Berger’s songs are mostly simple and are clearly meant for amateur performance. Nevertheless, they have a terse kind of effectiveness and greater sophistication than a preliminary reading first reveals. Des Baches Lied
is an exception: from the beginning of this song we sense something deep and profound in the oscillations of the unusual piano-writing. The result is more moving than we can possibly expect.
comparative Schubert listening:
Des Baches Wiegenlied No 20 of Die schöne Müllerin, D795. October–November 1823
from notes by Graham Johnson © 2006