Der Wanderer: Schubert Lieder

Following the critical acclaim for Iain Burnside’s partnership with soprano Ailish Tynan in the first volume of Burnside’s Schubert song series on Delphian, this second volume sees him partnered by another friend and long-term collaborator, baritone Roderick Williams. Their lovingly designed programme takes its tone from the strand of journeying and farewell that threads through Schubert’s song output. Burnside’s pianism is as masterful and vivid as ever, while Roderick Williams, fresh from his triumph at the 2016 Royal Philharmonic Society Awards, combines drama and intellect and shows the qualities that continue to endear him both to critics and to audiences.

"an exceptionally imaginative and satisfying piece of programming"

"Williams is an unfailingly intelligent singer and is matched every step of the way by Burnside. Interpretatively they barely put a foot wrong... This is an enjoyable - and beautifully recorded - programme."

"This is a most intelligently planned programme and the execution by Roderick Williams and Iain Burnside is superb. The recital is as enjoyable as it is distinguished."

"There’s a wonderfully unfussy openness and sincerity to Williams’s delivery that I’ve only ever heard rivalled by Christian Gerhaher...even in the darkest nights of the soul there’s always a flicker of hope which asserts itself more tangibly than in rival interpretations...little miracles from Iain Burnside, too, who plays with such clarity that details which are often glossed over make their presence felt."

"Both as an exploration of the theme implied by the disc’s title, Der Wanderer, and as a straightforward illustrative sampling of the composers singular mastery as a custodian of the Art ofSong, this disc is as intelligently-conceived a recital of Schubert Lieder as has been recorded since the advent of digital technology. That alone makes Der Wanderer a desirable release, but it is the awe-inspiring display of musicianship that makes this disc unmissable. Der Wanderer also reaffirms that, whether employing vocal cords or piano keys, Roderick Williams and Iain Burnside can sing."


"Exile and expatriation, the lament of Der Wanderer, have seldom sounded so personal as in Williams’s intimate evocation."


Producer: Paul Baxter
Recording venue(s): St Mary’s Parish Church, Haddington, East Lothian
Recording dates: 21-24 October 2015
Physical format: Jewel case with cardboard outer sleeve
Number of discs: 1
Number of tracks: 22
Release date: 26 August 2016
Total playing time: 1:12:41
Album ID: DCD34170

Presto Recording of the Year Finalist 2016

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