Movement 1: Gruppe aud dem Tartarus
Movement 2: Der Einsame
Movement 3: Fischerweise
Movement 4: Ellens Gesang 'Ave maria'
Movement 5: Der Fischer (von Goethe)
Movement 6: Ungeduld
Schubert’s themes are labelled in the score. The very first theme in the first Fantasy is worth a particular mention for the way the horn writing reflects the meaning of the song’s words. These describe the travels of ‘Der Wanderer’ who has come from the mountain range (‘Ich komme vom Gebirge her’). The first five notes being hand-stopped on a natural horn sound somewhat muted—as if they come from afar. Then, as the phrase develops, the sounds become open and present to show that he has arrived. This is an example of a composer exploiting the use of stopped and open notes to produce a musical image of the words of a song. An atmosphere is created by Czerny’s intelligent orchestration which he could easily have lost had he scored it for horn in D instead of F. This would have made the whole phrase sound quite open. On a modern horn all the notes would sound open as there are no instructions to hand-stop: they are taken for granted on the natural horn as that is the only way to produce those notes. Later in the same Fantasy we hear Schubert’s Trauerwalzer theme cleverly scored so that twenty out of twenty-two notes are stopped to produce a dark tone colour which matches the meaning (‘Trauer’ means ‘mourning’ or ‘bereavement’). Therefore an important aspect of the music is rediscovered when we hear it performed on appropriate historical instruments, such as those used on this recording.
from notes by Andrew Clark © 2000