Hyperion Records

Der Sänger am Felsen, D482
First line:
Klage, meine Flöte, klage
composer
September 1816; first published in 1895
author of text

Recordings
'Schubert: The Complete Songs' (CDS44201/40)
Schubert: The Complete Songs
Buy by post £150.00 CDS44201/40  40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)  
'Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 9 – Arleen Auger' (CDJ33009)
Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 9 – Arleen Auger
Buy by post £13.99 (ARCHIVE SERVICE) CDJ33009  Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40  
Details
Track 18 on CDJ33009 [3'21] Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
Track 7 on CDS44201/40 CD16 [3'21] 40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

Der Sänger am Felsen, D482
The composer Benjamin Britten used to 'orchestrate' the accompaniments he played — mostly just in his head, but sometimes with pencilled instrumental cues on the printed music itself. Here we have the sole instance of Schubert doing the same on one of his manuscripts — the opening pianoforte ritornello, prompted by the opening words of the poem, is marked with the word 'flute' in brackets (Flöte). The introduction is nevertheless wonderful piano music with a touch of Mozartian drama and rhetoric. The song is marked 'restlessly and plaintively' and the key of E minor is often associated with dejection and unhappiness in Schubert's music. One is tempted to regard the passionate melismatic semiquavers and triplets of the vocal line as Italian in inspiration. The inspiration of the poem is certainly from the warm south of classical times: Karoline Pichler's 135-verse 'Idylle', a dialogue between Alexis and Mycon, is set in pastoral Greece and seems to be a type of Chanson de Bilitis of its time. The song dates from the same time as another Pichler setting — Lied (D483), which opens Volume 5.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 1990

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Details for CDJ33009 track 18
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-91-00918
Duration
3'21
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 18
    Release date: January 1991
    Deletion date: October 2012
    Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
  2. Schubert: The Complete Songs (CDS44201/40)
    Disc 16 Track 7
    Release date: October 2005
    40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
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