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Deutsche Schubert-Lied-Edition 2 - Schwanengesang


Release Date: 01/25/2000 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8554663   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Schubert
Performer:  Ulrich EisenlohrMichael VolleSjön Scott
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This collection of songs published in the year following Schubert's death in 1828 is not a true cycle, nor were these pieces intended as a set by the composer. Even the title, which refers to the Romantic notion of a swan's ability to sing one enchanting song only at its death, was assigned posthumously by the collection's publisher. Nevertheless, all but one of these 14 deeply emotional songs (in the best Romantic tradition of desperation, lost love, longing, and wistful, painful remembrance) are set to the poems of two writers, Ludwig Rellstab and Heinrich Heine. The other song, Johann Seidl's "Die Taubenpost" (The Carrier Pigeon), which fits the rest in theme if not quite in the mood of its musical setting, was thrown in by the Read more publisher to round out the set. This recording--part of Naxos' ambitious and thoughtfully planned Schubert-Lied-Edition, a series that ultimately will present all of Schubert's songs "grouped according to the poets who inspired him"--also includes three more Rellstab songs that could have or should have been grouped with the others. One of these, "Auf dem Strom" (Upon the River), is scored with an artfully written part for horn that places this among Schubert's most beautiful and effective songs. The horn player, Sjön Scott, is outstanding and deserves special mention for a performance of remarkable sensitivity and consummate musicality, and some of the best legato phrasing you'll ever hear.


As for baritone Michael Volle, you'd be hard pressed to find a more suitable singer for this repertoire. His rich, dark-toned voice seems perfect for these similarly dark-toned songs, and he delivers each one with unfaltering grace and knowing expression. Although best-known in Germany for his opera performances, Volle also has a solid reputation as a recitalist, and his performance here is proof of technical skills that allow him to cover a wide range that incorporates impressive subtlety and focused intensity--just listen, for example, to his masterful renditions of "In der Ferne" (In Distant Lands), "Am Meer" (By the Sea), and "Der Doppelgänger" (The Double). Volle's piano partner, Ulrich Eisenlohr, who is one of the initiators of this Schubert project and who delivered an exemplary performance in Volume 1 of the series (Winterreise), does it again here.
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Herbst, D 945 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano), Michael Volle (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1999 
Venue:  Bürgerhaus, Backnang, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: German 
2.
Lebensmut, in B flat major D 937 [fragment] by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Michael Volle (Baritone), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1999 
Venue:  Bürgerhaus, Backnang, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: German 
3.
Auf dem Strom, D 943/Op. 119 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano), Sjön Scott (French Horn), Michael Volle (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1999 
Venue:  Bürgerhaus, Backnang, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: German 
4.
Schwanengesang, D 957 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Ulrich Eisenlohr (Piano), Michael Volle (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1999 
Venue:  Bürgerhaus, Backnang, Germany 
Length: 52 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: German 

Sound Samples

Herbst, D. 945
Lebensmut, D. 937 (fragment): Lebensmut, D. 937
Auf dem Strom, Op. 119, D. 943: Auf dem Strom, D. 943
Schwanengesang, D. 957: No. 1. Liebesbotschaft
Schwanengesang, D. 957: No. 2. Kriegers Ahnung
Schwanengesang, D. 957: No. 3. Fruhlingssehnsucht
Schwanengesang, D. 957: No. 4. Standchen
Schwanengesang, D. 957: No. 5. Aufenthalt
Schwanengesang, D. 957: No. 6. In der Ferne
Schwanengesang, D. 957: No. 7. Abschied
Schwanengesang, D. 957: No. 8. Der Atlas
Schwanengesang, D. 957: No. 9. Ihr Bild
Schwanengesang, D. 957: No. 10. Das Fischermadchen
Schwanengesang, D. 957: No. 11. Die Stadt
Schwanengesang, D. 957: No. 12. Am Meer
Schwanengesang, D. 957: No. 13. Der Doppelganger
Schwanengesang, D. 957: No. 14. Die Taubenpost

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