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Schubert: Schwanengesang D 957, Etc / Robert Holl, Roger Vignoles


Release Date: 10/14/2008 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67657   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Franz Schubert
Performer:  Robert HollRoger Vignoles
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



SCHUBERT Schwanengesang. Herbst. Der Winterabend Robert Holl (bbar); Roger Vignoles (pn) HYPERION 67657 (52:26 Text and Translation)


Hyperion has been making good use of Heine settings recently—see their new Schumann disc featuring Gerald Finley (reviewed elsewhere)–but this disc presents Schubert’s take on the poet, mixed with Rellstab settings, of course. Robert Holl is nothing if not experienced, and together with regular recital partner Roger Vignoles—an heir to Gerald Read more Moore’s mantle if ever there was one—the view of Schubert’s posthumous swansong is certainly weighty. In purely vocal terms, depending on your taste in such matters, Holl’s bass-baritone might prove too dark. The nuances of Werner Gura’s fine tenor recording for Harmonia Mundi or practically any Fischer-Dieskau recording succeed in capturing the lighter aspect of Schubert’s writing rather better, though that does not stop me giving credit to Holl for shading down his voice where he can. His tone can sometimes feel a bit worn and lacking in freshness, though he compensates for this somewhat with the care he takes over textual matters. Roger Vignoles, as I have suggested, is a master pianist of insight, affection for music in general and this in particular, and gives careful support to the singer. Additionally, Vignoles provides rather lengthy and learned booklet notes that are a model of their kind. The inclusion of a couple of songs not published by Haslinger as part of the cycle lends the disc some additional interest. Strongly recommended.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Herbst, D 945 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Robert Holl (Bass Baritone), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
2.
Schwanengesang, D 957: no 1, Liebesbotschaft by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Robert Holl (Bass), Roger Vignoles (Piano), Robert Holl (Bass Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
3.
Schwanengesang, D 957: no 2, Kriegers Ahnung by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Robert Holl (Bass Baritone), Roger Vignoles (Piano), Robert Holl (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 14 Secs. 
4.
Schwanengesang, D 957: no 3, Frühlingssehnsucht by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Robert Holl (Bass Baritone), Robert Holl (Bass), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 
5.
Schwanengesang, D 957: no 4, Ständchen by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Robert Holl (Bass Baritone), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 11 Secs. 
6.
Schwanengesang, D 957: no 5, Aufenthalt by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Roger Vignoles (Piano), Robert Holl (Bass Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
7.
Schwanengesang, D 957: no 6, In der Ferne by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Robert Holl (Bass Baritone), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 49 Secs. 
8.
Schwanengesang, D 957: no 7, Abschied by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Robert Holl (Bass Baritone), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 36 Secs. 
9.
Schwanengesang, D 957: no 8, Der Atlas by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Robert Holl (Bass Baritone), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
10.
Schwanengesang, D 957: no 9, Ihr Bild by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Robert Holl (Bass Baritone), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
11.
Schwanengesang, D 957: no 10, Das Fischermädchen by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Robert Holl (Bass Baritone), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 11 Secs. 
12.
Schwanengesang, D 957: no 11, Die Stadt by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Robert Holl (Bass Baritone), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
13.
Schwanengesang, D 957: no 12, Am Meer by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Robert Holl (Bass Baritone), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 5 Secs. 
14.
Schwanengesang, D 957: no 13, Der Doppelgänger by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Robert Holl (Bass Baritone), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 
15.
Schwanengesang, D 957: no 14, Die Taubenpost by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Robert Holl (Bass Baritone), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 6 Secs. 
16.
Der Winterabend, D 938 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Robert Holl (Bass Baritone), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 7 Minutes 1 Secs. 

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