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Deutsche Schubert-Lied-Edition 26 - Romantic Poets, Vol. 3


Release Date: 04/29/2008 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557832   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Franz Schubert
Performer:  Sibylla RubensUlrich EisenlohrNikolaus Friedrich
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Worth seeking out for the singing and for some really attractive unknown songs.

A while ago I gave a warm welcome to a Schumann disc on Naxos with Liederalbum für die Jugend (see review), which the excellent baritone Thomas Bauer shared with Sibylla Rubens. Now, when Naxos are nearing the completion of the Schubert cycle, Ms Rubens gets a whole disc to herself and once again shows that she is among the best female Lieder singers in her generation. Just as on the Schumann disc one admires the purity of tone and the musical phrasing. Her bright twittering soprano is agreeable to listen to and she is not only good in the lyrical songs. She also invests the powerful songs with a great deal of drama without for one
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Apart from the first two songs and the concluding Der Hirt auf dem Felsen I can’t remember hearing any of them before and I found them very satisfying. It seems that Novalis’s poems inspired Schubert to some really memorable songs and I became very fond of Marie/Ich sehe dich … (tr. 4) and Hinüber wall ich (tr. 9). These are definitely out of Schubert’s top-drawer; I wonder why they are so rarely performed. A couple of these songs are a bit longer than the average – songs that exceed four to five minutes may not hold the listener’s interest. A ‘normal’ length of a song seems to be the same as a popular song: possible to squeeze onto a 78rpm side. If that’s a reason it is remarkable that Der Hirt auf dem Felsen – the only established masterpiece on this disc – is so frequently heard but there the inspiration is constantly flowing. Moreover it is not just a song, it is in effect a chamber music trio where the soprano voice, the clarinet and the piano are intertwined in a three-part conversation of equal merit. It is very well performed here with Nikolaus Friedrich’s smooth and nuanced playing matching and contrasting with Sibylla Rubens’ brightness.

The mastermind behind the whole project, Ulrich Eisenlohr, is, as always, a pliable accompanist and the recording is excellent. I still think it’s a pity that one has to get the texts and translations via the internet.

This is certainly one of the best discs in the series and is worth seeking out, not only for the excellent singing but also for some really attractive unknown songs.

-- Göran Forsling, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1. Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, D 965/Op. 129 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Sibylla Rubens (Soprano), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano), Nikolaus Friedrich (Clarinet)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 11 Minutes 30 Secs. 
2. Scenes (2) from "Lacrimas", D 857/Op. 124: no 1, Lied der Delphine by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano), Sibylla Rubens (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 27 Secs. 
3. Der Blumenbrief, D 622 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano), Sibylla Rubens (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1818; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
4. An den Mond in einer Herbstnacht, D 614 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano), Sibylla Rubens (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1818; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 7 Minutes 16 Secs. 
5. Nachthymne, D 687 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano), Sibylla Rubens (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1820; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 52 Secs. 
6. Blanka, D 631 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano), Sibylla Rubens (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1818; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
7. Vom Mitleiden Mariä, D 632 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Sibylla Rubens (Soprano), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1818; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 20 Secs. 
8. Die verfehlte Stunde, D 409 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Sibylla Rubens (Soprano), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 4 Secs. 
9. Lob der Tränen, D 711 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano), Sibylla Rubens (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1818; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 49 Secs. 
10. Marie, D 658 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano), Sibylla Rubens (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 19 Secs. 
11. Hymne no 1, D 659 "Wenige wissen das Geheimnis" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Sibylla Rubens (Soprano), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 7 Minutes 59 Secs. 
12. Hymne no 2, D 660 "Wenn ich ihn nur habe" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Sibylla Rubens (Soprano), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 10 Secs. 
13. Hymne no 3, D 661 "Wenn alle untreu werden" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Sibylla Rubens (Soprano), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 31 Secs. 
14. Hymne no 4, D 662 "Ich sag' es jedem" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Sibylla Rubens (Soprano), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 

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