TOP 500 REVIEWERon 28 February 2013
Schubert(1797-1828)enjoyed the companionship of friends,frequently gathering for domestic evenings of Schubert's music,this group more than represented the new phenomenon of an educated,musically aware middle class,it gave him an appreciative audience and influential contacts as well as the confidence to break with schoolteaching.More songs poured out.(Gramophone 2009:979).(See the reviews of the CDs). There is a 40 CD box Schubert the complete songs,accompanist Graham Johnson with 60 singers from 1987-1999 with a booklet containing English translations.(Read my review).You may have missed it like I did,but when hearing all his songs,you realize that many of his songs should be popular,but are not.Marvellous set.Also,the 10 disc Schumann Complete songs accompanist Graham Johnson. English translations.
The tough cardboard box is made to look like an old book.Dark green with brown binding in front and on the spine, and behind the same green colour,with the names of the singers under the CD numbers.The sleeves are brown with Schubert Lieder on record 1898-2012 on the front.Behind, the track number and songs with CD number.The 17 CD's are green with the names of the singers,plus CD number.There is also a CD with sung Text and translations in PDF format.Also,an explanation of Schubert's Lieder by American Thomas Hampson in conversation with Jon Tolansky.The booklet which is frail, has the track numbers of the Lieder to be sung,and by whom,plus the pianist,and the date recorded.Also,there are brief details about the Poets Schubert used for his songs.The sound is good.EMI are specialists at rerecording old records. MONO. STEREO. DIGITAL.Digital remastering.You might like to buy the book of Lieder by Richard Stokes,which has over 1000 Lieder translated into English and German.(See my review).There is the 10 CD Gerald Moore collection,called Gerald Moore The king of the Piano Accompanist 1940-1957.(unfortunate title).Ferrier,Fischer-Dieskau,Flagstad,Teyte,Schwarzkopf,de los Angleles etc.(read my review)
I shall go across the page,place the CD number in brackets,with singer,pianist,date recorded for the first 3 CDs.Thereafter, merely the singers and some reviews from the Penguin guides 1977,1996,2008 and Gramophone 2009 where possible.Schubert wrote around 600 songs,so obviously this set has nothing like that and has repeats as well as you shall see.Yet this set is amazingly cheap.
(CD 1)Ave Maria.Edith Clegg.(contralto)recorded 1898.London.(all with Piano) Ungeduld(Die Schone Mullerin).Paul Knupfer Bass.(1866-1920)1901 Berlin. Heidenroslein. Minnie Nast(soprano)(1874-1920)1902 Dresden.Litanel auf das fest aller Seelen.1901 Berlin.Standchen. Chorus and Orchestra/Seidler-Winkler.Marie Gotze (mezzo soprano)(1865-1922).1908 Berlin.Serenade. David Bispham baritone(1857-1927)1902 London.Der Neuglerige(Die schone Mullerin)Franz Navel tenor(1865-1939)1902 Vienna.Rastlose Liebe. 1902.Die Allmacht Lichtenstein piano. Edyth walker(Mezzo-soprano) 1867?-1950).recorded Berlin 1910.Erlkonig. 1906 Berlin. Du bist du Ruh.1907 Berlin.Die Liebe 1907 Berlin Lilli Lehmann soprano(1848-1929)She sung in the first Wagner Ring cycle 1876.Der Wanderer Ernest Wachter bass(1872-1931) 1902 Dresden. Abschied. 1904.london. Der leiermann Harry plunket Greene bass-baritone.Bass-baritone.(1865-1936)london.An der Leier.Pauline Cramer 1909 London. Die Forelle,leopold Demuth (1861-1910)1902 Vienna.Am Meer Gustav Walter tenor(1834-1910).Die Junge Nonne.Susan Strong.soprano.(1870-1946)1907.london. Der Wanderer 1906. Aufenthalt. 1912.St Petersberg.Der Leiermann 1910.St Petersburg. Lev Sibiriakov Bass. Fruhlingsgaube tenor(1874-1935). 1910 Berlin.
(CD 2) Der Kreuzzug Wilhelm Hesch. bass(1860-1908)1905.Vienna. Standchen with orchestra. 1907.Vienna.Liebesbotschaft. Leo Slezak(1873-1946)1909.Vienna. An der Musik.Dubist die Ruh.Arthur Nikisch Piano.1911.London.He was a great Hungarian conductor who was a mentor to Reiner. Furtwangler stated that he was his only role model.He influenced Ansermet,Monteux,Dorati,Szell and Solti.
