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Prima Voce - Schlusnus Sings Schubert Lieder


Release Date: 02/04/1997 
Label:  Nimbus   Catalog #: 7883   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Franz Schubert
Performer:  Franz RuppHeinrich SchlusnusSebastian Peschko
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A master-class in the Lieder-singer’s art.

Heinrich Schlusnus (1888-1952) enjoyed an exceptionally long career in which there was no discernible deterioration in his neat, slim voice with its light, fast vibrato, ringing top and lean purity of line. Equally at home in a wide variety of styles, he was particularly devoted to the art of the German Lied despite a parallel, thirty year operatic career as the leading German Verdi baritone of his generation. His perfect diction, command of the messa di voce and sensitive phrasing made him ideally suited to the demands of Lieder; the collection here amply illustrates his gifts as a Schubert interpreter. The intelligence and intensity of his artistry are reflected in
Read more the gaze seen in the photograph adorning the booklet cover in this Prima Voce issue.
 
Schlusnus always insisted upon excellent accompanists; the subtlety of both pianists here anticipates the more modern demand that the two participants in a Lieder performance be equal partners. That said, Franz Rupp’s touch is especially impressive. Whatever he is singing, Schlusnus maintains a patrician nobility of tone which for some slightly militates against his ability to characterise - but I am with voice doyen J.B Steane in his advocacy of a voice which might just be one of the most beautiful baritones ever recorded. It is true that occasionally such homogeneity of vocal emission renders inert the little inflections which lend individuality; it is a voice virtually entirely without tics or flaws yet still quite recognisable in its colouring. The delicacy and restraint of his singing often make him an ideal interpreter of songs such as Der Neurige, one habitually sung by a tenor. Despite having considerable reserves of power and a ringing top, Schlusnus is never heard pushing or over-singing; the solidity of his technique allowed him to sing in a wide variety of styles right up to his death aged 63. It is perhaps this apparent effortlessness in his singing which for some hints at blandness but I would counteract any such suggestion by asking the doubter to listen carefully to his version of Ständchen – a model of Lieder singing. It features exquisitely steady, poised soft notes yet also considerable intensity in forte passages.
 
There are one or two caveats: Schlusnus’s comparatively weak low notes have always been remarked upon as his Achilles’ heel. Also the tempo of a few songs sits strangely in a modern ear: Der Lindenbaum is too fast, while the rhythm and speed of both Liebesbotschaft and Die Taubenpost are decidedly soggy. On the whole though, this choice compilation of some of Schubert’s best-loved songs constitutes a master-class in the Lieder-singer’s art.
 
-- Ralph Moore, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1. Der Erlkönig, D 328 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Franz Rupp (Piano), Heinrich Schlusnus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1933 
Language: German 
2. Wandrers Nachtlied, D 224/Op. 4 no 3 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Heinrich Schlusnus (Baritone), Sebastian Peschko (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1941 
Language: German 
3. Wandrers Nachtlied, D 768/Op. 96 no 3 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Heinrich Schlusnus (Baritone), Sebastian Peschko (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1941 
Language: German 
4. Im Frühling, D 882/Op. 101 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Heinrich Schlusnus (Baritone), Sebastian Peschko (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1940 
Language: German 
5. Die schöne Müllerin, D 795/Op. 25: no 6, Der Neugierige by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Franz Rupp (Piano), Heinrich Schlusnus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1934 
Language: German 
6. Winterreise, D 911/Op. 89: no 5, Der Lindenbaum by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Sebastian Peschko (Piano), Heinrich Schlusnus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1941 
Language: German 
7. Winterreise, D 911/Op. 89: no 11, Frühlingstraum by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Sebastian Peschko (Piano), Heinrich Schlusnus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1941 
Language: German 
8. Schwanengesang, D 957: no 1, Liebesbotschaft by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Heinrich Schlusnus (Baritone), Sebastian Peschko (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1941 
Language: German 
9. Schwanengesang, D 957: no 2, Kriegers Ahnung by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Sebastian Peschko (Piano), Heinrich Schlusnus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1939 
Language: German 
10. Schwanengesang, D 957: no 4, Ständchen by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Franz Rupp (Piano), Heinrich Schlusnus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1927 
Language: German 
11. Schwanengesang, D 957: no 13, Der Doppelgänger by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Heinrich Schlusnus (Baritone), Franz Rupp (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1928 
Language: German 
12. Schwanengesang, D 957: no 14, Die Taubenpost by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Heinrich Schlusnus (Baritone), Sebastian Peschko (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1943 
Language: German 
13. Gesänge des Harfners no 2, D 480 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Heinrich Schlusnus (Baritone), Sebastian Peschko (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816/1822; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1943 
Language: German 
14. An die Leier, D 737/Op. 56 no 2 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Heinrich Schlusnus (Baritone), Franz Rupp (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822-1823; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1928 
Language: German 
15. Der Jüngling an der Quelle, D 300 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Heinrich Schlusnus (Baritone), Franz Rupp (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1938 
Language: German 
16. Am See, D 746 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Franz Rupp (Piano), Heinrich Schlusnus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1931 
Language: German 
17. Der Wanderer, D 489 (493a)/Op. 4 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Heinrich Schlusnus (Baritone), Franz Rupp (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1928 
Language: German 
18. Nachtstück, D 672 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Heinrich Schlusnus (Baritone), Sebastian Peschko (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1819; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1939 
Language: German 
19. Der Blumenbrief, D 622 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Sebastian Peschko (Piano), Heinrich Schlusnus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1818; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1943 
Language: German 
20. Die Forelle, D 550 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Sebastian Peschko (Piano), Heinrich Schlusnus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1942 
Language: German 
21. An die Musik, D 547 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Franz Rupp (Piano), Heinrich Schlusnus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1928 
Language: German 
22. Alinde, D 904/Op. 81 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Sebastian Peschko (Piano), Heinrich Schlusnus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1947 
Language: German 

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