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Track(s) taken from CDJ33012
Recording details: February 1991
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: November 1991
Total duration: 1 minutes 29 seconds

'An established and thoughtful interpreter of Schubert, one who sings German like a native' (Gramophone)

'His keen insight and regard for the words illuminate these fascinating songs. Hard as it now is to find fresh words of praise for Graham Johnson's perceptive guidance, what will the reviewer have to resort to by the time this series reaches its conclusion?' (Hi-Fi News)

Ein jügendlicher Maienschwung, D61
composer
first published in 1897 in series 21 of the Gesamtausgabe, Leipzig
author of text

Introduction
This is a straightforward exercise, for Salieri, in the writing of a canon. It is sometimes forgotten that the venerable Italian composer also set tasks for Schubert in the German language. After more than forty years in the Austrian capital, he should have been able to speak the language after all, and know something about the literature. Salieri also composed a number of Lieder (including a setting of Matthisson's Andenken which Schubert set as had Beethoven before him). This hymn to the joys of May was composed in the right month; whether this was the teacher's or the pupil's sense of occasion (Schubert may have been told to find his own text), or merely a coincidence, we do not know. The music has a robust, cheery quality which is reminiscent of the domestic vocal chamber music of earlier composers. This song brings to mind Haydn's quartet Alles hat seine zeit published in 1803, with its refrain of 'Lebe, liebe, trinke, lärme'.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 1991

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