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An den Mond, D296
First line:
Füllest wieder Busch und Tal
composer
Second setting. c1816; published in 1868
author of text

Recordings
'Schubert: The Complete Songs' (CDS44201/40)
Schubert: The Complete Songs
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'Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 1 – Janet Baker' (CDJ33001)
Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 1 – Janet Baker
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Details
Track 12 on CDJ33001 [4'19] Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
Track 8 on CDS44201/40 CD12 [4'19] 40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

An den Mond, D296
Schubert set this poem twice and each is a masterpiece in is own right. Although the first, strophic, version of 1815 is blessed with an enchanting melody Schubert probably felt the need four years later (this second version is undated but recent paper studies have revealed that it is most likely a work from 1819) to create something more complex to mirror the shifting moods of the poem. This is melancholy music, yet sweetly tender, and by some musical alchemy suffused with the silvery glow of moonlight. Schubert is almost always fond of strong bass lines which support and buoy up the vocal line, but here he changes his rules: the voice part floats free, unanchored, aspiring upwards, seldom touching the tonic. The piano's right hand doubles the voice, normally an unwise practice, but here it aids beautifully the communing of the poet below with the moon above. He then addresses the stream - it is probable that Goethe wrote the poem after a friend's suicide in the Ilm near his own house in Weimar. The water, like time, flows inexorably, changing or destroying all in its path, and in this setting (unlike the first) we hear this water journey in turbulent modulations. Only a true friend, the poet says, can understand his mingled emotions. The final stanza of the song depicts this longed-for intimacy in a miraculous way. The moon continues to shine in the piano part while the singer buries his head in the lap of the music and the vocal line delves beneath the surface. The ineffable distance between lunar serenity and the dark labyrinthine torments of the heart is measured in a vocal span of nearly two octaves.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 1988

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Details for CDJ33001 track 12
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-88-00112
Duration
4'19
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 12
    Release date: December 1987
    Deletion date: August 2012
    Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
  2. Schubert: The Complete Songs (CDS44201/40)
    Disc 12 Track 8
    Release date: October 2005
    40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
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