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The Hyperion Schubert Edition - Complete Songs Vol 26

Album Summary

>Schubert, Franz : Der Einsame, D 800
>Schubert, Franz : Des Sängers Habe, D 832
>Schubert, Franz : Scenes (2) from "Lacrimas", D 857/Op. 124
>Schubert, Franz : Mondenschein, D 875/Op. 102
>Schubert, Franz : Gesange (4) aus Wilhelm Meister, D 877/Op. 62
>Schubert, Franz : Totengräber-Weise, D 869
>Schubert, Franz : Das Echo, D 990c
>Schubert, Franz : An Sylvia
>Schubert, Franz : Heidenröslein, D 257/Op. 3 no 3
>Schubert, Franz : Trinklied ("Bacchus, feister Furst des Weins"), song for voice & piano, D. 888
>Schubert, Franz : Wiegenlied, D 867/Op. 105 no 2
>Schubert, Franz : Widerspruch, D 865a/Op. 105 no 1
>Schubert, Franz : Der Wanderer an den Mond, D 870/Op. 80 no 1
>Schubert, Franz : Grab und Mond, D 893
>Schubert, Franz : Die Nachthelle, D 892/Op. 134
>Schubert, Franz : Abschied, D 829
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Vol. 26 of the complete Schubert songs is devoted entirely to compositions of 1825-26. It was a rich period...Johnson's notes are worth the price of admission. They are included in a booklet so thick as to necessitate an outsize jewel-box, big enough to be taken for a two-disc affair. How the man finds time is beyond me. Surely this total effort will remain the last word on the subject!...Recommended even to people who don't want the Complete Schubert." -Greene, ARG

'A wondrous addition to this unique venture, it is hard to know where to begin in its praise' (Gramophone)

'Superb. Schubert at his finest. An indispensable disc. An exciting and varied programme of wonderful music' (Classic CD)

'Un disco totalmente recomendable' (Opéra Actual, France)

'As this wonderful series nears completion, so one's gratitude and admiration reach new heights' (Hi-Fi News)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
It's hard to know where to begin in praise of this disc. It has several centres of excellence, the first being Schäfer's beseeching, urgent account of the Mignon settings from Goethe's WilhelmMeister that make plain her pre-eminence today among sopranos in Lieder. Next comes Ainsley's winningly fresh account of An Silvia. You may be surprised at how wholly new-minted Ainsley's ardent tones and Johnson's elating piano manage to make of such a hackneyed song. Schäfer and Johnson do the same service for Horch,horch! die Lerch'. Then comes the extraordinary discovery of this volume. As a rule, Johnson has excluded unaccompanied vocal pieces from his project; happily, he has made an exception in the case of the astonishingly original Seidl setting Grab und Mond, which touches on eternal matters, or rather the permanence of death, a message starkly expressed in typically daring harmony. The London Schubert Chorale gives it a spellbinding interpretation and also contributes positively to a performance of another Seidl setting, the better-known Nachthelle, where the high-lying tenor lead provides no problems for Ainsley. There have to be reservations over the work of Richard Jackson; his tone is inadequate to the demands of Der Einsame, the unjustly neglected Totengräberweise and Der Wanderer anden Mond, which call for a richer sound-palette.

Throughout, Johnson's playing is a source of pleasure and enlightenment. The recording is well-nigh faultless.



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Works Details

>Schubert, Franz : Der Einsame, D 800
  • Performer: Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: ?1824.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: ?1824

>Schubert, Franz : Des Sängers Habe, D 832
  • Performer: Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 02/1825

>Schubert, Franz : Scenes (2) from "Lacrimas", D 857/Op. 124
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Christine Schäfer (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 09/1825

>Schubert, Franz : Mondenschein, D 875/Op. 102
  • Performer: Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: London Schubert Chorale
  • Running Time: 5 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 01/1826

>Schubert, Franz : Gesänge (4) aus Wilhelm Meister, D 877/Op. 62
  • Performers: John Ainsley (Tenor); Graham Johnson (Piano); Christine Schäfer (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1826

>Schubert, Franz : Totengräber-Weise, D 869
  • Performer: Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1826

>Schubert, Franz : Das Echo, D 990c
  • Performer: Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: ?1826

>Schubert, Franz : An Sylvia
  • Performers: John Ainsley (Tenor); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1826

>Schubert, Franz : Heidenröslein, D 257/Op. 3 no 3
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Christine Schäfer (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 07/1826

>Schubert, Franz : Trinklied ("Bacchus, feister Fürst des Weins"), song for voice & piano, D. 888
  • Performer: Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 07/1826

>Schubert, Franz : Wiegenlied, D 867/Op. 105 no 2
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Christine Schäfer (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: ?1826

>Schubert, Franz : Widerspruch, D 865a/Op. 105 no 1
  • Performer: Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: London Schubert Chorale
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1826

>Schubert, Franz : Der Wanderer an den Mond, D 870/Op. 80 no 1
  • Performer: Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1826.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1826

>Schubert, Franz : Grab und Mond, D 893
  • Performer: Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: London Schubert Chorale
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 09/1826

>Schubert, Franz : Die Nachthelle, D 892/Op. 134
  • Performers: John Ainsley (Tenor); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: London Schubert Chorale
  • Running Time: 5 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 09/1826

>Schubert, Franz : Abschied, D 829
  • Performer: Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1826