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Franz Schubert: Endeckungen, Bearbeitungen - Singspiels fragments; Songs orchestrated by Berlioz & Brahms / Barbara Berens, Martin Nagy, Steffen Lachenmann, Kammerchor Potsdam

Album Summary

>Schubert, Franz : Adrast, opera (fragment), D. 137
>Schubert, Franz : Szene aus Goethe's "Faust" ("Wie anders, Gretchen"), song for voice & piano (two versions), D. 126
>Schubert, Franz : Memnon, D 541/Op. 6 no 1
>Schubert, Franz : An Schwager Kronos ("Spu'te dich, Kronos"), song for voice & piano, D. 369 (Op. 19/1)
>Schubert, Franz : Greisengesang, D 778
>Schubert, Franz : Gruppe aus dem Tartarus, D 583/Op. 24 no 1
>Schubert, Franz : Geheimes, D 719/Op. 14 no 2
>Schubert, Franz : Ellens Gesang II, D 838/Op. 52 no 2
>Schubert, Franz : An den Frühling, D 338
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Ars Produktion again presents more interesting Franz Schubert rarities. Schubert set to music no less than two libretti, including "Adrast", D137 and forty-eight Johann Mayrhofer poems. It is not known when this probable three-act Singspiel, of which seven complete and four incomplete numbers are extant, was composed; conjecture places it around 1819/20. Also featured are three other works orchestrated by others, including a 'Berlioz' "Erlkönig", D328 and a 'Brahms' "Ellens Gesang", D838.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
This is a fascinating program of Schubert's music, beautifully performed. Extensive notes explain the fragments of Adrast, a singspiel Schubert may have composed in or around 1819 or 1820 using a libretto written by his friend Johann Mayrhofer. Tenor Martin Nagy sings the tragic role of Adrast, who accidentally kills his own brother as well as the son of the king before taking his own life, with sensitivity and clarity. Steffen Lachenmann sings the role of King Croesus. The fragments of the piece, presented here with excellent notes threading the story together, show another side of Schubert - a composer capable of the same sensitivity and drama we are used to in the songs on a larger scale. The dramatic scene from Faust, orchestrated by Ernst Naumann, follows.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Brandenburger Theater, Brandenburg/Havel, Germany (10/2004).



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>Schubert, Franz : Adrast, opera (fragment), D. 137
  • Performer: Martin Nagy (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Gernot Schulz
  • Ensemble: Brandenburger Symphony
  • Notes: Composition written: ?1815.
  • Running Time: 21 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: ?1815

>Schubert, Franz : Szene aus Goethe's "Faust" ("Wie anders, Gretchen"), song for voice & piano (two versions), D. 126
  • Performers: Barbara Berens; Steffen Lachenmann
  • Conductor: Gernot Schulz
  • Running Time: 6 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 12/12/1814

>Schubert, Franz : Memnon, D 541/Op. 6 no 1
  • Performer: Steffen Lachenmann
  • Conductor: Gernot Schulz
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 03/1817

>Schubert, Franz : An Schwager Kronos ("Spu'te dich, Kronos"), song for voice & piano, D. 369 (Op. 19/1)
  • Performer: Steffen Lachenmann
  • Conductor: Gernot Schulz
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1816

>Schubert, Franz : Greisengesang, D 778
  • Performer: Steffen Lachenmann
  • Conductor: Gernot Schulz
  • Running Time: 5 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1823

>Schubert, Franz : Gruppe aus dem Tartarus, D 583/Op. 24 no 1
  • Performer: Steffen Lachenmann
  • Conductor: Gernot Schulz
  • Notes: Composition written: 09/1817.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 09/1817

>Schubert, Franz : Geheimes, D 719/Op. 14 no 2
  • Performer: Steffen Lachenmann
  • Conductor: Gernot Schulz
  • Notes: Composition written: 03/1821.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 03/1821

>Schubert, Franz : Ellens Gesang II, D 838/Op. 52 no 2
  • Performers: Barbara Berens; Steffen Lachenmann
  • Conductor: Gernot Schulz
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1825

>Schubert, Franz : An den Frühling, D 338
  • Performer: Barbara Berens
  • Conductor: Gernot Schulz
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1815