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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: 2 minutes 22 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)

Der Leiermann
First line:
Drüben hinter’m Dorfe
composer
author of text

Introduction
Though almost forgotten, Banck was a critic (on Schumann’s team at the Neue Zeitschrift für Musik), a singing teacher, and one of the foremost song-composers of the 1830s. He was born in Magdeburg and studied in Berlin with Bernhard Klein, Berger and Zelter. He was a famous editor of early music publishing editions of such composers as Scarlatti and Martini. In some of his songs he shows just how aware he is that he was working in a post-Schubertian world. His 1837 cycle Des Müllersburschen Liebesklage in Mond und Morgenliedern (‘The Miller Lad’s Love-Laments in Moon and Morning Songs’) takes Die schöne Müllerin as its inspiration, and his Des Leiermanns Liederbuch (1838/9) takes up the thread of the story of Winterreise where Schubert and Müller leave off—a kind of sequel, or Winterreise II. As a bridging song between Schubert’s world and the late 1830s, Banck sets Müller’s text again with an unashamed bow to the original—as if he were making an arrangement of a folk song. This shows how Schubert’s music was perceived by those composers who were neither his friends, nor true contemporaries—it was now a fact of life, an imperishable given, a classic. The image of the frozen hurdy-gurdy player from Winterreise was one that now belonged safely, if disturbingly, to the history of song.

comparative Schubert listening:

from notes by Graham Johnson © 2006

Other albums featuring this work
'Schubert: The Complete Songs' (CDS44201/40)
Schubert: The Complete Songs
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