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Schubert: Lieder With Orchestra / Abbado, Von Otter, Quasthoff


Release Date: 04/08/2003 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 471586   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Schubert
Performer:  Anne Sofie von OtterThomas Quasthoff
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A different kind of Schubert recital performed with skill and distinction.

This album received the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Performance.

Schubert himself orchestrated only one of these songs, the Romance from Rosamunde. The other arrangers are Berlioz, Brahms, Britten, Liszt, Offenbach, Reger and Webern: hardly an everyday list of ordinary hacks. Perhaps Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian and a few others, working in colour on drawings by Leonardo might provide a suggestion of something comparable. We would hope, in such a case, for almost contradictory features - respect for the original and evidence of something personal in the treatment. And certainly that is what we have
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In Erikonig Berlioz relives that haunted ride of father and son to the inn with his imagination aglow, almost writing the opening of Die Walkiire in the process. Brahms so takes the dawn-devoted Memnon to his heart that Schubert's harmonies become an exquisite personal possession, the song set within an orchestral framework of the utmost loveliness. Britten in Die Fore//c keeps his eye on the fish, its lithe movements illuminated by the clarinet, lost to aural view in the muddy waters stirred up by the thievish angler.

Reger is the most frequent contributor and perhaps the least valuable; by his late-19thcentury lights he generally does a good job, something better perhaps in Nacht und Trisume, something (I would say) worse in Gretchen am Spinnrade. Webern, whose four arrangements date from 1903, is fascinating. The desolate heart of 'Der Wegweiser' is uncannily open to him; the deceptive reassurances of the lulling brook in 'Trnenregen', too.

It is a programme of a kind not often attempted on records - Hermann Prey did something similar in a disc for RCA around 25 years ago (11/77 - nla). It makes good sense to use two singers: Ellen, Gretchen and the young nun on the one hand, Prometheus and Memnon on the other, require this luxury. To have such artists as von Otter and Quasthoff with a conductor of Abbado's standing is a privilege indeed, particularly to be valued because it confers on these arrangements a recognition and status which on the whole are richly deserved. Von Otter sings with (to my mind) rather too much of her wide-eyed Children's Hour style, but she is never even momentarily inert or commonplace, and sometimes, as in Erlkönig and Gruppe aus dem Tartarus, with strikingly imaginative intensity. Quasthoff, too, is impressive in the 'big' songs, especially Prometheus and An Schwager Kra-nos. The orchestra, under Abbado, play with distinction - which is just as well, for in this of all song-recitals what they play is the prime centre of interest.

– John Steane, Gramophone [7/2003] Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Rosamunde, D 797/Op. 26: no 5, Romance "Der Vollmond strahlt" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Music City, Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: German 
2.
Die Forelle, D 550 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Music City, Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranger: Benjamin Britten. 
3.
Ellens Gesang II, D 838/Op. 52 no 2 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Music City, Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranger: Johannes Brahms. 
4.
Gretchen am Spinnrade, D 118/Op. 2 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1814; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Music City, Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranger: Max Reger. 
5.
An Sylvia, D 891/Op. 106 no 4 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Music City, Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranger: Anonymous. 
6.
Im Abendrot, D 799 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824-1825; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Music City, Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranger: Max Reger. 
7.
Nacht und Träume, D 827 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Music City, Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranger: Max Reger. 
8.
Gruppe aus dem Tartarus, D 583/Op. 24 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Music City, Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranger: Max Reger. 
9.
Der Erlkönig, D 328 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Music City, Paris, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranger: Max Reger. 
10.
Die schöne Müllerin, D 795/Op. 25: no 10, Tränenregen by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Music City, Paris, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranger: Anton von Webern. 
11.
Winterreise, D 911/Op. 89: no 20, Der Wegweiser by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Music City, Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranger: Anton von Webern. 
12.
Du bist die Ruh, D 776/Op. 59 no 3 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Music City, Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranger: Anton von Webern. 
13.
Schwanengesang, D 957: no 9, Ihr Bild by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Music City, Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranger: Anton von Webern. 
14.
Prometheus, D 674 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Music City, Paris, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranger: Max Reger. 
15.
Memnon, D 541/Op. 6 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Music City, Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranger: Johannes Brahms. 
16.
An Schwager Kronos, D 369/Op. 19 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Music City, Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranger: Johannes Brahms. 
17.
An die Musik, D 547 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Music City, Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranger: Max Reger. 
18.
Geheimes, D 719/Op. 14 no 2 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1821; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Music City, Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranger: Johannes Brahms. 
19.
Schwanengesang, D 957: no 4, Ständchen by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Music City, Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranger: Jacques Offenbach. 
20.
Die junge Nonne, D 828/Op. 43 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Music City, Paris, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranger: Franz Liszt. 

Sound Samples

Romance From Rosamunde, D.797 No.3b: Der Vollmond strahlt
Die Forelle, D.550 (Op.32) - Orchestrated By Benjamin Britten
"Jäger, ruhe von der Jagd!" Ellens Gesang II, D.838 - Orchestrated By Johannes Brahms
Gretchen am Spinnrade, D.118 - Orchestrated By Max Reger
An Sylvia, D.891 (Op.106/4) - Orchestrated By Anonymus
Im Abendrot, D.799 - Orchestrated By Max Reger
Nacht und Träume, D.827 - Orchestrated By Max Reger
Gruppe aus dem Tartarus, D.583 (Op.24/1) - Orchestrated By Max Reger
Erlkönig, D. 328 (Op.1) - Orchestrated By Hector Berlioz
Die junge Nonne, D.828 - Orchestrated By Franz Liszt
Die schöne Müllerin, D.795 - Orchestrated By Anton Webern: Tränenregen
Winterreise, D.911 - Orchestrated By Anton Webern: Der Wegweiser
Du bist die Ruh', D.776 (Op.59/3) - Orchestrated By Anton Webern
Schwanengesang, D.957 (Cycle) - Orchestrated By Anton Webern: Ihr Bild
Prometheus, D674 - Orchestrated By Max Reger
Memnon, D. 541 - Orchestrated By Johannes Brahms
An Schwager Kronos, D. 369 - Orchestrated By Johannes Brahms
An die Musik, D.547 (Op.88/4) - Orchestrated By Max Reger
Erlkönig, D. 328 (Op.1) - Orchestrated By Max Reger
Geheimes, D719 (Goethe) - Orchestrated By Johannes Brahms
Schwanengesang, D.957 (Cycle) - Orchestrated By Jacques Offenbach As "La Sérénade de Schubert": Ständchen

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