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Franz Schubert: Schwanengesang, Sonata D.960 (Schubert Edition Vol.6) [CD]

Matthias Goerne Audio CD
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Matthias Goerne is one of the most internationally sought-after vocalists and a frequent guest at renowned festivals and concert halls. He has collaborated with leading orchestras all over the world. Conductors of the first rank as well as eminent pianists are among his musical partners.

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  • Composer: Franz Schubert
  • Audio CD (2 April 2012)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: harmonia mundi
  • ASIN: B006OW80XW
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,362 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Liebesbotschaft
2. Kriegers Ahnung
3. Frühlingssehnsucht
4. Ständchen
5. Aufenthalt
6. In Der Ferne
7. Abschied
8. Der Atlas
9. Ihr Bild
10. Das Fischermädchen
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Disc: 2
1. Molto Moderato - Christoph Eschenbach
2. Andante Sostenuto - Christoph Eschenbach
3. Scherzo: Allegro Vivace Con Delicatezza - Christoph Eschenbach
4. Allegro Ma Non Troppo - Christoph Eschenbach

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Matthias Goerne continues his Schubert survey that has already established him as one of the most gifted exponents of the song repertoire. Goerne does not merely interpret' Schubert, he 'lives' each song and invites the listener to share this poetry and musical intimacy. This sixth volume also features an unforgettable performance of Schubert's last piano sonata by one of the baritone's favourite partners, Christoph Eschenbach. Offered on a free bonus CD, this second swansong' reveals hitherto unexplored resonances under his expert fingers.


The 14 songs of Schwanengesang, with the contemporaneous Herbst interpolated in the middle, are sung with unfailing beauty and sensitivity, at speeds that are on the slow side and in a manner that s more than usually veiled with reserve and regret. The air of contemplation also pervades Eschenbach s tonally gorgeous performance of the late, great Sonata in B flat, here offered on a free, bonus CD. --Irish Times

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Late Luxuries 8 May 2012
By Entartete Musik TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
The latest instalment of Matthias Goerne's complete Schubert Lieder is a gloriously romantic affair. His luscious timbre and Christoph Eschenbach's generous accompaniments make for a luxurious Schwanengesang. If occasionally the performance is too wholesome - falling short of the eerie fragility of Goerne's live recording with Brendel - it nonetheless provides a glorious listening experience.

Schwanengesang is not so much a song cycle as an album of fragmented memories. The legato whisper of 'Liebesbotschaft' and the pawing horses of 'Abschied' hark back to Die schöne Müllerin. Here, Eschenbach is gentle and fleet, with Goerne's unperturbed lyricism sailing overhead. Their phrasing is exquisite throughout, with 'Die Taubenpost' sounding particularly pliant. In 'Herbst' the cycle's trailing memories become almost unbearable.

Between these bucolic mileposts, there is great drama. The Don Giovanni heft of Goerne's 'Aufenthalt', is broken by the time we reach 'Ihr Bild'. Such bruised utterances create a huge impression in an otherwise understated performance. Yet some of the Heine settings lack requisite weirdness. The misty ambiguity of 'Die Stadt' sounds too substantial, while Goerne's guileless approach in 'Der Doppelgänger' fails to terrorise. As with Christopher Maltman's recent recording, Goerne and Eschenbach accelerate to the climax, robbing it of its power. But for the sheer beauty and suppleness of voice, Goerne remains unbeatable.

Next to such broad glories, Christoph Eschenbach's performance of the B flat major sonata is cast in unsurprisingly velvety terms. But ignoring the work's angsty capriciousness makes for too content a valediction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Goerne, Eschenbach, Schubert 9 July 2012
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Having heard a performance by these two dignified and supremely gifted musicians in a full cycle of Schubert's lieder sets, it is strange to hear that some feel these performances of both the Schwanengesang and the Piano Sonata are anticipating death. Yes, read the poetry and that is the message. Matthias Goerne is in magnificent voice here - clearly the finest of the German lieder singers of the day - and his insight into the poetry of the songs is simply breathtaking. His long partnership with pianist Christoph Eschenbach reaches a level of excellence that few other partners can match.

