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Vier Canzonen, D688

composer
January 1820; first published in 1871

 
These four songs are as clear an indication as we have of Schubert's respect for Italian music. They were not produced under duress as exercises for Salieri like some of the earlier Italian material, they were not aiming to please a great singing virtuoso like Lablache (the three buffo bass arias of 1827), nor were they meant as an operatic parody like the aria Herrn Josef von Spaun (Volume 4). They were, moreover, composed for a girl of whom Schubert was probably very fond, admittedly as a superior type of singing exercise. Franziska Roner von Ehrenwerth (the songs are dedicated to her simply as Fräulein von Roner — she was known as Fanny in the Schubert circle) was the beloved (and later wife) of the composer's oldest and best friend, Josef von Spaun. Fanny was obviously no virtuoso, but it is clear that she was no disgrace as a singer. The vocal range is never excessive, yet it requires very superior breath control. The composer has thus lovingly crafted vocal lines that are challenging without being impossible, and always in the spirit of bel canto as he understood it. If anything, drama plays too little a part in his conception, but we cannot expect Schubert to have anticipated the roles of Bellini and Verdi as followers of Rossini. Word illustration and local highlights of atmosphere are generally absent, sacrificed willingly to the shapeliness and general expressiveness of melody.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 1990

Recordings

Schubert: The Complete Songs
CDS44201/4040CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 9 – Arleen Auger
CDJ33009Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 1
This album is not yet available for downloadHYP12Super-budget price sampler — Deleted

Details

No 1: Non t'accostar all' urna
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Track 13 on CDJ33009 [3'00] Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
Track 1 on CDS44201/40 CD23 [3'00] 40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
No 2: Guarda che bianca luna!
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Track 14 on CDJ33009 [3'04] Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
Track 2 on CDS44201/40 CD23 [3'04] 40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
No 3: Da quel sembiante appresi
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Track 15 on CDJ33009 [2'00] Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
Track 3 on CDS44201/40 CD23 [2'00] 40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Track 20 on HYP12 [2'00] Super-budget price sampler — Deleted
No 4: Mio ben ricordati
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Track 16 on CDJ33009 [2'26] Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
Track 4 on CDS44201/40 CD23 [2'26] 40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

Track-specific metadata for CDS44201/40 disc 23 track 4

No 4: Mio ben ricordati
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-91-00916
Duration
2'26
Recording date
18 October 1989
Recording venue
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 9 – Arleen Auger (CDJ33009)
    Disc 1 Track 16
    Release date: January 1991
    Deletion date: October 2012
    Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
  2. Schubert: The Complete Songs (CDS44201/40)
    Disc 23 Track 4
    Release date: October 2005
    40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
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