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Track(s) taken from CDJ33108
Recording details: December 2002
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: August 2003
Total duration: 1 minutes 45 seconds

'Recorded sound is impeccable and Johnson's notes are, as always, a joy in and of themselves. Necessary for collectors of this edition, and for the Schumann completist in general' (American Record Guide)

'This probing, absorbing account of Schumann's op.24 Liederkreis is as good as any you're ever likely to hear' (Fanfare, USA)

Der Wanderer
First line:
Die Straßen, die ich gehe
composer
1831; previously thought to be by Friedrich Wieck or Robert Schumann
author of text

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Susan Gritton (soprano), Eugene Asti (piano)
Introduction
This is rather a stirring piece of music and a challenging sing. The accompaniment is made up almost entirely of restless repetitions of a single motif – right-hand semiquaver triplets falling to a quaver; the left hand, mainly in octaves, is made up of striding quavers. There is nothing here of the melancholy trudge in Schubert’s Der Wanderer an den Mond, much less of the majesty in the same composer’s famous Der Wanderer or Winterreise. The music achieves a vehemence (with a high A) that is not really appropriate to the protagonist’s state of mind; one can sense how the piece of music has developed almost independently of the text. This traveller, despite being allowed a final cadential flourish, is scarcely allowed to think about his feelings – in short, the piece moves too relentlessly for the introspection of the poem. There are some awkward corners where the harmonic progressions are not entirely convincing, but if this is indeed the work of a young teenager she shows that she already has a strong and determined personality.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 2003


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'Schumann: Songs' (CDH55275)
Schumann: Songs
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