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.

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Im wunderschönen Monat Mai:

Aus Meinen Tränen Spriessen:

Die Rose, Die Lilie, Die Taube, Die Sonne:

Wenn Ich in Deine Augen Seh:

Ich Will Meine Seele Tauchen:

Und wüsstens die Blumen, die Kleinen:

Here is one more song—from a recital a long time ago— by the great American composer, Charles Ives, called “My Native Land.” The wonderful pianist is Joe Adams.
“My Native Land” by Charles Ives: