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Schubert: Lieder / Elizabeth Watts, Roger Vignoles

Album Summary

>Schubert, Franz : An den Mond, D 193/Op 57 no 3
>Schubert, Franz : Suleika no 1, D 720
>Schubert, Franz : Im Abendrot, D 799
>Schubert, Franz : Sei mir gegrusst, D 741/Op. 20 no 1
>Schubert, Franz : Der Jüngling an der Quelle, D 300
>Schubert, Franz : Heimliches Lieben ("O du, wenn deine Lippen..."), song for voice & piano (two versions), D. 922 (Op.
>Schubert, Franz : Der Sänger am Felsen, D 482
>Schubert, Franz : Thekla; eine Geisterstimme no 2, D 595/Op. 88 no 2
>Schubert, Franz : An die Sonne ("Sinke, liebe Sonne"), song for voice & piano, D. 270 (Op. posth. 118/5)
>Schubert, Franz : Aus Diego Manazares ("Wo irrst du"), song for voice & piano, D. 458
>Schubert, Franz : Nacht und Traume, D 827
>Schubert, Franz : Fruhlingsglaube, D 686/Op. 20 no 2
>Schubert, Franz : Die Blumensprache ("Es deuten die Blumen"), song for voice & piano, D. 519 (Op. posth. 173/5)
>Schubert, Franz : An Mignon, D 161
>Schubert, Franz : An die Nachtigall, D 497/Op. 98 no 1
>Schubert, Franz : Liane ("Hast du Lianen nicht gesehen?"), song for voice & piano, D. 298
>Schubert, Franz : Des Mädchens Klage no 2, D 191/Op. 58 no 3
>Schubert, Franz : Nachtviolen, D 752
>Schubert, Franz : Marie, D 658
>Schubert, Franz : Lambertine ("O Liebe"), song for voice & piano, D. 301
>Schubert, Franz : Refrainlieder (4), D 866/Op. 95
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Notes & Reviews:

Sony Masterworks is proud to present the debut solo album by soprano Elizabeth Watts. Born in 1979, Elizabeth has already garnered an impressive list of accolades, including reaching the finals and winning the prestigious Rosenblatt Recital Song Prize at the 2007 Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. Her debut recording is a diverse and fascinating collection of Schubert lieder accompanied by the internationally acclaimed pianist Roger Vignoles.

BBC Music Magazine
Watt's youthful, radiant delivery, with no flaws in technique that I can hear, fits many of the Lieder like a glove.

Gramophone Magazine
A voice in its first, radiant freshness is always to be cherished in Schubert. Watts is a thoughtful interpreter, too, alive to mood and atmosphere... Crucially, she also brings a measure of innocence and simplicity - not quite the same thing as artlessness - to many of these songs, allied to a technical mastery that allows her to spin a rapt, unblemished line in "Nacht und TrSume".

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Hailed as a singer to watch after winning the 2006 Kathleen Ferrier Award and the 2007 Cardiff Song Prize, Elizabeth Watts makes her CD debut with this refreshingly unhackneyed Schubert programme. Perennial soprano favourites - DieForelle, Nacht und TrSume, Frnhlingsglaube, Suleika - are not shunned. But Watts has alighted on some rarely aired gems. How often in recital do we hear the agitated scena-in-miniature AusDiego Manzanares; or the playfully charming paean to spring Die Blumensprache; or the Novalis setting Marie, where sacred and profane blur in a song of exquisite, rarefied grace? A voice in its first, radiant freshness is always to be cherished in Schubert. Watts is a thoughtful interpreter, too, alive to mood and atmosphere, colouring her tone in response to a darkening of the harmony in, say, Sei mir gegrnsst. Crucially, she also brings a measure of innocence and simplicity - not quite the same thing as artlessness - to many of these songs, allied to a technical mastery that allows her to spin a rapt, unblemished line in Nacht und TrSume. Encouraged by Vignoles's buoyant accompaniment, she makes an engaging story-teller in Die Forelle, with an unexaggerated touch of indignation at the angler's treachery; and she sings the mildly salacious refrain song Die MSnner sind mTchant with just the right wide-eyed mock-pathos. Quibbles? Well, in one or two songs, including the opening An den Mond, Watts struck me as overly languid. She treats NShe des Geliebten as an elegiac litany, where, say, Janet Baker, choosing a more mobile tempo and finding greater variety from verse to verse, sings it as a passionate avowal of love. Watts also emphasises melancholy over excited anticipation in Frnhlingsglaube and Suleika. Here and elsewhere, Watts under-exploits the expressive potential of German consonants. That said, highlights are lovely performances of Nachtviolen - the high tessitura effortlessly negotiated - or the Mozartian barcarolle Liane: just two songs among many where the vernal purity of Watts's tone and the grace of her phrasing are priceless assets.



