Highly regarded by such contemporaries as Mendelssohn, Schumann and Liszt, Robert Franz wrote 279 songs over the course of a long life. For this recital, Graham Johnson and Robin Tritschler have chosen forty-seven of their favourites.
With Johnson’s discerning support, Tritschler confirms his credentials as a natural in Lieder. His is a voice of spring, fresh and easy on the ear, produced with a care both for clarity of diction and a true singing line. Tritschler is a lively, sensitive interpreter, too…Franz’s songs typically demand, and get, dulcet tone, perfect dynamic control, including a limpid mezza voce, and refined phrasing. Gramophone
Tritschler’s gloriously sweet voice is perfect for these songs, if very occasionally under-energised. Johnson – that most sympathetic and imaginative of accompanists weaves magic with colour, balance and timing. The liner notes are characteristically excellent, with useful short discussion of each song. BBC ****