The Hyperion Schubert Edition - Complete Songs Vol 31

Release Date: 8/1/1998
Label: Hyperion
Catalog Number: CDJ33031
Composer: Franz Schubert
Conductor: Stephen Layton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Holst Singers
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Volume 31 of the Hyperion Schubert Edition is titled SCHUBERT AND RELIGION. Nearly half of the recital is taken up with "Hagers Klage," Schubert's first complete song, and "Mirjams Siegesgesang," a piano-accompanied cantata for soprano, chorus and piano dating from the year of the composer's death. Also included are all three of Schubert's psalm settings. Psalm 13 is for solo voice, No. 23 is for female quartet and chorus and No. 92, uniquely sung in Hebrew, is for unaccompanied chorus with baritone cantor.
None of this material is likely to be familiar. As always with Schubert, there are hidden treasures just waiting to be discovered. "Im Abendrot" and "Himmelsfunken," to pick two, are among Schubert's most beautiful and most rarely encountered songs.
All of the solo songs benefit from the presence of a large voice, amply provided by American soprano Christine Brewer. Graham Johnson, with his usual brilliance, provides both stalwart accompaniment and copious notes on each of the pieces in the recital. A worthy installment of this distinguished series.
Works on This Recording
1. Die Allmacht, D 875a [fragment] by Franz Schubert
Performer: Christine Brewer (Soprano), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Conductor: Stephen Layton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Holst Singers
Period: Romantic
Written: 1826 ; Vienna, Austria
2. Hagars Klage, D 5 by Franz Schubert
Performer: Christine Brewer (Soprano), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1811 ; Vienna, Austria
3. Dem Unendlichen, D 291 by Franz Schubert
Performer: Christine Brewer (Soprano), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1815 ; Vienna, Austria
4. Himmelsfunken, D 651 by Franz Schubert
Performer: Christine Brewer (Soprano), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1819 ; Vienna, Austria
5. Im Abendrot, D 799 by Franz Schubert
Performer: Christine Brewer (Soprano), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1824-1825 ; Vienna, Austria
6. Die Gestirne, D 444 by Franz Schubert
Performer: Christine Brewer (Soprano), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1816 ; Vienna, Austria
7. Psalm 13, D 663 [fragment] by Franz Schubert
Performer: Christine Brewer (Soprano), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1819 ; Vienna, Austria
8. Psalm 23, D 706/Op. 132 by Franz Schubert
Performer: Graham Johnson (Piano), Lorna Anderson (Soprano), Patricia Rozario (Soprano), Catherine Denley (Alto)
Conductor: Stephen Layton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Holst Singers
Period: Romantic
Written: 1820 ; Vienna, Austria
9. Psalm 92, D 953 by Franz Schubert
Performer: Paul [baritone] Robinson (Baritone)
Conductor: Stephen Layton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Holst Singers
Period: Romantic
Written: 1828 ; Vienna, Austria
10. Mirjams Siegesgesang, D 942/Op. 136 by Franz Schubert
Performer: Christine Brewer (Soprano), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Conductor: Stephen Layton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Holst Singers
Period: Romantic
Written: 1828 ; Vienna, Austria
11. Des Mädchens Klage no 1, D 6 by Franz Schubert
Performer: Christine Brewer (Soprano), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1811-1812 ; Vienna, Austria
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