The young Swiss tenor Mauro Peter presents a song programme dedicated entirely to Franz Schubert’s settings of Goethe poems, celebrating the great composer’s birthday on January 31. And what could be a better location for this than London’s venerable Wigmore Hall? Accompanied by his regular pianist, Helmut Deutsch, Peter sings jewels such as the majestically calm Wandrers Nachtlied, invokes the melancholy alchemy of And den Mond and the eeriness of Erlkönig (the piece that convinced Goethe to change his mind about Schubert for the better, but only after the composer’s death), and offers the profoundly moving Gesänge des Harfners and the broad brushstrokes of Willkommen und Abschied.
Released by Sony, Mauro Peter’s recording of Schubert settings of Goethe poems was hailed as a great lied discovery of recent times. “Here is a tenor who is equally convincing in youthful infatuation as in melancholy pondering and dramatic derring-do. The clarity of his words is optimal, and the subtle nuances of his delivery sound so natural, so entirely without mannerism, that one might be forgiven for thinking that this is the first time these songs were ever sung.” (Opernglas, 09/2015)
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Mauro Peter, tenor
Helmut Deutsch, piano