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Track(s) taken from CDJ33051/3

Sehnsucht

First line:
Meine Ruh’ ist dahin
composer
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 6 seconds
 
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Sehnsucht  Meine Ruh’ ist dahin  [3'06]

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 song is from from the Sechs Gesänge, Op 10, probably written and published between 1808 and 1809 when the frenetically active composer returned to Vienna from St Petersburg to make daily visits to his dying master Haydn. It is likely that the Rochlitz poem was set (albeit very differently) by the fifteen-year-old Schubert in 1812 straight from an edition of Neukomm’s songs; how else Schubert might have discovered this particular text is difficult to imagine. To find exact parallels between the two composers is impossible, but there is something Schubertian avant la lettre about Neukomm’s music. In the naturalness of his musical invention there is neither rigidity, nor any sign of the formulae of the Berlin school; we sense a freedom to use coloratura, melisma and sequences where appropriate (thus an awareness of the possibilities of the Italian style, as we find in Schubert) as well as a touching melodic gift. In short, this is very sophisticated song-composing for its time.

comparative Schubert listening:
Klaglied D23. 1812

from notes by Graham Johnson © 2006

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