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Party Games of the Schubertians (Gesellschaftspeilungen der Schubertianer) by Leopold Kupelwieser
Track(s) taken from CDD22010
Recording details: November 1983
St Barnabas's Church, North Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: March 1997
Total duration: 1 minutes 43 seconds

'Impossible to imagine anyone not deriving enormous pleasure from this collection' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Reviewers have long since run out of adjectives to describe Graham Johnson's superb complete Schubert song series for Hyerion. Now, for the Schubert centenary year, comes a re-release of a Schubertide which while not part of the series is certainly in the same spirit. "Back catalogue" at Hyperion means caskets of jewels rather than dusty shelves. There are so many matchless performances on this set that you could operate the player blindfold and pick a winner every time. All conjure up memories of superb evenings in the concert hall where this group could justifiably claim to have set a new standard for the presentation of song' (The Singer)

An die Laute, D905
First line:
Leiser, leiser, kleine Laute
composer
January 1827; published in 1827 as Op 88 No 2
author of text

Other recordings available for download
Anthony Rolfe Johnson (tenor), Graham Johnson (piano)
Introduction
'A flower of a song, a daisy' says Capell, and so it is. This little serenade owes much to Don Giovanni's 'Deh, vieni alla finestra' but we have the sound of the lute in lieu of the mandoline. It is a miracle that there is so much in this song: the excitement and trepidation (the way the vocal line climbs high to an F sharp suggests this), the intrigue, the flickering of the lamp in the window, the way that the breezes, moonlight and scent of flowers seem to insinuate themselves into the picture like a lover slipping through a door left discreetly ajar, and not least the delighted points-scoring against the jealous neighbours. The singer must be playing the lute himself, but he addresses it charmingly as if, like Sparky's Magic Piano, it has a life and will of its own.

from notes by Graham Johnson 1990


Other albums featuring this work
'Schubert: The Complete Songs' (CDS44201/40)
Schubert: The Complete Songs
MP3 £130.00FLAC £130.00ALAC £130.00Buy by post £150.00 CDS44201/40  40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)  
'Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 6 – Anthony Rolfe Johnson' (CDJ33006)
Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 6 – Anthony Rolfe Johnson
MP3 £7.99FLAC £7.99ALAC £7.99Buy by post £13.99 (ARCHIVE SERVICE) CDJ33006  Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40  

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