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Release Date: 03/22/2011 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 18480   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz SchubertRobert SchumannJohannes BrahmsJohann Sebastian Bach,   ... 
Performer:  Elisabeth SchumannKarl AlwinGeorge ReevesGerald Moore,   ... 
Conductor:  Leo RosenekBruno ReiboldKarl AlwinAlbert Coates,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic ChoirLondon Symphony OrchestraVienna Philharmonic Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 6 
Recorded in: Mono 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The German soprano Elisabeth Schumann was one of the finest lyric sopranos of the 20th Century. She made her professional debut in Hamburg in 1909 and died in 1952, having given her last public concert the previous year. In 1985 the eminent vocal expert Alan Blyth wrote of her: ‘No artist so endeared herself to her public as Elisabeth Schumann. The charm of her manner is legendary; so is the attraction of her slivery voice and outgiving style. Whether in her operatic portrayals, her Lieder or her operetta offerings, she captivated her audiences.’

CDs 1 and 2 contain an unrivalled collection of Schumann's famous recordings of songs by Franz Schubert, the centrepiece of which is Der Hirt auf dem Felsen (‘The Shepherd on the
Read more Rock’) with Reginald Kell as the distinguished clarinet soloist. Every one of these songs is illuminated by the singer's unique style of vocal clarity and brightness as well as rhythmic bouyancy and spontaniety.

CD 3 brings together a number of Elisabeth Schumann's recordings of songs by her namesake Robert Schumann, including the famous cycle for female voice: Frauenliebe und-leben. Also on this CD are a group of songs by Brahms including several from the delightful ‘49 Deutsche Volkslieder.’

CD 4 begins with Schumann's elegant performances of several soprano pieces by Bach and Handel, which are followed by a variety of contrasting works by Mozart including the main arias for Susanna and Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro and both of Zerlina's solos from Don Giovanni. The Mozart programme continues with an engaging performance of the ‘Alleluja’ from Exsultate, jubilate, a small group of songs and then finally the Benedictus from Mozart’s final work, the moving Requiem in D minor.

CD 5 is a mixed Lieder recital starting with songs by Haydn and Beethoven, then a collection of Hugo Wolf and ending with a group of Richard Strauss compositions, all touched by Schumann's own personal vocal magic.

The final CD opens with three extracts from Der Rosenkavalier that amply demonstrate Elisabeth Schumann's radiant interpretation of Sophie that was acclaimed in theatres around the world. Then we hear Schumann gloriously floating the soprano line in the Quintet from Die Meistersinger, followed by a collection of charming English songs, all sung with impeccable pronunciation. The disc ends with some of the most entertaining performances of arias from Viennese operettas ever put on record that will guarantee to bring a smile of delight to even the most critical listener.

R E V I E W

Each track on this well-filled box has something to recommend it. A bargain not to be missed.

‘Few sopranos divide critical opinion more than Elisabeth Schumann’, writes Richard Stokes in his extensive liner-notes for this issue. For me the hardest nut to crack has been her use of portamento – in simple terms: her sliding from one note to another. Many singers do that to achieve a seamless legato, but she does it more than most, and the effect can verge close to seasickness. It is most obvious on her earliest, acoustic recordings, and they have all been excluded from this issue. Her electrical recordings are afflicted also, but not so blatantly as those made during her earlier years. It is a matter of acquired taste. Once hooked by Elisabeth Schumann this defect – if it is a defect – becomes of little importance when there is so much else that is so attractive: the purity of tone, the exquisite phrasing and – most of all – her irresistible charm.

Just take the first two CDs in this box, 49 Schubert songs spanning more than twenty years of her recording career. The earliest were set down in 1927 when she was 39; the last ones in 1949 when she was past 60. One can hear the voice ageing, but not to excess. The bloom and lightness from the 20s gradually lessens but on the other hand she gains in expressivity. The voice was never very large and she didn’t aim for heavier operatic roles. As a concert singer she could continue to sing the same repertoire.

I won’t go into detail for each of the songs but want to point out a few. Frühlingsglaube, recorded in 1933, is most lovingly sung but there is a lot of scooping. Ave Maria, recorded the following year with orchestra, is the perfect model of how this song should be sung: not a trace of portamento, rich, beautiful tone. In An die Musik from 1936 she slides both upwards and downwards. We notice it and say: ‘Old-fashioned but lovely!’ Fritz Kreisler, one of my earliest instrumental favourites, also indulged in portamento and everybody loved him.

