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Das Geheimnis, D250

First line:
Sie konnte mir kein Wörtchen sagen
First setting; published in 1872
author of text

This song is the seed from which a grander, yet similar, setting grew eight years later. That song (D793) is better known than this simple strophic one which is completely neglected. The final section of Die Erwartung has something in common with the secrecy of this lovers' tryst, and their music on tiptoe. Admittedly the whole scope of Schiller's marvellous poem is not ideally served by an unmodified strophic setting, and here we perform only the first two verses. As simple as it is, the setting, particularly when sung with a heartfelt legato line, admirably conveys the ecstasy, but also the heart-stopping reticence, of young love.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 1988


Schubert: The Complete Songs
CDS44201/40Boxed set + book (at a special price) — Download only
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Track 13 on CDJ33001 [3'02] Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
Track 19 on CDS44201/40 CD8 [3'02] Boxed set + book (at a special price) — Download only

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