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Mailied, D503

First line:
Grüner wird die Au
November 1816; completed by Reinhard van Hoorickx
author of text

This is one of the least known of all the Hölty settings and one of the most appealing. It appears in the Therese Grob songbook and there it remained until rescued by Reinhard Van Hoorickx. It is inconceivable that had it been included in the Peters Edition it would have not have been widely performed for the last hundred years. 'As sweet as a May morning' Reed writes with justification. The tune with its lifts upwards towards the blue heavens at the end of the first two phrases is irresistible. The fledglings whistle their melodies outdoors and the piano comments in a veritable sinfonia (something like the Haydn 'Toy' Symphony) of cheeky warblings. In the postlude these answer each other in different octaves as if parents and children in the bird world are conversing. A horn figure in the accompaniment, at 'Schwalben kehren wieder', betokens music al fresco and is a sign that earlier versions of this piece was written for two voices (D129) or for two voices or two horns (D199). The solo setting makes use of some of the earlier ideas but it is definitely the best of the three versions. There is a sense of well-being which radiates from this song; there is joy here as well as peace, merriness as well as something indefinably touching which brings a lump to the throat. In short this song is an entirely lovable and a welcome addition to the mainstream Schubert repertoire.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 1995


Schubert: The Complete Songs
CDS44201/4040CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 23 – Christoph Prégardien
CDJ33023Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40


Track 27 on CDJ33023 [1'57] Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
Track 26 on CDS44201/40 CD16 [1'57] 40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

Track-specific metadata for CDJ33023 track 27

Recording date
17 September 1994
Recording venue
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 23 – Christoph Prégardien (CDJ33023)
    Disc 1 Track 27
    Release date: May 1995
    Deletion date: March 2012
    Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
  2. Schubert: The Complete Songs (CDS44201/40)
    Disc 16 Track 26
    Release date: October 2005
    40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

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