Imogen Cooper


Schumann: Dichterliebe

Composed by Robert Schumann

Performed by Imogen Cooper, Wolfgang Holzmair

Philips / 446-086-2 / Recorded at Haydnsaal, Schloss Esterhazy, Eisenstadt, Austria

Grammy nominated for "Best Classical Vocal Performance" 1995

Singer and pianist work together almost by instinct in thinking themselves into the very heart of these songs... Holzmair's plangent, very Viennese voice bespeaks the vulnerability that lies at the soul of Robert's Eusebius side, heard to mesmeric effect in the great, slower songs of Op 35, but he is just as capable of tramping the ways with Schumann when he is in his Florestan mood.... [Imogen Cooper's] playing throughout the programme is at once supportive of her partner and individual in itself. The recording is faultless


Holzmair with his light, tenorish baritone proves a perfect poet in Dichterliebe and Imogen Cooper is an inspired accompanist… [In Liederkreis], too, Holzmair proves a masterly interpreter alert and intense but finely controlled… The sound throughout is impressive.

The Penguin Guide to Recorded Classical Music, 2010

I was transfixed by the sheer artistry... Rarely have I heard so sensitive, intelligent and gloriously musical a partnership... no one could have asked for more attentive, detailed expressions nor more complete harmony of feeling between singer and pianist

The Independent