Meeres Stille, Op 60 No 3

First line:
Tiefe Stille herrscht im Wasser
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This setting for three voices is part of the ninth book of Tomášek’s songs which is entirely given over to trio settings (SSB); it also includes Wonne der Wehmuth and the poem Glückliche Fahrt (not set by Schubert) that is the pendant to Meeres Stille. Schubert’s marking for his setting is Sehr langsam, ängstlich; it is precisely this angst that is lacking in many a performance where the becalmed ship can seem a paradise of repose, rather than a source of fear and a slow, lingering death. Tomášek’s accompaniment of syncopated semiquavers in the bass of the piano communicates the greatest unease—we can imagine the broad, flat horizon seen from the ship’s deck where three crew members (or passengers) voice their concerted disquiet.

comparative Schubert listening:
Meeres Stille First version, D215a. 20 June 1815
Meeres Stille Second version, D216. 21 June 1815

from notes by Graham Johnson © 2006

Recordings

Schubert: The Complete Songs
CDS44201/4040CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Songs by Schubert's contemporaries
CDJ33051/33CDs

Details

Track 1 on CDJ33051/3 CD2 [2'45] 3CDs
Track 1 on CDS44201/40 CD39 [2'45] 40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

Track-specific metadata for CDS44201/40 disc 39 track 1

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-06-05201
Duration
2'45
Recording date
13 October 2004
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Songs by Schubert's contemporaries (CDJ33051/3)
    Disc 2 Track 1
    Release date: March 2006
    3CDs
  2. Schubert: The Complete Songs (CDS44201/40)
    Disc 39 Track 1
    Release date: October 2005
    40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)