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Deutsche Schubert-Lied-Edition 32 - Part Songs Vol 1


Release Date: 06/30/2009 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570961   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Franz Schubert
Performer:  Sibylla RubensRegina JakobiUlrich EisenlohrMarcus Ullmann,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

An appropriately joyful atmosphere and an excellent disc.

The Naxos Deutsche Schubert-Lied-Edition is an ambitious project to record all of Schubert’s over seven hundred songs, grouped, as per Schubert’s own original publishing plans, according to poets, circles of writers and literary movements.

This, the thirty-second disc in the project, is the first of the set of part-songs, performed by top young German lieder singers of the day. The accompanist, Ulrich Eisenlohr, is also the Artistic Advisor of the project, and chose the singers.

The disc opens with the jolly Die Geselligkeit -“Fellowship” - here given a suitably lively and vivacious performance. It is followed by Nun
Read more lasst uns den Leib begraben - “Now let us bury the body” - the performers perfectly conveying the subdued, hushed and sombre atmosphere of the text. The simple but moving Easter chorale, Osterlied - “Jesus Christ, our Saviour” is followed by the buoyant hymn, Gott der Weltschopfer - “God, the Creator of the World”, and then the dramatic Gott im Ungewitter - “God in the Storm” - these two latter setting words by Franconian poets. Schiller’s Hymne an den Unendlichen - “Hymn to God the Infinite” portrays the discrepancy between the omnipotence of the Almighty and man’s insignificance. Schubert provides an aptly dramatic setting of this, here beautifully performed with searing intensity and great insight. The gorgeous and reflective version of Das Abendrot - “Sunset” makes a light and pleasant juxtaposition to the previous song. The ensuing Viel tausend Sterne prangen - “May a thousand stars shine out” - is likely to be Schubert’s first vocal quartet - not that one would think so from its consummate craftsmanship.

Der Hochzeitsbraten - “The Wedding Roast” - the longest work on the disc - is described in the excellent and informative notes as a “a theatrical mini-opera” and was presented in a staged performance the year before Schubert’s death. It is a work full of comedy, innuendo and wit, and the singers here capture the drama of the work well, even if this is not the most convincing and accomplished rendition that I have encountered.

The other substantial piece on the disc is Gebet - “Prayer”. This was composed for Count Esterhazy’s family and a friend to perform when Schubert was staying with them as tutor to the Count’s two daughters. The Countess herself had asked Schubert at a breakfast to set Fouquet’s poem - one of her favourites, and Schubert obliged with a setting that gave each voice (the Count, Countess, eldest daughter and friend) a suitably characteristic part (the youngest daughter, a talented pianist, accompanied). I am not entirely convinced by the cast list in this particular song - the daughter’s role is here taken by Sibylla Rubens, who has a rather heavy, dramatic and mature voice - possibly too much so? The mother’s role, sung by Regina Jakobi, however, is perfect, and the two male voices also work well.

The disc concludes with the celebratory Der Tanz - “The Dance”, performed with a delightfully light touch from pianist Ulrich Eisenlohr, and an appropriately joyful atmosphere from the singers.

It is a pity that the notes don’t include lyrics - the only things missing from this excellent disc.

-- Em Marshall, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Die Geselligkeit, D 609 "Lebenslust" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Sibylla Rubens (Soprano), Regina Jakobi (Alto), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano),
Marcus Ullmann (Tenor), Marcus Schmidl (Bass)
Written: 1818 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 
2.
Nun lasst uns den Leib begraben, D 168 "Begräbnislied" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano), Ingeborg Danz (Alto), Silke Schwarz (Soprano),
Marcus Ullmann (Tenor), Marcus Schmidl (Bass)
Written: 1815 
Length: 6 Minutes 15 Secs. 
3.
Osterlied, D 168a by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano), Ingeborg Danz (Alto), Silke Schwarz (Soprano),
Marcus Ullmann (Tenor), Marcus Schmidl (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 4 Secs. 
4.
Gott der Weltschöpfer, D 986/Op. 112 no 2 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Sibylla Rubens (Soprano), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano), Ingeborg Danz (Alto),
Marcus Ullmann (Tenor), Markus Flaig (Bass)
Written: ?1827 
Length: 1 Minutes 55 Secs. 
5.
Gott im Ungewitter, D 985/Op. 112 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Markus Flaig (Bass), Sibylla Rubens (Soprano), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano),
Ingeborg Danz (Alto), Marcus Ullmann (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1827; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 3 Secs. 
6.
Hymne an den Unendlichen, D 232/Op. 112 no 3 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Ingeborg Danz (Alto), Silke Schwarz (Soprano), Marcus Ullmann (Tenor),
Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano), Markus Flaig (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 49 Secs. 
7.
Das Abendroth, D 236 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Regina Jakobi (Alto), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano), Silke Schwarz (Soprano),
Marcus Schmidl (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
8.
Viel tausend Sterne prangen, D 642 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Sibylla Rubens (Soprano), Regina Jakobi (Alto), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano),
Marcus Ullmann (Tenor), Marcus Schmidl (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1814; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 14 Secs. 
9.
An die Sonne, D 439 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano), Ingeborg Danz (Alto), Silke Schwarz (Soprano),
Markus Schäfer (Tenor)
Written: 1816 
Length: 5 Minutes 49 Secs. 
10.
Der Hochzeitsbraten, D 930/Op. 104 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Markus Flaig (Bass), Markus Schäfer (Tenor), Sibylla Rubens (Soprano),
Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano)
Written: 1827 
Length: 11 Minutes 4 Secs. 
11.
Des Tages Weihe, D 763/Op. post. 146 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Regina Jakobi (Alto), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano), Thomas E. Bauer (Bass),
Marcus Ullmann (Tenor), Sibylla Rubens (Soprano)
Written: 1822 
Length: 4 Minutes 48 Secs. 
12.
Gebet, D 815 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Sibylla Rubens (Soprano), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano), Marcus Ullmann (Tenor),
Markus Flaig (Bass)
Written: 1824 
Length: 10 Minutes 20 Secs. 
13.
Der Tanz, D 826 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Marcus Schmidl (Bass), Marcus Ullmann (Tenor), Sibylla Rubens (Soprano),
Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano), Ingeborg Danz (Alto), Markus Flaig (Bass)
Written: 1828 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Die Geselligkeit, D. 609, "Lebenslust"
Nun lasst uns den Leib begraben, D. 168, "Begrabnislied"
Osterlied, D. 168a, "Jesus Christus unser Heiland, der den Tod uberwand"
Gott der Weltschopfer, Op. 112, No. 2, D. 986
Gott im Ungewitter, Op. 112, No. 1, D. 985
Hymne an den Unendlichen, Op. 112, No. 3, D. 232
Das Abendrot, D. 236
Viel tausend Sterne prangen, D. 642
An die Sonne, D. 439
Der Hochzeitsbraten, Op. 104, D. 930
Des Tages Weihe, Op. 146, D. 763, "Schicksalslenker, blicke nieder"
Gebet, Op. 139, D. 815
Der Tanz, D. 826

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