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New Perspectives Vol 1 - Schubert: Therese Grob Songbook


Release Date: 03/27/2001 
Label:  Somm   Catalog #: 223   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz SchubertAnonymous
Performer:  Dorothee JansenFrancis Grier
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Songs written for an early love of Schubert’s – interestingly presented‚ winningly performed.

‘Recorded here for the first time’ claims the booklet to this new recording‚ referring to the first 17 of the 22 tracks. One’s natural reaction is to conclude that there must be a catch somewhere‚ for have not all of Schubert’s songs been netted by Graham Johnson in the Hyperion Schubert Song Edition? The answer is that these 17 constitute ‘The Therese Grob Songbook’ and in this version are indeed new to the catalogues. Therese Grob was the baker’s daughter with a kind heart and a beautiful voice but not much to look at‚ who won Schubert’s adolescent heart for about two years‚ 1814-­16. The story is that on her 18th
Read more birthday he presented her with a collection of 16 songs by himself with another song‚ Die Klage‚ possibly of her own composition‚ which she later bound together as an album. The copies differ in small but interesting details from printed editions‚ and it is in this respect that the recording is a ‘first’. The Songbook is said to be now in private hands and more widely known only through a limited facsimile edition. Graham Johnson was evidently well aware of it‚ some of the differences being mentioned in his notes‚ and to use it as a ‘theme’ for one of his volumes was clearly an option. Instead he incorporated the songs‚ using the printed version‚ in as many as seven discs‚ each with a ‘theme’ of its own. To most listeners the value will lie less in the textual differences than in the collection as such. It focuses attention‚ musically and biographically‚ on Schubert in this phase of his life. The five additional songs from the same period include Gretchen am Spinnrade‚ which stands out as supreme among them but also attunes the ears to a finer appreciation of the others. As for the performances‚ they are the work of accomplished and sensitive musicians. Dorothee Jansen’s voice is aptly warm and maidenly‚ and she is not deceived by the apparent simplicity of the songs (many of them strophic). Francis Grier is probably better known to most of us in other capacities – as choirmaster‚ composer and organist – but his style here is both graceful and authoritative. There are some surprises: the Gretchen‚ for instance‚ is taken at a fast tempo (more riding than spinning)‚ and their Herbstabend is turbulent enough to recall momentarily Die junge Nonne. Some of the songs – Pflügenlied and Edone among them – are more properly a man’s and come off better in performance by Prégardien and Johnson in Volume 23 of the Hyperion Edition (7/95). But this inaugural issue of Somm’s ‘New Perspectives’ series earns its welcome and raises expectations.

-- Gramophone [9/2001]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Am ersten Maimorgen, D 344 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Dorothee Jansen (Soprano), Francis Grier (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: German 
2.
Gott im Frühlinge, D 448b by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Dorothee Jansen (Soprano), Francis Grier (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: German 
3.
An die Natur, D 372 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Dorothee Jansen (Soprano), Francis Grier (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: German 
4.
Pflügerlied, D 392 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Francis Grier (Piano), Dorothee Jansen (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: German 
5.
Mailied, D 503 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Dorothee Jansen (Soprano), Francis Grier (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: German 
6.
Lied, D 403 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Dorothee Jansen (Soprano), Francis Grier (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816/1823; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Ver: Grob Songbook 
7.
Der Herbstabend, D 405b by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Dorothee Jansen (Soprano), Francis Grier (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: German 
8.
Der Leidende, D 432b by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Dorothee Jansen (Soprano), Francis Grier (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: German 
9.
Klage, D 436b [D 437] by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Dorothee Jansen (Soprano), Francis Grier (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: German 
10.
Am Grabe Anselmos, D 504b by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Dorothee Jansen (Soprano), Francis Grier (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: German 
11.
Litanei auf das Fest Aller Seelen, D 343b by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Francis Grier (Piano), Dorothee Jansen (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: German 
12.
Edone, D 445 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Dorothee Jansen (Soprano), Francis Grier (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Ver: Grob Songbook 
13.
Zufriedenheit, D 501b by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Dorothee Jansen (Soprano), Francis Grier (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: German 
14.
Lied aus der Ferne, D 107b by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Francis Grier (Piano), Dorothee Jansen (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1814; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: German 
15.
Trauer der Liebe, D 465b by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Dorothee Jansen (Soprano), Francis Grier (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: German 
16.
Klage "Nimmer länger trag'ich diesen Leiden" by Anonymous
Performer:  Francis Grier (Piano), Dorothee Jansen (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1816 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: German 
17.
Gretchen am Spinnrade, D 118/Op. 2 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Dorothee Jansen (Soprano), Francis Grier (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1814; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: German 
18.
Der Jüngling am Bache, D 192 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Dorothee Jansen (Soprano), Francis Grier (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: German 
19.
An den Frühling, D 283 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Francis Grier (Piano), Dorothee Jansen (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: German 
20.
Sehnsucht, D 310a by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Dorothee Jansen (Soprano), Francis Grier (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: German 
21.
Mignon, D 321 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Dorothee Jansen (Soprano), Francis Grier (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: German 
22.
Andenken I, D 99 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Dorothee Jansen (Soprano), Francis Grier (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1814; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: German 

Sound Samples

Am ersten Maimorgen, D. 344
Gott im Fruhlinge, D. 448
An die Natur, D. 372
Pflugerlied, D. 392
Mailied, D. 503 (3rd setting)
Lied, "Ins stille Land", D. 403 (1st version)
Der Herbstabend, D. 405
Der Leidende, D. 432b
Klage (Dein Silber schien durch Eichengrun), D. 436
Am Grabe Anselmos, Op. 6, No. 3, D. 504
Am Tage aller Seelen, D. 343, "Litanei auf das Fest aller Seelen"
Edone, D. 445
Zufriedenheit, D. 501 (2nd setting)
Lied aus der Ferne, D. 107
Trauer der Liebe, D. 465
Andenken, D. 99
Klage, D. 292
Gretchen am Spinnrade, Op. 2, D. 118
Der Jungling am Bache, D. 192 (2nd setting)
An den Fruhling, Op. 172, No. 5, D. 283a (1st setting)
Sehnsucht (Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt), D. 310b
Mignon (Kennst du das Land?), D. 321

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