Franz Schubert: Die Schöne Müllerin D.795
Andre Schuen (Bariton), Daniel Heide (Piano)
Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin is a test for every lieder singer. South Tyrolean baritone Andrè Schuen has taken it on and is releasing the timeless song cycle as his debut album on Deutsche Grammophon - together with pianist Daniel Heide. Schuen comes from the Ladin region of La Val (South Tyrol, Italy) and grew up there speaking three languages - Ladin, Italian and German. This versatility is also reflected in his vocal repertoire. He studied singing at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, where his roles included Guglielmo in Così fan tutte at the Salzburg Festival. Schuen and Heide have already been working together for over ten years - a familiar intimacy that is evident in every note of this Müllerin, whose narrative is so dependent on naturalness of expression. "I didn't want to wait too long to record Die schöne Müllerin because voices generally get darker and heavier with age," Schuen explains. "By recording the work now, when I'm still relatively young, I can also bring a lot of bright colors to the music. Because without them, the Müllerin makes no sense to me."