If there’s a tenor with a sweeter tone than Sydneysider Andrew Goodwin I haven’t heard them. I first encountered him at the 2008 Musica Viva Festival when he was just beginning to make his way. He performed some Mahler but what impressed me most was how at home he was singing Rachmaninov in Russian. He trained in St Petersburg and must have picked up some other eastern European language skills there for he was equally compelling in a recent performance of Janáček’s The Diary of One Who Disappe ared.

Andrew Goodwin

His faultless diction and attention to text is on show in this debut solo album with fellow Australian, pianist Daniel de Borah on the Danish independent label Walkway Records in which the pair show great chemistry in a survey of some of Schumann’s greatest works from the celebrated “year of song”. Liederkreis , settings of 12 poems by Joseph von Eichendorff, Schumann told his new bride Clara Wieck, had “much of my most romantic music ever, with much of you in it”. Goodwin and de Borah’s handling of Mondnacht and Zwielicht ...