Songs and Piano Music by Beethoven and Schumann

Ludwig van Beethoven, Robert Schumann

KINDRA SCHARICH, mezzo-soprano



"This is a recording simply to enjoy from beginning to end... What can be claimed for this disc is that all three performances have a great deal to offer... In the two song cycles Scharich combines a beautiful lyric mezzo-soprano with keen interpretive insight... For his part, pianist LaDeur provides thoughtful, expressive accompaniments. The two artists are completely in sync, reflecting not only the notes but the drama that underlies them.LaDeur’s performance of Schumann’s monumental Fantasie is less volatile than some, emphasizing the music’s lyricism and poetry over its drama. This should not be taken to mean that it is in any way boring. LaDeur’s is the kind of performance that draws you in with its quiet poise, but when the climaxes come, they are powerful, in part because of the contrast. LaDeur’s playing exhibits a sensitive ear for color and balance: Melody, accompaniment, and secondary voices are all heard in perfect proportion. He has at his disposal a technique that allows for a wide variety of dynamics, particularly at quiet levels... The recorded sound is superb throughout. The balance between singer and piano is just right, and the piano sound is very natural. For any collector who is attracted to the three pieces here, this disc will provide a very satisfying listening experience."
Henry Fogel, Fanfare [September/October 2020]
"[this MSR Classics disc begins] with an expressively varied and often poetic performance of Beethoven’s precocious An die ferne Geliebte the singer and accompanist find the musical colors and emotional valences of the songs... [as] engaging as the Beethoven cycle is, it doesn’t prepare the listener for the depth and breadth of what’s to come in Schumann’s Frauenliebe und Leben. In a lustrous, moving performance of this widely performed cycle, Scharich and LaDeur pull off the alchemical wonder that a sequence of lieder can achieve... this account of the great cycle is both exquisitely detailed and beautifully molded to the contours of its titular theme — a woman’s love and life. Words and music merge and seem inevitably joined. Singer and pianist commune. The sum effect is at once utterly natural and arrestingly fresh... The songs, some as fleeting as a minute or two and none longer than six, may not take up much clock time. But in their assured, intuitive performances, Scharich and LaDeur create a rounded universe of a woman’s fierce and loving attachments."
Steve Winn, San Francisco Classical Voice [June 2020]
To My Distant Beloved is the title, translated, of a program featuring the exceptional talents of mezzo-soprano Kindra Scharich and pianist Jeffrey LaDeur. Together they make the necessary connections to enable us to understand the relationships among the three major works heard in this program... Kindra Scharich and Jeffrey LaDeur [convey the music] simply and eloquently"
Phil Muse, Atlanta Audio Club [June 2020]
Mezzo-Soprano Kindra Scharich has performed more than 200 art songs in 13 languages, and enjoys the full complement of recital, concert and opera engagements. As a dedicated recitalist, she has sung at the the American Composer’s Forum, La Jolla Athenaeum, The Wagner Society, Lieder Alive and the acclaimed Sala Cecília Meireles in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 2018, Scharich sang the United States premiere of new songs by German composer Anno Schreier as a co-collaboration between Deutsche Oper Berlin and Lieder Alive. She also continued her partnership with Brazilian pianist Ricardo Ballestero in performing and recording the non-Portuguese repertoire of the great Brazilian composer Alberto Nepomuceno, to be released in 2020, the centennial year of his death. She has collaborated extensively with the Alexander String Quartet, and in 2018 recorded In meinem Himmel: The Complete Mahler Song Cycles, a set of new transcriptions by Zakarias Grafilo (Foghorn Classics.) Enthusiastic about working with living composers, she is featured in Everyone Sang: Vocal Music of David Conte, and has premiered works by Elinor Armer, Kurt Erickson, Janis Mattox, Laurence Rosenthal and Anno Schreier. In the world of opera, Scharich has sung more than 30 roles from operas by composers ranging from Monteverdi to Philip Glass, including premiere performances of David Carlson’s Anna Karenina, Laura Kaminsky’s Today It Rains and Missy Mazzoli’s Breaking the Waves. [ ]

Jeffrey LaDeur is known for his for his rare blend of insight, spontaneity and approachable stage presence. Having inherited a rich tradition of communicative pianism and interpretation from Annie Sherter, a student of Vlado Perlemuter and Alfred Cortot, LaDeur has established himself as a compelling exponent of a diverse repertoire of canonical and alternative masterpieces. Also wellversed in the music of the French masters, he has a special affinity for Debussy, and in March 2018 made his solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall on the centennial of the composer’s death. LaDeur, who appears regularly with orchestra and maintains a repertoire of more than 40 concertos, is the founder and artistic director of the San Francisco International Piano Festival. A chamber musician of distinction, his acclaimed collaboration with mezzo-soprano Kindra Scharich has led to engagements with Lieder Alive! in San Francisco, Mendocino Music Festival and En Blanc et Noir Festival in Lagrasse, France. He has collaborated with numerous distinguished artists and ensembles, including Robert Mann, Bonnie Hampton, Ian Swensen, Axel Strauss, Geoff Nuttall and the Alexander String Quartet. An active educator, Jeffrey offers master classes frequently as guest artist in universities throughout the United States and coaches gifted pre-college piano and string ensembles at Young Chamber Musicians in Burlingame, California. LaDeur holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and San Francisco Conservatory of Music in piano performance and chamber music, respectively. Jeffrey counts among his teachers Mark Edwards, Douglas Humpherys, Yoshikazu Nagai and Robert McDonald. [ ] [ ]
8 Songs on Poems by Adelbert v. Chamisso (1781-1838)
I. Seit ich ihn gesehen
II. Er, der Herrlichste von allen
III. Ich kann’s nicht fassen, nicht glauben
IV. Du Ring an meinem Finger
V. Helft mir, ihr Schwestern
VI. Süsser Freund, du blickest
VII. An meinem Herzen, an meiner Brust
VIII. Nun hast du mir den ersten Schmerz getan

A Song Cycle by A. Jeitteles (1794-1858)
I. Auf dem Hügel sitz ich spähend
II. Wo die Berge so blau
III. Leichte Segler in den Höhen
IV. Diese Wolken in den Höhen
V. Es kehret der Maien, es blühet die Au
VI. Nimm sie hin denn, diese Lieder

I. Durchaus fantastisch und leidenschaftlich vorzutragen; Im Legenden-Ton
II. Mäßig. Durchaus energisch
III. Langsam getragen. Durchweg leise zu halten

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