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Franz Schuberts Vier Geistliche Lieder, S562
composer
No 1: D343a; No 2: D651; No 3: D444; No 4: from D797
arranger
1840

Recordings
'Liszt: Complete Piano Music' (CDS44501/98)
Liszt: Complete Piano Music
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'Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 32 – The Schubert Transcriptions II' (CDA66954/6)
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 32 – The Schubert Transcriptions II
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'Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 33 – The Schubert Transcriptions III' (CDA66957/9)
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 33 – The Schubert Transcriptions III
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'Liszt: Piano Music' (LISZT1)
Liszt: Piano Music
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Details
No 1: Litanei, auf das Fest aller Seelen
Track 1 on CDA66954/6 CD1 [4'05] 3CDs
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No 2: Himmelsfunken
Track 2 on CDA66954/6 CD1 [4'34] 3CDs
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No 3: Die Gestirne
Track 3 on CDA66954/6 CD1 [6'15] 3CDs
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No 3bis: Die Gestirne
Track 15 on CDA66957/9 CD2 [6'46] 3CDs
Track 15 on CDS44501/98 CD77 [6'46] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
No 4: Hymne 'Geisterchor aus Rosamunde'
Track 4 on CDA66954/6 CD1 [2'59] 3CDs
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Franz Schuberts Vier Geistliche Lieder, S562
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The Vier geistliche Lieder (‘Four Sacred Songs’) were gathered together by Liszt from two sources: the first three originals were published three years after Schubert’s death, and the fourth was issued in a version with piano by Schubert himself which seems to have escaped the compilers of Grove. (The original Geisterchor did not appear until even after Liszt’s death.) They were published as a set of four, and almost immediately were reissued in a set often with the Sechs geistliche Lieder (Gellert) transcribed from Beethoven (in Volume 15 of this series). Only the first of them is well known in song recitals—Litanei auf das Fest aller Seelen, D343a, (‘Litany for All Souls’ Day’) is a requiem prayer which Liszt treats with beautiful simplicity, even in the octave doublings of the second verse. Himmelsfunken, D651 (‘Heaven’s Gleam’) is a simple strophic song in contemplation of heaven, which Liszt arranges as a theme with two variations.

Die Gestirne (‘The Firmament’, D444) is a setting of Klopstock’s paraphrase of Psalm 19 (Vulgate 18), ‘The heavens declare the glory of God’, and Liszt’s response to Schubert and Klopstock is full of thunderous orchestral grandeur. Hymne is actually the Geisterchor (‘Chorus of Spirits’)—one of a group of vocal numbers from the ill-fated incidental music to Rosamunde, D797, which Schubert arranged with piano accompaniment (the original is for chorus with brass) which appeared in 1824 as Opus 25, with this particular piece as No 3. (The title of Schubert’s version with piano is confusing, because ‘Hymne’ applies legitimately to quite a number of Schubert songs and choruses.) The text, a likely candidate for the worst piece of German poetry, is by Wilhelmine von Chézy, and deals with Light living in the Depths and Shining (‘In der Tiefe wohnt das Licht. Licht daß leuchtet …’). Both Schubert and Liszt manage to make something quite beautiful from this tripe.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1995

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Details for CDA66957/9 disc 2 track 15
No 3bis: Die Gestirne
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-95-95815
Duration
6'46
Recording date
7 June 1994
Recording venue
St Martin's Church, East Woodhay, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Tryggvi Tryggvason
Recording engineer
Tryggvi Tryggvason
Hyperion usage
  1. Liszt: Complete Piano Music (CDS44501/98)
    Disc 77 Track 15
    Release date: February 2011
    99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
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