Volume 7 of our Complete Strauss Songs cycle focuses on the juvenilia. But the mysterious TrV references obfuscate compositions of a beauty hard to reconcile with the facts behind their genesis (Strauss was just six when he penned the first of them—his mother had to write in the words for him). Three new singers—Ruby Hughes, Ben Johnson and Günter Haumer—join Roger Vignoles in this most unexpected of recitals to relish.
the pleasures are manifold. Even ardent Straussians won't know many of the songs in this mix of juvenilia...[Hughes] is a delight, pure lyric-soprano transparency for the often folksy simplicity of young Richard...[by Von den sieben Zechbrüdern] Johnson has really come out of his shell to relish the operatic narrative of which we know he's capable. BBC ****