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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDJ33051/3
Recording details: October 2004
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: October 2005
Total duration: 2 minutes 10 seconds

'This enterprising, often revelatory set should intrigue and delight anyone interested in the development of the Lied' (Gramophone)

'Since making music with friends was Schubert's whole raison d'etre, this 3-CD box is an inspired idea … Led by the soprano Susan Gritton, the performances are pure A-list' (The Independent)

'Anyone who loves lieder will find here a rich, diverse, and delightful offering. There isn't a bad song among the 81 songs by 40 composers who wrote during Schubert's lifetime, and there's a lot of fine music here by well-known and also practically unknown composers and poets. The singing is consistently excellent… Anyone interested in this genre wll find here a broad-ranging and generous collection' (American Record Guide)

'If 81 songs are too many to mention individually, sufficient variety exists and enough songs are receiving a first recording for this set to be indispensable for anyone interested in the genre' (International Record Review)

'Graham Johnson once again demonstrates that he has few peers today in his combined function as scholar-musician' (Fanfare, USA)

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Introduction
According to Josef von Spaun, Salieri did not think highly of German as a language for musical setting, despite the fact, again according to Spaun, that he had met both Goethe and Schiller personally (Goethe was certainly an admirer of Salieri’s operas). He composed some Singspiele in German, of course, and he seems to have taken up the poetry of Schiller late in life, even to the extent of recommending some of the poems to be set as exercises by his pupil Schubert. The Matthisson setting recorded here was published as a supplement to the Wiener Zeitschrift für Kunst, Literatur, Theater und Mode in September 1825; the composer himself had died in May of that year. It was a work that Salieri had held back from publication in his lifetime; whether it was written before or after Schubert’s Andenken (a work that may well have been discussed in a lesson) we shall never know. The cast of the vocal line, and the use of the soprano clef, shows old-fashioned musical manners; perhaps this music was written much earlier (possibly contemporary with Beethoven’s Andenken, published 1810).

comparative Schubert listening:
Andenken D99. April 1814

from notes by Graham Johnson 2006

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