Julianne Baird: Schubert's Winterreise
"Soprano Julianne Baird and pianist Andrew Willis... deliver the goods with taste and care providing especially glowing accounts... Baird offers a keenly intelligent reading, most imaginative in "Irrlicht" and "Einsamkeit."
Opera News (January 1998)
song cycle used to be exclusively male property until soprano Lotte Lehman
essayed it. Baird, a baroque specialist... makes the successful transition...
Even in embryonic [original] form, the work exerts a measure of fascination,
and Baird and Willils make a splendid team."
San Francisco Examiner (November 1997)
her best, Baird explores the lower reaches of her voice in "Auf dem Flusse,"
giving it a deeply emotional subtext suggesting this is the song where
the protagonist realizes, to his horror, that all is really lost.
Her characteristic lack of vibrato gives Schubert a strange directness..."
Classical Pulse (February 1998)