Schubert Lieder

An exhilarating recital from this superb Lieder singer

Record and Artist Details

Composer or Director: Franz Schubert

Label: Red Seal

Media Format: CD or Download

Mastering:

Stereo
DDD

Catalogue Number: 82876 77716-2

Tracks:

Composition Artist Credit
Alinde Christian Gerhaher
Franz Schubert Composer
Gerold Huber
Am Fenster Franz Schubert Composer
Christian Gerhaher
Gerold Huber
Auf der Bruck Franz Schubert Composer
Christian Gerhaher
Gerold Huber
Himmelsfunken Franz Schubert Composer
Christian Gerhaher
Gerold Huber
Bei dir allein Gerold Huber
Franz Schubert Composer
Christian Gerhaher
(Der) Winterabend Franz Schubert Composer
Christian Gerhaher
Gerold Huber
Willkommen und Abschied Gerold Huber
Franz Schubert Composer
Christian Gerhaher
Fischerweise Franz Schubert Composer
Christian Gerhaher
Gerold Huber
Im Abendrot Christian Gerhaher
Franz Schubert Composer
Gerold Huber
Greisengesang Christian Gerhaher
Gerold Huber
Franz Schubert Composer
(Des) Fischers Liebesglück Franz Schubert Composer
Gerold Huber
Christian Gerhaher
Dass sie hier gewesen Franz Schubert Composer
Gerold Huber
Christian Gerhaher
Du bist die Ruh Christian Gerhaher
Franz Schubert Composer
Gerold Huber
Abendbilder, 'Nocturne' Franz Schubert Composer
Christian Gerhaher
Gerold Huber
(Das) Zügenglöcklein Christian Gerhaher
Franz Schubert Composer
Gerold Huber
(Der) Musensohn Christian Gerhaher
Franz Schubert Composer
Gerold Huber
Drang in die Ferne Christian Gerhaher
Gerold Huber
Franz Schubert Composer
Eschewing the eccentricities and exaggerations of some of his contemporaries, Gerhaher wonderfully exhibits the verities of Schubert interpretation in this well planned and absorbing programme. Everything he does evolves from the song in hand and so accords with all that is needed in performing some of the composer’s greatest Lieder.

The title, ‘Abendbilder’, is interpreted freely but almost all the pieces have some relevance to the dreams and moods of evening. Gerhaher enters into these nocturnal moods with unerring artistry where line, tone and word-painting are concerned. He is at his very best in the three settings of Rückert. That quirky, equivocal piece Dass sie hier gewesen, prophesying the style and harmony of Hugo Wolf, is sung with a full understanding of its inner meaning. Du bist die Ruh is delivered with the fine line and intense concentration such a great song deserves, and the thoughts of an elderly man in Greisengesang are as meaningful as they should be.

Elsewhere I liked the mellifluousness and breath control, a feature prominent throughout the recital, of the quietly contemplative Im Abendrot, and the appropriate dreaminess brought to the hypnotic barcarolle that is Des Fischers Liebesglück. As a nice contrast, Gerhaher brings virile energy to the fierce riding of Auf der Bruck – and here Gerold Huber deserves as much praise as his partner for portraying the insistent beat of horse’s hooves in the piano part so vividly – and the familiar Der Musensohn has just the right verve as does another Goethe setting, the ecstatic Willkommen und Abschied, that brings a rewarding recital to an exhilarating close with Huber – as throughout – seconding the singer with his discerning contribution.

The recording is ideally balanced. My only complaint is a minor one – neither the booklet nor the jewel case gives the Deutsch numbers of the songs.

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