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Track(s) taken from CDJ33001

Wonne der Wehmut, D260

First line:
Trocknet nicht, trocknet nicht
published in 1829
author of text

Dame Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
Recording details: February 1987
Elstree, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: December 1987
Total duration: 0 minutes 48 seconds


'Dame Janet is in glorious voice' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

'One of the loveliest records even Dame Janet has made' (The Guardian)

'A generous and revelatory recital of Goethe and Schiller settings. Janet Baker breaks the champagne bottle over one of the most important recording projects of the half century' (The Times)
Most singers prefer Beethoven's setting of this poem which is undoubtedly eloquent but also somewhat 'stagey' as Einstein puts it. Here there is no trace of self-indulgence, and there is an urgency which gives a completely different slant to the poem. The Schubert song lasts well under a minute but a wounded vulnerability is created by a single curved line of the songwriter's brush. A strong note of personal experience is sounded; even by 1815 Schubert knew something of unrequited love. There is a marked similarity between this song and musical ideas in the second movement of Schubert's unfinished piano sonata known as the 'Relique' (D840). The composer also liked the song enough to use its essence twelve years later as part of his last, and never finished, opera Der Graf von Gleichen.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 1988

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