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Meeres Stille, D216
First line:
Tiefe Stille herrscht im Wasser
composer
Second version; published in 1821 as Op 3 No 2
author of text

Recordings
'Schubert: Der Wanderer & other songs' (CDA68010)
Schubert: Der Wanderer & other songs
Buy by post £10.50 CDA68010  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
'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. 1 – Janet Baker' (CDJ33001)
Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 1 – Janet Baker
Buy by post £13.99 (ARCHIVE SERVICE) CDJ33001  Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40  
Details
Track 5 on CDJ33001 [2'05] Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
Track 10 on CDS44201/40 CD7 [2'05] 40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

Meeres Stille, D216
This is a marvel of impressionistic calm. The sea is motionless but we are also aware of the sinister implications of a becalmed voyage before the era of steam power. A tensely wrought melodic line is underpinned by breathless modulations - the arpeggii in the piano part convey stillness and fear at the same time. The song is only one page long but it somehow suspends time and place: the horizons are endless, the ship is cradled in dark waters, the piano part seems to measure the sea's depth, its chords vibrating like a sounding with line and lead. Above the vocal line there is no trace of wind in the sails. Fischer-Dieskau has written that 'the score of the song looks like a drawing' and indeed here is a map of motionless semibreves and the undulating lines denoting arpeggii seem nautically illustrative. The only undercurrent is one of human apprehension at the void created by Nature who has withdrawn her cooperation.

Goethe's poem dates from 1787 when, during his Italian journey, he voyaged from Naples to Sicily, and encountered all weathers. Schubert never even saw the sea - Austrian lakes were as near as he got. Beethoven also set the poem (chorally with orchestra} at more or less the same time, linking it with a happy ending - a setting of the pendant poem, Glückliche Fahrt (Prosperous Voyage). Schubert preferred to leave the ship at sea, captured for ever and set under glass on the waters' depths.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 1988

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Details for CDA68010 track 15
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-13-01015
Duration
2'23
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 15
    Release date: February 2014
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