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Sehnsucht der Liebe, D180

First line:
Wie die Nacht mit heil’gem Beben
published in 1894
author of text

Music of night and mystery is ushered in with a slow march that momentarily resembles the passacaglia figure of Der Doppelgänger in a benign incarnation. This is followed by a very much faster section in triple time. This scheme reflects the metrical plan of the poem where the first, third, fifth and seventh verses are made up of slow trochees, and the even-numbered verses contain quicker dactyls. To the passionate outpourings already familiar from other Körner settings, this song adds bold rhythmical dislocations in the left hand of the piano and even bolder modulations. The recurring words 'Sehnsucht der Liebe schlummert nie' provoke a passage of astonishing audacity and restlessness which may look harmless enough on paper, but when vocal line and throbbing chords clash the result sounds vehemently unhinged. This is well and truly a musical match for the disorientated and restless longing of Körner's poem.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 1989


Schubert: The Complete Songs
CDS44201/4040CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 4 – Philip Langridge
CDJ33004Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40Download currently discounted


Track 7 on CDJ33004 [4'56] Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
Track 4 on CDS44201/40 CD6 [4'56] 40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

Track-specific metadata for CDS44201/40 disc 6 track 4

Recording date
12 September 1988
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. 4 – Philip Langridge (CDJ33004)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: December 1989
    Deletion date: June 2009
    Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
  2. Schubert: The Complete Songs (CDS44201/40)
    Disc 6 Track 4
    Release date: October 2005
    40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

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