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>Schubert, Franz : An den Mond, D 193/Op 57 no 3
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Elizabeth Watts
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (05/18/2008-05/20/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 05/17/1815

>Schubert, Franz : Suleika no 1, D 720
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Elizabeth Watts
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (05/18/2008-05/20/2008)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 03/1821

>Schubert, Franz : Im Abendrot, D 799
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Elizabeth Watts
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (05/18/2008-05/20/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: ?1824

>Schubert, Franz : Sei mir gegrüsst, D 741/Op. 20 no 1
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Elizabeth Watts
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (05/18/2008-05/20/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1822

>Schubert, Franz : Der Jüngling an der Quelle, D 300
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Elizabeth Watts
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (05/18/2008-05/20/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1817

>Schubert, Franz : Heimliches Lieben ("O du, wenn deine Lippen..."), song for voice & piano (two versions), D. 922 (Op.
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Elizabeth Watts
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (05/18/2008-05/20/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 09/1827

>Schubert, Franz : Der Sänger am Felsen, D 482
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Elizabeth Watts
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (05/18/2008-05/20/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 09/1816

>Schubert, Franz : Thekla; eine Geisterstimme no 2, D 595/Op. 88 no 2
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Elizabeth Watts
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (05/18/2008-05/20/2008)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 11/1817

>Schubert, Franz : An die Sonne ("Sinke, liebe Sonne"), song for voice & piano, D. 270 (Op. posth. 118/5)
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Elizabeth Watts
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (05/18/2008-05/20/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 08/25/1815

>Schubert, Franz : Aus Diego Manazares ("Wo irrst du"), song for voice & piano, D. 458
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Elizabeth Watts
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (05/18/2008-05/20/2008)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 07/30/1816

>Schubert, Franz : Nacht und Träume, D 827
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Elizabeth Watts
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (05/18/2008-05/20/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: ?1825

>Schubert, Franz : Frühlingsglaube, D 686/Op. 20 no 2
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Elizabeth Watts
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (05/18/2008-05/20/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1820-1822

>Schubert, Franz : Die Blumensprache ("Es deuten die Blumen"), song for voice & piano, D. 519 (Op. posth. 173/5)
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Elizabeth Watts
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (05/18/2008-05/20/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: ?01/1817

>Schubert, Franz : An Mignon, D 161
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Elizabeth Watts
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (05/18/2008-05/20/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 02/27/1815

>Schubert, Franz : An die Nachtigall, D 497/Op. 98 no 1
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Elizabeth Watts
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (05/18/2008-05/20/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1816

>Schubert, Franz : Liane ("Hast du Lianen nicht gesehen?"), song for voice & piano, D. 298
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Elizabeth Watts
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (05/18/2008-05/20/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 10/1815

>Schubert, Franz : Des Mädchens Klage no 2, D 191/Op. 58 no 3
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Elizabeth Watts
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (05/18/2008-05/20/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 05/15/1815

>Schubert, Franz : Nachtviolen, D 752
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Elizabeth Watts
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (05/18/2008-05/20/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 04/1822

>Schubert, Franz : Marie, D 658
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Elizabeth Watts
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (05/18/2008-05/20/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: ?05/1819

>Schubert, Franz : Lambertine ("O Liebe"), song for voice & piano, D. 301
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Elizabeth Watts
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (05/18/2008-05/20/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 10/12/1815

>Schubert, Franz : Refrainlieder (4), D 866/Op. 95
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Elizabeth Watts
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (05/18/2008-05/20/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: ?1826