We could go on nitpicking like this – if we are fault-finders – but we could also just accept that this is Elisabeth Schumann’s style. Within that style are the most glittering gems, ready to be savoured. Those who prefer their apple-pie without custard should look elsewhere, but for me Schumann’s custard adds flavour even though I may not want the vanilla every time I want a slice of Schubert.

In the bargain we also get the opportunity to compare two versions of Die Forelle. We can also enjoy the duet with Reginald Kell in Der Hirt auf dem Felsen and to shut our eyes and be rocked to sleep in Wiegenlied – lovely readings all of them, and many, many more.

On CD 3 she continues to charm us with a total of 36 songs by Schumann and Brahms. The former’s Mondnacht has rarely been sung with such magic. Frauenliebe und-leben with Gerald Moore at the piano, was recorded over a period of eleven years. Du Ring an meinem Finger and Helft mir, ihr Schwestern as late as June 1949. In spite of some loss of resonance, they are among the best. The whole cycle is sung with deep understanding.

Naturally charm and glitter are not enough for those more serious songs and when we come to Brahms it is the dark moods that dominate. Schumann’s readings are well worth anyone’s attention. I believe that some older readers, who still remember the age of the 78rpm records, heard some of these songs in her readings. There existed alternative versions but most retailers limited their assortment and HMV and Schumann was a safe bet.

In the mid-60s, when I tried to widen my taste to encompass Lieder I bought the EMI box with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau singing the complete German Folksongs in Brahms’ settings, with Gerald Moore at the piano. That was love at first sight and I played them over and over again and still today, when I have transferred them to CD, I take out the discs with the intention of sampling two or three. I always end up playing the whole disc. For some reason I hadn’t heard Elisabeth Schumann’s recording of six of those before and now she has become my second love. Schwarzkopf is at her most lovely in that favourite recording but the other Elisabeth in a simpler more straightforward way catches the rural atmosphere just as marvellously.

CD 4 is devoted to Bach, Handel and Mozart and her Mozart always goes to my heart. Her Cherubin, Susanna and Zerlina are quite outstanding. It is also interesting to have here the Benedictus movement from Mozart’s Requiem in a live recording from Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris with the Vienna Philharmonic under Bruno Walter and with a superb quartet of soloists. Besides Elisabeth Schumann we hear the Swedish mezzo Kerstin Thorborg, a very young Anton Dermota in the tenor part and the magnificent bass Alexander Kipnis.

CD 5 contains more lieder. Some Beethoven, a couple of Haydn songs in English, including the lovely The Sailor’s Song which was another early favourite since I became acquainted with Elisabeth Schumann. 14 Hugo Wolf and 13 Richard Strauss complete her traversal of the central German song repertoire. Both were composers close to her heart. She felt strongly for Wolf’s way of merging text and music to become an inseparable unit. One can hear how she relishes every syllable and every note of the songs. Even closer to her was Richard Strauss, with whom she toured the US in 1921. Strauss wrote his early songs with his wife Pauline in mind but when he heard Schumann he fell in love with her – at least with her voice – and even suggested that she should sing Salome! His judgement obviously failed him sometimes, just as he is also said to have composed the Brentano songs (1918) for Elisabeth Schumann. Some of them could well suit her but in particular Lied der Frauen needs a dramatic singer, a Salome, Elektra or Dyer’s Wife in Die Frau ohne Schatten. The songs recorded here suit her to perfection. They are valuable documents also as reminders that Schumann had studied these songs with the composer and thus must likely have performed them according to his wishes.

Off the record it is worth mentioning that another legendary singer, also born in 1888 like Elisabeth Schumann, also worked closely with Richard Strauss. That was the baritone Heinrich Schlusnus who, in 1919-1920, recorded a number of songs with the composer at the piano. Anyone wanting to go to the roots of these songs should listen to Schumann and Schlusnus.

