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Deutsche Schubert-Lied-Edition - Austrian Contemporaries 3


Release Date: 03/27/2007 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557833   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Schubert
Performer:  Ulrich EisenlohrDaniela Sindram
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This disc belongs among the best of those I have heard in this series.

Perfect legato, concentrated tone, restraint balanced with tension; those are the first reactions to Daniela Sindram’s voice in the opening song of this disc. Even and spotless tone in the youthful Der Mondabend too, but here she opens up to a larger sound and she is not afraid of letting the vibrato widen to fine dramatic effect. In Bertas Lied in der Nacht she grades the nuances skilfully and after these three nightly poems she finds a lighter tone for Cora an die Sonne. As time goes on can detect a slight over-vibrancy in places – and doesn’t the voice glare uncomfortably in Die Blumensprache? On the other hand: isn’t she always expressive,
Read more singing off the text? And in An die Sonne and Lambertine, two lovely songs, how well she colours the voice. Two mezzo-sopranos from the not so distant past spring to mind: Brigitte Fassbaender, most of all, and Christa Ludwig. Aha, the reader thinks, no prizes for guessing who were her teachers. And right he/she is. Neither of these remarkable singers had any qualms about sacrificing tonal beauty when the expression required it and in later years we even learnt to accept some quite unbeautiful singing from Fassbaender.

No one can deny that Sindram has a vibrant voice at forte and above, but it is a controlled vibrato – and beautiful at that. In Blondel zu Marien, a remarkable song in itself with the Beethovenian piano introduction and the Bellinian vocal line, she finds a creamy tone to match the music. The rest of the programme is a string of pearls of well-judged phrasing and discreet stressing and pointing of words. In the few instances I could find alternative recordings she stands up well against such an expert Liedersinger as Irmgard Seefried – Das Lied im Grünen – but Seefried with many years of experience has a wider tonal palette. Imagining Fassbaender in some of the songs she would also have invested them with even more depth. I don’t say this to diminish the impact of Daniela Sindram’s readings – this disc belongs among the best in this series of those I have heard – but comparisons are part and parcel of this reviewing business and the mere fact that I pitch her against such formidable competition is proof enough that hers is an admirable achievement. In most instances there is practically no competition, apart from the complete Hyperion series, of which I have a respectable number but far from all of them and, as it happens, none of these.

Not all of these songs are out of the top drawer but, as those who followed the Hyperion series and also those who have followed this Naxos series know, there is in almost every song something to admire and many of them are little gems.

No texts and translations, but they can be found on the web, and Ulrich Eisenlohr’s extensive notes are illuminating. That he is also a splendid accompanist, besides being the mastermind behind the whole project, need hardly be mentioned. Like Graham Johnson in the Hyperion series he has been doing a mammoth job.

The recorded sound is fully worthy of the musical excellence on display here.

