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Vollendung, D579a

First line:
Wenn ich einst das Ziel errungen habe
composer
Formerly D989. September – October 1817; first published in 1970
author of text

 
This is one of a pair of Matthisson songs (the other is Die Erde, Volume 5) which had been thought to be lost, but which were rediscovered by the late Christa Landon as recently as 1970. After the uncertain spiritual destinations of the two Heliopolis songs, the poem from an earlier time which describes the threshold of heavenly fulfilment with ecstatic confidence, seems touchingly old-fashioned. There remains a temptation to question the provenance of accompaniments where the disposition of much of the piano writing seems very untypical of Schubert, if not downright banal. The last line of each verse (where quaver triplets suddenly throb with a mood reminiscent of another Matthisson setting, Stimme der Liebe, Volume 8) seems suddenly authentic, flesh and blood after wood. It would not surprise me if the work was a collaboration between Schubert and one of his composer friends, and that he had written only the vocal line and part of the accompaniment. In the absence of an autograph, it is the heading of the manuscript copy of the songs, found in the papers of the Wiener Männergesang Verein, which is the only factual evidence of their authenticity. Whoever wrote this song, it is a far from negligible response to Matthisson's ardent text. To question its authorship is not to belittle its efficacy. Schubert certainly had a hand, but possibly not much more than this, in its composition.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 1991

Recordings

Schubert: The Complete Songs
CDS44201/4040CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 11 – Brigitte Fassbaender
CDJ33011Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40

Details

Track 16 on CDJ33011 [2'32] Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
Track 16 on CDS44201/40 CD19 [2'32] 40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

Track-specific metadata for CDS44201/40 disc 19 track 16

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-91-01116
Duration
2'32
Recording date
10 June 1990
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. 11 – Brigitte Fassbaender (CDJ33011)
    Disc 1 Track 16
    Release date: May 1991
    Deletion date: September 2009
    Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
  2. Schubert: The Complete Songs (CDS44201/40)
    Disc 19 Track 16
    Release date: October 2005
    40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
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