It is documented that Schubert himself admired Kreutzer’s Neun Wanderlieder
, Op 34. The songs were written in 1817 and published in the early 1820s. When they were dismissed as unimportant by Anselm Hüttenbrenner, Schubert replied: ‘I wish I had composed them.’ There is a directness and simplicity about this music, as if pared down to the bone, a true combination of romanticism and the minimalist discipline of the Berlin lieder school. It is this characteristic that links Kreutzer’s style with the later Schubert.
from notes by Graham Johnson © 2006