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Track(s) taken from CDJ33051/3


First line:
Die linden Lüfte sind erwacht
author of text

Susan Gritton (soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
Recording details: March 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 0 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)
Karoline Unger-Sabatier was one of the most famous singers of the age, a mezzo-soprano who sang in the first performance of Beethoven’s ninth symphony and whom Schubert coached in the role of Dorabella (Così fan tutte) during the short time he worked as a répétiteur at the Kärntnertor Theatre in 1821. Karoline, a splendid interpreter of Schubert’s songs, was the daughter of Johann Karl Unger who was a Schubert enthusiast and patron, and also something of a composer. She left Vienna in 1825—her father missed her terribly—and returned to the city only for the 1839–1840 season when she was once again engaged by the Kärntnertor Theatre.

Karoline Unger retired from the stage in 1843 when she married the French scholar François Sabatier. Her book of songs in autograph, prefaced by a dedicatory poem by Franz Schober in his own hand, was kindly loaned to me by Richard McNutt. Her career as a composer, such as it was, dates from the years of her marriage and her residence in France. It contains a number of French romances, but also lieder in her native language. Frühlingsglaube is typical of Karoline’s simple, but amiably fluent, style.

comparative Schubert listening:
Frühlingsglaube D686. September 1820

from notes by Graham Johnson © 2006

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Schubert: The Complete Songs
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