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Schubert: Songs To Poems By Goethe / Prégardien, Staier


Release Date: 05/21/1996 
Label:  Dhm Deutsche Harmonia Mundi Catalog #: 77342   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Schubert
Performer:  Christoph PrégardienAndreas Staier
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The ethereal beauty of Prégardien's performance is exactly matched by Staier's luminous playing.

This issue further enhances Pregardien's reputation as a Schubert interpreter. In a judiciously chosen selection of the Goethe settings, he shows himself to be fully equipped to encompass what is in some ways the most demanding area of Schubert's vast contribution to the genre. They may not be as intellectually demanding as the Schiller settings previously tackled by Pregardien (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, 1/94), but they do call for a wide range of emotional and tonal control. The German tenor proves himself just as adept at such a light piece as HeidenrOslein as in the still, solemn thoughts of Meeres Stille, or the
Read more forceful challenge of An Schwager Kronos (though this is a piece that demands the extra weight of a bassbaritone), or the eager striving of Ganymed, or the spring-like joy of Der Musensohn, adapting his flexible tone to the varying requirements of each. The reading of the Harfenspieler Lieder forms the centrepiece of the recital, the singer catching the melancholy and mystery so unerringly suggested by the composer himself. The books speak unkindly of Sehnsucht, but Pregardien,. a superb Bach interpreter, brings out the connection with the older composer in the recitative of this cantatalike song.

Staier again seems the ideal partner for this singer. His luminous playing of his fortepiano, notably in such a piece as An den Mond, exactly matches the ethereal beauty of the tenor's performance. Once or twice we may wish for the more substantial tones of a Fischer-Dieskau or a Schreier with their attendant 'modern' pianists, but the older interpreters' gifts are, in a sense, complementary to and different from the younger artists'. There is room in the ever-fascinating field of Schubertian interpretation for both approaches. The natural, well-balanced recording allows us to hear all the subtleties to be found in these performances, which pay homage, in their verbal detailing, as much to poet as to composer.

-- Gramophone [6/1996]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Am Flusse, D 766 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Christoph Prégardien (Tenor), Andreas Staier (Harpsichord)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
2.
Trost in Tränen, D 120 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Christoph Prégardien (Tenor), Andreas Staier (Harpsichord)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1814; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
3.
Jägers Abendlied, D 368/Op. 3 no 4 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Christoph Prégardien (Tenor), Andreas Staier (Harpsichord)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
4.
Heidenröslein, D 257/Op. 3 no 3 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Christoph Prégardien (Tenor), Andreas Staier (Harpsichord)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
5.
Meerestille, D 216/Op. 3 no 2 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Andreas Staier (Harpsichord), Christoph Prégardien (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
6.
Schäfers Klagelied, D 121/Op. 3 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Andreas Staier (Harpsichord), Christoph Prégardien (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1814; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
7.
Sehnsucht by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Andreas Staier (Harpsichord), Christoph Prégardien (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
8.
Die Liebe, D 210 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Andreas Staier (Harpsichord), Christoph Prégardien (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
9.
Nähe des Geliebten, D 162 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Andreas Staier (Harpsichord), Christoph Prégardien (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
10.
Erster Verlust, D 226/Op. 5 no 4 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Andreas Staier (Harpsichord), Christoph Prégardien (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
11.
Der Fischer, D 225/Op. 5 no 3 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Andreas Staier (Harpsichord), Christoph Prégardien (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
12.
Der König in Thule, D 367/Op. 5 no 5 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Andreas Staier (Harpsichord), Christoph Prégardien (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
13.
Gesänge des Harfners no 1, D 478 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Andreas Staier (Harpsichord), Christoph Prégardien (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816/1822; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
14.
Gesänge des Harfners no 3, D 479 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Andreas Staier (Harpsichord), Christoph Prégardien (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816/1822; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
15.
Gesänge des Harfners no 2, D 480 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Andreas Staier (Harpsichord), Christoph Prégardien (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816/1822; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
16.
Ganymed, D 544/Op. 19 no 3 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Andreas Staier (Harpsichord), Christoph Prégardien (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
17.
An Schwager Kronos, D 369/Op. 19 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Andreas Staier (Harpsichord), Christoph Prégardien (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
18.
An Mignon, D 161 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Andreas Staier (Harpsichord), Christoph Prégardien (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
19.
An die Entfernte, D 765 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Christoph Prégardien (Tenor), Andreas Staier (Harpsichord)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
20.
Versunken, D 715 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Andreas Staier (Harpsichord), Christoph Prégardien (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1821; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
21.
An den Mond, D 259 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Christoph Prégardien (Tenor), Andreas Staier (Harpsichord)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
22.
Die Forelle, D 550 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Andreas Staier (Harpsichord), Christoph Prégardien (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
23.
Lied(er) by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Christoph Prégardien (Tenor), Andreas Staier (Harpsichord)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 

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