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Rückweg, D476

First line:
Zum Donaustrom, zur Kaiserstadt
composer
September 1816; published in 1872
author of text

 
During the recording sessions Ann Murray amused us all hugely by singing this song in a Marlene Dietrich voice. It was astonishingly convincing not only as vocal imitation; despite the anachronism the song seemed perfectly suited to the world-weary style of the chansonnier. The poet drags his feet on his return to Vienna from the country; D minor is Schubert's key of melancholy journeys (see notes to Volume 2). Here is something of an antidote to the endless number of rapturous songs apostrophising the glories of Vienna from a later part of the century. For Mayrhofer the capital city meant politics and intrigue and a boring job. It also meant a place where political repression made it increasingly difficult to be 'a free man among free men'. The popular touch is deliberate, a Singspiel style owing something to a street ballad perhaps, and a gentle forerunner of the bitter-sweet German cabaret songs which were to shout their political resentments to the heavens.

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. 3 – Ann Murray
CDJ33003Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40Download currently discounted
Schubert: An introduction to The Hyperion Schubert Edition
HYP200Super-budget price sampler — Deleted

Details

Track 4 on CDJ33003 [2'01] Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
Track 2 on CDS44201/40 CD16 [2'01] 40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Track 20 on HYP200 [2'01] Super-budget price sampler — Deleted

Track-specific metadata for CDS44201/40 disc 16 track 2

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-89-00304
Duration
2'01
Recording date
18 November 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. 3 – Ann Murray (CDJ33003)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: December 1989
    Deletion date: November 2012
    Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
  2. Schubert: The Complete Songs (CDS44201/40)
    Disc 16 Track 2
    Release date: October 2005
    40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
  3. Schubert: An introduction to The Hyperion Schubert Edition (HYP200)
    Disc 1 Track 20
    Release date: January 1997
    Deletion date: December 2009
    Super-budget price sampler — Deleted
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