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Deutsche Schubert-Lied-Edition 33 - Part Songs Vol 2 / Rubens, Schwarz, Jakobi


Release Date: 08/25/2009 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570962   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Franz Schubert
Performer:  Ingeborg DanzUlrich EisenlohrRegina JakobiSilke Schwarz,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

An entertaining exploration of some of the lesser known parts of Schubert’s output.

I do not know why Ulrich Eisenlohr, the pianist and mastermind behind the Naxos Schubert Song Edition, decided to separate the part-songs from the solo songs. In this he differs from the practcie observed in the Hyperion edition. Also I do not know the basis on which he divided them up over three discs. What I do know is that as far as this second volume is concerned it works, being admirably varied in content, both in the mixture of voices involved and in the character of the various songs. “Songs” is perhaps a misnomer, as there are also two more complex works written to celebrate respectively the fiftieth birthday of Salieri,
Read more Schubert’s teacher, and the fifty-first birthday of Michael Vogl, the singer and friend of Schubert. The former is almost comic in its succession of a brief trio, aria and canon, all in what seems a deliberately basic manner designed to show off the simple stuff that Salieri had taught him. The latter by way of contrast is both longer and more complex in its structure. Both are clearly occasional pieces but worth hearing once in a while.

The disc does however contain several real masterpieces, including the delightful and deceptively simple-sounding setting of Psalm 23 often sung by boy or female choirs and the Coronach to words from Scott’s “The Lady of the Lake”. The delicious Serenade starts and ends with the effect of the serenader arriving and leaving, with a more complex middle section including the serenade itself. “Antigone und Ödip” is a duet of almost operatic manner between the two characters after their arrival in Colonus. “Gott in der Natur” is highly, possibly excessively, dramatic. The remainder of the disc gives an indication of the range of Schubert’s song-writing abilities, albeit containing few other dramatic songs. The disc nonetheless works well as a whole, with almost every item having something of interest and most having a great deal more than that. Perhaps I could have done without the “Klage un Ali Bey” which seems much longer than its four or so minutes. Ulrich Eisenlohr’s fascinating notes describe it as very funny and refer to Schubert’s “congenial, apparently simple, yet profoundly calculated setting”. I suppose that it is possible to write comic songs about the murder of a Moslem Prince by his favourite but for me this example is neither funny nor very interesting. It is however only one item on a disc otherwise full of varied, interesting and frequently very beautiful music.

None of this would help if the performances were inadequate, but fortunately they are not. None of the singers struck me as being outstanding and some have voices that are less than first rate, but all understand the idiom and are capable of bringing out the individual character of the songs. Given that many were written for specific social occasions any lack of star quality in the individual voices is by no means inappropriate. Indeed too high powered an approach might easily sound like overkill. Above all, however, the presence of Ulrich Eisenlohr at the piano throughout guarantees the listener’s enjoyment. As with other great accompanists in this music, he has the ability to point the accompaniment without sounding fussy or losing sight of the character of the song as a whole. I have already referred to his admirable notes. Unfortunately there is no room in the booklet for the essential words of the songs or for translations. These are available on the Naxos website, which is less convenient but worth putting up with to make room for the notes and biographies of the singers. All in all, an entertaining exploration of some of the lesser known parts of Schubert’s output.

-- John Sheppard, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Gott in der Natur, D 757 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Ingeborg Danz (Alto), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano), Regina Jakobi (Alto),
Silke Schwarz (Soprano), Sibylla Rubens (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 38 Secs. 
2.
Psalm 23, D 706/Op. 132 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Ingeborg Danz (Alto), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano), Regina Jakobi (Alto),
Silke Schwarz (Soprano), Sibylla Rubens (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1820; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Das Leben ist ein Traum, D 269b by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Sibylla Rubens (Soprano), Regina Jakobi (Alto), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano),
Ingeborg Danz (Alto)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
4.
La pastorella al prato no 1, D 513 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Markus Schäfer (Tenor), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano), Marcus Schmidl (Bass),
Thomas E. Bauer (Bass), Marcus Ullmann (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1817; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Naturgenuss, D 422/Op. 16 no 2 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Markus Schäfer (Tenor), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano), Marcus Schmidl (Bass),
Thomas E. Bauer (Bass), Marcus Ullmann (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1822; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Beitrag zur fünfzig jährigen Jubelfeier, D 407 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Marcus Ullmann (Tenor), Thomas E. Bauer (Bass), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano),
Markus Schäfer (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1816; Vienna, Austria 
7.
Licht und Liebe, D 352 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Markus Schäfer (Tenor), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano), Silke Schwarz (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1816; Vienna, Austria 
8.
Antigone und Oedip, D 542/Op. 6 no 2 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano), Silke Schwarz (Soprano), Markus Flaig (Bass)
Written: 1817 
9.
Linde Lufte wehen, D 725 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Markus Schäfer (Tenor), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano), Regina Jakobi (Alto)
Period: Romantic 
10.
Kantate zum Geburstag des Sängers Johann Michael Vogl, D 666 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano), Markus Schäfer (Tenor), Silke Schwarz (Soprano),
Thomas E. Bauer (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 10/1819; Vienna, Austria 
11.
Klage um Ali Bey no 1, D 140 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Sibylla Rubens (Soprano), Regina Jakobi (Alto), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano),
Ingeborg Danz (Alto)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
12.
Der Gondelfahrer, D 808 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Markus Schäfer (Tenor), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano), Marcus Schmidl (Bass),
Thomas E. Bauer (Bass), Marcus Ullmann (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Vienna, Austria 
13.
Coronach, D 836/Op. 52 no 4 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano), Silke Schwarz (Soprano), Regina Jakobi (Alto),
Ingeborg Danz (Alto)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Germany 
14.
Bootgesang, D 835/Op. 52 no 3 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Markus Schäfer (Tenor), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano), Marcus Schmidl (Bass),
Thomas E. Bauer (Bass), Marcus Ullmann (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
15.
Ständchen, D 920a (921) by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Silke Schwarz (Soprano), Regina Jakobi (Alto), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano),
Ingeborg Danz (Alto), Sibylla Rubens (Soprano), Hildegard Wiedemann (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

Gott in der Natur, D. 757
Psalm 23, Op. 132, D. 706
Das Leben, D. 269b
La pastorella al prato, D. 513
Naturgenuss (2nd setting), D. 422
Beitrag zur funfzig jahrigen Jubelfeier des Herrn Salieri, D. 407: I. Gutigster, Bester, Weisester
Beitrag zur funfzig jahrigen Jubelfeier des Herrn Salieri, D. 407: II. So Gut' als Weisheit stromen mild
Beitrag zur funfzig jahrigen Jubelfeier des Herrn Salieri, D. 407: III. Unser aller Grosspapa
Licht und Liebe (Nachtgesang), D. 352
Antigone und Oedip, Op. 6, No. 2, D. 542
Linde Lufte wehen, D. 725
Kantate zum Geburtstag des Sangers Johann Michael Vogl (Der Fruhlingsmorgen), D. 666
Klage um Ali Bey (1st setting), D. 140
Der Gondelfahrer, Op. 28, D. 809: Der Gondelfahrer (2nd setting), Op. 28, D. 809
Coronach (Totengesang der Frauen und Madchen), Op. 52, No. 4, D. 836
Bootgesang, D. 835
Standchen (Serenade), Op. 135, D. 920

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