The last disc has a couple of operatic excerpts of historical importance. First three scenes from the ‘complete’ – it’s heavily cut – recording of Rosenkavalier from 1933. Schumann’s Sophie was one of her most admired roles. We also hear Maria Olszewska as Octavian. The quintet from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, recorded in 1931 is also legendary with two giants in the Wagner Fach – Lauritz Melchior and Friedrich Schorr – lining up in Kingsway Hall with two British singers as David and Magdalena and Elisabeth Schumann as the loveliest imaginable Eva. A number of English songs from various epochs are nice but they are overshadowed by the last nine numbers from the Viennese operetta repertoire where Schumann was second to none. How she caresses the phrases in Sei nicht bös or Im chambre séparée. She is irresistible in the nightingale song from Der Vogelhändler, where she also demonstrates her talent as whistler (!) which she does in a couple of other songs as well. The final track is the barcarolle from Les Contes d’Hoffmann. Everybody knows that it is a duet, and there are two voices singing here too, both belonging to Elisabeth Schumann. Recorded in 1938 this was some achievement and someone with knowledge of recording technique in those days must explain to me how it was done.

The result is however fine and since each track on this well-filled box has something to recommend it this is a bargain not to be missed. EMI have immeasurable riches in their archives. We have to be grateful that they make recordings like these available. They should never be out of the catalogues.

