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Track(s) taken from CDJ33051/3

Lied der Desdemona

First line:
Das arme Kind sie sass und sang
from Othello; published as No 6 of Book 1 of 15 Lieder mit Begleitung des Piano-Forte
author of text
Othello IV:3
translator of text

Ann Murray (mezzo-soprano), 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 29 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)
Two books of Vogl songs (fifteen altogether) were published by Artaria in Vienna, including a setting of Schiller’s Der Jüngling am Bache, and settings of Goethe and Baumberg. It was probably Vogl who introduced Schubert to the work of Walter Scott during their holiday together in 1825—the results were the spectacular Lady of the Lake settings. He was almost certainly capable of reading the poet in the original, and the same applies to Shakespeare. This song (it appears as No 6 of the first volume of published songs) was probably written for a performance of Othello in Vienna. It would certainly have been within the singer’s capabilities to translate the lyric himself from the original English into German.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 2006

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