Suelka 11. V.Bos piano. 1929 Berlin. Ellens Gesang 11. Gerald Moore pianist.Elena Gerhardt.(mezzo soprano.)(1883-1961).London 1939.Das Wandern 1914. Der Leiermann. Sir George Henschel baritone (1850-1934).Der Muller and der bach. Elise Elizza (soprano) 1870-1926) 1911.Vienna.An der Musik. Gruppe aus dem Tartarus. Ottille Metzger. contralto.(1878-1943).1910.Berlin.Sei mir gegrust Friederich brodersen.Tenor.(1873-1926).1921.Berlin. Wohin? 1923.Middlesex.England.Ungeduld.1922.Middlesex.Frieda Hempel soprano.(1885-1955).Gruppe aus dem Tartarus. Erlkoning Gerald Moore.Alexander Kipnis(1891-1978).1936.London. Du bist die Ruh. 1924.Middlesex. Die liebe hat gelogen. John Mccormack tenor.(1884-1945). Im Abendrot.Verklarung. Aatje Noordeweir-Reddinglus.(1868-1949). 1929.London.
(CD 3)Ruckblick. Fruhlingstraum.Mut. Richard tauber tenor(1891-1948). 1927.Berlin.Gretchen am Sinnrade. Mignon 11. Meta Seinemeyer(soprano) with orchestra.Cond Frieder Weissmann.1928. Berlin.She died young and was thought to be a better singer then Lotte Lehmann. Weissmann married her on her death bed. So you get the idea.If I carry on there will be pages to wade through,so I shall just place the names of the singers and some reviews.Sigrid Onegin. Challapin.Lotte Lehmann.She is the Feldmarschallin in the great EMI 1933 recording of Der Rosenkavalier,with Elizabeth Schumann,Maria Olszewska and Richard Mayr. Julia Culp.
(CD 4)Panzera(baritone)Lotte Schone(soprano).Schorr bass baritone.The great Wagner Ring Wotan.Dusolina Giannini.She was Aida in the 1928 recording of the Verdi opera,at La Scala Milan cond Sabajno with Pertile.Still available on CD.Georges Thill.Werther in the Massenet opera of the same name,with Ninon Vallin,cond Cohen,recorded Paris 1931,available via EMI.Etcheverry.Maria Olszewska.Elizabeth Schumann.Karl Erb. Ria Ginster.(CD 5) Herbert Janssen. Maria Fuchs. Gerhard Husch. Frida Leider.A great Brunnhilde. Aksel Schiotz. Elizabeth Schwarzkopf. Peter Pears.(CD 6)Margaret Ritchie. Julius Patzak. irmgard Seefried. Hans Hotter. Flora Nielsen. Fischer-Dieskau. Kirsten Flagstad.(CD 7) Fischer Dieskau. Piano Karl Engel."the voice is still young in this 1959 recording".(CD 8)Schwarzkopf."At the beginning of her recording career and Fischer at the end of his make a magical partnership."(1952).Gramophone 2009 calls it "one of the greatest ever discs of Schubert singing.This is one CD no Schubertian can do without." Christa Ludwig.Gerald Moore and Parsons piano. Hermann Prey. Victoria de los Angeles.
(CD 9)Fritz Wunderlich.Christa Ludwig.Der hirt auf dem felsen,with De Peyer clarinet,and Parsons "who accompanies with great tact and sensitivity".This song is in the recording that became part of EMI's great recordings of the century. Elisabeth Schwarzkopf with Parsons singing an mein klavier and Erlkoning."Her colouring or word and tone is masterly". Janet Baker.Piano Moore. "Baker constantly displays the breath of her emotional mastery and her range of tone colour." Elly Ameling.
(CD 10)Margaret Price Lockhart Piano.(1971)"Her singing of Schubert is full throated in style".Elly Ameling Irwin Gage."The singing shows greater maturity,greater imagination,yet the voice is as lovely as ever."Ian Partridge. Nicolai Gedda. Walter Berry. Hermann Prey."his singing is strong and satisfying.". Gerald Souzay.(CD 11)Lucia Popp Irwin Gage piano 1983.Fassbaender mezzo-soprano Erik Werba piano. Arleen Auger.Orkis fortepiano.(CD 12) Argenta soprano, Tan forte piano.Allen. Pregardien tenor. Gees piano.Simon Keenlyside baritone,Malcolm Martineau piano."The velety beauty of Keenlyside's cleanly focused baritone goes with fresh,thoughtful readings of Schubert songs,perfectly judged,with ever-sensitive accompaniment from Martineau".Bostridge tenor and Drake piano."Few discs of favourite Schubert songs match this for sheer beauty. He not only sings with ravishing tenor tone but,with German words heightened,offers fresh revelation in even the best-known songs. Drake matches him in insight".(CD 13)Bostridge. Sally Matthews. Brownless. Kate Royal.
(CD 14)Die Schone Mullerin. Peter Schreier.Tenor.Steven Zehr Piano.(CD 15)Schwanengesang Olaf Bar(baritone) and Parsons piano.(CD 16) Winterreise Hampson(baritone) Wolfgang Sawallisch piano.Sung texts and translations.(CD 17)Schubert's journey: An exploration of his lieder.hampson in conversation with Jon Tolansky.