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Much of Wigmore Hall’s ambitious project to perform all of Schubert’s Lieder is appearing on disc and this recital, from March last year, is a valuable highlight. Appl possesses both penetrating insight and an enviable control of tone and colour, both laid squarely at the service of the music: the sense of line in Am Bach im Fruhling, for example, is remarkable. Der Zwerg is terrifying, an opera in miniature, yet with nothing over-done; Im Abendrot is a model of restrained simplicity; one could go on. Johnson is a stylish, eloquent partner throughout and the recording is demonstration quality.

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