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Fünf Lieder, Op 94

1883/4; published in December 1884 as Fünf Lieder für eine tiefe Singstimme und Klavier

This opus number, united by its tonalities for low voice, and with texts that can, and should, be sung by one singer, is one of the composer’s published groupings that repays performance as a whole, or even as a kind of mini-cycle. Brahms’s friend, the surgeon Billroth, clearly perceived it is a kind of equivalent to Schubert’s Winterreise, although he saw the songs as being equally linked with autumn. Certainly, in the first song, the imagery of taking up the wanderer’s walking staff with renewed energy as the narrator makes his way to his final destination, is strongly reminiscent of the closing sentiments of Das Wirtshaus from Schubert’s great cycle.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 2012


Brahms: The Complete Songs, Vol. 4 - Robert Holl
Schumann, Kilpinen & Brahms: Nature's solace
Studio Master: SIGCD554Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


No 1: Mit vierzig Jahren
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Track 12 on CDJ33124 [3'59]
Track 18 on SIGCD554 [3'29] Download only
No 2: Steig auf, geliebter Schatten
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In der Südsee

Track 13 on CDJ33124 [2'33]
Track 19 on SIGCD554 [2'09] Download only
No 3: Mein Herz ist schwer
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Track 14 on CDJ33124 [2'30]
Track 20 on SIGCD554 [2'05] Download only
No 4: Sapphische Ode  Rosen brach ich nachts mir am dunklen Hage
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Gedichte und Übersetzungen

Track 15 on CDJ33124 [2'30]
Track 21 on SIGCD554 [2'38] Download only
No 5: Kein Haus, keine Heimat
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In der Südsee

Track 16 on CDJ33124 [0'39]
Track 22 on SIGCD554 [0'38] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD554 track 18

Mit vierzig Jahren
Recording date
10 April 2013
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Raphaël Mouterde
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch & Mike Cox
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  1. Schumann, Kilpinen & Brahms: Nature's solace (SIGCD554)
    Disc 1 Track 18
    Release date: November 2018
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