Nienke Oostenrijk and Marianne Boer bring a selection songs of Schubert with the theme "Ladies Only".
These songs represent Schubert strong empathy for women in poetry. Uncertainty and emotional fluctuations were seen as typically feminine qualities, and it is not surprising that poets used from the Biedermeier time female characters to express their grief.
Oostenrijk has done excellent research into the meaning of these songs and therefor has also contacted the famous English philosopher Roger Scruton, who wrote the essay "Schubert is needed now more than ever". She paints an accurate picture of how feminine feelings have played a role in Schubert's life.
The booklet of this production has thus become a meaningful document.
Nienke Oostenrijk and Marianne Boer perform these songs with great understanding of text and context in this album. This creates a beautiful combination of depth and naturalness, in which the interaction is truly sublime.