gabriele Jacoby, recitation Niall Kinsella, piano Rising star Austrian mezzo-soprano Klaudia Tandl, acting legend Gabriele Jacoby, and Niall Kinsella are delighted to present Schubert’s Women: an insightful exploration of the female character as understood by Schubert. The programme presents some of his finest songs, plus “scenas” which showcase shades of longing, innocence, humour, wit, seduction, and utter desolation, plus Schubert’s ‘tour-de-force’ lieder for Mignon and Gretchen. Niall writes: "Klaudia, Gabriele and I worked together on the lieder master-course at Franz-Schubert-Institut, Baden-bei-Wien in summer 2017. Klaudia and I instantly established a strong rapport, both personally and artistically, and our music-making became effortless and so enjoyable. Bringing the marvellous, talented actress Gabriele Jacoby into this project seemed to complete it perfectly. Ms. Jacoby was our poetry coach during the lieder master-course at Franz-Schubert-Institut, and her natural sense of musicality, phrasing, rhythm, and intonation combine to make her recitations of these poems truly captivating, and cause one to hear the songs in a completely different way."
"This recital offers an appealing selection of largely well-known Schubert settings, with added interest given by interleaving the groups of songs with poems Schubert set – heard in thrilling, animated readings by Austrian actor Gabriele Jacoby. This attractive idea both recalls the musical- declamatory evenings of Schubert’s day, as well as more recent series’ such as Graham Johnson’s Songmaker’s Almanac. [...] Mezzo Klaudia Tandl has a beautiful, rich sound and an elegant, untroubled delivery; Kinsella is a meticulous collaborator […] this is polished music-making of fine repertoire"
— Natasha Loges, BBC Music Magazine (UK)
“The Irish pianist Niall Kinsella, who trained in Dublin and later in Vienna (with Barbara Moser), is a first-class calling card as a knowledgeable and profound song accompanist.”
— Karl Masek, Merker-Online (Austria)
"Tandl and Kinsella's perspective is so fresh and fruitful;I'm looking forward to hearing more of Schubert's women-focused songs from them - including the 12 songs he set to texts by women poets."
— Pamela Margles, The Whole Note (Canada)
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