Schubert: Lieder

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
This compilation of "12 Lieder" and "Six Moments Musicaux" performed by soprano Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and pianist Edwin Fischer is old-fashioned in every sense of the word. Recorded in 1950 and 1952, the sound is old-fashioned: clear but distant, heard across all the intervening decades as if through a dark glass. But, more significantly, the performances are old-fashioned. The slight but sweet quiver in Schwarzkopf's voice was typical of its time but unlike anything any contemporary soprano would attempt. In the "An die Musik," she flirts with preciousness. In "Im Frühling," she comes close to coyness. In "Ganymed," she touches on parody. In "Gretchen am Spinnrade," she ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
This compilation of "12 Lieder" and "Six Moments Musicaux" performed by soprano Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and pianist Edwin Fischer is old-fashioned in every sense of the word. Recorded in 1950 and 1952, the sound is old-fashioned: clear but distant, heard across all the intervening decades as if through a dark glass. But, more significantly, the performances are old-fashioned. The slight but sweet quiver in Schwarzkopf's voice was typical of its time but unlike anything any contemporary soprano would attempt. In the "An die Musik," she flirts with preciousness. In "Im Frühling," she comes close to coyness. In "Ganymed," she touches on parody. In "Gretchen am Spinnrade," she almost but not quite distorts the music with her breathless delivery. And in every performance, Schwarzkopf seems fond of Schubert but not unreservedly fond, as if Schubert's songs needed special pleading to make them succeed, a truly old-fashioned approach compared to the unreservedly affectionate performances of contemporary singers. Similarly, Edwin Fischer's playing is equally old-fashioned, albeit in an entirely different way. Fischer obviously loves Schubert's music and his playing is warm-hearted and true. Unfortunately, Fischer's playing is technically old-fashioned. He drops notes, slurs lines, fudges arpeggios, and smudges rhythms in a manner that no contemporary pianist would dare let stand in a recording. Whether this approach works depends on the listener. Older listeners full of nostalgia for a time long since past will no doubt love it. Younger listeners with no tolerance for sentimentality may have trouble accepting it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/26/2012
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • EAN: 5099967875122
  • Catalog Number: 78751
  • Sales rank: 143,896

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 An die Musik ("Du holde Kunst..."), song for voice & piano, D. 547 (Op. 88/4) - Edwin Fischer & Franz Schubert (2:40)
    Composed byFranz Schubert
    Performed byElisabeth Schwarzkopf
  2. 2 Im Frühling ("Still sitz ich"), song for voice & piano, D. 882 - Edwin Fischer & Franz Schubert (4:32)
    Composed byFranz Schubert
    Performed byElisabeth Schwarzkopf
  3. 3 Wehmut ("Wenn ich durch Wald und Fluren geh"), song for voice & piano, D. 772 (Op. 22/2) - Edwin Fischer & Franz Schubert (3:00)
    Composed byFranz Schubert
    Performed byElisabeth Schwarzkopf
  4. 4 Ganymed ("Wie im Morgenglanze"), song for voice & piano, D. 544 (Op. 19/3) - Edwin Fischer & Franz Schubert (4:49)
    Composed byFranz Schubert
    Performed byElisabeth Schwarzkopf
  5. 5 Das Lied im Grünen ("Ins Grüne..."), song for voice & piano, D. 917 (Op. posth. 115/1) - Edwin Fischer & Franz Schubert (4:33)
    Composed byFranz Schubert
    Performed byElisabeth Schwarzkopf
  6. 6 Gretchen am Spinnrade ("Meine Ruh'..."), song for voice & piano, D. 118 (Op. 2) - Edwin Fischer & Franz Schubert (3:26)
    Composed byFranz Schubert
    Performed byElisabeth Schwarzkopf
  7. 7 Nähe des Geliebten ("Ich denke dein"), song for voice & piano (two versions), D. 162 (Op. 5/2) - Edwin Fischer & Franz Schubert (3:18)
    Composed byFranz Schubert
    Performed byElisabeth Schwarzkopf
  8. 8 Die junge Nonne ("Wie braust durch die Wipfel"), song for voice & piano, D. 828 (Op. 43/1) - Edwin Fischer & Franz Schubert (4:51)
    Composed byFranz Schubert
    Performed byElisabeth Schwarzkopf
  9. 9 Gesang ("Was ist Sylvia,..."), song for voice & piano, ("An Sylvia"), D. 891 (Op. 106/4) - Edwin Fischer & Franz Schubert (3:05)
    Composed byFranz Schubert
    Performed byElisabeth Schwarzkopf
  10. 10 Auf dem Wasser zu singen ("Mitten im Schimmer der spiegelnden Wellen"), song for voice & piano, D. 774 (Op. 72) - Edwin Fischer & Franz Schubert (3:19)
    Composed byFranz Schubert
    Performed byElisabeth Schwarzkopf
  11. 11 Nachtviolen, song for voice & piano, D. 752 - Edwin Fischer & Franz Schubert (2:49)
    Composed byFranz Schubert
    Performed byElisabeth Schwarzkopf
  12. 12 Der Musensohn ("Durch Feld und Wald zu schweifen"), song for voice & piano, D. 764 (Op. 92/1) - Edwin Fischer & Franz Schubert (2:07)
    Composed byFranz Schubert
    Performed byElisabeth Schwarzkopf
  13. 13 Untitled CD-ROM Track - Unspecified
    Composed byUnspecified
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf Primary Artist
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