ROMANTICISM: Explore the late George Colerick's fascinating series of articles encroaching on the subjects of melody, romanticism, operetta and humour in music.
German baritone Matthias Goerne was born in Weimar on 31 March 1967 into a musical family, and knew by the age of nine that he wanted to become a professional singer. He studied with Hans-Joachim Beyer in Leipzig, then later with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf.
Goerne made his professional debut in J S Bach's St Matthew Passion with Kurt Masur conducting in Leipzig in 1990.
He has made many highly-regarded recordings, including twelve CDs of Schubert lieder for harmonia mundi, and has appeared live in many different countries.
CD Spotlight. Lush and Tender - Geoff Pearce recommends a new recording of orchestral music and songs by Franz Schreker. '... these performances make a very compelling case to perform Schreker's music much more often.'
CD Spotlight. A Pleasant Surprise - Schubert songs with orchestral accompaniments, highly recommended by Gerald Fenech. 'An absolute peach of a disc where everything falls into place with astute precision.'
Ensemble. The Humanity of Wozzeck - Alban Berg from Salzburg, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
Ensemble. Wonderful Playing - Christoph Eschenbach and the Vienna Philharmonic visit Brisbane, reviewed by Gillian Wills
CD Spotlight. A Forthright Approach - J S Bach's St Matthew Passion, recommended by Howard Smith. '... the Ex Cathedra performance is a triumph.'
Ensemble. An Absolute Delight - Maria Nockin finds perfection in Los Angeles Opera's revival of Peter Hall's 1993 production of 'The Magic Flute'
Record Box. A Triumph - Matthias Goerne sings Schubert, enjoyed by Robert Anderson