Herbst

First line:
Es rauschen die Winde
composer
author of text

 
Lachner’s songs are the clearest audible evidence of his closeness to Schubert, and his absorption of the Schubert style. Most of his songs were written in Vienna two or three years after Schubert’s death. Lachner is audacious enough to set texts from Schubert’s Schwanengesang (perhaps in conscious homage) but Ständchen and Das Fischermädchen are beautiful songs in their own right, as is the Rellstab setting Herbst with the additional colour, ideal for an autumnal evocation, of an obbligato cello. Perhaps the most Schubertian song of all, Nachtigall with its sweet melancholy in the major key, has a text which Schubert never set, by Bauernfeld, a member of the Schubert circle whose poetry (apart from Shakespeare translations and the libretto for the opera Der Graf von Gleichen) was set only once by the composer (Der Vater mit dem Kind, D906).

comparative Schubert listening:
Herbst D945. April 1828

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 17 on CDJ33051/3 CD3 [3'21] 3CDs
Track 17 on CDS44201/40 CD40 [3'21] 40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

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