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Track(s) taken from CDJ33051/3

Abschied nach Wien 1813

First line:
Leb’ wohl! leb’ wohl! – Mit dumpfen Herzensschlägen
author of text

Mark Padmore (tenor), 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 15 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)
When Theodor Körner visited Vienna in 1813, he was introduced to the sixteen-year-old Schubert by Josef von Spaun, and the two conversed at some length. This poem thus describes an incident in Schubert’s own life—Körner bidding farewell to his Viennese admirers before departing for the front. Schubert had quickly become one of the poet’s friends, and it likely that Stephan Franz also knew Körner personally. Körner’s early death, a few weeks later at the Battle of Leipzig, became the stuff of legend; Schubert’s seventeen Körner songs, most of them drawn from the patriotic collection entitled Leyer und Schwert (1814), are testimony to the composer’s sense of loss. Körner was deeply musical and he had memorably encouraged Schubert to continue with his music despite parental opposition. (The poet’s parents were close to both Schiller and Goethe, and the young Theodor had received career encouragement from the loftiest sources.) Stephan’s song, the last of Sechs Gedichte von Theodor Körner zum Gesang und Fortepiano (1814), has all the characteristics of the Viennese, rather than the Berlin, lieder school. Like Neukomm, Franz was unafraid of bringing his knowledge of Mozart’s opera arias into the song form, or of creating a rhapsodic durchkomponiert structure where the piano provides lively and empathetic, rather than merely tacit, support. The other five lyrics in Franz’s set (Sängers Morgenlied, Wiegenlied, Liebeständelei, Liebesrausch and Das gestörte Glück) were all set by Schubert in 1815.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 2006

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