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Track(s) taken from CDJ33003

Rückweg, D476

First line:
Zum Donaustrom, zur Kaiserstadt
September 1816; published in 1872
author of text

Ann Murray (mezzo-soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
Recording details: November 1988
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: December 1989
Total duration: 2 minutes 1 seconds


'This persuasive disc is faultlessly recorded' (Gramophone)

'We await more with enthusiasm and admiration' (American Record Guide)

'For me this represents some of the finest Lieder singing on record' (CDReview)

'Ann Murray's singing is flawless' (Music and Musicians)

'Simply superb' (San Francisco Chronicle)

'In Ann Murray we have a worthy successor in the Ferrier/Baker line, a lovely voice used with great sensitivity' (Which CD)
During the recording sessions Ann Murray amused us all hugely by singing this song in a Marlene Dietrich voice. It was astonishingly convincing not only as vocal imitation; despite the anachronism the song seemed perfectly suited to the world-weary style of the chansonnier. The poet drags his feet on his return to Vienna from the country; D minor is Schubert's key of melancholy journeys (see notes to Volume 2). Here is something of an antidote to the endless number of rapturous songs apostrophising the glories of Vienna from a later part of the century. For Mayrhofer the capital city meant politics and intrigue and a boring job. It also meant a place where political repression made it increasingly difficult to be 'a free man among free men'. The popular touch is deliberate, a Singspiel style owing something to a street ballad perhaps, and a gentle forerunner of the bitter-sweet German cabaret songs which were to shout their political resentments to the heavens.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 1989

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