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Schubert: Erlkönig
     

Schubert: Erlkönig

by Matthias Goerne
 
This release is part of an ongoing cycle of Schubert song albums by German baritone Matthias Goerne, who was a student of the great Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. Goerne has taken his time with each new album, knowing that he would be compared with Fischer-Dieskau, and the results continue to be stellar. Goerne's mellow, creamy tone sounds like

Overview

This release is part of an ongoing cycle of Schubert song albums by German baritone Matthias Goerne, who was a student of the great Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. Goerne has taken his time with each new album, knowing that he would be compared with Fischer-Dieskau, and the results continue to be stellar. Goerne's mellow, creamy tone sounds like his teacher's on the surface, and for those who first came to these songs through Fischer-Dieskau the sound is nostalgic and reassuring. But continue listening, and the farther into the album you get, the less Goerne sounds like the older singer. His treatment of rhythm is a good deal freer, and he's more of an actor, shaping each phrase for maximum intelligibility and impact rather than for purely musical coherence. Some of these songs may result in a conceptual disagreement with Goerne; with others listeners will find themselves entranced. Goerne has distributed the Schubert "hits" evenly through the set, and the title Erlkönig here is meant perhaps simply to draw attention to the presence of that famous song on the album; it doesn't relate thematically to the rest of the program. Goerne's reading of this song runs counter to almost every other in its deemphasis of the dramatic element; his "Erlkönig" is less a direct threat than a fairy tale figure emerging from the mists. But that is just the beauty of Goerne's style: he can remake a song substantially without seeming mannered in the least. The four characters in the "Erlkönig" tale are perfectly distinct, but the listener is left to wonder about the psychological implications of the tale (which of course the original author, Goethe, would have had fully in mind). With fine sound (Harmonia Mundi does not see fit to specify the location), this is a recording that belongs in any Schubert collection.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/12/2013
Label:
Harmonia Mundi Fr.
UPC:
3149020214121
catalogNumber:
902141

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Tracks

  1. Der Fluss ("Wie rein Gesang sich winder"), song for voice & piano, D. 693
  2. Die Forelle ("In einem Bächlein helle"), song for voice & piano, D. 550 (Op. 32)
  3. Widerschein ("Tom lehnt harrend auf der Brücke"), song for voice & piano (second version), D. 639a (D949)
  4. Alinde ("Die Sonne sinkt in's tiefe Meer"), song for voice & piano, D. 904 (Op. 81/1)
  5. Am See ("In des Sees Wogenspiele"), song for voice & piano, D. 746
  6. Erlkönig ("Wer reitet so spät"), song for voice & piano, D. 328 (Op. 1)
  7. An den Mond ("Fullest Wieder Busch und Tal"), song for voice & piano, D. 259
  8. Schatzgräbers Begehr ("In tiefer Erde"), song for voice & piano (two versions), D. 761 (Op. 23/4)
  9. Der Geistertanz III ("Die bretterne Kammer"), song for voice & piano, D. 116
  10. Normans Gesang ("Die Nacht bricht bald herein"), song for voice & piano, D. 846 (Op. 52/5)
  11. Im Walde ("Ich wandre über Berg und Tal"), song for voice & piano, D. 834 (Op. 93/1)
  12. Nachtviolen, song for voice & piano, D. 752
  13. Der Wanderer ("Ich komme vom Gebirge her"), song for voice & piano (two versions, D. 489b/c), D. 493 (Op. 4/1)
  14. Im Abendrot ("O, wie schön ist deine Welt"), song for voice & piano, D. 799
  15. Auf der Bruck ("Frisch trabe sonder Ruh' und Rast"), song for voice & piano, D. 853 (Op. 93/2)
  16. Fischerweise ("Den Fischer fechten Sorgen"), song for voice & piano, D. 881 (Op. 96/4)
  17. Der Strom ("Mein Leben wälzt sich"), song for voice & piano, D. 565
  18. Klage ("Die Sonne steigt"), song for voice & piano, D. 415
  19. Abendröte ("Tiefer sinket schon die sonne"), song for voice & piano, D. 690

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