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Track(s) taken from CDJ33051/3


First line:
Wer reitet so spät durch Nacht und Wind?
author of text

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: 1 minutes 31 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)
Reichardt’s Erlkönig was published in the Lyrische Gedichte of 1794. The music (in 3/8 and G minor) is marked Sehr lebhaft und schauerlich. The passage where the Erl King speaks is a monotone during which the accompaniment takes up the vocal melody heard at the beginning. The effect is of a breathless recitation of the poem where the singer, mostly confined to a narrow part of the stave, scarcely seems to be singing at all.

This song was the subject of a detailed discussion in a letter from Felix Mendelssohn to Frau von Pereira in 1831. Mendelssohn approves of Reichardt’s way of recounting the tale as if it were a ghost story told under the breath. (He knew Schubert’s setting perfectly well by this time, but did not consider it worthy of comment.) Mendelssohn writes that the poem would stir him even more if he were simply allowed to read it in silence.

comparative Schubert listening:
Erlkönig D328. October (?) 1815

from notes by Graham Johnson © 2006

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