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Track(s) taken from CDJ33006

Alinde, D904

First line:
Die Sonne sinkt ins tiefe Meer
January 1827; published in 1827 as Op 88 No 1
author of text

Anthony Rolfe Johnson (tenor), Graham Johnson (piano)
Recording details: September 1989
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: December 1990
Total duration: 4 minutes 44 seconds


‘As exemplary as … other discs in this series, which is proving a many-splendored thing … this new offering seems packed with even more attractive things than its predecessors’ (Gramophone)

‘Rolfe Johnson's voice has never sounded more beautiful on disc’ (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

‘An irresistible disc’ (Classic CD)

‘Volume 6 of the Hyperion Schubert Edition is assured of a grateful reception from all lovers of this inexhaustible treasury of song’ (Hi-Fi News)
Here is another strophic song modified in the smallest details to give variety to the lover's impatient wait for Alinda. It is both barcarolle (the song takes place by the water, for we see both sunset and fisherman) and nocturnal serenade. The vocal line is built with the simplest means, a phrase of interlocking downward arpeggios answered by an echo from the dominant back to the tonic; Schubert can always conjure up tune from nowhere, using everyday ingredients to make a memorable feast of melody. The insinuating grace of the rhythm (we will hear it again in the Heine setting Das Fischermädchen) and little individual touches like the many grace notes in the accompaniment, make a truly charming song. Each cry of 'Alinde' is so subtly different that singers find it a dangerous item in live performance where the memory can play tricks.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 1990

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