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Winterlied, D242a

First line:
Das Glas gefüllt! der Nordwind brüllt
composer
Fragment, completed by Reinhard van Hoorickx
arranger
author of text

 
This is the simplest and heartiest of communal songs, an ideal invitation to the warmth of a party on a winter night. And what better party than a convivial Schubertiad Winterlied? It has the archaic feel of modal folksong; Schubert thereby invents a background for the piece as if it were already the traditional and age-old music of rousing wassail. The Deutsch catalogue fails to list this version of the song which is in the collection of the Musikverein in Vienna and has come to light only since 1978. It has been published privately by Reinhard Van Hoorickx. The original (D242) version is exactly the same music sung by unaccompanied vocal trio (two tenors and bass). It is quite possible that Schubert provided a piano part for rehearsal purposes and that this ‘version’ was born of such practical considerations. For this reason the piano part is merely a straightforward reduction of the vocal parts and shows no sign of elaboration. As it happens, the instrument’s percussive strength suits the mood well. For this recording we have made a compromise between the choral nature of D242 and the solo layout of D242A: the tenor leads the song, but the bibulous invitation to the brotherhood prompts the entry of the men’s chorus.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 1994

Recordings

Schubert: The Complete Songs
CDS44201/4040CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 20
CDJ33020Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40

Details

Track 1 on CDJ33020 [0'52] Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
Track 16 on CDS44201/40 CD8 [0'52] 40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

Track-specific metadata for CDS44201/40 disc 8 track 16

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-94-02001
Duration
0'52
Recording date
1 November 1993
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. 20 (CDJ33020)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: March 1994
    Deletion date: January 2010
    Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
  2. Schubert: The Complete Songs (CDS44201/40)
    Disc 8 Track 16
    Release date: October 2005
    40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
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