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Das Geheimnis, D250

First line:
Sie konnte mir kein Wörtchen sagen
composer
First setting; published in 1872
author of text

 
This song is the seed from which a grander, yet similar, setting grew eight years later. That song (D793) is better known than this simple strophic one which is completely neglected. The final section of Die Erwartung has something in common with the secrecy of this lovers' tryst, and their music on tiptoe. Admittedly the whole scope of Schiller's marvellous poem is not ideally served by an unmodified strophic setting, and here we perform only the first two verses. As simple as it is, the setting, particularly when sung with a heartfelt legato line, admirably conveys the ecstasy, but also the heart-stopping reticence, of young love.

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 13 on CDJ33001 [3'02] Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
Track 19 on CDS44201/40 CD8 [3'02] 40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

Track-specific metadata for CDS44201/40 disc 8 track 19

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-88-00113
Duration
3'02
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 13
    Release date: December 1987
    Deletion date: August 2012
    Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
  2. Schubert: The Complete Songs (CDS44201/40)
    Disc 8 Track 19
    Release date: October 2005
    40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
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