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Nähe des Geliebten, D162

First line:
Ich denke dein, wenn mir der Sonne Schimmer
composer
Second version; published in 1821 as Op 5 No 2
author of text

 
This song is the twelfth of Schubert's long line of Goethe settings which began with Gretchen am Spinnrade in 1814 and continued with unabated enthusiasm in 1815. Nahe des Geliebten shows that the eighteen-year-old composer was brilliantly capable of choosing when to abandon his through-composed style, so perfect for Gretchen, and return to a strophic treatment of the text. The poem is a litany, and if the music were to vary from verse to verse, Goethe's depiction of a lover's constancy would have been undermined. The piano introduction (played only once) is a miracle: with each change of chord we perceive the opening of a loving heart, the unfolding realisation of deep devotion. The singer enters, the home key is reached, a promise is kept, and the power of imagination has surmounted the agony of separation.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 1988

Recordings

Schubert: The Complete Songs
CDS44201/4040CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 1 – Janet Baker
CDJ33001Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40Download currently discounted
Schubert: The Songmakers' Almanac Schubertiade
CDD220102CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1) — Archive ServiceDownload currently discounted

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Track 4 on CDD22010 CD2 [3'12] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1) — Archive Service
Track 4 on CDJ33001 [2'15] Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
Track 9 on CDS44201/40 CD5 [2'15] 40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

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