I come from a family of singers and I’ve always especially loved singing German Lieder, music written mostly in the 19th century by composers such as Franz Schubert, Richard Strauss and, here, Robert Schumann. I made a recording of Schumann’s “Dichterliebe” a few years ago. In this music, the piano part is just as important as the voice, as is the text of the song, invariably a poem by one of the great poets of the time. It all adds up to a very intense, emotional experience. Here are two songs from that song cycle. The lovely pianist is Virginia Perry Lamb.