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Track(s) taken from CDJ33005
Recording details: September 1988
Kimpton Parish Church, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: December 1989
Total duration: 1 minutes 28 seconds

'Once more Graham Johnson puts us in his debt by his considered juxtaposition of apposite songs and by bringing to notice pieces, not to say masterpieces, that have been unduly neglected. Elizabeth Connell is at her very best here' (Gramophone)

'A must for all Schubertians' (American Record Guide)

'I have never heard Elizabeth Connell's voice more beautifully caught on disc than in this Schubert series' (The Guardian)

'14 of Schubert's most verdant Lieder, presented with a purity of voice which matches their purity of heart' (The Times)

Täglich zu singen, D533
First line:
Ich danke Gott und freue mich
composer
February 1817; published as a piano arrangement in 1876; as a song in 1895
author of text

Introduction
It is a measure of Schubert's astonishing versatility that this little song was composed soon after the famous Der Tod und das Mädchen, and only a little before the epic Ossian setting Die Nacht (Volume 6), and Ganymed. It was only in his imagination that the composer could roam the Scottish moors and the Elysian fields of the two last-named songs, but surely here is a milieu with which he was all too familiar—the schoolroom. Even the music has the look of a contrapuntal exercise. By this time Schubert had broken free of the drudgery of teaching at his father's school, but it was still, in a way, the family business, and Ferdinand Schubert was still there, adding new words to his brother's tunes to make music suitable for the young. It is surely not impossible that Schubert's willingness to provide music for friends to sing, could well have extended to his former pupils, who were still his brother's charges. The very title suggests the litany of the classroom: the old-fashioned harmony underlines old-fashioned values, and although one is sure that Schubert was no stringent disciplinarian, the little interlude wags and jabs fingers of emphatic authority. In his own sturdy way the poet's gratitude for the beauties of life is no less than Ganymede's. As is often the case with music of this genre one is reminded of the tone of an earthy and wise character from Shakespeare, with his feet firmly on the ground.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 1989

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'Schubert: The Complete Songs' (CDS44201/40)
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