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American Record Guide – Sept/Oct 2016

American Record Guide – Sept/Oct 2016
by Robert Moore

“As soon as I heard Blumberg’s voice I was captivated by his excellent tone production and solid technique. He immediately establishes the story’s somber mood with a stern tone. As the cycle progresses he demonstrates effective and imaginative use of dynamics and well chosen accent of notes and words. Most of all he shows a good storyteller’s ability to set a grave tone that takes you through the unraveling of the wanderer’s spirit as it leads to desolation. His attention to the text is as good as any singer’s I’ve heard and it comes out clearly in his contrasting variation of tone from strophe to strophe. He has a good, sturdy, well-managed voice capable of fine nuance and brings the right affect to each song. This reading totally drew me in. It is one of the best of the 40 or so I’ve heard.”

(Winterreise with pianist Martin Katz, for Blue Griffin Recording, )