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Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 20 An 1815 Schubertiad I


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  • Composer: Franz Schubert
  • Audio CD (1 Jan 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B000002ZFE
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,171 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Winterlied - Ludwig Heinrich Christoph Holty
2. Ossians Lied nach dem Falle Nathos - James Macpherson
3. Das Madchen von Inistore - James Macpherson
4. Als ich sie erroten sah - Bernhard Ambros Ehrlich
5. Schwangesang - Ludwig Gottfried Kosegarten
6. Totenkranz fur ein Kind - Friedrich von Matthison
7. Die Frohlichkeit - Martin Josef Prandstetter
8. Der Zufriedene - Christian Ludwig Reissig
9. Alles um Liebe - Ludwig Gottfried Kosegarten
10. Geist Der Liebe - Ludwig Theobul Kosegarten
11. Die erste Liebe - Johann Fellinger
12. Die Tauschung - Ludwig Theobul Kosegarten
13. Liebesrausch - Theodor Kerner
14. Huldigung - Ludwig Gottfried Kosegarten
15. Heidenroslein - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
16. Nachtgesang - Ludwig Gottfried Kosegarten
17. Der Morgenstern - Theodor Kerner
18. Bergknappenlied - F. Schubert
19. Trinklied vor der Schlacht - Theodor Kerner
20. Schwertlied - Theodor Kerner
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 July 2000
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Schubert: An 1815 Schubertiad
This was the disc which first introduced the present writer to Ian Bostridge and John Mark Ainsley as Schubert interpreters; having only known the former as an outstanding Tamino and interpreter of Britten, and the latter as the pre-eminent Bach passions Evangelist, Orfeo and Don Ottavio of our time, it was a revelation to find both tenors as fluent, captivating and word - sensitive in Lieder as they are in opera and oratorio. The contributions of these two wonderful singers are not the only reason to buy this recording, however, since the bass Michael George, and, to a lesser extent, the soprano Patricia Rosario give outstanding performances of well-known songs as well as neglected treasures.
With 32 mostly superlative tracks to choose from, where does one begin to assess such delights? Passing over the lustily jolly drinking songs in which the baritone and bass are definitely in their element, three examples of treasurable singing and playing must suffice. The little "Wiegenlied" (the setting of the short poem by Körner and not the better-known one by Seidl) is just over two minutes of the finest singing and playing you could ever hope to hear. Ainsley performs this little gem with his unmistakeable poetic legato, the tenderness of words and music conveyed with sublime directness and intimacy yet without a trace of archness; the voice is at once sensual and ingenuous, which of course is ideal for the slightly ambiguous nature of this lovely song. Johnson's accompaniment is exquisitely judged, the heartrending postlude played with what can only be called a poetic touch.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Revd R. B. Miller on 26 Jun 2012
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As I have said in reviewing another Hyperion disc, this is an excellent series. The 1815 Schubertiad sung by singers of the same age roughly as those who would have sung the songs when first written perform with brilliance, bringing out the youthful genius of Schubert. It must have been a fantastic time then living with such a creative and enthusiastic composer. This is what the singers have recreated. They are to be congratulated. I hope to collect all the Hyperion Schubert Song discs.
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Schubert: An 1815 Schubertiad 27 July 2000
By Melanie Eskenazi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Schubert: An 1815 Schubertiad
This was the disc which first introduced the present writer to Ian Bostridge and John Mark Ainsley as Schubert interpreters; having only known the former as an outstanding Tamino and interpreter of Britten, and the latter as the pre-eminent Bach passions Evangelist, Orfeo and Don Ottavio of our time, it was a revelation to find both tenors as fluent, captivating and word - sensitive in Lieder as they are in opera and oratorio. The contributions of these two wonderful singers are not the only reason to buy this recording, however, since the bass Michael George, and, to a lesser extent, the soprano Patricia Rosario give outstanding performances of well-known songs as well as neglected treasures.
With 32 mostly superlative tracks to choose from, where does one begin to assess such delights? Passing over the lustily jolly drinking songs in which the baritone and bass are definitely in their element, three examples of treasurable singing and playing must suffice. The little "Wiegenlied" (the setting of the short poem by Körner and not the better-known one by Seidl) is just over two minutes of the finest singing and playing you could ever hope to hear. Ainsley performs this little gem with his unmistakeable poetic legato, the tenderness of words and music conveyed with sublime directness and intimacy yet without a trace of archness; the voice is at once sensual and ingenuous, which of course is ideal for the slightly ambiguous nature of this lovely song. Johnson's accompaniment is exquisitely judged, the heartrending postlude played with what can only be called a poetic touch.
In contrasting mood, another unjustly neglected gem in "Als ich sie erröten sah" is given an ideally ardent performance by Ian Bostridge. This adorable song, on the subject of the lover's rapture on seeing his beloved blush, has the instruction "Mit Liebes Affekt," and that is exactly how Bostridge sings it; unfazed by the long lines and able to achieve the perfect sense of spontaneity and rapture without ever becoming overblown, this performance shows just why his every recital is greeted with such praise - he reminds us that Schubert's music is not only that of youth but of the "eternal renewal of song".
For those who enjoy hearing singers perform very difficult songs, and even more, for anyone who believes that the arts of perfect breath control, command of high tessitura and simultaneous attention to individual words are non-existent at the present time, I can only refer them to my other choice, "Die Erste Liebe." This "real tenor song" as Graham Johnson calls it in his excellent notes, is performed here in the original key of C major, and it is no exaggeration to say that John Mark Ainsley performs it with unique skill. It is extremely intense and thus better suited to his more passionate timbre than the more spontaneous open tone that characterizes Bostridge, and he gives it an interpretation that lifts it into the realms of the sublime. The dramatic impetus of the words is carried forward on a flood of perfect tone, and the high A of the second line's "unbekannten Geisterlande" is floated heavenwards with ecstatic grace. The whole performance - Johnson's accompaniment is equally sublime - is an illustration of the truth of what was once written of the great pianist Solomon - that "Interpretation as demonstrated at this level is seen as fundamentally the same art as composition - the art of creating music".
For anyone who has not yet experienced the Hyperion Schubert editions, this disc is the perfect introduction - and for those who have, it is of a standard to rival the very highest and should not be missed.
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