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Schubert: Nacht und Träume

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Schubert lieder are a much-beloved body of work, exploring a variety of themes as per the poets who wrote the texts. Matthias Goerne's album with pianist Alexander Schmalcz explores the two themes of love and death, and the differences in character are reflected in the color of his voice, some times more successfully than others. The album begins with a plodding piano and a deeper, more covered voice. The first few lieder tend to sound somewhat the same, with Goerne's voice sounding slightly murky in the lower registers and his higher notes sounding more lyrical like a tenor. As the album progresses, so does the interpretation of the songs. His phrasing improves, and he is more united with the emotions; the piano also...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
Schubert lieder are a much-beloved body of work, exploring a variety of themes as per the poets who wrote the texts. Matthias Goerne's album with pianist Alexander Schmalcz explores the two themes of love and death, and the differences in character are reflected in the color of his voice, some times more successfully than others. The album begins with a plodding piano and a deeper, more covered voice. The first few lieder tend to sound somewhat the same, with Goerne's voice sounding slightly murky in the lower registers and his higher notes sounding more lyrical like a tenor. As the album progresses, so does the interpretation of the songs. His phrasing improves, and he is more united with the emotions; the piano also begins to choose more careful phrasing. By the fourth track, "Totengräber-weise," Goerne sounds more operatic and emotional, in character, and the listener hears his true baritone voice. From here on, we hear a very different type of singer, one who is telling us a story, often with great tenderness in his voice. Perhaps this is a reflection of the change in subject of the songs, as they focus more on love, and Goerne draws us in as he prays to the moon, sings to Silvia, and serenades his beloved one would certainly "Steh auf!" upon hearing his request. "Der Schäfer und der Reiter" is especially noteworthy, with a beautiful, Chopin-esque piano introduction that provides a pastoral feel, and Goerne sings the two characters with great contrast. The final lied, "An die Geliebte," shows us what the Goerne can do when he sings out, for he sounds confident and the piece is well done. Needless to say, one can hear how German should sound when sung properly, as he is singing in his native tongue. Overall, Goerne seems to come across better on the love songs, when he has more passion in his voice and is more connected to the characters. ~ V. Vasan
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/11/2011
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
  • UPC: 794881982929
  • Catalog Number: 902063
  • Sales rank: 74,514

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Nacht und Träume (Heil'ge Nacht, du sinkest nieder!"), song for voice & piano, D. 827 (Op. 43/2) - Franz Schubert & Michel Chasteau (4:08)
  2. 2 Der blinde Knabe ("O sagt, ihr Lieben"), song for voice & piano, D. 833 (Op. posth. 101/2) - Franz Schubert & Michel Chasteau (3:19)
  3. 3 Hoffnung II ("Es reden und träumen die Menschen viel"), song for voice & piano, D. 637 (Op. 87/2) - Franz Schubert & Michel Chasteau (3:37)
  4. 4 Totengräber-Weise ("Nicht so düster und so bleich"), song for voice & piano, D. 869 - Franz Schubert & Michel Chasteau (4:24)
  5. 5 Tiefes Leid ("Ich bin von aller Ruh' geschieden"), song for voice & piano (Im Jänner 1817), D. 876 - Franz Schubert & Michel Chasteau (3:22)
  6. 6 Greisengesang ("Der Frost hat mir"), song for voice & piano (Vom künftigen Alter), D. 778 (Op. 60/1) - Franz Schubert & Michel Chasteau (6:11)
  7. 7 Totengräbers Heimweh ("O Menschheit, o Leben..."), song for voice & piano, D. 842 - Franz Schubert & Michel Chasteau (7:00)
  8. 8 An den Mond ("Guess, lieber Mond"), song for voice & piano, D. 193 (Op. 57/3) - Franz Schubert & Michel Chasteau (3:29)
  9. 9 Die Mainacht ("Wann der silberne Mond"), for voice & piano, D. 194 - Franz Schubert & Michel Chasteau (1:53)
  10. 10 Gesang ("Was ist Sylvia,..."), song for voice & piano, ("An Sylvia"), D. 891 (Op. 106/4) - William Shakespeare & Franz Schubert (3:03)
  11. 11 Ständchen ("Horch, horch, die Lerche"), song for voice & piano, D. 889 - Franz Schubert & William Shakespeare (4:47)
  12. 12 Der Schäfer und der Reiter ("Ein Schäfer sass im Grünen"), song for voice & piano, D. 517 (Op. 13/1) - Franz Schubert & Michel Chasteau (3:26)
  13. 13 Die Sommernacht ("Wenn der Schimmer"), song for voice & piano (two versions), D. 289 - Franz Schubert & Michel Chasteau (3:17)
  14. 14 Erntelied ("Sicheln Schallen, Ähren fallen"), song for voice & piano, D. 434 - Franz Schubert & Michel Chasteau (1:57)
  15. 15 Herbstlied ("Bunt sind schon die Wälder"), song for voice & piano, D. 502 - Franz Schubert & Michel Chasteau (1:27)
  16. 16 Der liebliche Stern ("Ihr Sternlein, still in der Hohe"), song for voice & piano in G major, D 861 - Franz Schubert & Michel Chasteau (3:01)
  17. 17 An die Geliebte ("O, dass ich dir vom stillen Augen"), song for voice & piano, D. 303 - Franz Schubert & Michel Chasteau (2:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alexander Schmalcz Primary Artist
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