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Naturgenuss, D188

First line:
Im Abendschimmer wallt der Quell
composer
May 1815; first published 1887
author of text

 
This enchanting song does not rate a mention with either Capell or Einstein. Simple as it is, it has an inevitability of shape that no-one but Schubert could achieve. The vocal line is built around a falling, then rising, B flat arpeggio, followed by a scale modulating into F. The idea no doubt derives from the word 'Quelle', for this is water music of a gently flowing kind. Such note-spinning in this composer's hands defies analysis, so perfectly woven is the result. Schubert later set the poem again (D422), very differently, for tenors, basses and piano. He there attempts to find a different illustrative mood for the intimations of heaven of the last verse, but, not for the first time, the earlier strophic version seems more satisfactory.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 1989

Recordings

Schubert: The Complete Songs
CDS44201/4040CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 7 – Elly Ameling
CDJ33007Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40

Details

Track 4 on CDJ33007 [2'46] Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
Track 9 on CDS44201/40 CD6 [2'46] 40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

Track-specific metadata for CDS44201/40 disc 6 track 9

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-90-00704
Duration
2'46
Recording date
18 August 1989
Recording venue
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 7 – Elly Ameling (CDJ33007)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: December 1990
    Deletion date: January 2010
    Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
  2. Schubert: The Complete Songs (CDS44201/40)
    Disc 6 Track 9
    Release date: October 2005
    40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
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