“Steffani singt frisch und textdeutlich, interpretiert sensibel, aus einer klugen Mauerschau-Distanz heraus.”
“…this is all first-rate, refined singing with lucid diction, elegant technique, and a palpable affinity for what he is singing.” “This is an exceptionally fine debut recording for an already well-developed singer.”
American Record Guide
“Steffani is a remarkable singer with an excellent diction and a natural sound, able to communicate an emotion astonishingly convincible.”
Baritone Raoul Steffani’s CD debut is a collection of early songs by major Lieder composers Schumann, Grieg, Sibelius and Berg, with accompaniment by Gerold Huber.
Many songs on this album have one thing in common: they are mainly early compositions, in some cases even the first songs these composers wrote. They all have a certain spontaneity and freshness which shows that the young men who composed them were still at the beginning of their careers, full of dreams and hopes for the future. Thus, not surprisingly, many of the songs are also about dreams, totally in the spirit of the true romantic soul.
Robert Schumann: Liederkreis op. 24 (Heine)
Edvard Grieg: Sechs Lieder op. 48
Jean Sibelius: Selection
Alban Berg: Vier Gesänge op. 2