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 likeSee more details below

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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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/12/2013
Label:
Harmonia Mundi Fr.
UPC:
3149020214121
catalogNumber:
902141
Rank:
53057

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Tracks

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

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