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Track(s) taken from CDJ33051/3

Lied für XXX

First line:
Leicht, wie gaukelnde Sylphiden
composer
July 1827
author of text

Mark Padmore (tenor), Graham Johnson (piano)
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 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)
How different were Schumann’s first reactions to Schubert’s music from Mendelssohn’s! Also in 1827, and with the same piece, Erlkönig, performed by a tenor from Dresden, Schumann found another idol to join his beloved author Jean Paul in his discoveries of the year. Also on the programme was a song in G flat major, according to the critic—either Wandrers Nachtlied I, D224, or Nähe des Geliebten, D162. From then on, Schumann made every effort to hear every Schubert work he could—he was particularly enraptured by the piano duets. As a music critic he would constantly compare Schubert to Beethoven, and there is no doubt of the enormous role Schumann played in the broadening of Schubert’s fame. As recognition of this, in 1838 the publisher Diabelli dedicated to him the posthumous publication of Schubert’s last three piano sonatas. His active interest in Schubert rather waned in later years. One would like to think that it was his destiny to unite the strands of Schubert’s legacy with Mendelssohn’s and, from his central geographical position in Leipzig, create a synthesis of what both Vienna and Berlin offered the modern song-composer. In fact, apart from the initial coup de foudre of Erlkönig, there is surprisingly little detailed critical reaction on Schumann’s part to the flood of Schubert’s lieder that was posthumously published between 1830 and 1850; his main engagement was with the composer’s larger works for piano (or piano duet), the chamber music and the symphonies. Johannes Brahms, as yet unborn when Schubert died, was the first great song-composer (if we do not place Liszt in this category) to have a thorough knowledge of Schubert’s lieder.

Schumann seems to have rather underestimated the whole genre of song until his own lieder epiphany rather later in his life (from 1840). Nevertheless he did write songs of his own in his teenage years, and during Schubert’s lifetime—four in 1827, and four in 1828. Six of these were collected for publication in the 1930s (Sechs frühe Lieder, WoO121, recorded on volume 8 of The Hyperion Schumann Edition, CDJ33108); Lied für XXX (first published in 1984) is one of the two ‘missing’ songs (Verwandlung with a text by Schubert’s poet Schulze remains unpublished). The poem (by Schumann himself) suggests he was more interested in playing the field than dedicating lyrics to a particular sweetheart. The music, a waltz written in an impossible vocal tessitura (transposed here a tone down from the original), was composed in July 1827, almost certainly for the singer Agnes Carus by whom the youthful Schumann was enchanted. She was a married woman, however, and the composer had thirteen more years to wait for his Clara.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 2006

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