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Track(s) taken from CDJ33001

An den Frühling, D587

First line:
Willkommen, schöner Jüngling!
October 1817; published in 1885
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: 2 minutes 19 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)
'A mere trifle' Capell calls this song, but there is nothing insipid or half-hearted about it. It greets Spring who is decked out as a virile young man, and Schiller has charmingly cast this vernal visitor as a potential rival for his girl's affections, a rival moreover who keeps on handing him flowers to woo her with. Schubert adapts Schiller's original five stanza shape by using the strophes in pairs and repeating the second verse. The first setting of these words (D283) is gentle and Mozartian, but this romp is in lusty Landler rhythm with some sparkling vocal coloratura.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 1988

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