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Schubert: Erlkonig / Schubert Edition Vol. 7 / Matthias Goerne, baritone; Andreas Haefliger, piano

Album Summary

>Schubert, Franz : Im Abendrot, D 799
>Schubert, Franz : Der Wanderer, D 493/Op. 4 no 1
>Schubert, Franz : Nachtviolen, D 752
>Schubert, Franz : Im Walde ("Ich wandre uber Berg und Tal"), song for voice & piano, D. 834 (Op. 93/1)
>Schubert, Franz : Normans Gesang ("Die Nacht bricht bald herein"), song for voice & piano, D. 846 (Op. 52/5)
>Schubert, Franz : An Laura, als sie Klopstocks Auferstehungslied sang, D 115
>Schubert, Franz : Schatzgräbers Begehr, D 761/Op. 23 no 4
>Schubert, Franz : An den Mond ("Fullest Wieder Busch und Tal"), song for voice & piano, D. 259
>Schubert, Franz : An den Frühling, D 338
>Schubert, Franz : Am See, D 746
>Schubert, Franz : Alinde, D 904/Op. 81 no 1
>Schubert, Franz : Widerschein ("Tom lehnt harrend auf der Brucke"), song for voice & piano (second version), D. 639a (
>Schubert, Franz : Der Jüngling an der Quelle, D 300
>Schubert, Franz : Der Fluss, D 693
>Schubert, Franz : Abendröte, D 690
>Schubert, Franz : Klage ("Die Sonne steigt"), song for voice & piano, D. 415
>Schubert, Franz : Der Strom, D 560
>Schubert, Franz : Fischerweise, D 881
>Schubert, Franz : Auf der Bruck, D 853
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Notes & Reviews:

The seventh volume in baritone Matthias Goerne's superb Schubert lieder series features some of the composer's most famous and beloved songs, including the title work, the dramatic and powerful Erlkönig. Joined here by the acclaimed pianist Andreas Haefliger, Goerne offers performances that are rich with the deep colors and intense emotions that are synonymous with the Romantic era. Selections include Im Abendrot, Der Wanderer, An den Mond, Auf der Bruck and Die Forelle.

Graham Rogers, bbc.co.uk, 13th February 2013
Though often idiosyncratic, his readings are never less than thoughtful - and his original takes on well-known (and less well-known) songs frequently offer intelligent and bold new insight...Goerne and Haefliger rarely seem to break a sweat, an attitude that can sometimes come over as lack of effort...But their refined style demonstrates its own supreme skill, and there is no shortage of illumination and pleasure to be had.

Sunday Times, 24th February 2013
With his dark, nutty baritone and powers of characterisation, he is a near-ideal interpreter of Erlkönig; with the sublime Haefliger as his pianist, he revels in the gentler panoramas, too.

BBC Music Magazine, April 2013
This is a wonderful recital, in almost all respects. The first thing to grab my attention was the mesmerisinly lovely playing Andreas Haefliger, one of the greatest living pianists...[in Erlkönig] Haefliger's accompaniment is so vivid that I'd enjoy it by itself; Goerne doesn't characterise the three persons as much as many singers, but he still packs a stunning punch...I would rank this among the finest discs I have ever heard.

Gramophone Magazine, March 2013
His darkly mellow baritone, soft-grained yet with reserves of power, is a perfect instrument for the pantheistic reveries and barcarolles on this new disc...even doubters might have to concede that no singer cares more than Goerne for the beauty and eloquence of Schubert's melodies.

International Record Review, February 2013
This is a most interesting and instructive Schubert recital, performed throughout with tact and great musical intelligence.

The Times, 8th February 2013
Sometimes in the more agitated reveries Goerne seems to be musing with himself rather than singing to an audience. However, cloudy intonation usually vanishes when the songs are calm and gentle. The prayerful ecstasy of Im Abendrot is an absolute wonder. Klage, another nature song, isn't far behind, each word shaped and pitched with the sort of delicacy.

MusicWeb International, March 2013
The narrative songs are perhaps the most convincing of all. Erlkönig crackles with excitement: the thrill of the chase rumbles through the piano while Goerne imbues the narrative with passion and intensity, depicting the three characters with admirably individualistic sound colours...It's a joy that Goerne and Haefliger have given us a recital that shows off so many facets of his artistry in such an admirably skilful way.

