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Track(s) taken from CDJ33102
Recording details: March 1997
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Release date: January 1998
Total duration: 5 minutes 48 seconds

'The collaboration of Keenlyside and Johnson is so potent that after an hour one is still ready for more' (Gramophone)

'No singer has sung them so beautifully or so naturally as Simon Keenlyside' (BBC Music Magazine)

'The young English baritone's gorgeous timbre now sounds in prime condition and his understanding of the German Lied is second to none. His programme, too, is characteristically adventurous. Johnson, too, is deeply immersed in this music and his 82-page booklet is a collector's item.' (The Sunday Times)

Vier Husarenlieder von Nikolaus Lenau, Op 117
composer
17-18 March 1851
author of text

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
It seems likely that Schumann conceived these short works as a cycle. The keys of the four songs – B flat major, G minor, E flat major and C minor – suggest a carefully planned tonal scheme. One further Lenau song, Frühlingsgrüsse, was not published until 1942. Fischer-Dieskau avers that this was originally meant to be a part of the set but its content does not fit with these four military poems (which Lenau published together, and in this order, under the title Husarenlieder). Schumann probably decided to sacrifice Frühlingsgrüsse in the interests of publishing a shorter cycle with a unified theme. It was dedicated to the singer Heinrich Behr.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 1998

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