A solitary exile’s yearning for ‘der Heimat Frieden’—the peace of my native land—is the theme of Das Heimweh
, derived from verses by the Dresden poet and journalist Theodor Hell, nom de plume of Karl Gottfried Winkler. Like so much that Schubert wrote in 1816, this little-known song, in strophic form (i.e. with the same music for each verse), combines a chaste, Classical grace with a Romantic sensibility, its mood of unassuaged longing set by the chromatically oblique piano introduction.
from notes by Richard Wigmore © 2014