The manuscript of the song was cut into several pieces (for souvenirs) by Schubert's half-brother Hermann. Fortunately this vandalism could not destroy the musical unity of this extraordinary page. Seven years later Schubert was to compose a String Quartet in D minor (D810), a matching masterpiece of organic unity in which he used the song's ritornello as the basis for the Quartet's second movement variations, and where Death's theme in various subtle rhythmic metamorphoses is also the seed and starting point for the other movements.
from notes by Graham Johnson © 1991
|Schubert: The Complete Songs|
'This would have been a massive project for even the biggest international label, but from a small independent … it is a miracle. An ideal Christ ...
'Please give me the complete Hyperion Schubert songs set – all 40 discs –and, in the next life, I promise I'll "re-gift" it to Schubert himself … ...» More
|Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 11 – Brigitte Fassbaender|
'Magnificent. Collectors of this series need not hesitate, and newcomers who try this volume are in serious danger of addiction' (American Record Guide)
'19 tracks devoted to some of the greatest songs ever written' (Classic CD)» More
|Schubert: The Songmakers' Almanac Schubertiade|
'Impossible to imagine anyone not deriving enormous pleasure from this collection' (BBC Music Magazine)
'Reviewers have long since run out of adjectives to describe Graham Johnson's superb complete Schubert song series for Hyerion. Now, for the Schubert ...» More