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Track(s) taken from CDJ33011

Vollendung, D579a

First line:
Wenn ich einst das Ziel errungen habe
Formerly D989. September – October 1817; first published in 1970
author of text

Brigitte Fassbaender (soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
Recording details: June 1990
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: May 1991
Total duration: 2 minutes 32 seconds


'Magnificent. Collectors of this series need not hesitate, and newcomers who try this volume are in serious danger of addiction' (American Record Guide)

'19 tracks devoted to some of the greatest songs ever written' (Classic CD)

'Superb … a disc to return to time and again' (CDReview)

'Fassbaender has never been in better form … I urge you to collect them all, not only for the genius of Schubert but also because they are an anthology of the finest singers of our time' (Musical Opinion)

'Deserves to be enshrined as a classic' (The New Yorker, USA)
This is one of a pair of Matthisson songs (the other is Die Erde, Volume 5) which had been thought to be lost, but which were rediscovered by the late Christa Landon as recently as 1970. After the uncertain spiritual destinations of the two Heliopolis songs, the poem from an earlier time which describes the threshold of heavenly fulfilment with ecstatic confidence, seems touchingly old-fashioned. There remains a temptation to question the provenance of accompaniments where the disposition of much of the piano writing seems very untypical of Schubert, if not downright banal. The last line of each verse (where quaver triplets suddenly throb with a mood reminiscent of another Matthisson setting, Stimme der Liebe, Volume 8) seems suddenly authentic, flesh and blood after wood. It would not surprise me if the work was a collaboration between Schubert and one of his composer friends, and that he had written only the vocal line and part of the accompaniment. In the absence of an autograph, it is the heading of the manuscript copy of the songs, found in the papers of the Wiener Männergesang Verein, which is the only factual evidence of their authenticity. Whoever wrote this song, it is a far from negligible response to Matthisson's ardent text. To question its authorship is not to belittle its efficacy. Schubert certainly had a hand, but possibly not much more than this, in its composition.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 1991

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