-- Göran Forsling, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1. Winterreise, D 911/Op. 89: no 13, Die Post by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), Karl Alwin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: German 
2. Die schöne Müllerin, D 795/Op. 25: no 2, Wohin? by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), Karl Alwin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: German 
3. Im Abendrot, D 799 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Karl Alwin (Piano), Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824-1825; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: German 
4. Die Vögel, D 691/Op. 172 no 6 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), Karl Alwin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1820; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 0 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: German 
5. Du bist die Ruh, D 776/Op. 59 no 3 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Karl Alwin (Piano), Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: German 
6. Heidenröslein, D 257/Op. 3 no 3 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), Karl Alwin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: German 
7. Das Lied im Grünen, D 917/Op. 115 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), Karl Alwin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: German 
8. An die Nachtigall, D 497/Op. 98 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), George Reeves (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: German 
9. Liebhaber in allen Gestalten, D 558 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), George Reeves (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: German 
10. Frühlingsglaube, D 686/Op. 20 no 2 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), George Reeves (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1820; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: German 
11. Die Forelle, D 550 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), George Reeves (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: English 
12. Ständchen, D 889 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: German 
13. Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leo Rosenek
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: German 
14. An die Musik, D 547 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: German 
15. Der Jüngling an der Quelle, D 300 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), Elizabeth Coleman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: German 
16. Geheimes, D 719/Op. 14 no 2 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), Elizabeth Coleman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1821; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: German 
17. Auf dem Wasser zu singen, D 774/Op. 72 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), Elizabeth Coleman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: German 
18. Des Fischers Liebesglück, D 933 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: German 
19. Der Musensohn, D 764/Op. 92 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: German 
20. Fischerweise, D 881 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: German 
21. Gretchen am Spinnrade, D 118/Op. 2 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1814; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: German 
22. Schwanengesang, D 957: no 1, Liebesbotschaft by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: German 
23. Litanei auf das Fest Aller Seelen, D 343 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: German 
24. Nacht und Träume, D 827 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: German 
25. Seligkeit, D 433 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: German 
26. Nähe des Geliebten, D 162 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: German 
27. Lachen und Weinen, D 777/Op. 59 no 4 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1823; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: German 
28. Winterreise, D 911/Op. 89: no 11, Frühlingstraum by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: German 
29. Der Einsame, D 800 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: German 
30. Nachtviolen, D 752 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), Leo Rosenek (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: German 
31. An die Geliebte, D 303 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), Leo Rosenek (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: German 
32. Wiegenlied, D 498/Op. 98 no 2 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), George Reeves (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: German 
33. Die schöne Müllerin, D 795/Op. 25: no 20, Das Baches Wiegenlied by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), George Reeves (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1938 
Language: German 
34. Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, D 965/Op. 129 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Reginald Kell (Clarinet), George Reeves (Piano), Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1937 
Language: German 
35. Der Jüngling und der Tod, D 545 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leo Rosenek
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1938 
Language: German 
36. Trost im Liede, D 546/Op. 101 no 3 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leo Rosenek
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1938 
Language: German 
37. Claudine von Villa Bella, D 239: Hin und wieder fliegen... by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1949 
Language: German 
38. Claudine von Villa Bella, D 239: Liebe schwärmt by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leo Rosenek
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1938 
39. Dass sie hier gewesen, D 775/Op. 59 no 2 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1823; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1946 
Language: German 
40. Rosamunde, D 797/Op. 26: no 5, Romance "Der Vollmond strahlt" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1946 
41. Die junge Nonne, D 828/Op. 43 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1945 
Language: German 
42. Das Mädchen, D 652 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1946 
Language: German 
43. An mein Klavier, D 342 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1946 
Language: German 
44. Schweizerlied, D 559 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Gerald Moore (Piano), Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1949 
Language: German 
45. Gesänge (4) aus Wilhelm Meister, D 877/Op. 62: no 4, Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Vienna, Austria 
46. Gesänge (4) aus Wilhelm Meister, D 877/Op. 62: no 3, So lasst mich scheinen by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Gerald Moore (Piano), Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Vienna, Austria 
47. Liederkreis, Op. 39: no 5, Mondnacht by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), Karl Alwin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1930-49 
48. Lieder Album für die Jugend, Op. 79: no 23, Er ist's by Robert Schumann
Performer:  George Reeves (Piano), Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1930-49 
49. Lieder und Gesänge iii, Op. 77: no 5, Aufträge by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), George Reeves (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1930-49 
50. Lieder Album für die Jugend, Op. 79: no 26, Schneeglöckchen by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), George Reeves (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1930-49 
51. Myrthen, Op. 25: no 3, Der Nussbaum by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), George Reeves (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1930-49 
52. Gedichte (12) aus "Liebesfrühling", Op. 37: no 3, O ihr Herren by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), George Reeves (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1930-49 
53. Gesänge (6), Op. 89: no 6, Röslein, Röslein! by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), George Reeves (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1930-49 
54. Romances and Ballades iii, Op. 53: no 2, Loreley by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), George Reeves (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1930-49 
55. Gedichte (6), Op. 36: no 2, Ständchen by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), George Reeves (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1930-49 
56. Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1930-49 
57. Songs (4), Op. 96: no 1, Der Tod, das ist die kühle Nacht by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1930-49 
58. Volkskinderlieder (15), WoO 31: no 4, Sandmännchen by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1930-49 
59. Songs (5), Op. 107: no 3, Das Mädchen spricht by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  George Reeves (Piano), Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1930-49 
60. Songs (5), Op. 106: no 1, Ständchen by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  George Reeves (Piano), Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1888; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1930-49 
61. Songs (5), Op. 49: no 4, Wiegenlied by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), George Reeves (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1930-49 
62. Romances and Songs (5), Op. 84: no 4, Vergebliches Ständchen by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), George Reeves (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1877-79; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1930-49 
63. Songs (6), Op. 97: no 1, Nachtigall by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), George Reeves (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884-1885; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1930-49 
64. Songs (7), Op. 95: no 4, Der Jäger by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), George Reeves (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1884; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1930-49 
65. Die schöne Magelone, Op. 33: no 9, Ruhe, Süssliebchen by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), Leo Rosenek (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1868; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1930-49 
66. Songs (9), Op. 32: no 7, Bitteres zu sagen denkst du by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), Leo Rosenek (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1930-49 
67. Songs (8), Op. 58: no 1, Blinde Kuh by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), Leo Rosenek (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1930-49 
68. Poems (5), Op. 19: no 5, An eine Äolsharfe by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), Leo Rosenek (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1930-49 
69. Deutsche Volkslieder (49), WoO 33: Excerpt(s) by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Leo Rosenek (Piano), Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1894; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1930-49 
70. Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten, BWV 202 "Wedding Cantata" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bruno Reibold
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1718-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Language: German 
71. Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244: no 58, Aus Liebe will mein Heiland sterben by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano)
Conductor:  Karl Alwin
Written: 1727 
Language: German 
72. Sehet, wir gehn hinauf gen Jerusalem, BWV 159: Es ist vollbracht, das Leid ist alle by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano)
Conductor:  Karl Alwin
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1729; Leipzig, Germany 
Language: German 
73. Bist du bei mir by Gottfried H. Stölzel
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leo Rosenek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Choir,  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Language: German 
74. Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Excerpt(s) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Walter Widdop (Tenor), Margaret Balfour (Alto), Friedrich Schorr (Baritone),
Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano)
Conductor:  Albert Coates
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1747-1749; Leipzig, Germany 
75. Lieder (6), Op. 56: no 4, Mit deinen blauen Augen by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Lotte Lehmann (Soprano)
Conductor:  Robert Heger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1906; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1928 
Venue:  Berlin 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: German 
76. Lieder (4), Op. 27: no 4, Morgen by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Lotte Lehmann (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1928 
Venue:  Berlin 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: German 
77. Lieder (3), Op. 29: no 1, Traum durch die Dämmerung by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), Karl Alwin (Piano)
Written: 1895 
Date of Recording: 11/1932 
Venue:  Abbey Road, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: German 
78. Lieder (6), Op. 17: no 2, Ständchen by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Karl Alwin (Piano), Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lawrence Collingwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885-1887; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: German 
79. Lieder (5), Op. 41: no 1, Wiegenlied by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Ivor Newton (Piano), Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/24/1927 
Venue:  London 
Length: 3 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: German 
80. Lieder (5), Op. 48: no 1, Freundliche Vision by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Ivor Newton (Piano), Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 05/24/1927 
Venue:  London 
Length: 2 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: German 
81. Schlichte Weisen (5), Op. 21: no 1, All' mein Gedanken by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Karl Alwin (Piano), Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887-1888; Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: German 
82. Lieder (4), Op. 36: no 3, Hat gesagt, bleibts nicht dabei by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Karl Alwin (Piano), Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: German 
83. Lieder (5), Op. 69: no 5, Schlechtes Wetter by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), Karl Alwin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: German 
84. Lieder (5), Op. 48: no 2, Ich schwebe wie auf Engelsschwingen by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), Karl Alwin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1932 
Venue:  Abbey Road, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: German 
85. Lieder (5), Op. 15: no 5, Heimkehr by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Leo Rosenek (Piano), Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884-1886; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/08/1938 
Venue:  Abbey Road, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: German 
86. Lieder (3), Op. 43: no 2, Muttertändelei by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano)
Conductor:  Karl Alwin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 10/1928 
Venue:  Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: German 
87. Lieder (6), Op. 56: no 6, Die heiligen drei Könige by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano)
Conductor:  Karl Alwin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1906; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1928 
Venue:  Vienna 
Length: 4 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: German 