The catalogue is full of recordings of this song cycle but few pair it so sensitively with the last Schubert Sonata d 960. For this listen it works on many levels, not the least of which is that the Sonata makes the final statement of the cycle in such a tender way that the pain of some of the farewell songs is soothed. The recording is superb, but the live audience experience of these two artists performing this cycle is utterly unforgettable. Brilliant. Grady Harp, July 12
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5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting, devastating, frightening. 26 Sep 2012
By D. Lopez - Published on Amazon.com
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This is not the kind of performance which you can put on quietly in the background and whistle along to the melodies while reading the daily news. When you have an hour of free-time, tune out everybody and everything, turn the volume all the way up, sit back and get ready to be walked through a bizarre constellation. The quiet moments exist within a vacuum. The loud movements can barely be contained. And the theatrical moments are quite literally jaw-dropping; during a few instances, I actually screamed in exasperation.

But this is not a heavy or serious or theoretical performance by any means, it is the exact opposite. It is extremely simple, completely free of artifice or indigenous phrasing. A lot of vocalists sing things the way other vocalists sing things, regardless and irrespective of what's actually written in the original manuscript. Matthias Goerne sings what Franz Schubert wrote. Of course subjective interpretations abound, but the world which is created clearly comes from the mind of a fearful, giddy, tragic genius. And our host is an extremely insightful, patient, an indefatigable idealist, philosopher, dreamer, victim, victimizer, coward, and hero.

This is a Schwanengesang which truly gets under your skin. The complementary accompanying disc of Christoph Eschenbach performing the piano sonata, D. 960, is pleasant. It is neither dark nor light, neither fast nor slow, but it is very well in-tune with the various variations of moods and colors and rhythms and harmonies, but it is not particularly unique. It is a nice but not necessary addition.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A death-haunted 'Schwanengesang' that lays a funeral wreath on every song 16 April 2012
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
It may seem quixotic that I am rating Matthias Goerne's "Schwanengesang" lower than the recent one from British baritone Christopher Maltman. If it were a matter of checking the boxes, this new recording seems to have everything going in its favor. Goerne's German, as you'd expect, is better than Matlman's. He sings with intensity and the experience of a dedicated Schubertian. This is the sixth installment of a steadily progressing complete cycle of Schubert's lieder for male voice. The piano is recorded very well and is a good instrument. Above all, Christoph Eschenbach is a far better pianist than Graham Johnson is for Maltman, capable of real interpretations.

But the rub is that between them, Goerne and Eschenbach lean so heavily on the interpretative side that a sense of oppression sinks in. Goerne has never been one for lightness, and there is no reprieve when he reaches lighter songs like Die Taubenpost. The tempo is slower than usual, the pace earthbound. One doesn't feel that Standchen is a lover's serenade, so melancholy does it sound here. When we get to the tragic and grave songs set to Heine poems, such as Ihr Bild and Der Doppelganger, heavy gloom descends. For me, even though Georne's voice in younger years was highly praised for its honeyed tone, there has always been a touch of the lugubrious, and with age that has increased. In addition, the voice has darkened in tone.

I want to make clear that this program d delivers a high level of artistry, and it would be hard to remember a reading that attempts to dramatize each song with such intensity. but it's just too much. the performers are obviously signalling that Schubert knew his fate in his last year and for them, that's enough to overlay every song with the shadow of death. But you could argue just as persuasively that Schubert was escaping doom thorugh the joy of music. as a bonus there's a second CD containing Eschenbach's similarly death-haunted reading of the last piano sonata in B flat D. 960. Its gloom is too much, also.

P.S. - I was probably trying too hard to be kind. After using adjectives like burdened, somber, and doleful, the Gramophone reviewer ends by saying that Goerne's approach verges on the grotesque.
2 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Missing CD No. 2 17 April 2012
By Cita - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I love Matthias Goerne's voice and was eager to hear his version of Schwanenegesang AND Eschenbach playing Schubert D. 960 on CD NO. 2 in this box. However, the last two sets that Amazon shipped did not include the second CD. Did Harmonia Mundi forget to include the second CD?
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