-- Göran Forsling, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Himmelsfunken, D 651 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano), Daniela Sindram (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Bavarian Radio, Munich, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Bavarian Radio, Munich, Germany (06/24/2005 - 06/27/2005) 
2.
Der Mondabend, D 141/Op. 131 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano), Daniela Sindram (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Bavarian Radio, Munich, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Bavarian Radio, Munich, Germany (06/24/2005 - 06/27/2005) 
3.
Bertas Lied in der Nacht, D 653 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano), Daniela Sindram (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Bavarian Radio, Munich, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Bavarian Radio, Munich, Germany (06/24/2005 - 06/27/2005) 
4.
Cora an die Sonne, D 263 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Daniela Sindram (Mezzo Soprano), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Bavarian Radio, Munich, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Bavarian Radio, Munich, Germany (06/24/2005 - 06/27/2005) 
5.
Mein Gruss an den Mai, D 305 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano), Daniela Sindram (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Bavarian Radio, Munich, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Bavarian Radio, Munich, Germany (06/24/2005 - 06/27/2005) 
6.
Die Blumensprache, D 519/Op. 173 no 5 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Daniela Sindram (Mezzo Soprano), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1817; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Bavarian Radio, Munich, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Bavarian Radio, Munich, Germany (06/24/2005 - 06/27/2005) 
7.
Der Blumen Schmerz, D 731/Op. 173 no 4 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Daniela Sindram (Mezzo Soprano), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1821; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Bavarian Radio, Munich, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Bavarian Radio, Munich, Germany (06/24/2005 - 06/27/2005) 
8.
Das Lied im Grünen, D 917/Op. 115 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Daniela Sindram (Mezzo Soprano), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Bavarian Radio, Munich, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Bavarian Radio, Munich, Germany (06/24/2005 - 06/27/2005) 
9.
Frühlingslied, D 919 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Daniela Sindram (Mezzo Soprano), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1827; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Bavarian Radio, Munich, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Bavarian Radio, Munich, Germany (06/24/2005 - 06/27/2005) 
10.
An die Sonne, D 270/Op. 118 no 5 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Daniela Sindram (Mezzo Soprano), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Bavarian Radio, Munich, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Bavarian Radio, Munich, Germany (06/24/2005 - 06/27/2005) 
11.
Lambertine, D 301 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Daniela Sindram (Mezzo Soprano), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Bavarian Radio, Munich, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Bavarian Radio, Munich, Germany (06/24/2005 - 06/27/2005) 
12.
Blondel zu Marien, D 626 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Daniela Sindram (Mezzo Soprano), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1818; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Bavarian Radio, Munich, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Bavarian Radio, Munich, Germany (06/24/2005 - 06/27/2005) 
13.
Der Morgenküss, D 264 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Daniela Sindram (Mezzo Soprano), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Bavarian Radio, Munich, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Bavarian Radio, Munich, Germany (06/24/2005 - 06/27/2005) 
14.
Refrainlieder (4), D 866/Op. 95: no 1, Die Unterscheidung by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Daniela Sindram (Mezzo Soprano), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Bavarian Radio, Munich, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Bavarian Radio, Munich, Germany (06/24/2005 - 06/27/2005) 
15.
Refrainlieder (4), D 866/Op. 95: no 3, Die Männer sind méchant by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Daniela Sindram (Mezzo Soprano), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Bavarian Radio, Munich, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Bavarian Radio, Munich, Germany (06/24/2005 - 06/27/2005) 
16.
Das Echo, D 990c by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Daniela Sindram (Mezzo Soprano), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Venue:  Bavarian Radio, Munich, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Bavarian Radio, Munich, Germany (06/24/2005 - 06/27/2005) 
17.
Die Liebe, D 522 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Daniela Sindram (Mezzo Soprano), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Bavarian Radio, Munich, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Bavarian Radio, Munich, Germany (06/24/2005 - 06/27/2005) 
18.
Ammenlied, D 122 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Daniela Sindram (Mezzo Soprano), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1814; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Bavarian Radio, Munich, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Bavarian Radio, Munich, Germany (06/24/2005 - 06/27/2005) 
19.
Die Macht der Liebe, D 308 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Daniela Sindram (Mezzo Soprano), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Bavarian Radio, Munich, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Bavarian Radio, Munich, Germany (06/24/2005 - 06/27/2005) 
20.
Abendbilder, D 650 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Daniela Sindram (Mezzo Soprano), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Bavarian Radio, Munich, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Bavarian Radio, Munich, Germany (06/24/2005 - 06/27/2005) 

Sound Samples

Himmelsfunken, D. 651
Der Mondabend, Op. 131, No. 1, D. 141: Der Mondabend, D. 141
Bertas Lied in der Nacht, D. 653
Cora an die Sonne, D. 263
Mein Gruss an den Mai, D. 305
Die Blumensprache, Op. 173, No. 5, D. 519: Die Blumensprache, D. 519
Der Blumen Schmerz, Op. 173, No. 4, D. 731: Der Blumen Schmerz, D. 731
Das Lied im Grunen, Op. 115, No. 1, D. 917: Das Lied im Grunen, D. 917
Fruhlingslied, D. 919
An die Sonne, Op. 118, No. 5, D. 270: An die Sonne, D. 270
Lambertine, D. 301
Blondel zu Marien, D. 626
Der Morgenkuss, D. 264
4 Refrainlieder, Op. 95, D. 866: No. 1. Die Unterscheidung
4 Refrainlieder, Op. 95, D. 866: No. 3. Die Manner sind mechant
Das Echo, Op. 130, D. 990c: Das Echo, D. 868 / D. 990c
Die Liebe, D. 522
Ammenlied, D. 122
Die Macht der Liebe, D. 308
Abendbilder, D. 650

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