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Track(s) taken from CDJ33051/3

Die Nachtigall

First line:
Bescheiden verborgen im buschigen Gang
composer
author of text

Susan Gritton (soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
Recording details: March 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 15 seconds
 
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Reviews

'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)
In the same volume as Der Abend and Die Geselligkeit we find the florid manuscript (adorned with a very graphic bar of piano trills) of Die Nachtigall, the song by Unger that is recorded here. Schubert must have borrowed Unger’s book of songs to take down this poem (they are not published in book form). At some point in early 1821 he set it as a male-voice quartet (TTBB); this was published as part of Op 11 the next year, and it was one of the composer’s most popular pieces in his lifetime, receiving many public performances.

comparative Schubert listening:
Die Nachtigall D724. By April 1821

from notes by Graham Johnson 2006

Other albums featuring this work

Schubert: The Complete Songs
CDS44201/4040CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
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