A sensational Schumann

Felicity Lott, Ann Murray and Graham Johnson tap straight into Schumann's tender side on this beautiful recording of his song and piano works

Composer: Schumann
Repertoire: Songs, Vol.9
Artists: Felicity Lott (soprano), Ann Murray (mezzo-soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
Rating: 5/5 
Genre: Vocal/Instrumental 
Label: Hyperion CDJ33109

This disc features Schumann’s songs and piano pieces ‘for the young’, sensitively interspersed and affectionately performed. There’s nothing childish about the music: most of it is Schumann at his most touching (he was a devoted father). Lott, Murray and Johnson tap straight into that tender warmth and intimacy – and there’s the perpetual sense that these performers are close friends who love making music together.