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Silcher: Heimliche Liebe / Huber, Radio Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart

Silcher / Radio-sinfonieorchestra Stuttgart
Release Date: 08/28/2012 
Label:  Carus   Catalog #: 83322   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Friedrich Silcher
Performer:  Robert DohnSusan Wenckus
Conductor:  Uros Lajovic
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

To say that Friedrich Silcher (1789 -1860) is unknown to American collectors is an understatement. The most recent Opus (Fall 1991) that I have doesn't even list his name, yet the corresponding Bielefelder Katalog has well over a full page of listings of his music. Born in Swabia (the southwestern German region around Stuttgart), he became a schoolteacher in Ludwigsburg, then the royal residence of the Kings of Württemberg. He was influenced by Weber and later studied in Stuttgart with Conradin Kreutzer when he left school teaching and began to compose and teach music on a freelance basis. When Kreutzer left Stuttgart in 1816 he began further studies with Hummel. The following year he became Director of Music at the University of Read more Tübingen. He actively taught at the University until his death, a tenure of forty-three years. He was especially interested in solo and choral singing, though he also taught music theory, music history, composition, piano, and organ. He organized the first student singing society in Germany and invested much effort in studying folk songs.

As implied, his music remains popular to this day in Germany, but especially so in Swabia. Every amateur and professional chorus in that area has many of his songs in its repertoire. It is appropriate that this CD is of Swabian origin, for Carus is based in Stuttgart, as are most of the performers. Perhaps it is the fact that he never traveled far from the place of his birth that causes him to be so little known outside of Germany and, at the same time, to be so popular in Swabia.

This disc gives a splendid cross section of Silcher's choral writing as well as introducing us to his orchestral writing and two short instrumental pieces. Only his many solo songs are unrepresented, though there have been many fine recordings of these in Germany by the likes of Richard Tauber, Fritz Wunderlich, and Hermann Prey. The writing is generally simple, clear, and pleasing. Although not mentioned as an influence, the name that most frequently comes to mind when listening to Silcher is Schubert. This is especially true in the male choruses and the two delightful overtures. Were I a person to bet, I'd wager that ninety-nine percent of listeners would identify these overtures as little-known pieces by Schubert. The Divertissement II on Themes from "Der Freischütz" is also an especially charming work.

Performances throughout are first-class and the sound recorded by the South German Radio, Stuttgart, is very fine. Full texts in German only are provided. The seven pages of notes on Silcher and his music in German are, alas, condensed to three in English, though these are very helpful. Let us hope that more Silcher comes our way soon. (I understand that a disc of piano music is being released by Bayer.) Strongly recommended.

-- John Bauman, FANFARE [3/1992] Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Overture in E flat major by Friedrich Silcher
Conductor:  Uros Lajovic
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; Germany 
2.
Overture in C minor by Friedrich Silcher
Conductor:  Uros Lajovic
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; Germany 
3.
Divertissement for Flute and Piano on themes from "Freischütz" by Friedrich Silcher
Performer:  Robert Dohn (Flute), Susan Wenckus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; Germany 
4.
Mein Röselein by Friedrich Silcher
Period: Romantic 
Length: 1 Minutes 28 Secs. 
5.
Der Lindenbaum (The Linden Tree), song by Friedrich Silcher
Period: Romantic 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
6.
Ännchen von Tharau by Friedrich Silcher
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
7.
Gesänge der Jugend, lieder for 2 or 3 female voices: Frühlingsahnung by Friedrich Silcher
Performer:  Susan Wenckus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Length: 1 Minutes 0 Secs. 
8.
Gesänge der Jugend, lieder for 2 or 3 female voices: Frühlingsbote by Friedrich Silcher
Performer:  Susan Wenckus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Length: 1 Minutes 9 Secs. 
9.
Gesänge der Jugend, lieder for 2 or 3 female voices: Auf dem Wasser by Friedrich Silcher
Performer:  Susan Wenckus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Length: 1 Minutes 41 Secs. 
10.
Wohin mit der Freud?, Op. 58 no 2 by Friedrich Silcher
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852; Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 27 Secs. 
11.
Untreue by Friedrich Silcher
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
12.
Variations for piano on the folksong "In einem kühlen Grunde" by Friedrich Silcher
Performer:  Susan Wenckus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Length: 5 Minutes 2 Secs. 
13.
Der Wirtin Töchterlein by Friedrich Silcher
Period: Romantic 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
14.
Heimlicher Liebe Pein by Friedrich Silcher
Period: Romantic 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 
15.
Flug der Liebe by Friedrich Silcher
Period: Romantic 
Length: 1 Minutes 7 Secs. 
16.
Herzensweh by Friedrich Silcher
Period: Romantic 
Length: 1 Minutes 19 Secs. 
17.
Schlafliedchen by Friedrich Silcher
Period: Romantic 
Length: 2 Minutes 2 Secs. 
18.
Der König von Thule by Friedrich Silcher
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
19.
Frühlingsglaube by Friedrich Silcher
Period: Romantic 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
20.
Es muss geschieden sein by Friedrich Silcher
Period: Romantic 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
21.
Die Lorelei by Friedrich Silcher
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1838; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Overture in E major
Mein roselein
Der Lindenbaum
Annchen von Tharau
Gesange der Jugend: Fruhlingsahnung
Gesange der Jugend: Fruhlingsbote
Gesange der Jugend: Auf dem Wasser
Wohin mit der Freud?, Op. 58, No. 2, "Ach du klarblauer Himmel"
Untreue
Variations on In einem kuhlen Grunde
Der wirtin tochterlein
Heimlicher liebe pein
Divertissement on Themes from Freischutz
Flug der liebe
Herzensweh
Schlafliedchen
Der Konig von Thule
Fruhlingsglaube
Es muss geschieden sein
Heimliche liebe
Loreley
Overture in C minor

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