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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: 4 minutes 33 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)

Abendlied unterm gestirntem Himmel, WoO150
First line:
Wenn die Sonne niedersinket
composer
author of text

Introduction
This is a late Beethoven song, almost his last, and was published as a supplement to the Wiener Zeitschrift für Kunst, Literatur, Theater und Mode for 4 March 1820. How proud Schubert must have been when his own Die Forelle appeared in the same publication in December of the same year. This is music of unaccountable majesty; any other composer would make something banal out of these rather ordinary chord progressions dressed up in rather hackneyed throbbing triplets. And yet, seemingly as a result of sheer willpower, the composer has created something worthy of these exalted poetic images—he conjures a vista of sound with the broadest horizons. Schubert was obviously very taken with this music; there exists a copy of part of this song in his own hand, transposed (perhaps for Vogl) from E major into D major. There is nothing at all known about the poet Heinrich Goeble, or where Beethoven found the text.

from notes by Graham Johnson 2006

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)  
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