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Track(s) taken from CDJ33051/3

Der Greis, Hob XXVc:5

First line:
Hin ist alle meine Kraft!
author of text

Susan Gritton (soprano), Ann Murray (mezzo-soprano), Mark Padmore (tenor), Gerald Finley (baritone), Graham Johnson (piano)
Recording details: October 2004
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: October 2005
Total duration: 3 minutes 13 seconds


'This enterprising, often revelatory set should intrigue and delight anyone interested in the development of the Lied' (Gramophone)

'Since making music with friends was Schubert's whole raison d'etre, this 3-CD box is an inspired idea … led by the soprano Susan Gritton, the performances are pure A-list' (The Independent)

'Anyone who loves lieder will find here a rich, diverse, and delightful offering. There isn't a bad song among the 81 songs by 40 composers who wrote during Schubert's lifetime, and there's a lot of fine music here by well-known and also practically unknown composers and poets. The singing is consistently excellent… anyone interested in this genre will find here a broad-ranging and generous collection' (American Record Guide)

'If 81 songs are too many to mention individually, sufficient variety exists and enough songs are receiving a first recording for this set to be indispensable for anyone interested in the genre' (International Record Review)

'Graham Johnson once again demonstrates that he has few peers today in his combined function as scholar-musician' (Fanfare, USA)
Haydn, via the poetry of Gleim, and with his usual humour, meant the piece to be taken as an autobiographical description. This is exactly how Schubert, not yet a teenager, may have imagined the venerable composer, too frail to venture often outdoors, but celebrated for his benign attitude to life. Haydn found the text for this song, as well as the poems for his other quartets for voice and piano, in a celebrated anthology by Karl Wilhelm Ramler (1725–1798) entitled Lyrische Blumenlese (Leipzig, 1774–1778). The intentionally doddery setting of the words ‘Alt … und schwach … bin ich’ soon gives way to music that has the depth and sublimity of some of the finest string quartets. It is little wonder that the master of this medium was able to write equally well for four voices—what seems simple on the page achieves a rare radiance, a smile to greet the dying of the light. In fact Haydn planned that this music should be part of his String Quartet in D minor, Op 103, his farewell to music. As a coup de grâce, the composer, with typical irony and humour, arranged for the opening words of the song to be engraved on his visiting card in 1806.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 2006

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Schubert: The Complete Songs
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