Financial Times, 15th February 2013
Goerne's latest Schubert recital, mostly comprised of little-known songs, is one of the baritone's most accomplished...German baritone animates [Erlkönig] with a wonderful range of voices and inflections: his timbre has lost none of its wraparound warmth and depth but is equally capable of tenurial lightness.

American Record Guide, May/June 2013
You are especially drawn to certain Schubert songs that are so important. The title song of the album is 'Erlk÷nig', and Goerne catches the menacing nature of the text. In 'Die Forelle' he expresses the joy of a fish swimming freely in the brook and disgust at the fisherman's dirty trick. The final three songs pulsate with energy followed by the joyful enthusiasm of a fisherman who feels "as cheerful as the waves and as free as the tide" ('Fischerweise'). This singer's vocal technique and inventiveness are sensational, and he is able to use his gifts extremely well in the service of the songs. Haefliger deserves praise for his playing.

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Andreas Haefliger (piano); Matthias Goerne (baritone).

Recording information: Teldex Studio, Berlin (01/2012).



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Works Details

>Schubert, Franz : Im Abendrot, D 799
  • Performers: Andreas Haefliger (Piano); Matthias Goerne (Baritone)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: ?1824

>Schubert, Franz : Der Wanderer, D 493/Op. 4 no 1
  • Performers: Andreas Haefliger (Piano); Matthias Goerne (Baritone)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1816

>Schubert, Franz : Nachtviolen, D 752
  • Performers: Andreas Haefliger (Piano); Matthias Goerne (Baritone)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 04/1822

>Schubert, Franz : Im Walde ("Ich wandre über Berg und Tal"), song for voice & piano, D. 834 (Op. 93/1)
  • Performers: Andreas Haefliger (Piano); Matthias Goerne (Baritone)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 03/1825

>Schubert, Franz : Normans Gesang ("Die Nacht bricht bald herein"), song for voice & piano, D. 846 (Op. 52/5)
  • Performers: Andreas Haefliger (Piano); Matthias Goerne (Baritone)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1825

>Schubert, Franz : An Laura, als sie Klopstocks Auferstehungslied sang, D 115
  • Performers: Andreas Haefliger (Piano); Matthias Goerne (Baritone)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 10/14/1814

>Schubert, Franz : Schatzgräbers Begehr, D 761/Op. 23 no 4
  • Performers: Andreas Haefliger (Piano); Matthias Goerne (Baritone)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 11/1822

>Schubert, Franz : An den Mond ("Fullest Wieder Busch und Tal"), song for voice & piano, D. 259
  • Performers: Andreas Haefliger (Piano); Matthias Goerne (Baritone)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 08/19/1815

>Schubert, Franz : An den Frühling, D 338
  • Performers: Andreas Haefliger (Piano); Matthias Goerne (Baritone)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1815

>Schubert, Franz : Am See, D 746
  • Performers: Andreas Haefliger (Piano); Matthias Goerne (Baritone)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1822-1823

>Schubert, Franz : Alinde, D 904/Op. 81 no 1
  • Performers: Andreas Haefliger (Piano); Matthias Goerne (Baritone)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1827

>Schubert, Franz : Widerschein ("Tom lehnt harrend auf der Brücke"), song for voice & piano (second version), D. 639a (
  • Performers: Andreas Haefliger (Piano); Matthias Goerne (Baritone)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1819

>Schubert, Franz : Der Jüngling an der Quelle, D 300
  • Performers: Andreas Haefliger (Piano); Matthias Goerne (Baritone)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1817

>Schubert, Franz : Der Fluss, D 693
  • Performers: Andreas Haefliger (Piano); Matthias Goerne (Baritone)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 03/1820

>Schubert, Franz : Abendröte, D 690
  • Performers: Andreas Haefliger (Piano); Matthias Goerne (Baritone)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1820

>Schubert, Franz : Klage ("Die Sonne steigt"), song for voice & piano, D. 415
  • Performers: Andreas Haefliger (Piano); Matthias Goerne (Baritone)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 04/1816

>Schubert, Franz : Der Strom, D 560
  • Performers: Andreas Haefliger (Piano); Matthias Goerne (Baritone)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 06/1817

>Schubert, Franz : Fischerweise, D 881
  • Performers: Matthias Goerne (Baritone); Andreas Haefliger (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 03/1826

>Schubert, Franz : Auf der Bruck, D 853
  • Performers: Andreas Haefliger (Piano); Matthias Goerne (Baritone)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 08/1825