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Track(s) taken from CDJ33007
Recording details: August 1989
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: December 1990
Total duration: 2 minutes 46 seconds

'An extraordinarily rewarding sequence of 24 songs' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

'An exciting voyage of discovery' (The Guardian)

'Delightful interpretive insight and authentic enunciation of the language make for a memorable recording' (CDReview)

Naturgenuss, D188
First line:
Im Abendschimmer wallt der Quell
May 1815; first published 1887
author of text

This enchanting song does not rate a mention with either Capell or Einstein. Simple as it is, it has an inevitability of shape that no-one but Schubert could achieve. The vocal line is built around a falling, then rising, B flat arpeggio, followed by a scale modulating into F. The idea no doubt derives from the word 'Quelle', for this is water music of a gently flowing kind. Such note-spinning in this composer's hands defies analysis, so perfectly woven is the result. Schubert later set the poem again (D422), very differently, for tenors, basses and piano. He there attempts to find a different illustrative mood for the intimations of heaven of the last verse, but, not for the first time, the earlier strophic version seems more satisfactory.

from notes by Graham Johnson 1989

Other albums featuring this work
'Schubert: The Complete Songs' (CDS44201/40)
Schubert: The Complete Songs
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