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Naturgenuss, D188
First line:
Im Abendschimmer wallt der Quell
composer
May 1815; first published 1887
author of text

Recordings
'Schubert: The Complete Songs' (CDS44201/40)
Schubert: The Complete Songs
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'Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 7 – Elly Ameling' (CDJ33007)
Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 7 – Elly Ameling
MP3 £7.99FLAC £7.99ALAC £7.99Buy by post £13.99 (ARCHIVE SERVICE) CDJ33007  Archive 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)

Naturgenuss, D188
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

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