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Track(s) taken from CDJ33004

Sehnsucht der Liebe, D180

First line:
Wie die Nacht mit heil’gem Beben
published in 1894
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: 4 minutes 56 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)
Music of night and mystery is ushered in with a slow march that momentarily resembles the passacaglia figure of Der Doppelgänger in a benign incarnation. This is followed by a very much faster section in triple time. This scheme reflects the metrical plan of the poem where the first, third, fifth and seventh verses are made up of slow trochees, and the even-numbered verses contain quicker dactyls. To the passionate outpourings already familiar from other Körner settings, this song adds bold rhythmical dislocations in the left hand of the piano and even bolder modulations. The recurring words 'Sehnsucht der Liebe schlummert nie' provoke a passage of astonishing audacity and restlessness which may look harmless enough on paper, but when vocal line and throbbing chords clash the result sounds vehemently unhinged. This is well and truly a musical match for the disorientated and restless longing of Körner's poem.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 1989

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