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Track(s) taken from CDJ33051/3

Lied aus Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre 'Kennst du das Land?'

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author of text

Stella Doufexis (soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
Recording details: August 2001
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: October 2005
Total duration: 3 minutes 18 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)
This is an attractive setting, in a spacious C major, of a poem that Beethoven had already set very differently and published in 1810. As commanding as that version is, Krufft obviously preferred a more feminine accompaniment of flowing triplets for his Mignon, in contrast to the granite-like qualities of Beethoven’s crotchets and quavers doubling the voice. And instead of the sectional feel of the Beethoven and Schubert settings (where the cries of ‘Dahin!’ initiate a new musical section and change of tempo) Krufft attempts to integrate the whole strophe into a single musical whole.

comparative Schubert listening:
Mignons Gesang „Kennst du das Land?“ D321. 23 October 1815

from notes by Graham Johnson 2006

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