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Grand Prix - An Die Musik - Favorite Schubert Songs / Bryn Terfel


Release Date: 06/12/2007 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 000874902   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Schubert
Performer:  Malcolm MartineauBryn Terfel
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This CD is pure pleasure. Terfel's gift is a generous, individual voice, a natural feeling for German and an inborn ability to go to the heart of what he attempts.

Should I eat my words of last month when I stated that Simon Keenlyside was the "best baritone interpreter of Schubert this country has ever had", for now we have Terfel challenging that verdict? But then Keenlyside can be termed English, Terfel Welsh, so I am exonerated. In any case, we can be proud Britain has two such young and accomplished Lieder singers. If one makes comparisons, one can hear—in say Auf der Bruck—that Keenlyside is the more compact, even, classical singer, Terfel the more outgoing, the more daring.

Terfel's gift,
Read more now well-known, is a generous, individual voice, a natural feeling for German and an inborn ability to go to the heart of what he attempts. His singing here is grand in scale—listen to any of the dramatic songs and the point is made—but like Hotter, whom he so often resembles (Wotan ought to be in Terfel's repertory within five years), he is able to reduce his large voice to the needs of a sustained, quiet line as in Meerestille. When the two come together as in Der Wonderer, the effect can be truly electrifying, even more so, perhaps, in Erlkonig where the four participants are superbly contrasted: I have seldom heard a more sinister-sounding Erl King, a more panicky child. Yet this is a voice that can also smile as in An die Laute and "Die Taubenpost" or express wonder as in Ganymed, a most exhilarating interpretation, or again explode in sheer anger as in the very first song, the strenuous Gruppe aus dent Tartarus.

Terfel wholly overcomes the danger of choosing so many favourites, where we have in mind so many famous readings of the past, by the sheer spontaneity of his approach and his winning, youthful eagerness. Just occasionally that leads to unnecessary over-emphasis, as in an almost too nuanced "Ständchen" and in too deliberate wordpainting in the latter part of Der Wanderer. It is a fault very much on the right side, for here is a singer not afraid to employ rubato and vibrato to make his points and above all to take us right into his interpretations rather than leave us admiring them, as it were, from afar. Throughout, Martineau's at once vigorous and subtle playing is an apt support: his accompaniment in Erlkonig is arrestingly clear and precise. It is good news indeed that the pair have been signed up by DG for more discs of Lieder: this one is pure pleasure.

-- Gramophone [10/1994]
reviewing the original release, DG 445294
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Works on This Recording

1. An die Musik, D 547 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Malcolm Martineau (Piano), Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1994 
Venue:  Friedrich Ebert Hall, Hamburg-Harburg 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: German 
2. Die Forelle, D 550 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Malcolm Martineau (Piano), Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1994 
Venue:  Friedrich Ebert Hall, Hamburg-Harburg 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: German 
3. Der Erlkönig, D 328 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Malcolm Martineau (Piano), Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1994 
Venue:  Friedrich Ebert Hall, Hamburg-Harburg 
Length: 4 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: German 
4. Der Tod und das Mädchen, D 531/Op. 7 no 3 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1994 
Venue:  Friedrich Ebert Hall, Hamburg-Harburg 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: German 
5. Gruppe aus dem Tartarus, D 583/Op. 24 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1994 
Venue:  Friedrich Ebert Hall, Hamburg-Harburg 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: German 
6. Litanei auf das Fest Aller Seelen, D 343 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1994 
Venue:  Friedrich Ebert Hall, Hamburg-Harburg 
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: German 
7. An die Leier, D 737/Op. 56 no 2 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822-1823; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1994 
Venue:  Friedrich Ebert Hall, Hamburg-Harburg 
Length: 4 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: German 
8. Lachen und Weinen, D 777/Op. 59 no 4 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1823; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1994 
Venue:  Friedrich Ebert Hall, Hamburg-Harburg 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: German 
9. Schwanengesang, D 957: no 4, Ständchen by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1994 
Venue:  Friedrich Ebert Hall, Hamburg-Harburg 
Length: 4 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: German 
10. Schwanengesang, D 957: no 10, Das Fischermädchen by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1994 
Venue:  Friedrich Ebert Hall, Hamburg-Harburg 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: German 
11. Schwanengesang, D 957: no 14, Die Taubenpost by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1994 
Venue:  Friedrich Ebert Hall, Hamburg-Harburg 
Length: 3 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: German 
12. Meerestille, D 216/Op. 3 no 2 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1994 
Venue:  Friedrich Ebert Hall, Hamburg-Harburg 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: German 
13. Der Wanderer, D 493/Op. 4 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1994 
Venue:  Friedrich Ebert Hall, Hamburg-Harburg 
Length: 5 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: German 
14. Heidenröslein, D 257/Op. 3 no 3 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1994 
Venue:  Friedrich Ebert Hall, Hamburg-Harburg 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: German 
15. Wandrers Nachtlied, D 768/Op. 96 no 3 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1994 
Venue:  Friedrich Ebert Hall, Hamburg-Harburg 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: German 
16. Auf der Bruck, D 853 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1994 
Venue:  Friedrich Ebert Hall, Hamburg-Harburg 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: German 
17. Schäfers Klagelied, D 121/Op. 3 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1814; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1994 
Venue:  Friedrich Ebert Hall, Hamburg-Harburg 
Length: 3 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: German 
18. An Sylvia, D 891/Op. 106 no 4 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1994 
Venue:  Friedrich Ebert Hall, Hamburg-Harburg 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: German 
19. Du bist die Ruh, D 776/Op. 59 no 3 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1994 
Venue:  Friedrich Ebert Hall, Hamburg-Harburg 
Length: 4 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: German 
20. An die Laute, D 905/Op. 81 no 2 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1994 
Venue:  Friedrich Ebert Hall, Hamburg-Harburg 
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: German 
21. Rastlose Liebe, D 138/Op 51 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815/1821; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1994 
Venue:  Friedrich Ebert Hall, Hamburg-Harburg 
Length: 1 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: German 
22. Ganymed, D 544/Op. 19 no 3 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1994 
Venue:  Friedrich Ebert Hall, Hamburg-Harburg 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: German 
23. Der Musensohn, D 764/Op. 92 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1994 
Venue:  Friedrich Ebert Hall, Hamburg-Harburg 
Length: 1 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: German 

Sound Samples

Gruppe aus dem Tartarus, D.583(Op.24/1)
Litanei auf das Fest Allerseelen, D.343
Die Forelle, D.550 (Op.32)
An die Leier, D.737
Lachen und Weinen, D.777, Op.59/4
Schwanengesang, D.957 (Cycle): Ständchen "Leise flehen meine Lieder"
Schwanengesang, D.957 (Cycle): Das Fischermädchen
Schwanengesang, D.957 (Cycle): Die Taubenpost
Meeres Stille, D. 216 (Op.3/2)
Der Wanderer, D.493 (Op.4/1)
Erlkönig, D. 328 (Op.1)
Der Tod und das Mädchen, D. 531 (Op.7/3)
Heidenröslein, D. 257 (Op.3/3)
Wandrers Nachtlied II, D.768 (Op.96/3)
An die Musik, D.547 (Op.88/4)
Auf der Bruck, D.853 (Op.93/4)
Schäfers Klagelied, D. 121 (Op.3/1)
An Sylvia, D.891 (Op.106/4)
Du bist die Ruh', D.776 (Op.59/3)
An die Laute, D. 905 (Op.81/2)
Rastlose Liebe, D. 138 (Op.5/1)
Ganymed, D. 544 (Op.19/3)
Der Musensohn, D.764 (Op.92/1)

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