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Es rauschen die Winde, S294 First version

composer
1845; LW N33
author of text

 
The Berlin critic Ludwig Rellstab published a compilation of reviews and newspaper articles about Liszt in 1842 as a result of the concerts that made Liszt a phenomenon comparable to today’s biggest rock stars. In Rellstab’s words, Liszt would leave Berlin ‘not like a king, but as a king’. Three years later, Liszt set a poem by Rellstab, Es rauschen die Winde, that Schubert had earlier set to music under the title ‘Herbst’ (Autumn), D945, its theme the perennial comparison of autumn to old age and the approach of death. In Liszt’s first version, the persona is agitated and desperate, with certain figures that recall Schubert’s persona in ‘Der stürmische Morgen’ from Winterreise. The memory of springtime in parallel major mode (another song-within-a-song) also seems Schubertian in origin, proof that major mode can be as tragic as minor mode in the hands of great composers.

from notes by Susan Youens © 2010

1842 veröffentlichte der Berliner Musikkritiker Ludwig Rellstab eine Sammlung von Rezensionen und Zeitungsartikeln über Liszt und seine Konzerte, die aus ihm eine nach heutigen Maßstäben mit den größten Rockstars vergleichbare Berühmtheit machten. Rellstab zufolge verließ Liszt Berlin „nicht wie ein König, sondern als König“. Drei Jahre später vertonte Liszt Rellstabs Gedicht Es rauschen die Winde, das bereits von Schubert unter dem Titel „Herbst“ (D945) vertont worden war und den üblichen Vergleich zwischen Herbst, Alter und nahendem Tod bemüht. In Liszts erster Version ist die Person erregt und verzweifelt mit ähnlichen Ausdrucksmitteln wie in Schuberts „Der stürmische Morgen“ aus der Winterreise. Die Erinnerung an den Frühling in der parallelen Dur-Tonart (ein weiteres Lied im Lied) klingt ebenfalls an Schubert an, was beweist, dass große Komponisten auch Dur so tragisch wie Moll klingen lassen können.

aus dem Begleittext von Susan Youens © 2010
Deutsch: Henning Weber

Recordings

Liszt: The Complete Songs, Vol. 1 – Matthew Polenzani
CDA67782
Schubert: The Complete Songs
CDS44201/4040CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Songs by Schubert's contemporaries
CDJ33051/33CDs

Details

Track 25 on CDJ33051/3 CD3 [3'18] 3CDs
Track 25 on CDS44201/40 CD40 [3'18] 40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Track 14 on CDA67782 [2'37]

Track-specific metadata for CDS44201/40 disc 40 track 25

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-06-05325
Duration
3'18
Recording date
12 March 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 25
    Release date: March 2006
    3CDs
  2. Schubert: The Complete Songs (CDS44201/40)
    Disc 40 Track 25
    Release date: October 2005
    40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
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