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Track(s) taken from CDJ33051/3

Aus Novalis Hymnen an die Nacht

First line:
Hinüber wall’ ich
author of text
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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: 2 minutes 14 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)
Louise (or Luise) Reichardt was the daughter of Johann Friedrich Reichardt from his first marriage to Juliane Benda. She was taught music by her father and benefited from the large number of talented literary visitors to Giebichenstein during her formative years. She had personal links with several great poets, including Novalis, settings of whose poems she published long after the poet’s death (Sechs Lieder, Hamburg, 1819). This was also the year that Schubert came to grips with the same poet and it cannot be completely ruled out that Schubert came across Reichardt’s book of songs. Unlucky in marriage (the early death of two fiancés), Louise Reichardt’s health suffered; she lost her beautiful singing voice and saw out her days as a singing teacher and organizer of choral concerts in Hamburg. She died almost exactly two years before Schubert.

comparative Schubert listening:
Nachthymne D687. January 1820

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