This selection of songs could carry the subtitle ‘Women in Love’. ‘L’Education sentimentale’, perhaps. Ailish Tynan and Iain Burnside have assembled a portrait gallery: a whole bevy of Schubert’s women pursuing different sorts of love, nurturing different Biedermeier dreams. Goethe’s Gretchen finds an intriguing counterpart in Schiller's Amalia.
Ellen gazes out over Loch Katrine, while Serafina looks down affectionately at her fortepiano.
A young nun welcomes her destiny as the bride of Christ. This, the first volume in Burnside’s carefully crafted voyage of Schubert song, sees Ailish at the height of her career in music that has been her ‘life's dream’ to record.
“She has the kind of voice one associates with Despina in Cosi fan tutte...It goes without saying that Iain Burnside's accompaniments are ideal, detailed in the modern manner but never obtruding, and in all respects the disc shows two dedicated artists who have given a lot of thought to every aspect of these marvellous pieces. Where I have doubts is in that edge which Tynan's voice sometimes takes on…” BBC Music Magazine
“Tynan’s bright, bell-like sound and flexible control is amply matched by Burnside’s imaginative mastery at the keyboard, and what is billed as a first volume in a series benefits from fine recorded sound” Classical Music