Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 37 - John Mark Ainsley, Anthony Rolfe Johnson & Michael Schade
The Final Year
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The glories of this final disc in the Hyperion Schubert Edition are hard to over-praise. Three tenors sing 20 songs from 1828, the last year of Schubert’s short life. The programme begins with Auf den Strom (On the River) sung by German/Canadian Michael Schade, with horn obbligato superbly played by David Pyatt. This is followed by Herbst, the two unrecorded Refrainlieder and a fragment, Lebensmut. Then follows Schwanengesang sung by two tenors: John Mark Ainsley sings the Rellstab settings (including a wondrous Ständchen and a heartrending In der Ferne) and Anthony Rolfe Johnson sings the Heine ones (including a hair-raising Döppelgänger) and, at the end, Die Taubenpost, Schubert’s last song. The two halves of Schwanengesang are separated by Glaube, Hoffnung und Liebe sung by all three tenors.

CDJ33037  79 minutes 18 seconds
‘Ainsley interprets his songs with the tonal beauty, fine-grained phrasing and care for words that are the hallmarks of his appreciable art … all in all, a worthy, inspired conclusion to the Edit ...
‘A glorious conclusion to this magisterial edition … a magnificent project … one of the great achievements of recording history’ (BBC Music Magazine)
‘A thrilling finale. Few series of recordings so richly repay detailed study, and no disc from it more than this culminating issue’ (The Guardian)