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Track(s) taken from CDJ33004
Recording details: September 1988
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: December 1989
Total duration: 2 minutes 0 seconds

'Performed with wonderful artistry by Langridge and Johnson' (Gramophone)

'A constant joy' (Hi-Fi News)

'A highly enjoyable disc and an ideal next step for those touched by the magic of Müllerin or Winterreise' (Opera Now)

'A wonderful recording … delivered with such style and conviction that you almost feel Schubert is speaking directly to you' (The Audio Critic, USA, USA)

'An absorbing hour-and-a-half or more of rich musical experience. This is a wholly exceptional Lieder record which must be a strong contender for an annual award' (Music and Musicians)

Liebeständelei, D206
First line:
Süsses Liebchen! Komm’ zu mir!
published in 1872
author of text

This delightful Singspiel aria is reminiscent of some of the mildly risqué and erotic German songs of Haydn. Beethoven's Der Kuss also comes to mind. There is a cheeky piquant quality here that has more to do with the eighteenth century (Hogarth and Tom Jones) than with German romanticism. The predatory nature of the flirtation is shown by the drawn-out note on the final 'Lass … dich küssen': it is the springboard off which the pouncing pianist is propelled into action (on the singer's behalf) in the tiny postlude.

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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