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Franz Peter Schubert: Schubertiade Nachtmusik

Schubert / Orpheon Ensemble / Reuss
Release Date: 06/14/2011 
Label:  Etcetera Records   Catalog #: 1421   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Franz Schubert
Performer:  Jan VermeulenJose Pizarro
Conductor:  Daniel Reuss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheon Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



SCHUBERT Schubertiade Nachtmusik Daniel Reuss, cond; Orpheon Ens; Jan Vermeulen (fp) ET’CETERA KTC 1421 (67:58)


Schubert is recognized as a prolific (more than 600 songs)—and master—Lieder composer, wherein “Lieder” connotes single voice and piano. In fact, Schubert also wrote more than 140 choral (i.e., many-voiced) songs. On this CD, the Orpheon Ensemble (three each of first tenors, second tenor, baritones, and basses) conducted by Daniel Reuss with fortepianist Jan Vermeulen present, on 27 tracks, are Read more many of these choral songs (some a cappella) interleaved with groups of short solo keyboard pieces (waltzes, German dances, and Ländler). The briefer of these tracks are only about 40 seconds, while the longer approach six minutes. I was not familiar with Schubert’s choral songs, so this was a rare experience to hear something new for me in a form popular in its time. Especially interesting is The Gondolier (D 809), with its multipart, contrapuntal writing. The term Nachtmusik refers to the sentimental and introspective feelings that so many of these songs have, where such feelings are brought about at night.


The Orpheon Ensemble has its origin in the Collegium Vocale Gent. Its goal is to continue the rich Liedertafel tradition by presenting 19th- and 20th-century repertoire for male chorus, once associated with amateurism, at a high professional level. In 1990, Daniel Reuss became artistic director of the Cappella Amsterdam. From 2003 to 2006 he was chief conductor of the RIAS Chamber Choir in Berlin. Since September 2008, while continuing his Cappella Amsterdam directorship, he has been chief conductor of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir. Jan Vermuelen studied with André de Groote at the Conservatory of Brussels. His desire for authenticity led him to performance on period instruments. His magnum opus, recording all of Schubert’s keyboard music, began in 2006.


There is much beautiful music on this disc, much of it off the beaten path of Schubert’s more familiar works. The only downside is the fortepiano sound, authentic for Schubert’s era but unpleasantly plinky to my ears. Nevertheless, this is a disc worth having for the rare and rewarding musical experience it provides.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Vorüber die stöhnende Klage, D 53 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Jan Vermeulen (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Daniel Reuss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheon Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
2.
Ein jugendlicher Maienschwung, D 61 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Jan Vermeulen (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Daniel Reuss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheon Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813; Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 12 Secs. 
3.
Geist der Liebe, D 747/Op. 11 no 3 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Jan Vermeulen (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Daniel Reuss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheon Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 14 Secs. 
4.
Waltzes (36) for Piano, D 365/Op. 9: no 19 in G major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Jan Vermeulen (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Daniel Reuss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheon Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816-1821; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 0 Minutes 42 Secs. 
5.
Waltzes (36) for Piano, D 365/Op. 9: no 21 in G major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Jan Vermeulen (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Daniel Reuss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheon Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816-1821; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 0 Minutes 39 Secs. 
6.
Waltzes (36) for Piano, D 365/Op. 9: no 29 in D major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Jan Vermeulen (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Daniel Reuss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheon Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816-1821; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 9 Secs. 
7.
Gondelfahrer, D 809/Op. 28 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Jan Vermeulen (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Daniel Reuss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheon Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
8.
Der Entfernten, D 331 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Jan Vermeulen (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Daniel Reuss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheon Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 
9.
German Dances (16) and Ecossaises (2) for Piano, D 783/Op. 33: no 10 in A minor by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Jan Vermeulen (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Daniel Reuss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheon Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823-1824; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 9 Secs. 
10.
German Dances (16) and Ecossaises (2) for Piano, D 783/Op. 33: no 9 in C major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Jan Vermeulen (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Daniel Reuss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheon Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823-1824; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 13 Secs. 
11.
Ruhe, schönstes Glück der Erde, D 657 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Jan Vermeulen (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Daniel Reuss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheon Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 23 Secs. 
12.
Minuet for Piano in A major, D 334 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Jan Vermeulen (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Daniel Reuss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheon Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
13.
Wein und Liebe, D 901 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Jan Vermeulen (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Daniel Reuss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheon Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
14.
Die Nachthelle, D 892/Op. 134 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Jan Vermeulen (Fortepiano), Jose Pizarro (Voice)
Conductor:  Daniel Reuss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheon Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 47 Secs. 
15.
Waltzes (36) for Piano, D 365/Op. 9: no 36 in F major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Jan Vermeulen (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Daniel Reuss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheon Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816-1821; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 0 Secs. 
16.
Waltzes (36) for Piano, D 365/Op. 9: no 34 in F major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Jan Vermeulen (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Daniel Reuss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheon Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816-1821; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 0 Minutes 48 Secs. 
17.
Waltzes (36) for Piano, D 365/Op. 9: no 35 in F major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Jan Vermeulen (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Daniel Reuss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheon Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816-1821; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 0 Minutes 48 Secs. 
18.
Die Bürgschaft, D 435: Hinter Büschen, hinterm Laub "Räuberlied" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Jan Vermeulen (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Daniel Reuss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheon Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816 
Length: 1 Minutes 45 Secs. 
19.
Die Nacht, D 983c/Op. 17 no 4 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Jan Vermeulen (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Daniel Reuss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheon Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1822; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
20.
Sonata for Piano in A major, D 664/Op. 120: 2nd movement, Andante by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Jan Vermeulen (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Daniel Reuss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheon Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819/1825; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 8 Secs. 
21.
Grab und Mond, D 893 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Jan Vermeulen (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Daniel Reuss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheon Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
22.
German Dances (12) for Piano, D 790/Op. 171: no 5 in B minor by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Jan Vermeulen (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Daniel Reuss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheon Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Length: 1 Minutes 15 Secs. 
23.
German Dances (12) for Piano, D 790/Op. 171: no 6 in G sharp minor by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Jan Vermeulen (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Daniel Reuss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheon Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 0 Minutes 57 Secs. 
24.
German Dances (16) and Ecossaises (2) for Piano, D 783/Op. 33: no 15 in F minor by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Jan Vermeulen (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Daniel Reuss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheon Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823-1824; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 0 Minutes 52 Secs. 
25.
Der Geistertanz, D 494 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Jan Vermeulen (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Daniel Reuss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheon Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
26.
Das Grab, D 569 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Jan Vermeulen (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Daniel Reuss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheon Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
27.
Waltz for Piano in G major, D 844 "Albumblatt" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Jan Vermeulen (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Daniel Reuss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheon Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 2 Secs. 

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