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Der Fischer, D225

First line:
Das Wasser rauscht’, das Wasser schwoll
composer
published in 1821 as Op 5 No 3
author of text

 
Schubert had an endless ability to invent different types of water music. In the first song (Das Wandern) of his Schöne Müllerin cycle he finds a motif which serves both to suggest the happily trudging miller lad and the water doing its work, driving the millstones. Inventing versatile accompaniments is the secret of writing a good strophic song. Der Fischer is in the same key of B flat as Das Wandern, and is also water music that serves more than one purpose, for this is a strophic song par excellence. Goethe thought it wrong that 'a false interest in detail' should be 'demanded and aroused' in song composition. This dogmatic statement makes durchkomponiert (through-composed) songs sound like musical pornography. But even Goethe (who ignored the compositions Schubert sent to him, this song among them) could not have objected to something as simple and direct as Der Fischer. The tune is a sturdy one; the accompaniment stirs up a storm but with the help of a few mordants and emotive horn-call bass lines can suggest the blandishments of the Lorelei-type mermaid in the middle verses. The fisherman's disappearance at the end is as peremptory as the all-purpose postlude. There is a very German strength and sweetness in all this simplicity and Schubert faithfully matches Goethe in his folk-song vein. Although the composer often created discursive and experimental songs, he was also capable of writing concise, no-nonsense music.

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

Details

Track 9 on CDJ33001 [2'10] Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
Track 16 on CDS44201/40 CD7 [2'10] 40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

Track-specific metadata for CDS44201/40 disc 7 track 16

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-88-00109
Duration
2'10
Recording date
19 February 1987
Recording venue
Elstree, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 1 – Janet Baker (CDJ33001)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: December 1987
    Deletion date: August 2012
    Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
  2. Schubert: The Complete Songs (CDS44201/40)
    Disc 7 Track 16
    Release date: October 2005
    40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
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