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Track(s) taken from CDJ33004

Das war ich, D174

First line:
Jüngst träumte mir, ich sah auf lichten Höhen
published in 1845
author of text

Philip Langridge (tenor), Graham Johnson (piano)
Recording details: September 1988
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: December 1989
Total duration: 3 minutes 8 seconds


'Performed with wonderful artistry by Langridge and Johnson' (Gramophone)

'A constant joy' (Hi-Fi News)

'A highly enjoyable disc and an ideal next step for those touched by the magic of Müllerin or Winterreise' (Opera Now)

'A wonderful recording … delivered with such style and conviction that you almost feel Schubert is speaking directly to you' (The Audio Critic, USA)

'An absorbing hour-and-a-half or more of rich musical experience. This is a wholly exceptional Lieder record which must be a strong contender for an annual award' (Music and Musicians)
1815 was the year of Schubert's ill-fated love for Therese Grob, and it is easy to see that this poem of Walter Mitty fantasy would have appealed to a young man without the real means to win his lady. The song is marked 'erzählend' ('as though telling a story') and there is a whimsical freedom here as though words and music are invented on the spot as the daydreamer plays a game of consequences with himself. There is also much humour and tenderness. The singer can vary the final cadence of each verse so as to suggest anything from triumphant assertion to rueful self-delusion. Schubert made a half-hearted attempt to set the poem again, probably in 1816. Only six bars of the vocal line were completed.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 1989

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