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Abschied, D475

First line:
Über die Berge zieht ihr fort
composer
September 1816; published in 1885
author of text
poem originally titled Lunz

 
Mayrhofer's poem is entitled Lunz which is a village in Lower Austria whither the poet had travelled on a walking tour in 1816. The pilgrim's aria on which the song is said to be based has never been traced, although we can hear the echoing resonances of phrases sung across the mountains by the travellers, and the wonderful effect of alphorn harmonies merging into each other. The poet's concept of parting and decay has something in common with Collin's Wehmut (Volume 5). Using the simplest strophic means Schubert elevates the poet's not extremely original text into a universal hymn; this musical journey crosses the bar (as Tennyson has it) into new spiritual realms. Fischer-Dieskau has pointed out the similarity of the introduction to the prisoners' 'schnell schwindest du uns wieder' from Fidelio, which is also a type of farewell. I am reminded of the rainbow of descending chords which open the slow movement of Brahms's F minor Piano Sonata; others hear Mahler in this song, with its surprisingly modern chain of chords in introduction and postlude. The whole piece certainly has a folksy nostalgia which puts one in mind of the mood of some of that composer's Des Knaben Wunderhorn songs. As always Schubert is a Janus, looking backwards to his revered models and anticipating new developments much more than is usually allowed by the music historians.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 1989

Recordings

Schubert: Der Wanderer & other songs
Studio Master: CDA68010Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
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

Details

Track 11 on CDA68010 [5'07]
Track 14 on CDJ33003 [5'35] Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
Track 1 on CDS44201/40 CD16 [5'35] 40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

Track-specific metadata for CDA68010 track 11

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-13-01011
Duration
5'07
Recording date
13 November 2012
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. Schubert: Der Wanderer & other songs (CDA68010)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: February 2014
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