5* REVIEW: Gerald Finley and Julius Drake- sublimity in 18 serious songs

David Nice, The Arts Desk

Earth stood hard as iron in parts of this awe-inspiring recital from a true song partnership, but theirs was an autumnal odyssey, not a winter journey. For all their preoccupation with death and occasionally desolation, neither Schubert at 31, in the last utterances gathered together as Schwanengesang (“Swansong”), nor Brahms, completing the Four Serious Songs on his 63rd birthday, was ready to leave this earth. You could argue that there’s smiling spring in some of Schubert’s inspirations, but not the way Gerald Finley or Julius Drake saw them, tellingly placing Brahms’s monumental tetralogy at the heart of the programme between Schubert’s Rellstab settings and his explorations of superior Heine.

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