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'Schubert: The Complete Songs' (CDS44201/40)
Schubert: The Complete Songs
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'Songs by Schubert's contemporaries' (CDJ33051/3)
Songs by Schubert's contemporaries
Track 4 on CDJ33051/3 CD1 [1'31] 3CDs
Track 4 on CDS44201/40 CD38 [1'31] 40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

Reichardt’s Erlkönig was published in the Lyrische Gedichte of 1794. The music (in 3/8 and G minor) is marked Sehr lebhaft und schauerlich. The passage where the Erl King speaks is a monotone during which the accompaniment takes up the vocal melody heard at the beginning. The effect is of a breathless recitation of the poem where the singer, mostly confined to a narrow part of the stave, scarcely seems to be singing at all.

This song was the subject of a detailed discussion in a letter from Felix Mendelssohn to Frau von Pereira in 1831. Mendelssohn approves of Reichardt’s way of recounting the tale as if it were a ghost story told under the breath. (He knew Schubert’s setting perfectly well by this time, but did not consider it worthy of comment.) Mendelssohn writes that the poem would stir him even more if he were simply allowed to read it in silence.

comparative Schubert listening:
Erlkönig D328. October (?) 1815

from notes by Graham Johnson © 2006

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Details for CDS44201/40 disc 38 track 4
Recording date
13 October 2004
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
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  1. Songs by Schubert's contemporaries (CDJ33051/3)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: March 2006
  2. Schubert: The Complete Songs (CDS44201/40)
    Disc 38 Track 4
    Release date: October 2005
    40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
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