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"a beautifully modulated account" (BBC Music Mag)
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Released 3 September 2021


Clara SCHUMANN (1819–1896)
3 Lieder, Op. 12
1. No. 3. Warum willst du and’re fragen
2. No. 2. Liebst du um Schönheit

3. Mein Stern!

4. 6 Lieder, Op. 13: No. 2. Sie liebten sich beide

Sally BEAMISH (b. 1956)
5. Clara (1995)
(Première recording)

Robert SCHUMANN (1810–1856)
6–13. Frauenliebe und -Leben, Op. 42

Sandra Porter mezzo
Graeme McNaught piano

Recorded at Henry Wood Hall, London
Engineered by John Croft (Chiaro Audio)
Produced by Tom Hammond (Chiaro Audio)

Press Quotes

“…the duo negotiate a beautifully modulated account [of ‘Frauenliebe und -Leben, Op. 42’] gilded by McNaught’s finely-judge rubato and ear for Schumann’s telling countermelodies… the collision between the Beamish and Robert’s Op. 42 – a rewarding and endlessly fascinating interaction” (BBC Music Magazine)

“The Scottish mezzosoprano Sandra Porter tells the story, as it were, with her own voice and, in collaboration with the alert and involved pianist Graeme McNaught, creates something unique. Porter’s soprano-like timbre is bright and pointed, with a sympathetic vibrato. Her unaffected delivery conveys genuine emotion… Porter’s sympathetic interpretation and crisp diction enhance the immediacy of the portrait [Beamish’s ‘Clara’]. The attractive packaging includes full texts and translations” (American Record Guide)