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Gesang der Geister, Op 88
First line:
Des menschen Seele
composer
author of text

Recordings
'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
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Details
Track 7 on CDJ33051/3 CD3 [6'09] 3CDs
Track 7 on CDS44201/40 CD40 [6'09] 40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

Gesang der Geister, Op 88
Schubert set this text three times; two of these are recorded in The Hyperion Schubert Edition, but the third (D714, for male-voiced octet accompanied by low strings) falls outside the scope of a series devoted to the vocal music with piano. Loewe’s version for vocal quartet and piano, his Op 88, was composed in 1840 and published two years later. It is the composer’s considerable achievement to have written accessible music, not terribly difficult to perform, that nevertheless does not seem unworthy of great words that gave even Schubert considerable difficulty. Loewe’s part-writing for the voices is skilful, the pianistic interludes are water music of some originality and effectiveness, and the three vocal solos (for soprano, bass and finally tenor) are cleverly set to reflect the words and different terrain through which the water passes. The quartet reassembles for the charming allegretto coda (‘Wind ist der Welle / Lieblicher Buhler’) where the composer’s lilting invention is, once again, charming without being untrue to the profound spirit of the text. If this is Hausmusik, it is of a very superior kind, and entirely typical of Loewe’s often astounding professionalism.

comparative Schubert listening:
Gesang der Geister über den Wassern First setting, D484. September 1816
Gesang der Geister über den Wassern Second setting, D705. December 1820

from notes by Graham Johnson 2006

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Details for CDS44201/40 disc 40 track 7
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-06-05307
Duration
6'09
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 3 Track 7
    Release date: March 2006
    3CDs
  2. Schubert: The Complete Songs (CDS44201/40)
    Disc 40 Track 7
    Release date: October 2005
    40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
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