Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first.

Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats. The site is also available in several languages.

Please use the dropdown buttons to set your preferred options, or use the checkbox to accept the defaults.

Zufriedenheit 'Lied', D362

First line:
Ich bin vergnügt, im Siegeston
composer
First setting. 1815 or 1816; first published in 1895 in the Gesamtausgabe
author of text

 
Claudius, in his persona as the Wandsbeck Messenger, introduced the poem printed above thus: 'The following song seems to have something in common with My mind to me a kingdom is in the Reliques of Ancient Poetry. Whether it is a free translation of this song or a slavish imitation, or neither, I will let the reader decide who has read both.' Bishop Percy's collection of old English poetry is thus the source of two Schubert songs (the other is the Altschottische Ballade ('Edward'),. It joins the ranks of the small number of works (Colley Cibber's Der blinde Knabe, the three Shakespeare settings, the Walter Scott settings from The Lady of the Lake, the Abraham Cowley's Der Weiberfreund) which have a British origin. In actual fact the poem is a very free rendition of only some of Sir Edward Dyer's eleven-stanza poem as published by Percy. Its breezy independent spirit must have appealed to Claudius's breezy north German spirit (Wandsbeck is near Hamburg). Mention of 'Des Sultans Pracht' in the second verse puts us in mind of the orientalism of another Claudius setting for either solo voice and chorus Klage um Ali Bey. Schubert was to set the poem twice, the other version (D501) written for bass. The most delightful thing about this setting, and certainly the most individual, is the extremely insouciant postlude which winks and smiles, ducks and weaves. Together with the cheeky bar of prelude which struts at the opening this very aptly frames the ditty of a self-sufficient and satisfied man - not a very deep one perhaps, but a merry soul. The style verges on being that of the drinking song. One has the impression that a bit of booze also plays its part in helping to reconcile this singer with his fate.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 1995

Recordings

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

Details

Track 28 on CDJ33023 [1'00] Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
Track 2 on CDS44201/40 CD12 [1'00] 40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

Track-specific metadata

Click track numbers above to select
Waiting for content to load...
Waiting for content to load...
Search

There are no matching records. Please try again.