CD BERG (SIEBEN FRÜHE LIEDER) ZEMLINSKY (MAETERLINCK LIEDER)
Review by Mischa Spel, NRC Handelsblad ***** - April 21st 2015
"Katrien Baerts enchants the soul with Berg (…) The performance of the still too little known Belgian soprano Katrien Baerts is overwhelmingly good."
Richard Fairman, Gramophone - December 2014
"Then two sets of songs - Berg's Seven Early Songs and Zemlinsky's little-heard Six Songs after Maeterlinck - are sung with light, lyrical warmth by soprano Katrien Baerts."
Review by Frits van der Waa, Volkskrant ***** - November 19th 2014
"(…) Alban Bergs Seven early Songs, which show the trump card of the CD: the fresh, yet mature sound of soprano Katrien Baerts. She also plays the lead role in Zemlinsky's Maeterlinck-Gesänge."
Review by Jan de Kruijff, Musicalifeiten - November 2014
"(Bergs frühe Lieder) Soprano Katrien Baerts shows a very pure, balanced look on this matter as it should be for a good song interpreter.
(Zemlinsky’s 6 Maeterlinck Lieder) but also with a strongly reduced instrumental accompaniment (…) this mini cycle impresses because the singer knows how to fully transfer the sometimes intense emotions, but without any exaggeration or sentimentality."
Review by Birgit Van Cleemput, Klara - November 2014
"(…) completed with soprano Katrien Baerts who knows exactly how to impersonate the sultry and alienating atmosphere of the Viennese fin de siècle."
Review by Maarten Brandt, Opus Klassiek - November 2014
"Merely the subtle and at the same time deeply notching voicing by Baerts and de Leeuw with Het Collectief, is sufficient reason for purchasing this album without hesitation."
Hélène Cao, Diapason **** - October 24th 2014
"One understands this singer needs to be closely followed: a voice sweet as honey, an assertive personality in which one feels both spontaneity and thoughtfulness. Her timbre shines in her entire tessitura, the passion is expressed without emphasis."
Andrew Clement, The Guardian **** - October 3rd 2014
"De Leeuw contributes his own reductions of Berg’s Seven Early Songs, exquisitely sung by Baerts, (…) but the highlight of the disc is Alexander von Zemlinsky’s Six Maeterlinck Songs, invested with a wonderful mix of mystery and allure by Baerts."
Review by Henri Drost, PlatoMania - September 25th 2014
"Soprano Katrien Baerts shines in the truly magnificent arrangement of Berg's Sieben frühe Lieder made by de Leeuw."