Christian Gerhaher is one of the most famous Lied interpreters of our time. Together with his duo partner pianist Gerold Huber, he recorded all 299 of Schumann's songs. The release of the 11-CD box set "Schumann - Alle Lieder" is preceded by an artistic friendship that has existed since their student days and a decade-long preoccupation with Schumann's work. For the duo, the latter's songs represent the pinnacle of musical romance and a unique marriage of text and music. They are the first to have devoted themselves with such intensity to the complete song oeuvre of Robert Schumann since Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau's epoch-making recording in the 1970s.
"Each is captivating, each is a wonderful combination of musical accompaniment, a possible poetic idea..." Christian Gerhaher on Schumann's songs
The complete recording "Schumann - Alle Lieder" was released in 2021. It is a co-production of Sony Classical, BR-KLASSIK and the Heidelberger Frühling Liedzentrum. The CD project was awarded the prestigious Diapason d'Or Arte in 2021. In 2022 Christian Gerhaher also won the Opus Klassik for this in the category "Soloistic Recording", having already been awarded the Opus Klassik in the category "Singer of the Year" in 2021 for the first album of the edition "Schumann: Question". In addition, the complete recording was awarded the Annual Prize of the German Record Critics in 2022.
Christian Gerhaher and Gerold Huber's approach is artistic: they deliberately avoid a purely chronological or purely thematic approach in order to preserve the unity of his song cycles that was essential to Schumann himself.
In the course of the recordings, Gerhaher also subjected his earlier Schumann releases to critical revision. This unique project is given an additional appeal by new recordings of the cycles for women's voices, the rarely heard duets and trios, as well as polyphonic works such as the Spanisches Liederspiel op. 74, with which Schumann raised the medium to a whole new artistic level.
In addition to Gerhaher and Huber, the notable artists represented in the publication include Sibylla Rubens, Camilla Tilling, Julia Kleiter, Wiebke Lehmkuhl, Martin Mitterrutzner, Christina Landshamer and Anett Frisch. The recording was scientifically accompanied by the Forschungsstelle Robert Schumann e.V. in Düsseldorf.