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Winterreise: Die Post (1989 Digital Remaster)
Die Schöne Müllerin: Wohin? (1989 Digital Remaster)
Im Abendroth D799
Die Vögel D691 (1989 Digital Remaster)
Du bist die Ruh' D776
Heidenröslein D257
Das Lied im Grünen D917
An die Nachtigall D497 (1989 Digital Remaster)
Liebhaber in allen Gestalten D558
Frühlingsglaube D686 (1989 Digital Remaster)
Die Forelle D550 (1989 Digital Remaster)
Ständchen, 'Horch! Horch! die Lerch' D889 (1989 Digital Remaster)
Ave Maria, 'Ellens Gesang III' D839 (1989 Digital Remaster)
An die Musik D547 (1989 Digital Remaster)
Der Jüngling an der Quelle D300
Geheimes D719
Auf dem Wasser zu singen D774
Des Fischers Liebesglück D933 (1989 Digital Remaster)
Der Musensohn D764
Fischerweise D881
Gretchen am Spinnrade D118
Liebesbotschaft (Schwanengesang) D957
Am Tage aller Seelen (Litanei) D343
Nacht und Taüme D827
Seligkeit D433
Nähe des Geliebten D162 (1989 Digital Remaster)
Lachen und Weinen D777
Frühlingstraum (Winterreise) D911
Der Einsame D800 (1989 Digital Remaster)
Nachtviolen D752 (1989 Digital Remaster)
An die Geliebte D303
Wiegenlied (Schlafe, Schlafe) D498 (1989 Digital Remaster)
Der Schmetterling D633
Des Baches Wiegenlied (Die schöne Müllerin) D795
Der Hirt auf dem Felsen D965
Der Jüngling und der Tod D545 (1989 Digital Remaster)
Das Heimweh D456
Hin und wieder fliegen Pfeile (Claudine von Villa Bella) D239
Liebe schwärmt (Claudine von Villa Bella) D239
Das sie hier gewesen D775 (1989 Digital Remaster)
Der Vollmond strahlt (Rosamunde) D797
Die Forelle D550
Die junge Nonne D828
Die Mädchen D652
An mein Klavier D342
Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt (Lied der Mignon) D877 (1989 Digital Remaster)
So lasst micht scheinen (Lied der Mignon) D877
Schweizerlied D559
Hin ind wieder floegen Pfeile D239

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