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Track(s) taken from CDJ33005

Erinnerung 'Totenopfer', D101

First line:
Kein Rosenschimmer leuchtet dem Tag zur Ruh!
April 1814; published in 1894
author of text

Elizabeth Connell (soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
Recording details: September 1988
Kimpton Parish Church, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: December 1989
Total duration: 2 minutes 29 seconds


'Once more Graham Johnson puts us in his debt by his considered juxtaposition of apposite songs and by bringing to notice pieces, not to say masterpieces, that have been unduly neglected. Elizabeth Connell is at her very best here' (Gramophone)

'A must for all Schubertians' (American Record Guide)

'I have never heard Elizabeth Connell's voice more beautifully caught on disc than in this Schubert series' (The Guardian)

'14 of Schubert's most verdant Lieder, presented with a purity of voice which matches their purity of heart' (The Times)
The dry bareness of the opening of this song, and its key of E minor, remind us of the desolation of Trockne Blumen from Die schöne Müllerin. With the third line of the poem we hear another song prefigured, this time the Mayrhofer setting Atys with its rocking 6/8 semiquaver accompaniment and seamless vocal line. In the third verse, the modulation from minor to major, standard Schubertian device though it is, is a little miracle of seasonal evocation, with mingled musings of both autumn and spring. The semiquavers which have stopped for this serene couple of lines, are brought back to evoke the rustling of new-born leaves and the planetary motions of the earth as the poet looks back at the beautiful world from the far-away starry realms of heaven. This is one of the very finest of the Matthisson settings, with a maturity and economy astonishing even for Schubert in 1814.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 1989

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